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Black Friday music deals 2021: these mega offers are still live

Black Friday music deals 2021: these mega offers are still live
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So, that was Black Friday 2021! The official window for this year's Black Friday music deals might be closed, but that doesn't mean there aren't still crazy savings to be made. If you missed out yesterday, this is the place to find the Black Friday deals that are still live. 

Best Black Friday music deals 2021

Your first port of call should be the big music retailers where there are still massive discounts to made. At Guitar Center you can still make huge holiday savings (until 28 November), plus get 15% off qualifying purchases over $199 with the code blackfriday15 (until 29 November)

Elsewhere, Sweetwater's official deals are still alive and kicking, but are scheduled to end later today. Shop right now and save up to 70% off a range of gear, from guitars and drums, to DJ equipment and digital pianos. If it's software you're after, Waves' official Black Friday sale is still live and comes fully loaded with up to 93% off over 200 killer plugins, plus free plugins the more you buy. That also ends today.

Will so many deals looking to send soon, we're excited to see what the Cyber Monday music deals bring. 

For the uninitiated, Black Friday is an event where the biggest music shops and brands on the planet get busy dropping fantastic deals and discounts on music gear. Whether you're a guitarist, producer, DJ, drummer or podcaster, this is the time to invest in your rig.

The sheer volume of Black Friday musical instrument deals can be overwhelming, so we're on hand to help arm you with all the latest info you need to get your hands on a dream electric guitar, invest in a new electronic drum set, score yourself a new laptop for music production or pick up some plugins to supercharge your next musical project.

Black Friday music deals: Quick links

Black Friday music deals: Top deals

Save 50% on Arturia V Collection 8 and more

Save 50% on Arturia V Collection 8 and more
It's Arturia's biggest software sale ever: get not only V Collection 8, but also the FX Collection 2 and Pigments 3 for half price.

iZotope Diamond: $2,268

iZotope Diamond: $2,268, now $149, $2,119 off
For not much more than the cost of the Gold or Platinum packages, you can add Diamond to your production arsenal. This time there's an upgraded version of Nectar, which promises to fix any vocal problems and/or just add sweetness to taste. iZotope Neoverb is the other new headline act. This impressive plugin harnesses iZotope’s cutting-edge AI-assisted processing to provide an ultra-powerful, ultra-versatile reverb.

Waves Black Friday sale: Save $$$ & get free plugins

Waves Black Friday sale: Save $$$ & get free plugins
You’ll find everything from reverbs and delays, to compressors and virtual instruments in this sale. There’s even a few bundles tucked away amongst the hundreds of items on sale at Waves right now for even greater value for money.

Waves Silver plugin bundle: Was $599

Waves Silver plugin bundle: Was $599, now $49.99
For Black Friday 2021 you can get your hands on 16 professional award-winning plugins for music production, mixing and mastering all for an insanely low price of $49.99.

Positive Grid Spark + free bag: $299, now $224

Positive Grid Spark + free bag: $299, now $224
The Spark from Positive Grid has taken the practice amp world by storm. With thousands of tones at your fingertips, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, plus intelligent features such as Smart Jam and Auto Chords, it’s no wonder it’s the best-selling amp for home use. Buy it with this deal to save $75 and get a free padded gig bag (usually $60), plus free shipping!

Blue Microphones Yeti: Was $129.99, now $89

Blue Microphones Yeti: Was $129.99, now $89
Grab one of the best USB microphones with $40 off this Black Friday thanks to the folks at Amazon. The Blue Microphones Yeti is perfect for streaming, podcasting and voiceovers, but will even cover you when you need to lay down a vocal take or two thanks to its multiple pickup patterns, and easy plug-n-play capabilities. Save $40 on the Satin Red Yeti, or get $30 off the Silver, Black and Midnight Blue models. 

M-Audio BX5 Studio Monitor (Each): $179

M-Audio BX5 Studio Monitor (Each): $179, $99.99
Well, if you are going to splash out on a new audio interface, it's worth also considering a quality set of studio monitors to ensure you hear your mixes to their fullest potential - and with $79 off each speaker, now might be the best time to grab a set.

