Tonehunter Hot Tuna Los Lunas NM

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.

Mels Music Enterprises
(505) 864-4822
206 S Main St
Belen, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Piano Bench
(505) 262-0442
6430 Palacio Dr Sw
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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After Midnight Custom Guitars
(505) 995-0638
551 W Cordova Rd
Santa Fe, NM

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Mesilla Valley Music
(505) 525-0423
919 N Valley Dr
Las Cruces, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Southwest Music Inc
(505) 881-2232
4717 Menaul Blvd Ne Ste B
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Frenchys Steel Guitar
(505) 864-2966
103 Mcknight Pl
Belen, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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King Music Center Inc
(505) 884-6774
8003 Vinemont Pl Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fistori Music
(505) 544-7370
110 S Zinc St
Deming, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Baums Music Co
(505) 292-0707
2908 Eubank Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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The Music Mart
(505) 889-9777
3301 Carlisle Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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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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