Tonehunter Hot Tuna Kapaa HI

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.

Larrys Music Center
(808) 822-4181
4-1310 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Hanalei Video And Music
(808) 826-9633
Po Box 926
Hanalei, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Bounty Music Kauai
(808) 823-8000 , (808) 823-8001 (fax)
4-991 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa
Kauai, HI
 
Piano Outlet
(808) 456-0562
1000 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Ultimate Sound Systems
(808) 889-5676
Po Box 241
Kapaau, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Bounty Music Kauai
(808) 823-8000
4-991 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI
 
Music Shop
(808) 335-5282
Po Box 296
Eleele, HI
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Kauai Music & Sound
(808) 823-8000
4-991 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI
 
Sanders Piano
(808) 946-6500
1500 S King St.
Honolulu, HI
 
Ukuleles Hawaii
(808) 395-4633
7327 Kauhako St
Honolulu, HI

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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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