IK Multimedia iLoud MTM

IK Multimedia iLoud MTM Studio Monitor: $350 $250
Get one of the best compact studio monitors at a cracking discount. The iLoud MTMs will give you an honest representation of how your mixes sound, making it far easier for you to make them sound better.

Blackstar Studio 10 6L6 1x12" amp $729.99

Blackstar Studio 10 6L6 1x12" amp $729.99 $599.99

A great saving on a great valve amp; this 10-watt combo will deliver full fat tones for home and stage. Jazz, blues and rock; you're confidently covered here and a 12-inch Celestion Seventy 80 speaker will help serve all the punch and clarity you need. 

Shure SM7B: was $399, now $359, save $40

Shure SM7B: was $399, now $359, save $40
If you buy just one microphone in your lifetime the Shure SM7B deserves a place on your shortlist. It's a mic that excels at broadcast applications because it flatters any voice, even in the worst untreated rooms. It's also a superb vocal mic for singers, whether on stage or in the studio. Need to record instruments? It's great for guitar cabs and drum kits too. The word legendary is overused but it's well-deserved here. Get it while it's cheap!

Supro 1822 Delta King 12 15W amp $649.00

Supro 1822 Delta King 12 15W amp $649.00 $449.00

Preorder it while you can; this is probably the best valve amp deal we'll see this weekend. FET-driven boost function, Pigtronix FAT high-gain mode, analogue spring reverb; this is a lot of amp for the money. 

Roland GO:KEYS 61K: was $349

Roland GO:KEYS 61K: was $349, now $249
The Roland GO:KEYS 61K is a completely wireless, battery-powered, portable solution for playing keyboard. It comes loaded with over 500 sounds, has its own speakers built in and is equipped with Bluetooth for wire-free connectivity. You even get access to free online lessons via Skoove. This feature-packed portable keyboard offers a lot of bang for your buck, and with $100 off for Black Friday, the deal just gets even better!  

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Boss Pocket GT: was $199.99, now $149.99
Practice tools don’t come much more powerful than the Pocket GT - a comprehensive modelling unit that includes over 100 amps, stomps and effects, 99 user memories, USB, Bluetooth and Boss’ unique YouTube streaming integration. If you’re looking for a do-it-all solution that you can take anywhere, bag a bargain now at Sweetwater. You won’t be disappointed.

Squier Classic Vibe '60s Strat: $449

Squier Classic Vibe '60s Strat: $449, $399
There are few guitars more iconic or versatile than the Strat, and now you can grab a piece of the action for $399 thanks to Sweetwater, who've knocked $50 off this Olympic White '60s Classic Vibe. You've got all the standard Strat appointments including three single coils and synchronized trem - but with that extra touch of '60s class. 

Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit: $899

Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit: $899, $629.99
Alesis is one of the very best when it comes to Black Friday deals - and this Command X with all-mesh heads is no exception to the rule - with $270 off at Musicians Friend. A second crash cymbal included means your creativity can flourish even more than before, and the Advanced Drum Module enables you to explore even more sounds, kits, training functions and backing tracks. 

Shure SE215 Pro in-ear monitors: were $99, now $79

Shure SE215 Pro in-ear monitors: were $99, now $79
If you’ve been thinking of making the move into in-ear monitors, these wired options are the perfect entry point, made even better with a 20% reduction for Black Friday. They feature a single driver with enhanced bass, three different sizes of earbud (in foam or flex materials) plus a formable cable for a secure fit around your ear and a carrying case. Ditch the wedges and join the in-ear revolution for less!

Black Friday music deals: Software deals

Ableton Live 11 Suite: was £509

Ableton Live 11 Suite: was £509, now £379
Save £130 on the download version of Ableton's flagship Live 11 bundle at Thomann this Black Friday. 

Ableton Live 11 Standard: was £295

Ableton Live 11 Standard: was £295, now £219
You might not get the unlimited this-that-and-everything of Live Suite, the Standard edition still delivers on all fronts with regards to bundled content.

Ableton Live 11 Intro: was £67

Ableton Live 11 Intro: was £67, now £50
Over 5GB of library content and up to 21 audio effects are just some of the specs that can be yours for just £50 with this download version of Ableton Live 11 Intro.

