Tonehunter Hot Tuna Juneau AK

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.

Juneau Brass & Winds
(907) 789-0777
9550 Moraine Way
Juneau, AK

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Old Time Music Co
(907) 561-6862
Po Box 92294
Anchorage, AK

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Barney'S Piano Center
(907) 456-2211
1825 Farmers Loop Rd
Fairbanks, AK
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Print Music

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Grassroots Guitar Co
(907) 451-7668
1019 College Rd
Fairbanks, AK

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Mammoth Music
(907) 272-9944
Po Box 200967
Anchorage, AK
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Rozwick-Giles Music
(907) 789-0218
9340 Glacier Hwy Ste 43A
Juneau, AK
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Music Box
(907) 262-9255
35060 Kenai Spur Hwy
Soldotna, AK
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Misicians Mansion
(907) 983-4444
Po Box 440
Skagway, AK

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(907) 345-1914
1920 W Dimond Blvd
Anchorage, AK
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Print Music

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(907) 225-3650
Po Box 9261
Ketchikan, AK
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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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