Tonehunter Hot Tuna Milwaukee WI

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.

Nova Musik
(414) 270-1948
608 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI
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Piano Gallery
(414) 276-3525
219 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI
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(414) 774-3946
6742 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI

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(414) 671-4233
3379 S 13Th St
Milwaukee, WI
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(414) 453-2700
10220 W Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI
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(414) 475-7576
6831 W North Ave
Wauwatosa, WI
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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(414) 774-8930
7825 W North Ave
Milwaukee, WI
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Band & Orchestral

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(414) 545-5900
4300 W Forest Home Ave
Milwaukee, WI
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(414) 771-0900
8625 W Adler St
Milwaukee, WI
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7211 W Greenfield Ave
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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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