Native Instruments: 50% off 250 plugins

Native Instruments: 50% off 250 plugins
Make the most of the Black Friday plugin deals madness and take your production to the next level with big savings on instruments, effects, expansions and upgrades with Native Instruments. Regardless of whether you’re a player, composer, producer or all of the above, this Cyber Season sale will provide you with all the production tools you need.

Save 50% on Arturia V Collection 8 and more

Save 50% on Arturia V Collection 8 and more
It's Arturia's biggest software sale ever: get not only V Collection 8, but also the FX Collection 2 and Pigments 3 for half price.

Waves Horizon Bundle: was $3,999

Waves Horizon Bundle: was $3,999, now $274.99
No, that's not a typo. You can save whopping 93% on the list price of one of Waves' most sought-after bundles. With 83 plugins, it's a complete processing suite containing everything you need to add sparkle to your productions. Enter the code BF21 at the checkout to get your discount. 

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CLA MixHub: was $199, now $29.99
Get Chris Lorde Alge's SSL 4000 mixer channels in your DAW for a measly $29.99. There's mic pres, filtering, EQ, dynamics and metering on tap, and it really is like having a 64-channel SSL inside your computer. Go and grab it!

Waves VocalBender: was $149

Waves VocalBender: was $149, now $29.99
Vocal formant switching and pitch manipulation are made easy with Vocal Bender. It's a simple way to add a sampled/pitch-shifted effect to your vocal productions with a simple yet powerful control layout. It's a no-brainer for under 30 bucks! 

Eddie Kramer Guitar Channel: was $99

Eddie Kramer Guitar Channel: was $99, now 29.99
Producer Eddie Kramer has worked with Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Stones and many more. Here, you can get his guitar processing chain, all in one place. There's dynamics, modulation, EQ and delay. Get the sound of classic rock for less!

TAIP: was $69, now $39

TAIP: was $69, now $39
In a world saturated by tape saturation plugins, TAIP is the ‘reel’ deal. Delivering that authentic analogue character that so many producers are after, it brings the out-of-the-box sound into your DAW. In place of the DSP conventionally used in similar plugins, Baby Audio have developed an AI algorithm that faithfully recreates the sound of analogue circuits and magnetic tape, bringing warmth, vibe and saturation to your mix. 

Super VHS: was $49, now $39

Super VHS: was $49, now $39
Super VHS is as close as you’ll come to installing a time machine in your DAW. Taking inspiration from the detuned synths, grainy reverbs and toasty saturation of ‘80s music, this plugin captures the spirit of one of the greatest decades in music. Super VHS sends your sounds through a chain of six powerful one-knob effects, including a static noise synthesizer, analogue tape saturator, pitch fluctuation LFO and more. 

Spaced Out: was $69, now $39

Spaced Out: was $69, now $39
Way more than just a reverb, Spaced Out sends your sounds into the multiverse. This wet-FX generator combines a transcendental reverb engine with a 16-step delay sequencer and a host of modulation options to create one of Baby Audio’s most unique plugins. Capable of bringing movement and depth to any sound, Space Out brings together more than 50 individual effects in an easy-to-use interface.

40% off Toontrack EZX Expansions: was $79, now $47

40% off Toontrack EZX Expansions: was $79, now $47
Sweetwater has taken its scissors to the price of 38 awesome Toontrack EZX Expansion packs in the run-up to Black Friday. Expand your sound collection with everything from blues and jazz, rock and metal, funk and soul and beyond with these fantastic deals and save while you can!

iZotope Gold Package: $1,342

iZotope Gold Package: $1,342, now $49, save $1,293
Everything you need to bring professional levels of craftsmanship and creativity to your production and more. You get iZotope Elements 6, which comprises entry-level but very capable versions of RX, Nectar, Neutron and Ozone. In addition, you get Trash 2 to mangle and distort your creations, the Iris 2 synth plugin, Stutter 2 for stutter effects and the BreakTweaker generator and sequencer with four expansion packs. On top of that, there's Exponential Audio's R2 reverb, Phoenix reverb and Excalibur effects. All for just $49.

iZotope Platinum Package: $1,899

iZotope Platinum Package: $1,899, now $99, $1,800 off
Platinum takes the Gold package, squeezes out Ozone Elements and Neutron Elements and shoves in the more feature-rich Standard versions. You get the same familiar workflow but with more powerful capabilities, including track references that enable you to A/B your creations against other tracks, plus dynamic EQ and a multiband compressor.

