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Based on the popular Tone Hammer pedal, the super-light Tone Hammer 500 bass amp head combines 3 bands of flexible EQ, a colorful Drive control, and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Legendary Aguilar tone that fits in your gig bag pocket!

Based on the popular Tone Hammer pedal, the super-light Tone Hammer 500 bass amp head combines 3 bands of flexible EQ, a colorful Drive control, and 500 watts of power in a 4 lb. package. The Tone Hammer 500 will give you the legendary "Aguilar Sound" while still fitting into the accessory pouch of most gig bags - the perfect choice for bass players on the go.

Despite its size, the Tone Hammer 500 head can crank out 500W of Class D power at 4 ohms (250W @ 8 ohms). The EQ section boasts Bass, Mid Level, Mid Frequency, and Treble controls for precise shaping of your sound. Additionally, the Drive control features Aguilar's proprietary Adaptive Gain Shaping circuit, letting you add subtle distortion and EQ for that extra punch that a track or performance calls for.

FEATURES
  • 500W @ 4 ohms, 250W @ 8 ohms
  • Class D power amp
  • Bass, Mid Level, Mid Frequency, Treble tone controls
  • Adjustable Drive control adds subtle distortion and EQ
  • Series effects loop adds 6dB of additional gain, perfect for a broad range of effects units
  • 1/4" active/passive input
  • 2 Neutrik Speakon outputs
  • XLR balanced output with pre/post EQ and ground lift switch
  • Tuner out
  • 2 high-quality whisper fans with thermal speed control

Simplify your rig with the powerful, compact Tone Hammer 500 from Aguilar. Order now.

SPECIFICATIONS

Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head

  • Preamp: solid state
    Power amp: Class D

    EQ Section:
    Bass: ±17dB @ 40Hz
    Mid Level: ±16dB
    Mid Frequency: 180Hz - 1kHz
    Treble: ±14dB @ 4kHz
    10-3/4"W x 2-3/4"H x 8-1/2"D
    4 lb.
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AguilarTone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Portable (15)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good power output (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (7)

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Incredible amplifier

By mark foster

from Maryland

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Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

I gave serious consideration to the Markbass amps. They are also
solidly built and sound excellent. There's something about the openness
and warmth of the Aguilar, though, that, ultimately, I found more appealing to my
ear/taste.This is the best amplifier I've ever owned, PERIOD!
The features are simple and user friendly: the tone controls
(bass, mid frequency and corresponding mid level, treble)
can be adjusted to create a variety of useable tones.
Experimeting with the gain, master volume, and drive controls
yields further tonal variations, including "grit" and distortion.
I love that it has a power switch on the back of the amp
AND a mute switch on the front. The tuner out jack is on the back of the
amp and the effects send and return are on the front of the amp, as is
the XLR out(with pre & post EQ signal options). One bright blue LED
lets you know the power is on and the input jack is muted. Release the
mute button directly beneath the LED's and the second bright blue LED
comes on to let you know the amp is operational.
This amp is unbelievably light and solidly constructed.
I plugged it in and played it with the tone controls set flat
and immediately dug the sound. I play a 6 string fretless
primarily and...it reflects the sound of my bass in a way that
no other amp I've used or tested does. I have been frustrated for
a good 6+ years with the other amps I've used because
they were too brittle sounding and/or lacking in warmth
and/or because I couldn't adjust the midrange frequencies
and levels in the way I wanted to. I feel like I've FINALLY
dialed in my sound as far as my choice of amplifier is concerned.
What a relief!!!
Here's another reason why I give this amp the highest possible
value rating: IT SOUNDS GOOD WITH ALL OF MY SPEAKERS!
I have 2 Series1 Epifani cabs; a single 10 with a tweeter
and a 3x10 with a tweeter, as well as a Shroeder 2x10 with a tweeter...
and with minor tone tweaking, I'm more pleased with the sound
I get out of these speakers than I've ever been with the other amps
I used.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little amp with BIG sound!!!

