Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 vs TC Electronic Staccato

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dbamta, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. dbamta

    dbamta Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Any experiences with Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 vs TC Electronic Staccato?
  2. baytas


    Oct 13, 2013
    I tried both when I was shopping for a head. I ended up picking the Staccato, largely because I found a used one for a good price. Had I gone with the Tone Hammer I would have paid more and had to carry it from Sweden to Turkey while backpacking.

    I played Warwick, Music Man, Alembic and Fender basses through the Tone Hammer and an Aguilar cab in a shop. I was able to dial in some very warm and musical sounds.

    I especially liked the way it brought out the characteristic "growl" of a Warwick Streamer Stage I. With the neck-thru bass with P/J pickups through this amp, it was easy to approach sort of a Victor Wooten sound and feel.

    Overall it felt and sounded really smooth and warm while maintaining clarity. I also like the minimalism and compactness of this head (although it could benefit from another 2 bands of parametric EQ). If I could find one in Istanbul for a good price, I would have gotten the Aguilar.

    For more info on the Staccato'51 you can check out my post here:
  3. What is the point of this thread ?
    Didn't you already buy the staccato amp ?
  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    The plot thickens! :eyebrow:

  5. dbamta asked
    baytas replied

    And Jeff Scott went to get popcorn
  6. dbamta

    dbamta Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    I already own a staccato and i considering replacing it with an Aguilar Tome Hammer. The Staccato seems to get lost with large gigs.
  7. Oh, my bad... I read the first and second post as one. Mia culpa ;)
  8. Mr Smart-Ass entering the room...
    "It's mea culpa"
    ...leaving the room. ;)

    Can't really comment on the OP's question as I don't know the Staccato.
    The Aggie TH 500 however is a great, great amp. Depending on personal taste it's almost impossible to go wrong with that thing (IMO).
  9. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    No need for the popcorn, it turns out he's talking about a different amp, altogether! :smug:

  10. Yep lol... Thanks Mr. Perfect ;)

    edit: taken from wiki; In the popular vernacular, the expression mea culpa is an admission of having made a mistake by one's own fault (one that could have been avoided if the person had been more diligent). I thought it was pretty good... ha ha...

    I would agree, my TH-350 has been meeting all my gig requirements lately and even at 350w no chance of getting lost on stage or in the room without PA support. If I had the extra cash at the time I would have gone the TH-500.