Tonehunter Hot Tuna Farmington 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.

Strings N Things Music
(505) 325-5335
2207 E Main St
Farmington, NM

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After Midnight Custom Guitars
(505) 995-0638
551 W Cordova Rd
Santa Fe, NM

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Whites Music Box
(575) 526-6677
200 S Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Grandmas Music Center
(505) 292-0341
9310 Coors Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Mels Music Enterprises
(505) 864-4822
206 S Main St
Belen, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Strings & Things Music
(505) 325-5335
2207 E Main St
Farmington, NM
 
Sun Valley Music
(505) 753-7821
815A N Riverside Dr
Espanola, NM

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Southwest Music Inc
(505) 881-2232
4717 Menaul Blvd Ne Ste B
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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The String Tree, Inc
(575) 534-0372
4240 Grandview Rd
Silver City, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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De Chavez Music, Llc
(505) 863-3333
1506 S 2Nd St
Gallup, NM
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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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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