A Beautiful Friendship
The day finally came for a new amp. I've had my trusty Lonestar by my side, or technically behind me I guess...for about 10 years, since I was in high school. I had dreamed of having a Morgan AC20 for a good chunk of that time when I first heard them. Unfortunately my financial aid from school wouldn't cover it so I've always accepted my fate and kept the AC20 in my dreams. Until now, that is. I've been playing more and walking down a flight of stairs with a 2x12 Lonestar combo was getting old prettyyyyy pretty quick. I set my savings account sights on a new amp. I started to go back and forth between the AC20 and PR12, both from Morgan. Eventually I decided on the AC20, for a new sound and wanting to switch it up from the combos I've always used to a separate head and cab. In the past year, I've also developed a fondness of The Beatles. And when I say fondness, I mean obsession. So a Vox style amp wasn't going to be a bad choice. Let the search begin. There was only one guitar shop that had AC20's in stock and it was an hour and a half away from me, in San Antonio. Then came my search on Reverb. I found one...for over $1,000 less than it would be new. It fell through. Never heard back after a week, and cancelled it. I was far too impatient for that. Also if someone is trying to by your amp for a couple thousand dollars, I feel like you should be on top of that. I spiraled into a deep, dark depression. I didn't come out of my room for days. Not really, but there was at least an hour of good sulking and feeling sorry for myself.
I went back on Reverb early one morning. And to my surprise a new AC20 appeared. The price was right and I loved the look of it. I checked with my wife, as anyone should before making a purchase like this. I got the O.K., and heard back immediately from the guy selling it. Already a better experience than the first one. IT WAS MEANT TO BE! He shipped it out the next day, and a less than a week later it was on my doorstep.
It was a beautiful moment. It wasn't supposed to be there until a Friday when I would have been at work, but it came a day early on my day off. As I said before, IT WAS MEANT TO BE! We quickly became friends, the amp and I. To sum it all up, I love the amp. I could throw around plenty of adjectives that sound more like I'm describing food than an amp, but I don't feel qualified to do that. All I can say is I like it. I have some pedals I may be switching around. I don't like how my Xotic EP booster sounds with it as much as I did on my Lonestar, so that's been the first one to go. Am I just making excuses to get new pedals? Maybe. But I've also found new life in old pedals that I was thinking about selling before I got this amp, so who knows what will happen. We've only just begun.