Tonehunter Hot Tuna Brigham City UT

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.

Donkley Music Co
(801) 394-6222
2512 Mountain Rd
Ogden, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Jw Pepper
(801) 265-0868
5450 Green St
Murray, UT

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Lee Instruments
(435) 879-2973
Po Box 460999
Leeds, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Local Music
(801) 539-1439
774 E 800 S
Salt Lake City, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Strings Unlimited
(801) 786-1605
2196 N 700 W
Ogden, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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Strings Unlimited
(801) 786-1605
2196 N 700 W
Ogden, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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House Of Guitars
(801) 322-4100
645 S 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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National Music Supply
(435) 613-8160
11776 E 5700 S
Price, UT

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Piano Gallery Of Logan
(435) 752-7510
1940 N Main St
Logan, UT
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Miller Piano Clinic
(435) 258-2195
43 E Rocky Point Dr
Richmond, UT
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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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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