Tonehunter Hot Tuna Idaho Falls ID

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.

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(208) 524-4855
1512 E 113 S
Idaho Falls, ID

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(208) 524-4302
391 W Broadway St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Mickelsen Piano Co
(208) 529-2047
395 May St
Idaho Falls, ID
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Bolin Guitars
(208) 344-1260
4019 N 36Th St
Boise, ID
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Chesbro Music Co
(208) 359-1900
257 N 2Nd E
Rexburg, ID
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Piano Gallery
(208) 524-4420
3050 E 17Th St
Ammon, ID
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Heritage Church Organ Co Inc
(208) 357-0807
987 E 1300 N
Shelley, ID
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Chesbro Music Co
(208) 522-8691
327 W Broadway St P O Box 2009
Idaho Falls, ID
 
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(208) 395-0211
1625 W Bannock St
Boise, ID
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4771 E Dodd Rd
Hayden, ID

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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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