Steve plays a series of Ernie Ball Music Man Steve Morse signature guitars. The history of these unique instruments goes back to Steve's high school days. During that time, Steve crafted a guitar for himself, combining the elements for his ideal instrument: a Fender Telecaster body, Stratocaster neck, Gibson Tuneomatic bridge, a set of Gibson frets, a 12-string tailpiece (make unknown), and a group of pickups (also unknown). He called it the Frankenstein Telecaster, and constantly revised and improved it over the years. Soon, Steve was approached by Music Man to collaborate on creating a production model, the Steve Morse Signature (demonstrated by Steve here). This guitar has since expanded to several models, and over 50 choices and combinations of finishes. They later collaborated on a second signature guitar, the SM-Y2D (demonstrated by Steve here).
Steve's pickups are his signature DiMarzio Steve Morse DP200 Bridge and DiMarzio Steve Morse DP205 Neck models. They were custom-designed by him and the team at DiMarzio, and are the inception of Steve's diverse, signature sounds. Created in tandem, the pick-ups respond with aggressive midrange bite in the bridge, a smooth counterpoint on the neck, and harmonic synergy when engaged simultaneously. For his signature sounds Steve additionally uses several TC Electronic products, like the PolyTune and the Flashback Delay. For the Flashback Delay Steve has created his own personal TonePrints.
Steve's amp is also part of his signature tone, the ENGL Steve Morse Special Signature 100. Its design reflects Steve's life-long quest for perfect tone, and many years performing with ENGL amplifiers. His goal was an amp that could inspire, create, and project all the diversity of the many genres Steve is renowned for exploring: rock, country, fusion, jazz, metal, and more. In addition, it needed to handle Steve's demanding touring schedule with Deep Purple, the Steve Morse Band, Flying Colors and more. Reflecting over a year of close work between Steve, his guitar tech Michael Berger, the ENGL team and renowned amp designer Horst Langer; the result is a sound Steve can truly call his own.