IK Multimedia FAME Studios: pre-order and save $20

IK Multimedia FAME Studios: pre-order and save $20
Get the sound of the iconic Muscle Shoals studio in your DAW for less by pre-ordering IK's new plugin for $130/€130 (the regular price will be $150/€150).

Black Friday music deals: Laptop deals

UK deals

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (256GB): £1,299

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (256GB): £1,299 £1,169.97
Save £130 on this 13-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon UK, with M1 power, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Logic Pro and GarageBand are already fully compatible and other DAWs and plugins are starting to follow suit.

Dell XPS 13 | i5 | 8GB:   £1,149

Dell XPS 13 | i5 | 8GB:  £1,149, now £999
This XPS 13 i5 is one of the top music production laptops for those who prefer to do things on a slightly smaller budget. This XPS model contains an 11th Gen. i5 processor which, although not the most powerful option in the range, is still more than capable of some reasonable processing speeds and power. Most medium-sized recording sessions will be catered for with this XPS 13, and if you’re someone who just likes to record their own tracks, this laptop with 8GB of RAM should be more than suitable. Get £150 off as part of Dell UK’s Black Friday sale.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 | i7 | 8GB: £1,498

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 | i7 | 8GB: £1,498, now £1,298
Most 2-in-1 laptops aren’t worth a look-in when it comes to music making. Usually you end up spending more on a feature you don’t need, when that budget could instead go towards more processing power. This i7-equipped XPS 13 2-in-1 however, is absolutely worth a mention - with processing power capable of keeping up with the best. Despite only 8GB of RAM, the specs of this model put it well within the realms of a great music laptop. And with £200 off this Black Friday, it’s a steal.

US deals

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (512GB): £1,499

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (512GB): £1,499 £1,349
Make a mega saving of £150 on the M1-equipped MacBook Pro at Amazon UK, with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage and tasty space grey finish.

Black Friday music deals: Guitar deals

Schecter Guitar Research C-6 Elite: $299.99

Schecter Guitar Research C-6 Elite: $299.99, $254.99
Save a cool $45 on this shred-ready slab of Aquaburst beauty at Guitar Center. Equipped with Schecter Diamond Plus pickups, a thin C-shaped neck and 25.5" scale length, this double cutaway machine would make a killer beginner electric guitar and beyond.

ESP LTD EC-401QM Satin See-Thru Black was $899 $699

ESP LTD EC-401QM Satin See-Thru Black was $899 $699
An electric with the hardware to match its looks, this is a metal and hard rock machine from the expert hand of ESP LTD. A build and playing experience that should rival guitars costing double this. 

Gretsch Guitars G2420T Streamliner: $549.99

Gretsch Guitars G2420T Streamliner: $549.99, $349.99
Gretsch Streamliner guitars are stonking value at full retail price, so this deal at Guitar Center makes the G2420T unmissable. Nothing sounds like a Gretsch and this maple-bodied, Bigsby-rocking hollow-body nails that signature tone precisely, in no small part due to the wonderfully sonic BroadTron humbucking pickups. You know you've always wanted one…

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Fender Jimmy Page Mirror MBPW Tele £19,555 £13,333

The most accurate recreation you'll ever see of Page's historic Telecaster used on the first Led Zeppelin album. This Paul Waller-built guitar has unexpectedly popped up for sale at a huge discount - it's only one of 50 and what we think could be the last available new. 

Fender Player Telecaster Plus: $829.99

Fender Player Telecaster Plus: $829.99, now $699.99
Fender Player Telecaster Plus is a fantastic option for those seeking the unique sound only a Telecaster provides, but with a sleek modern edge. The inclusion of a flame maple veneer and striking blue burst finish gives this already stunning guitar a completely new look, and with $130 off, it gets even better.  

Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top: $859.99

 Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top: $859.99, $699.99
There isn't much a good quality Strat can't do - especially when you have a high-output humbucker in the bridge position. This Fender Player Stratocaster takes the iconic guitar in a modern direction with the addition of an eye-catching flame maple top and a unique blue burst finish - and with $160 off right now at Musician's Friend, how can you say no?   

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Squier Classic Vibe Custom Esquire $479.99 now $429.99

Single-pickup guitars don't come much cooler than this. A double-bound body with hidden depths from its three-position selector that offers distinct and varied tones. This is a very desirable addition to any collection. 

D'Angelico Excel Series DC: $1,699.99

D'Angelico Excel Series DC: $1,699.99, $1,099.99
D'Angelico sure knows a thing or two about hollow-body guitars, and the Excel Series proves this old-school jazz brand can make a modern guitar for contemporary players. The Seymour Duncan 59 humbuckers provide a wealth of tones from full-on rock n roll to expressive blues and warm jazz tone, this stunning guitar can do it all. 

Ibanez GRGR120EX: was $199.99

Ibanez GRGR120EX: was $199.99, now $159.99
Ibanez makes some of the most playable and affordable beginner electric guitars on the market, and here’s a great example. The GRGR120EX normally retails at a mere $199.99 – though here you can nab it for only $159.99 using the 20% code 'joy' at checkout – and despite its price tag boasts an impressive spec sheet, with a poplar body promising brilliant sustain, a 24-fret New Zealand Pine fretboard with eye-catching sharktooth inlays and a pair of Ibanez-designed Infinity humbuckers for a wealth of tones. This guitar is perfect for both beginners and advanced players alike.

Relish Trinity Electric guitar: $1,299

Relish Trinity Electric guitar: $1,299, now $999
Now for something a little bit different. Relish has been manufacturing boutique, high-end instruments with their signature pickup-switching system for some time, and the Trinity series sees that same versatility but with a much more reasonable price tag. Save $300 while stocks last at Sweetwater. 

Harley Benton ST-62CC RW: £125

Harley Benton ST-62CC RW: £125, now £109
This S-type guitar packs a lot of punch for just over £100 (that's 13% off). It’s a basswood body with a maple neck and Pau Ferro fingerboard, a classic trio of Alnico 5 single coils, tremolo and we think the Lake Placid Blue finish looks the business too.

Harley Benton Fusion-T HH: £333

Harley Benton Fusion-T HH: £333, now £299
Fancy a hot-rodded T-style guitar? This one has a roasted maple neck for enhanced stability, 22 stainless steel frets, a Wilkinson 50IIK two-point vibrato, Graph Tech TUSQ nut, dual Alnico 5 humbuckers (with push/pull coil split) and staggered locking tuners. With 10% off, it’s just £299!

Harley Benton SC-DLX Gotoh: £299

Harley Benton SC-DLX Gotoh: £299, now £249
This beefy single-cut guitar looks great in Pelham Blue, but it’s got a spec sheet to match with a nyatoh body, rosewood fingerboard, Graph Tech TUSQ nut, and Gotoh hardware. The Tesla VR-2 alnico 5 pickups are also fitted with a coil split for extra versatility. It’s a stone cold bargain at just £249 (16% off), delivered to your door.

Harley Benton DC-Junior FAT: £169

Harley Benton DC-Junior FAT: £169, now £133
Surf’s up! This double-cut garage rocker is made of mahogany throughout, with an ebony fretboard and a Fat ’59 neck profile. The single pickup is a stacked P90, plus there’s a wraparound bridge and Wilkinson tuners, all with a respectable 21% discount bringing it down to £133. That's Benton Blue finish is pretty sweet, too.

Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage: £144

Harley Benton HB JA-60SB Vintage: £144, now £125
Nope, it’s not a vintage guitar from under someone’s bed. It’s brand new, and it can be yours for a ridiculous price of just £125. For that you get a basswood body, maple neck with Pau Ferro Fingerboard, classy big block inlays and a pair of vintage style 90 pickups. It’s finished in a great looking three-colour sunburst too.

