MIG-50 review by Sovtek

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (4 votes)
Sovtek: MIG-50
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Price paid: $ 400

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 9
I mostly play an ESP PC-2V (one of the early models, where they were using the JB/Jazz setup) through this thing. And it's quite nice for everything I use it for. I don't know if I'd use it to play thrash metal or anything like that, but with a distortion pedal (I'm using an MXR Distortion +), it's an excellent punk rock amp, and without one, on the gainy channel, you can get a nice, jangly distortion or a "classic" sounding overdrive. The clean channel does distort at higher volumes, especially with the presence knob cranked. The cleans are also really nice. Especially if you're the kind of person Who likes to add twinkly stuff to your songs.

Overall Impression — 9
I pretty much chose this amp because, after playing around with someone else's, I was really impressed with it's sound and versatility, especially for the price. In fact, if it had a spring reverb, I could see paying up to twice what I did for it. Unless you're a metal guitarist or something, and you really need a high watt amp, you really can't go wrong with one of these. Right now, I'm running it through an Avatar 2x12 cab with a Celestion Vintage 30 and a Celestion G12H30, and the thing pretty much screams. That said, I would recommend this amp highly.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have had no problems with this amp whatsoever. I bought it used a while ago, and it's stood up to quite a bit of abuse, going to and from gigs, band practice, and pretty much everything that comes with using an amp a lot. So I'd say it's pretty dependable.

Features — 6
Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, a company called Sovtek (also famous for the legendary Russian Big Muff and the manufacturing of various tubes) started making a line of tube amps. And, really, they're pretty nice amps. Easily loud enough to blow the doors off your bedroom, and without question loud enough to play most gigs any of us here on UG will ever get. The style of music I play pretty much ranges from power pop to post-rock to stoner metal, and this thing pretty much screams. There are two channels. The first one is a bit cleaner, and the second one has higher gain. There's a presence knob, and while I'm not enough of a gear geek to really know what it does technically, on lower settings it's like putting a blanket over the amp, and turning it up is like lifting it off. There are 3 output channels (4, 8, and 16 ohm), so it's pretty much guaranteed to work with most cabs you'll find. Still, it's a pretty bare-bones amp. The only features I wish it had are an effects loop and some built in spring reverb would be nice. But those are pretty minor complaints.

5 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Leadhead3225
    i think they just put in a i inbetween MG and repainted it>jk but that thing looks sweet
    slashman94
    I love my sovtek amp. The Clean channel sounds exactly like a 59 baseman, cause i own an original baseman. and the Dirty Channel sounds exactly like a JCM800 because i own one of those too. This is the most versatile amp I've ever played. I love mine.
    shreddymurphy
    My friend/co-guitarist uses the MIG 100. It has a more gain/crunch then the 50, and personally I think they sound a little better. But either way, they are amazing amps. He's had his since the beggining of time too!
    rv_phoenix
    slashman94 wrote: I love my sovtek amp. The Clean channel sounds exactly like a 59 baseman, cause i own an original baseman. and the Dirty Channel sounds exactly like a JCM800 because i own one of those too. This is the most versatile amp I've ever played. I love mine.
    That's pretty impressive. Soviets were great in electronics, especially in tubes and traditional stuff. How do you think they've spyed to us??? They didn't know to play Rock, but their gear was very good and reliable. Too bad it's not so cheap anymore (the Sovtek was reportedly acquired by an American, he knows how to make business out of our need for a good amp...).