Aguilar Tone Hammer as Ovedrive or Aguilar Agro?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Saturday, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Saturday


    Jan 10, 2008
    Hi! Been lurking for years, and i tried found an answer to this specific question with no luck.

    My current rig is a TH350 with a 1x15 cab. After trying lots of various options for an overdriven bass sound with no luck (using signal splitters, various guitar distortions, etc), i found my favorite sound by using my Tone Hammer DI as a distortion, joined by the Tone Hammer 350 in a clean setting. The sound is nice, dirty and keeps all the low-end i want, so i'm happy.

    My question is: There are some shows where i don't use my amp and i prefer to use my Tone Hammer DI as my 'clean' sound. In those cases, which pedal would sound kind of the tone hammer distorted? Does the Aguilar Agro go in the same ballpark? I heard lots of demos but i think it's base sound is a bit much more distorted. Any other suggestions that might work?

    (other option would be to have TWO aguilar tone hammers DI but i think that's an expensive solution for this issue)

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  2. keatz


    Jan 19, 2011
    I reckon grizzly bass gets pretty close to the AGS circuit thing
  3. IME, the Tone Hammer pedal is different than the Agro, and I much preferred the TH, so having a couple of those is the solution! :) I just used the pedal with a TH350 head and it worked fine. If it makes enough of a difference, use the AGS to kick on overdrive as needed. If not, the TH350 in particular is so small, just bring it as a DI along with the pedal. There are people who use DIs that are almost as big!
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  4. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    The Agro can get just as clean as the Tonehammer, but the overdrive character is pretty different. I like em both though!

    And FWIW I didn't think the Grizzly could touch either of them! Much more gradual touch sensitive breakup and more of a speaker sim treble roll-off with both the Aguilars.
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  5. Coughdrops


    Apr 29, 2008
    South Florida
    After having tried many...many... overdrives, a lot of which @dannDanny has tried, I find myself in a similar situation as the OP. The AGS on the TH is pretty much the perfect overdrive to me but I use that as a dedicated DI for some ampless gigs. And it's a bit big and heavy for just an OD pedal. There are some that have a similar od character but are not neutral and don't have flexible eq. Or some have great features but don't have the same breakup or touch sensitivity.
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  6. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    I recently tried the Agro. While I did like the character of the OD, I couldn't get what I wanted from the Curve control. When set so the lows were retained the mids were too scooped. Turning the knob to add the mids that would cut through removed too much low end. I'd rather it had dedicated bass and treble knobs.
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  7. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    ^ You can kind of counter that though by turning down the presence and boosting the volume.

    I've been playing the Agro into the Tonehammer lately, I've not tried them combined that I remember, but they work VERY well together. I'd be happy with these two as my main overdrive and preamp in fact.