Tonehunter Hot Tuna Humble 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.

Humble Music Center
(281) 540-7444
138 1St St W
Humble, TX
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(281) 233-0100
132 Fm 1960 Rd E Ste D
Houston, TX

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Guitar Center
(281) 537-9100
16745 N. Freeway
Houston, TX
 
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(281) 587-2277
14810 Walters Rd
Houston, TX
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(281) 259-9400
6046 Fm 2920 Rd
Spring, TX

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Kingwood Music School
(281) 360-9888
3427 W Lake Houston Pkwy
Kingwood, TX
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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H&H Music
(281) 580-8000
713 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, TX
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Parker Music
(281) 820-0011
9941 North Fwy
Houston, TX
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(281) 367-0545
25210 Grogans Park Dr
The Woodlands, TX
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(281) 376-0232
8320 Louetta Rd
Spring, 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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