By Masterbasser0087x

from New York

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Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

I also own an Aguilar DB751 and I'm amazed at how similar these two heads sound. The DB751 definately has a bit more heft to its tone, but the Tone Hammer 500 is MUCH more flexible.
Plenty of great features. Powerful and flexible 3 band EQ with sweepable mids, Drive control that adds a nice touch of grit and grind, and plenty of power for gigging in a superlight and compact package. 2 Speakon outputs and a tuner output. If it had a headphone out it would be a 10.
It's only 4 lbs but it's very solid. It's made in the Aguilar factory in NYC while many of its competitors are made over seas.
Considering the wonderful EQ, great tone, quality construction, light weight, and amount of power you get, it's a 10!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good things come in small packages

By Fred312b

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great EQ
  • Made In The Usa
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Solid Feeling Yet Light
  • Tuner Mute

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Any And Everything

    Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

    This amp is great. It was my first real experience with the lightweight, Class D amps and I could not be happier. With the EQ flat, the sound is bassy, clear and warm. I use this with 2 Aguilar SL 112's and I can't believe how loud and accurate a rig it is, yet it fits in the trunk of my car. It's a little more expensive than some of the other amps, but it often qualifies for the 15% off promos, and it is Made In The USA.

    It's not perfect though- the first one I received had a screw rattling around inside. Of course, MF's excellent customer service took care of the exchange with no hassle at all (The second one has been issue free). The tuner mute is not footswitchable (a minor gripe, as it's easily located on the front of the amp). The EQ pots don't have center detents. The Drive control is a little difficult to wrap your head around in order to use it correctly (thank you internet). And you have to buy the (excellent) bag separately (well worth it though, even though it is like a Seinfeld "european carryall.")

    But none of these is a dealbreaker- this is a great sounding, well engineered and surprisingly loud professional quality amp. I'm actually contemplating daisychaining two of them (which is easily done through the front mounted effects loop) as I'm so happy with the TH500 and 2 SL 112 rig, that 2 of them would be an awesome, modular rig of doom, capable of handling just about anything. I cannot recommend this amp enough. Well done Aguilar!

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp!!

    By MarkHarclerode

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

      I recently switched from Markbass Little Mark III after A/Bing both heads. The reason, this has more punch, volume and warmth. Without any doubt in my mind- this is a good bit more volume and definetely has a nice warmth to it. Now if only Aguilar would make a lower power version of the DB751...
      Also the drive is a nice addition, if you crank the gain to about 2-3 o clock and then the drive to 12 noon or above you basically saved yourself buying a separate OD pedal.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      real big sound

      By Alex Dumble

      from Encino, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

        These are similar in tone to the big daddy DB750/751 except it isnt as loud obviously and lacks some of the warmth and some other things that the headroom of that amp provides.

        But this with one or two 1x12 cabs is a great pro rig with a lot of portability, sound quality, and volume. Depends on where you play and PA usage.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Totally Unexpected...

        By Sonicboom

        from Edgewater, NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

          I chose this item simply because I needed something fast and it had the reputable name (Aguilar) and was small and cheap. When I got it, it turned out to be much smaller and light weight than I thought and started getting skeptical about how it would sound. Knobs also feel a little cheap. But once I turned it on at the venue, I was blown away by it's tone. It can really rumble a room too, but has such a nice and even tone! Very little EQ is necessary. I played through a Sadowsky Vintage-5. So now I love the fact that it's light weight cause that makes it more portable. Knobs still feel cheap though.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great versatile sounds

          By Jay-hWivB

          from Chapel Hill, NC

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

            When this amp is combined with the Aguilar SL112 cabinet it is equally at home with upright or electric bass. Many amps that excel at amplifying upright can sound clinical in conjunction with electric bass. Not the Tone Hammer. It can be clean pristine or distorted, dirty and everything in between--at any volume. The Drive function is really cool. As a recording tool, this amp is a wonderful front end for DI bass as long as you have a mic pre. If you record the rig miking the cab, the fan could be an issue so put the head behind a gobo. That is the only con I can think of.

            I tried all the other brands in the stores with upright bass and the tone was always too honky or artificial sounding. I took a chance and bought the Aguilar TH500 from studying videos alone. Now I couldn't be more happy with it.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great bass head

            By jeremy dillman

            from Yuma AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

              Great bass head for the money. Made in USA

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              !Amazing!

              By KT821

              from Detroit MI.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                This amp is amazing. So much power in a small portable package. The sound is clean, no hiss, no buzz, straight forward controls. I recommend this amp.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This head is so sick

                By Mele123

                from Riverside

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Quality
                • Simple
                • Weight

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Any Sized Gig
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                It speaks for itself. Aguilar nails it once again and kills all the competition. It is so light but has a 'thick' tone. It really sounds super defined, not dull, and versatile. The mid frequency knob is super amazing.

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