Tonehunter Hot Tuna Kansas City KS

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.

Hume Music Inc
(816) 474-1960
2010 Broadway St
Kansas City, MO
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fire Hawks Vintage Guitars Inc
(913) 677-9666
7600 W 61St St
Shawnee Mission, KS
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(913) 831-2780
5636 Johnson Dr
Shawnee Mission, KS
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(913) 677-0400
5826 Merriam Dr
Shawnee Mission, KS
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(913) 268-4119
11922 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS
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Big Dudes Music City
(816) 931-4638
3817 Broadway St
Kansas City, MO
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Luyben Music
(816) 753-7111
4318 Main St
Kansas City, MO
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(913) 268-5555
10709 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS
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Mountain Music Shoppe
(913) 963-9711
12710 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Shawnee, KS
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Dewitt Music
(913) 894-6440
11554 W 95Th St
Overland Park, KS
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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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