Tonehunter Hot Tuna Searcy AR

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.

Quattlebaum Music Center
(501) 268-6694
101 W Arch Ave
Searcy, AR

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Garys Music Emporium
(479) 394-7050
601 Highway 71 N
Mena, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Talberts Music Inc
(870) 425-2921
1605 Highway 62 E
Mountain Home, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Janet Davis Music Co
(479) 855-0700
13026 Highway 71 N
Bentonville, AR

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Rockabilly Music
(501) 474-7625
16 N 6Th St
Van Buren, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Saied Music Company
(501) 758-0200
2921 Lakewood Village Drive
North Little Rock, AR
 
Valley Piano Co
(479) 968-5200
813 E Main St
Russellville, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Keyboards Unlimited
(501) 444-9986
244 Carver Dr
Springdale, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Print Music

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Acoustic Stringed Instruments
(479) 253-7335
53 N Main St
Eureka Springs, AR
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Jacksonville Guitar Ctr
(501) 982-4933
1105 Burman Dr
Jacksonville, AR
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, 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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