This preamp/direct box is so strong and powerful it could only be called the "Tone Hammer"! Based on the respected OBP-3 preamp, the Tone Hammer features fully sweepable midrange frequencies in additi... Read More
This preamp/direct box is so strong and powerful it could only be called the "Tone Hammer"! Based on the respected OBP-3 preamp, the Tone Hammer features fully sweepable midrange frequencies in addition to bass and treble controls. With the Tone Hammer's pristine D.I. you are set for the studio or the stage.
To give this tone-shaping unit the ultimate flexibility Aguilar are introducing their proprietary Adaptive Gain Shaping circuitry (AGS). AGS allows the player to kick in an additional gain structure and EQ with the "stomp" of a button. You can now go from modern slap sounds to vintage or overdriven. Its 18V operation gives the Tone Hammer plenty of headroom to reproduce the most dynamic playing style. Separate Gain and Master controls allow you to dial in just the right gain structure for any instrument.
The Tone Hammer is the essential preamp/direct box for every bassist's tool box.
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Comments about Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp / Direct Box Bass Pedal:
Like the title says, the tone shaping options work very well, in a variety of settings. Cuts through, warm sound, articulate, adds good punch and body. However, people should know that as long as it is plugged into the chain and powered, it will bleed into your clean sound even when the pedal is off. So, I've been holding off on using it regularly until I get a master-bypass unit to solve this issue. Additionally, while the pedal sounds great for the first hour or so, it starts to "tire out" after that, and becomes too saturated for my taste. I still have found it useful though, and will even more so as soon I can get the bypass (so that I can utilize it as an alternate tonal channel). Oh, and it might just be me, but I have yet to find any good uses for the AGS, which basically comes out as sounding like a super-saturated distortion except at extremely low levels of gain (I'm talking like 7- to 8-o'clock maximum). I play through a Markbass Big Bang with Markbass cabs, and use primarily a Ken Smith EG, so I purchased the pedal as an additional tonal/timbre option that I could switch to and from as needed, rather than to improve the timbre overall (it's not an "always on" for me). This is what makes the lack of true bypass such a problem for me, but not enough of a problem that I would return or sell the pedal rather than find a fix.
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