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AGUILAR AMPLIFICATION | ToneHammer 500 Amplifier


U2 Bassist Adam Clayton Playing Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 Amp and SL 112 Cabinet…  U2’s bassist Adam Clayton, an Aguilar endorsing artist since 2008, recently picked up a Tone Hammer 500 amp head and a stack of SL 112 cabinets.  Known for his big, warm tone, Adam was drawn to his new rig because, despite its lightweight, it delivers a full, punchy sound.  “We are incredibly excited to have Adam playing through our Tone Hammer 500 head and SL 112 cabinets,” comments Dale Titus, Aguilar Amplification’s Sales & Marketing Manager


On U2’s recent 3-year U2360 World Tour Adam was backed up by a full complement of Aguilar DB 751 heads and an impressive wall of Aguilar cabinets, bringing Aguilar’s sound to over 50 countries.  “To have Adam now playing through our Tone Hammer 500 is further validation that even though it only weighs four pounds,” adds Dale Titus, “the Tone Hammer 500 provides a massive sonic experience.”


Power Output: 500 watts into 4 ohms, 250 watts into 8 ohms

Preamp Section: Solid State

Power Section: Class D

Transformer: Switching mode power supply (SMPS)

EQ Section:
Bass: +/- 17 dB @ 40 Hz
Mid Level: +/- 16 dB
Mid Frequency: 180 Hz – 1 kHz
Treble: +/- 14 dB @ 4 kHz

Drive Control: Fully adjustable, featuring Aguilar’s proprietary AGS(adaptive gain shaping) circuit.

Effects Loop: Series operation. Adds 6 dB of additional gain, making it useful for a broad range of effects units.

Inputs: One 1/4" input jack, compatible with all active and passive basses

Speaker Outputs: Two Neutrik Speakon speaker outputs

Balanced Output: XLR balanced output with pre/post EQ and ground lift switch

Tuner output

Cooling: Two high quality whisper fans with thermal speed control

Dimensions: 10.75”W X 8.5”D X 2.75”H

Warranty: Three year limited

Optional: Durable carrying bag

For more information about the Tone Hammer 500 and SL 112 cabinets please visit Aguilar’s newly designed and updated website,


"So there I was, fifteen years old, with a dark brown Ibanez-copy bass guitar and no amp. I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it. Absolutely none. Not a clue. It just sounded good to me." - Adam Clayton