Tonehunter Hot Tuna College Station TX

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.

Layfield Music
(940) 549-6621
1504 Glade St
College Station, TX

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Brazos Guitars
(979) 680-1723
8310 Shadow Oaks
College Station, TX

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The String & Horn Shop Inc
(979) 779-8548
119 N Main St
Bryan, TX
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Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Thorn Music Center
(979) 260-3200
702 University Dr E
College Station, TX
 
Brazos Arts, Llc
(979) 703-5905
708 S Bryan Ave
Bryan, TX
 
Lippman Music Co Inc
(979) 846-1225
112 Nagle St
College Sta, TX
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Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitar Shop
(979) 260-7262
8607 Topaz Ct
College Station, TX

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Backstage Sound
(979) 774-2954
7350 Mesco Rd
Bryan, TX

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Lippman Music Co Inc
(409) 846-1225
112 Nagle St
College Station, TX
 
The String & Horn Shop
(979) 779-8548
119 N Main St
Bryan, TX
 
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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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