Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal



Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby dniederkorn » Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:57 am

I know the real answer is both but in a doom rig what would be better if you had to choose.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby Iommic Pope » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:25 am

If the Mesa is available where you are and cheap do it.
Sovteks can be a headache but if you can get one that's already broken someone else's heart at the right price, they're pretty cool.

Speaking as a heartbroken Sovtek owner.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby Hazmat33 » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:14 am

I use a .50 cal+ head and love it...very versatile with the EQ. I run it semi-clean with a Pharaoh for my main dirt but it loves any fuzz/OD I put in front of it. I use it to push a mesa 2x12 and then I run a line out of the direct out and into a Sunn Concert Slave to push an old Marshall 4x12 with C Rex's and Legends. Volume and tone!

I've also used it without any pedals and just cranked it for some cool bluzey tones.

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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby odontophobia » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:17 am

Hazmat33 wrote:I use a .50 cal+ head and love it...very versatile with the EQ. I run it semi-clean with a Pharaoh for my main dirt but it loves any fuzz/OD I put in front of it. I use it to push a mesa 2x12 and then I run a line out of the direct out and into a Sunn Concert Slave to push an old Marshall 4x12 with C Rex's and Legends. Volume and tone!


This is likely an awesome sounding rig.
I'd take the Mesa over the Sovtek since it's built with quality components here in 'Murica. Sovteks have lots of cheap plastic parts that often need replacing.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby D.o.S. » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:21 am

Iommic Pope wrote:If the Mesa is available where you are and cheap do it.
Sovteks can be a headache but if you can get one that's already broken someone else's heart at the right price, they're pretty cool.

Speaking as a heartbroken Sovtek owner.


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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby dniederkorn » Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:23 pm

Thanks for all the input usually I see them both going for around the same price so the mesa it is. Also cool idea with the Sunn Concert for a slave I kind have an idea that I need a wet/dry rig so this will further fuel my GAS. My Kustom double cross doesnt take pedals all that well and unfortunately is to tight of gain for the DOOMZ.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby Timm Grimm » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:57 am

Did you end up grabbing the .50? I came to comment my opinion, but realized this is fairly old at this point and you probably already have your pick. Just curious what you thought.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby maggot » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:53 pm

I had a Sovtek Mig 50. I wouldn't choose it over most Mesas, but it was a nice amp. Lots of 3d highs with a slightly tubby Fender ass. I noticed that Electro Harmonix just reissued them under the Electro-Harmonix name (supposedly with better components, which would be nice) and is selling them for $575 new.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby maggot » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:08 am

Playing a green Russian Muff into that thing was peak 90s scuzz!
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby Timm Grimm » Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:47 pm

That's pertty. I didn't realize they were doing a reissue.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby jrfox92 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:07 pm

There's a local dude that's selling a fresh EHX Mig50 for $475.
I'm really tempted to either get that or a Mig100u that's up in Cleveland.
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Re: Sovtek Mig 50 vs Mesa .50 cal

Postby Iommic Pope » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:55 am

If the 100 is cheaper, get that.
But be prepared for headaches.

That new one would be great if you're after that sound, though.
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