Aguilar: DB359 vs DB750?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ely, Oct 30, 2001.

  1. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I have been looking at Aguilar amps lately (not that I'm gonna get anything soon, but I'm getting a job soon, so new gear is in the future for me next year)
    I play agressive, heavy rock, a little metal, and some punk type stuff, which of these two amps would you recommend?

    Aguilar DB359: 200w All-Tube amp, basically just a smaller version of the DB728/DB680 rig (I'd get that, except 80 pounds/$3000 worth of amp is out of the question right now) - $1100 retail

    Aguilar DB750: 750w Solid-State amp with the DB680 preamp (My main question is if the extra power and less weight is worth it) - $1200 retail

    So is the extra power (I don't care about headroom, the power is mostly for driving the cabs and volume) worth it, or does the tone in the DB750 just not have the legendary "tube sound"?


    Which Aguilar cabs would you recommend? I'm thinking either 2 1x12s ($350 each retail) and a 1x15 ($500 retail) or a 4x10 ($700) and a 1x15. Would the DB359 have enough power to drive those or would the requirements be too much for it?
  2. just for the record, 200w tube power is much different from 200w solid state. Tube power is a great deal stronger than solid state and can be pushed a lot more. Hence people powering SVT 810E cabs with a 300w head.

    I'm not too sure on which of the two though, due to preamps.

    If i were you, considerig the type of music you play, i would look at Ampeg, SWR, or Mesa. They have more of the sound that i think you would honestly be looking for for your styles. Personally, i like the Ampeg.
  3. jvtwin

    jvtwin What it needs is a little more cowbell

    Jan 26, 2001
    LA Calif.
    The rumor is the DB750 is as close to an all tube sound that your gonna get(?)

    Being a Aguilar fan and owner (DB728 and GS410 and GS112), If possible, play through the ones your thinking about and let your ears decide.

    Also two GS112's don't even compare to one GS410. And I would add the GS115 to the 410 only if you want to knock walls down and induce severe dizzyness in your audiences;)
  4. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Isn't that the whole point? :D ;) :D

    Well I guess I'll get the 750 then, because if it gets tube sound without all the tube problems (weight, retubing, etc) then I guess it's gotta be good! And yes, I've decided for the 4x10 + 1x15, after all, my guitarist is getting a Marshall stack this Christmas, and I'll need to be able to compete with him eventually.
  5. jvtwin

    jvtwin What it needs is a little more cowbell

    Jan 26, 2001
    LA Calif.
    I question marked the DB750 only because I haven't had the opportunity to play through it yet. But from everything I've read (and of course, the Aguilar rep here said it was the next best thing to tube) and knowing what their gear is like, I think your going to be very satisfied with your choice.

    I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here where I purchacsed my gear
    ( I was given 30 days to love it, or send it back. Something to look into.

    When you get around to purchasing, let us know what you thought of it. I'd be curious.
  6. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    if you can afford tubes... go for it!!