Tonehunter Hot Tuna Sedro Woolley WA

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.

Hugo Helmer Music Co
(360) 757-0270
1025 Goldenrod Road
Burlington, WA
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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Skagit Valley Drum & Guitar Shop
(360) 424-0658
7422 Britt Rd
Mount Vernon, WA

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(360) 757-0270
1025 Goldenrod Rd
Burlington, WA
 
Washburn Piano Co
(425) 462-1888
10635 Ne 8Th St
Bellevue, WA
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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House Of Music
(509) 684-6441
142 S Main St
Colville, WA
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Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Karens Music
(360) 708-4451
Po Box 1364
Mount Vernon, WA
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Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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(360) 853-8306
Po Box 479
Concrete, WA

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Music Centers Inc
(253) 564-8454
6814 6Th Ave
Tacoma, WA

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Rhoades Music Co
(509) 525-3800
200 Ransom Rd
Walla Walla, WA
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Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion

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(475) 957-4567
4215 136Th Pl Se
Bellevue, WA
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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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