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Black Friday 2019: the dates, the deals and everything musicians need to know

Black Friday 2019: everything you need to know
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching and, as always, we’re expecting to see an absolute bounty of amazing deals for musicians in the lead up to, and during, the event. 

The sheer volume of Black Friday deals for guitarists, drummers, DJs and producers can be overwhelming, so we’re here to help arm you with all the information you need to bag that dream guitar or pick up some plugins to supercharge your next track.

This Black Friday hub will be updated regularly by our deals experts with the hottest new music gear offers and bargains, so stay tuned.

Black Friday 2019: when is it?

Black Friday has always taken place the day after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Friday November 29. 

But you can expect to start seeing huge Black Friday music gear deals landing much earlier than that, possibly into October and certainly from early November.

Beyond Black Friday, the deals will stretch across that weekend and through to the end of Monday December 2, which is known as Cyber Monday.

It's a major retail event, and you can rest assured that we'll be stationed on the frontlines to bring you the very latest deals.

Black Friday 2019: what to expect

For starters, there will be massive Amazon and Walmart Black Friday sales taking place where you’ll be able to pick up everything from cut-price Amazon Echo devices to top guitar gear – we’ll be bringing you the best deals we can find across the event.

We’ll also be looking to music retailers like Musician’s Friend, Zzounds and Sweetwater for the best Black Friday Music deals. Based on last year's evidence, we’re expecting big things from the Guitar Center Black Friday sale in terms of guitars, amps, effects and guitar accessories. 

As an example, in 2018 the instrument retailer was offering up to a massive $1,180 off Gibson's 2018 electric, acoustic and bass guitars. Could there be similar Black Friday Fender deals, too? Guitar Center also sell drums, DJ and production gear, so there's potential for some big discounts.

When it comes to laptops for music-making, this is the ideal weekend to pick up a bargain for the home studio, and we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for top Black Friday laptop deals. iPads were hugely discounted during Amazon Prime Day back in July, so we’re hoping for some juicy Black Friday iPad bargains for iOS music-makers, too. 

If you're a sucker for software, we're excited to see what the likes of Waves Audio, Plugin Boutique and Loopmasters deliver across the event. In fact, Waves has kicked things off early with these sneak peak deals.

For drummers looking to pick up one of the best electronic drum sets around, we’re hoping to see some price-slashing on Roland, Yamaha and Alesis gear, in particular the Roland TD-17KVX and Alesis Nitro Mesh e-kit - both great beginner electronic drum sets.

Black Friday 2019: how to prepare

If you really want to be ready once the deals start flooding in, we'd recommend doing plenty of research ahead of time so you know exactly what you're looking for when the time comes. To help you create your wishlist it's worth taking a look at our expert buying guides which arm you with everything you need to know about buying the best audio interface, electronic drum set, acoustic guitar strings, guitar tuners and loads more.

What else can I buy during Black Friday?

Well, just about everything. You’ll find loads of bargains on great tech like headphones, Apple iPads and Amazon Echos - and you can even pick up groceries, pet food and dishwasher tablets - but it’s the music gear we’re most interested in.

We can’t wait to uncover great Black Friday guitar deals and big money off music gear including keyboards, amps, acoustic and electronic drum sets, snare drums, music production software and plugins, as well as cool music tech gear like laptops and audio interfaces.

The latest Black Friday music deals

Aphex Vintage Aural Exciter: was $299, now $41.99
Modeled on one of only a few tube-powered units ever made, the Aural Exciter delivers all the unique character of the original hardware unit, with all the advantages of software.View Deal

C6 Multiband compressor: was $299, now $23.99
The ideal tool for de-essing and de-popping in the studio or onstage. The C6 gives you all the multiband compression and dynamic equalization you need to shape your sound.View Deal

PuigTecEQs: was $299, now $41.99
A bundle of the MEQ-5 and Puigtec EQP-1A EQ, which is a replication of the original hand-crafted unit owned by iconic producer/engineer Jack Joseph Puig (U2, Rolling Stones).View Deal

Reel ADT: was $249, now $41.99
Waves/Abbey Road Reel ADT is the first plugin to successfully emulate Abbey Road Studios’ pioneering process of Artificial Double Tracking, putting the magic of that era in your hands within seconds.View Deal

H-Reverb Hybrid Reverb: was $349, now $29.99
Want richer, deeper reverb tails that sit beautifully in the mix while breathing crisp air into your tracks? H-Reverb is the plugin for you.View Deal

Abbey Road Reverb Plates: was $249, now $41.99
A state-of-the-art modeling of the four legendary reverb plates housed at Abbey Road Studios and used on recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead.View Deal

Smack Attack: was $69, now $23.99
Add smack and bite to drums, loops, synth hits and all percussive sounds by designing the level, shape and duration of their transients’ attack and sustain.View Deal

PRS SuperModels: was $129, now $47.99
Created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith, the Waves PRS SuperModels plugin models three high-end PRS guitar amps: the PRS Archon, Dallas, and Blue Sierra/V9.View Deal

Last year’s best Black Friday deals

2018 was a bumper year for Black Friday musical instrument deals, and this year is set to be even bigger. Here’s a flavor of some of our favorite Black Friday deals from last year.

Save $521 on ESP LTD’s James Hetfield Iron Cross Signature
We saw some ace Black Friday guitar deals, but these discounts on Metallica frontman James Hetfield's ESP LTD’s iconic Eclipse electric guitar really ruled the roost.

Get a phenomenal $859 off a Martin 00-28
If you were looking for a great deal on a legit American-built acoustic guitar, the Martin 00-28 Grand Concert acoustic was available with huge discounts.

$70 off a Hotone Xtomp Mini
For a multi-effects pedal that won’t take up much space on your pedalboard, guitarists struggled to find a better deal on Hotone’s all-encompassing Xtomp Mini.

Save $100 on 8 Fender Special Edition guitars and basses
While we saw plenty of deals on individual guitars, we were particularly excited to see Fender’s Special Edition Deluxe and Standard models receiving solid reductions across the board.

Save an incredible $650 on the Supro 1622RT Tremo-Verb
Supro has produced a host of top-notch tube amps in recent years, and during BF18 Musician’s Friend was offering a superb deal on one of its most compact offerings.

Save $330 on Novation Circuit Mono Station
Novation's analog synth and sequencer is a real Cyber Weekend steal, and is guaranteed to keep you entertained for the entire holiday season.

IK Multimedia's iLoud Micro Monitor for $199.99 at zZounds
During Black Friday 2018 you could save $100 on these excellent mini monitors - complete with Bluetooth connectivity - from IK Multimedia.

Save $150 on Ableton Live 10 Standard and Ableton Push 2
Musician's Friend was offering this excellent DAW and its companion controller for just $998. The regular price is $1,148. Now that's a bargain.

$200 off the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2
The Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 boasts a large full-colour LCD screen and eight colour-coded Hot Cues amongst many premium features and on Black Friday was reduced to $1,999.

Buy the Roland TR-8 drum machine for for just $299
During last year's event you could bag $200 off this performance-friendly box, housing classic TR-808 and TR-909 sounds.

iZotope music software savings
Massive savings on mixing, mastering and vocal processing plugins, with up to 89% off.

Native Instruments slashes its plugins in half for the holidays
Native Instruments entered into the spirit of the season with a massive 50% off a whopping 175 products. Could Black Friday 2019 be the perfect time to load up?