Love it! This is probably the best deal you get on a Mesa that actually sounds great on both channels! These go for $500 mint sometimes on Craigslist.
I definately would buy another, I like it the best of all the Mesa amps, even the road king.
Model Year: 2006
Description covers it, headphone output is SS and so is the Reverb.
Very loud and both channels are great. I switched out the tubes for JJ's in the power and various 12Axx, I put a NOS mullard in V1 and the amp is pretty much perfect, IMO. Before the tube changes the distortion was typical "buzzy" Mesa. I don't like the C90 much so I run through an Avatar 2x12 big box with V30 and G12H. Awesome sounding both clean and liquid, sometimes I use the C90 for a little bite and projection.
The reverb stinks! Still looking for a mod here. The effects loop is parallel but easily modded for serial, if you use time based effects.
Easy to use. Everything has its own analog knob, what more could you want?
One of the Mesa tubes took out the grid bias resistor and the amp kept running on one tube! Sounded a little off to me so I checked it close and sure enough, rattle in the tube and rattle in the amp. Mesa warranty covered it no problem and I bought it used!
The F-50 is a great amp for those who want a lot of good sounds in a simple layout. It has more of a vintage voice than a Recto, but it can do modern rock also. The F-30 is nice (sweet for slide!), but the F-50 has all the harmonics of the smaller amp with added punch and detail. Not too heavy for one hand carry (a bit heavier than a Hot Rod Deluxe). Slip cover and footswitch a nice bonus. Overall, it is a "bargain"-priced Mesa that sounds way more expensive than it is.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $1049.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitars and More. Indianapolis, IN
50 Watts, Class A/B Power / 2x6L6, 4x12AX7, 2 Fully Independent Channels, 3 Footswitchable Sounds (Channel 1, 2 & 2 w/Contour), independent Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Reverb & Master Controls per Channel, Pull Bright (Channel 1), Contour Switch (Channel 2), Long Tank Spring Reverb, Parallel FX Loop w/Mix Control, Record / Headphone Output, Silent Record Mute Switch, 3 Button Footswitch (Channel 1/2, Reverb & Contour) and a slip cover. The F-50 is plenty powerful for small and medium-sized clubs. You might want an extension cab if you have a loud drummer or if you want a tighter/fuller sound.
I use a '98 American Telecaster with a Duncan '59 (neck) and a Duncan Nashville Tele (bridge), a stock 2000 Les Paul Standard, and a '48 Supro Lap Steel. Sounds wonderful with both single coils and humbuckers. I bought the F-50 to play with a cover band that plays a broad range of material--Don Ho, Led Zeppelin, Carpenters, Buck Owens, Funkadelic (all over the map!!). The F-50 does it all wonderfully. Especially country! Now I use pedals for fun, not for necessity. I can easily gig with the amp alone and have a great sound for everything. The clean channel is the star here. Very "Fendery"-- clean and sweet at lower volume, raunchy when you crank it. Think Fender Bassman with more control. However, this channel can be a bit noisy at low volume, but you won't notice it on stage. The high-gain channel is a nice bonus. It will do the pretty Mesa sing thing, but can also get quite raunchy. The contour function is really nice. I think of it as a "modern" switch. It pumps extra gain to the channel and imparts a soft "V" eg. I use it for solos and modern rock sounds. It adds a lot of flexibility to this simple layout. The reverb is pretty but subtle. Those used to Fender reverb might be a bit disappointed. But it does sound very good. Independent controls on each channel are a welcome addition.
True to Mesa form, the controls are very sensitive. Learn to use descretion. Spend a little time getting used to the controls (especially the treble and mid) and you will be rewarded with a lot of great sounds. Compared to a Mark IV, it's a piece of cake. Compared to an old Fender Bassman, it is quite complex. Just depends on what you are used to. Most players used to modern amps will have no trouble with it.
Mesa gear is very durable. Unfortunately, their tubes are not. I have had horrible luck with their tubes going bad. This is my second F-50. The first one made weird microphonic squeals that sent my German Shepherd running for the door. Then the reverb crapped out. I sent it back for another one. Same thing. I swapped out preamp tubes until it stopped. Problem solved. Now that I've sorted it out, everything has been great. Mesa does not recommend using other brands of tubes, but there are ways around it.