Tonehunter Hot Tuna Hot Springs National Park AR

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.

Capitol Keyboard Easy Music
(501) 525-3605
4501 Central Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Hollihan Guitar & Repair
(501) 623-1903
1083 N Highway 7
Hot Springs Village, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Zekes On The Square
(870) 269-4746
Po Box 2528
Mountain View, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Briant Music Co Inc
(870) 367-2856
620 Old Highway 13
Monticello, AR

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Carolyns Keyboard Corner
(501) 217-0275
11121 N Rodney Parham Rd
Little Rock, AR

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Ronnies Steel Guitar
(501) 623-7997
625 Albert Pike Rd
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Ronnies Steel Gtr
(501) 623-4603
625 Albert Pike Rd
Hot Springs, AR
 
Morrilton Music Co
(501) 354-9933
131 Rock Creek Rd
Morrilton, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Romco Drum Company
(501) 666-0814
5611 Kavanaugh Blvd
Little Rock, AR

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Karaoke Outlet
(479) 648-1020
11323 Amanda Ln
Fort Smith, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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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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