Tonehunter Hot Tuna Joliet IL

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.

Brandolino West Side
(815) 723-3718
1009 W Jefferson St
Joliet, IL
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Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Sitars Studio
(815) 485-2507
1401 Grandview Dr
New Lenox, IL
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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All About Music Inc
(708) 479-0440
19108 Wolf Rd 1F
Mokena, IL
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Music Solutions
(630) 759-3033
431 N Bolingbrook Dr
Bolingbrook, IL
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Axes Music Inc
(815) 464-8710
47 E Lincoln Hwy
Frankfort, IL

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Geo Kays Music Studio
(815) 727-4656
822 Plainfield Rd
Joliet, IL

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Lockport Music Shop
(815) 838-2301
1014 S Hamilton St
Lockport, IL
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Midwest Percussion
(708) 499-2314
19027 S Jodi Rd
Mokena, IL
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Frontline Services Inc.
(815) 210-7651
925 Lambrecht Dr
Frankfort, IL
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Recording Equipment

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Pro Am Music Center
(630) 972-1999
2528 Dewes Ln
Naperville, IL
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Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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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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