Review: Positive Grid Bias Mini Guitar

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We are living in very unusual times indeed. Amazon is now opening brick-and-mortar retail stores. Clunky athletic “dad” shoes are fashionable. App developers are making hardware products. Actually, the latter isn’t that unusual at all, as the worlds of software and hardware have co-mingled for quite some time now. Today, all but the most fanatical purist guitarists have accepted guitar-and music-based apps. As a result, the need for stage-worthy hardware that is better suited to live performance than computers and mobile devices has increased significantly, and so have the selection of hardware products that support those applications.

Positive Grid recently entered the hardware world with the introduction of their acclaimed Bias Head. The success of that flagship model has led to a more affordable version called Bias Mini Guitar, which features a more streamlined control panel and a built-in 300-watt power amp instead of a 600-watt amp. Whether you want to ditch a bulky guitar rig, clean out a basement full of amps (and eliminate costly maintenance such as replacing tubes and worn-out capacitors) or expand your tonal palette without breaking the bank, Bias Mini Guitar promises to be the perfect bridge between the versatility of today’s amp apps and the reliability and ruggedness of dedicated guitar hardware.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.