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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Fletcher Music Centers Inc
(480) 830-3959
6555 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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Bizarre Guitar & Drum
(602) 248-9297
4322 N 7Th Ave
Phoenix, AZ
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Fountain Hills Music Works
(480) 816-3939
Po Box 18224
Fountain Hills, AZ
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Music Store Of Carlton County
(218) 879-2777
260 S Land Ave
Benson, AZ
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Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitar Center
(480) 362-1150
8949 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ
 
Schroeders Organ & Piano
(602) 264-6115
5229 E Orchid Ln
Paradise Valley, AZ

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Brengle'S Music Co.
(480) 981-0914
5818 E Desert Ln
Gilbert, AZ
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Drums & Percussion

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Cave Creek Guitar
(480) 488-5441
6220 E Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ

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Cedar Music Inc
(928) 779-0799
1530 S Riordan Ranch St
Flagstaff, AZ
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Band & Orchestral, 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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