Aguilar Tone Hammer



Aguilar Amplification

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 we are introducing our 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.

18 volt 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.


  • Pre/Post DI
  • Unbalanced output can drive a power amp
  • AGS circuitry
  • Cut and boost of treble, mid and bass frequencies
  • Fully sweepable midrange frequencies
  • Powered by two nine volt batteries, phantom power or optional universal power supply
  • Ground lift switch
  • Heavy Duty steel construction


myFXDB user reviews

2 reviews, average score of 7.5 / 10

2015-08-239/10  The preamp section of an Aguilar amp in a pedal, the EQ is very flexible, perfect for sculpting bass tonesThe overdriven gain circuit jumps in level by a mile so this is a one-sound-at-a-time thing, not a preamp with a switchable OD
2015-01-07Older version with lip6/10  Nice clean tones. AGS circuit gets nice dirty tones w/pretty wide range. Sweepable mid cntrl. Lots of headroom. Very sturdy construction.A little too mid focused for my purposes. Independent level controls for reg and AGS circuits would make it much more appealing.

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