Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp/Direct Box

Bass Preamp/DI Pedal with 3-band EQ and Overdrive
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Perfect bass tones onstage or in the studio!

Take total control of your tone with the Aguilar Tone Hammer preamp and direct box. The innards are based on the OBP-3 preamp, with fully sweepable midrange frequencies, bass, and treble controls. This potent combination puts a ton of scultping capabilities at your fingertips, and you can connect it straight to your recording rig or a live sound system for as an awesome DI. But this is far more than an incredibly flexibly EQ and DI rolled into one box. The Tone Hammer is rocking Aguilar's propietary Adaptive Gain Shaping circuitry (AGS), letting you dial in anything from vintage tones to serious overdrive. Need tone? Get it with the Aguilar Tone Hammer.

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Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp and DI Pedal Features:
  • 3-band EQ to shape the sound
  • Clean DI for recording or onstage
  • Propietary Adaptive Gain Shaping circuitry (AGS), lets you dial in anything from vintage tones to serious overdrive
  • 18V operation provides plenty of headroom
Serious tone-shaping in a pedal with the Aguilar Tone Hammer!

Additional Media

Tone Hammer Preamp/Direct Box User Manual

Tech Specs

Type Preamp/DI
Form Factor Pedal
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4", 1 x XLR
Manufacturer Part Number 510-250

Customer Reviews

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Aguilar Tone Hammer DI

This is a pro piece of equipment. Every dial is articulate and significant to molding your sound. I will use this live and in the studio. Sweetwater; Who needs a local musical equipment supplier with you guys around . Your service is impeccable, from order entry, shipment , follow up, and tech support, you have it all and it shows with everyone that has picked up your phone. Somebody has got something right! Check out new Album I tunes, "Sunshine Pumpers" Never say Never Progressive POP
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Great box, my second one!

The Tone Hammer is by far the best pre-amp I've owned (out of 6 different ones). I love it so much that I had to purchase another one. One for my board and one just to have free. Aguilar's quality is top-notch, this thing is built to last. 10/10, would buy a third haha

You won't Regret It

I've purchased the Tone Hammer and could not believe the variety and options of sounds in a single unit..This is a must have for any working bassist. Run it direct or with your amp the end result will make you sound like a Pro.

Aguilar magic

this pre, di is amazing!!! if you have a great tone, it will be even greater with this box!
Music background: bass, guitar

Just want I needed

I purchased the Tone Hammer for the use with my passive bass. My other basses are active, but I still needed a DI. The Tone Hammer fills all the needs. The preamp is based on the very well received OBP-3 preamp. The sweepable midrange is absolutely golden! Allows me to change the character of my passive P bass from midrange grind to old school thump. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is due to the fact that engaging the AGS switch makes the signal considerably louder. It's not something you can switch on and off on the fly without reaching down to adjust the master output control. It's got great tone, and you can go from mild fuzz to wild distortion, but it's really an either/or function. Use it as a distortion pedal or not. Fortunately, I don't use that function, so it's not a deal breaker for me. It should also be noted that this is a 12V pedal, so it will not run on the standard "OneSpot" 9V power adapter. My pedalboard power supply has a 12V out, so that's not an issue for me either.
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