Fender Player Stratocaster: $824.99

Fender Player Stratocaster: $824.99, now $699.99
We absolutely love a shell-pink Strat - and we love them even more when they are on sale! Right now you can save a whopping $125 off the amazingly popular Fender Player Stratocaster at Guitar Center.

Harmony Juno: Save 15% with code blackfriday15

Harmony Juno: Save 15% with code blackfriday15
This Harmony Juno is a big hit with us at Guitar World, we have fallen in love with its elegant looks, simplistic control layout, fabulous pickups, and stunning color options - and with 15% off you really can’t go wrong. 

Martin GPC Special Koa X Series: $599.99

Martin GPC Special Koa X Series: $599.99, now $509.99
Martin’s GPC Special Koa X Series Grand Performance acoustic is the kind of guitar you’ll cherish forever. Its gorgeous koa-wood build is not only understatedly eye-catching, it also promises a rich tonal profile that’ll only improve as you own it. This acoustic is a solid investment as it’ll be with you for many years to come, so get it at a huge discount today. Save 15% with the code 'blackfriday15'.

Martin GPC X Series Macassar Ebony Top: 15% off

Martin GPC X Series Macassar Ebony Top: 15% off
Okay, this isn’t exactly what you think of when you think of Martin, but this Macassar Ebony Topped GPC will most certainly turn heads at the next open mic night. The Grand Performace body design gives you greater access to the top frets and the tapered neck profile is effortless to play.  

Martin Special GPC Road Series: $1,249

Martin Special GPC Road Series: $1,249, $1,062
This is one gorgeous acoustic electric guitar at an incredible price. Obviously, the spruce top looks out of this world but the glossed etimoe back and sides? The only word is stunning. Being a Martin, it plays and sounds every bit as good as it looks, and the Fishman MX-T pickup system will give your audience a share of all that rich tone too.

Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass HH: $479

Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass HH: $479, $429
Don't worry, low-end caretakers - we've not forgotten about you. Sweetwater has currently knocked $50 off their exclusive Active Squier Jazz Bass in Satin Black, so you can lay down those huge, punchy basslines knowing you've got the power to back up your playing. The 5-string version is available on sale too, if 4 just isn't enough.

Sterling Music Man Ray34HH Bass: $1,029.99

Sterling Music Man Ray34HH Bass: $1,029.99, $699.99
The StingRay has been responsible for some of the most legendary bass tones of all time. The thunderous low-end and bright high-end attack make it perfect for aggressive styles of music, and this sinister all-black finish means it now looks the part as well. Right now, you can save $330 at Musician's Friend. 

Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass: $449.99

Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass: $449.99, $349.99
The Contemporary series builds on Fender's legacy and brings it into the modern-day, with sought-after features and sleek new finishes. The SQR Active Ceramic pickups deliver bags of low-end punch and a clarity only found on active electronics - and even better, you can save $100 off the retail price.

Fullerton Deluxe ASAT Classic Custom Clear Orange $1599,

Fullerton Deluxe ASAT Classic Custom Clear Orange $1599, was $1849
This niche modern classic is only available in this Clear Orange finish at Sweetwater, and at a chunky reduction for an instrument of this pedigree.

Positive Grid Spark Pearl + free bag: save $60

Positive Grid Spark Pearl + free bag: save $60
The Positive Grid Spark Pearl offers all of the same next-level functionality as the original, but this time it’s offered in a special edition white tolex to mark Positive Grid’s 10th anniversary. With this deal you’ll also get the same Spark Traveller gig bag (normally $60) and free shipping.

Positive Grid Spark bundles: save up to 40%

Positive Grid Spark bundles: save up to 40%
With Positive Grid’s bundle deals, you can add accessories and extras to your Spark or Spark Pearl for an even better deal, saving up to 40%. First, you’ll receive the Spark Traveller gig bag for free. Next, you can add the Spark Hendrix pack - giving you amp and FX models based on Jimi’s favourite gear. Finally, you can add either Sennheiser HD200 Pro headphones, or Sennheiser IE40 Pro in-ear monitors for a combined discount of $135, $180, or $185.

