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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
Switching mode power supply

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

SPECIFICATIONS
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)

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    (16)

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    (1)

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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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(18 of 18 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.

(15 of 15 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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Powerful, light, articulate sound, well built, professional

                By Fats Domino

                from Holland MI

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • No auxillary input

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                I was a bit skeptical when I purchased but due to all the positive reviews I was swayed. I have had this amp for around a month now and I am amazed at how many different types of sounds I can get out of the EQ section. With the drive you can get massive dirt, crunchy sound, all the way to that "Marcus Miller" type sound. I use a Fender American Deluxe Jazz 5 with this set-up. I have been using this head with a Fender Rumble V3 1x 15 and an Ampeg bxt 4x10. Super warm, round sound all the way to biting rock tones. I also have a Fender Rumble V3 500 watt amp and the quality of this Aguilar is better. I can also get very pleasing sounds out of the Rumble amp as well though. I also play an Eden WT 800 and sometimes it's just to clinical sounding. The Eden is nice but over priced. I think if your budget is limited go for the Fender Rumble V3 500, but if you can pony up more money, go for the Aguilar. My only 2 complaints would be the need to purchase a case separately and the fact that there isn't an aux input. Other than that, I have really taken to the clarity , punch and tone of this little sucker. Mostly I play R & B, funk, gospel, Jazz, and some rock. At first I had trouble finding a way to get "my sound" which tends to lean towards that fat Marcus Miller sound, but I had to learn how to use the EQ a bit. Took some time to figure out but now I LOVE IT! This amp really has tons of power and sounds louder than 500 watts to be sure. I am satisfied with my purchase. Great quality, American made, Great looking little head.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                EXCELLENT AMP.

                By Freddy bass

                from Puerto Rico

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Very good sound

                Cons

                • Nothing

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                I recomend for all use. Very good sound and portable.

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this product again

                By Abe

                from KS

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                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:

                  Amazing tone. Extremely flexible.

                   
                  5.0

                  Better than I expected!

                  By Rob

                  from Kingsport, TN

                  About Me Experienced

                  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:

                    Replaced my Hartke 3500 with this unit needing a little more powerful and lighter amp. I looked at the new TX600 but felt it too new and untested. I looked at other class D amps and found this to be the best.

                     
                    5.0

                    this amp does the job!!!!

                    By Von Bass

                    from Moore,Okla.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                      I've put this amp through it's paces from day one...rehearsal ,studio,( great DI ),live gigs...this thing is solid...I'm using 3 different speaker configurations,and the Tone Hammer transitions well...8x10,4x10+15,2 1x10 cabs...and the weight kinda helps...I've used many amps over the years and being the plug and play that it is, I find myself playing a little more often...

                       
                      5.0

                      Leave the SVT at home! You won't miss it!

                      By Wademan

                      from Mid TN

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                        My TH500 goes with me to every gig I play. I use it more than my Ampeg SVT-CL at smaller gigs now, and I always have it around as a backup. Truth is, it could permanently replace my SVT, or any other amp I've ever owned.

                        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Got what i want.

                        By Tony

                        from Miami FL

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Bass Amp Head:

                            this is a nice amp,one of the best..

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