Positive Grid's Spark Mini is a practice amp titan – but here are 5 smart amp alternatives we love with Black Friday discounts

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Not all that long ago, guitar practice amps were just that – small, basic, standalone boxes with one or two channels, and a rudimentary reverb on-board – functional, but limited. However, recent years have ushered in a new era of ‘smart’ amps designed for home use featuring contemporary styling, expanded tonal options and comprehensive connectivity.

Leading the charge is arguably the Positive Grid Spark Mini: a small-format, portable practice amp packing in a lot of features including smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and handy jamming tools such as its Smart Jam (which analyses your playing to create a custom jam track) and Auto Chords (which can listen to a piece of music and figure out a chord chart for you). You can read our full Positive Grid Spark Mini review here.

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.