Tonehunter Hot Tuna Lake Havasu City AZ

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.

Lenny Hero Musical Inc
(928) 855-2592
1960 Poplar Dr
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Richards Music Co
(928) 428-2442
Po Box 810
Safford, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
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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Fletcher Music Centers Inc
(480) 830-3959
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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Guitar Center
(602) 375-3800
2772 West Peoria St.
Phoenix, AZ
 
Magic Music Organ Co
(623) 933-5070
21596 N 59Th Ln
Glendale, AZ

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Brindley Music Center
(480) 963-1468
Po Box 719
Chandler, AZ

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Becks Guitar Specialty Svc
(480) 829-9630
121 E Hermosa Dr
Tempe, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Ramsey'S Pianos
(520) 744-7234
2681 W Medici Dr
Tucson, AZ

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Gypsy'S
(480) 429-7711
7122 E 5Th Ave
Scottsdale, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Recording Equipment

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Richardson Music Center
(480) 641-9903
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ

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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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