Tonehunter Hot Tuna Alamogordo NM

The Hot Tuna can unleash massive output—even at low gain settings—and jacking up the Burn and Blow controls produces a combination of distortion and output that will turn even the cleanest amp into a fierce grind machine. It has a thick, fuzzy tonality that metal players will appreciate, but the Voice control is key to getting what you want for your particular style.

Chappell'S Music
(505) 437-1755
700E 1St St Ste 747
Alamogordo, NM

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Ginsberg Music Co Inc
(505) 622-5630
Po Box 100
Roswell, NM
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Mesilla Valley Music
(505) 525-0423
919 N Valley Dr
Las Cruces, NM
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Piano Source
(505) 888-0747
1130 Juan Tabo Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Lesmens Monster Music
(505) 232-0326
5413 Lomas Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM

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Mountain Music
(505) 523-0603
824 S Solano Dr
Las Cruces, NM
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Baums Music Co
(505) 292-0707
2908 Eubank Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Accordion Aesthetics
(505) 662-2639
Po Box 960
Los Alamos, NM

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Piano Source
(505) 888-0747
3301 San Mateo Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral

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Music Express
(505) 388-9405
Po Box 437
Hanover, NM
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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gp0410_gear8465Hand-built in Cologne, Germany, the Hot Tuna ($429 retail/street price N/A) is designed to deliver heavy grind tones that range from “plexi” to “Rectifier.” The unit features top-quality components and a rugged interior layout that includes a neat PC board circuit with chassis-mounted pots and footswitch, and hand-wired connections to the board. The Hot Tuna’s controls consist of Blow (volume), Voice (tone), and Burn (gain). There are also two mini-toggle switches labeled Chili and Dip. The true-bypass circuit features a mechanical footswitch, and there’s a 2.1mm adapter jack on the front side of the die-cast enclosure.

The Hot Tuna can unleash massive output—even at low gain settings—and jacking up the Burn and Blow controls produces a combination of distortion and output that will turn even the cleanest amp into a fierce grind machine. It has a thick, fuzzy tonality that metal players will appreciate, but the Voice control is key to getting what you want for your particular style. Settings of two o’clock and higher really bring on the fuzz rage, while turning it to ten o’clock or lower mellows the bite for a more tube-sounding presentation. The Chili switch toggles between a bold, presence-y response and a skinnier tone with less midrange, the latter of which could be perfect for sitting a part in a dense track. The Dipswitch noticeably enhances the low-end mass when activated, and is useful for getting maximum grunt from low-tuned guitars.

—Art Thompson

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