Hughes & Kettner Nano Amps: $199,

Hughes & Kettner Nano Amps: $199, was $239
Compact enough to lug in a gig bag, Hughes & Kettner's 25-watt tube-emulating Nano amps are available in three flavours - the Spirit of Vintage (pictured), the Spirit of Rock, and the Spirit of Metal.

Supro Delta King 8 was $449, now $329

Supro Delta King 8 was $449, now $329

A small valve combo amp that packs huge quality, Supro's reputation for tone and build quality rings very true here. And with a $120 this might be the best valve amp bargain we see this cyber weekend. 

Boss BCK-12 Solderless Cable Kit: save $25

Boss BCK-12 Solderless Cable Kit: save $25
The Boss BCK-12 Solderless Pedalboard Cable Kit comes with everything you need to start making custom patch cables for your pedalboard. There’s 12-feet of high-quality cable, and 12 solderless, bi-directional jack plugs that can be orientated as a straight or right-angle connection. It requires no fiddly cable-stripping or soldering, just trim the cable and snap on the jack plug. Save £25 dollars and start building your own patch cables today! 

 Pigtronix Mothership 2 Synth Pedal $249.99

 Pigtronix Mothership 2 Synth Pedal $249.99 $129

Enter a whole new world of sounds for much less with this huge reduction. The Mothership 2 features superb pitch tracking to allow you to deliver otherworldly synth grooves with your guitar with a deep level of control. Board this Guitar Center deal before it takes off for good! 

TC Electronic Ditto Looper: was $89

TC Electronic Ditto Looper: was $89, now $69.99
The Ditto Looper has become somewhat of an industry standard looper pedal for guitarists. At a killer price point, it features everything you’d want from a no-nonsense looper pedal: a single-knob design for dialing in your loops, five minutes of loop time, true bypass circuitry so your tone remains intact at all times 24-bit recording for pristine audio quality. And now you can get it for even less. Read our full TC Electronic Ditto review.

TC Electronic Flashback 2 X4: was $219

TC Electronic Flashback 2 X4: was $219, now $149.99
Touted as “TC Electronic’s flagship delay pedal” – and with good reason – the Flashback 2 X4 crams a wealth of killer features into a super affordable price bracket, including 10 unique delay types, 10 preset note subdivisions, expression and MIDI inputs and the ability to store up to six presets for easy recall. Oh, and there’s even an onboard looper, too, offering up to 40 seconds of loop time. This is one of the most comprehensive delay units on the market, and now you can get it for less. 

TC Electronic Plethora X5: was $549

TC Electronic Plethora X5: was $549, now $399
And if you want to go the whole hog, the Plethora X5 TonePrint Multi-FX Pedalboard offers up basically every pedalboard effect you’ll ever need in one compact enclosure. Loaded with TC Electronic’s Hall of Fame 2 Reverb, Flashback 2 Delay, Sub n Up Octaver, Brainwaves Pitch Shifter, Corona Chorus, Vortex Flanger effects and more, this powerhouse multi-effects unit allows you to design your own pedalboard, with up to five slots available. And not only that; you can also save up to 127 pedalboard combination presets. The possibilities are pretty much endless with the Plethora X5, and now you can get it with a whopping $150 discount. Read our full TC Electronic Plethora X5 review.

Universal Audio UAFX Starlight Echo Station

Universal Audio UAFX Starlight Echo Station £339 £295

A Rolls Royce of delay pedals, Universal Audio do not mess around when it comes to delivering pro studio-quality sounds. For build, tone and usability this is an incredible piece of kit, and the rare saving here is worth taking of advantage of while it's available. 

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Gruv Gear GigBlade Acoustic Gig Bag:  $199, $129
Got an acoustic that needs protecting? Look no further. With the GigBlade, faux fur, 600D polyester panels and a 1680D nylon waterproof cover provide protection against the weather and accidental whacks, while the side-carry design makes for a convenient carrying experience. There's ample accessory space, too, which is always a bonus.

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Gruv Gear GigBlade Ukulele Gig Bag:  $119, $49
Ukuleles are more fragile, so need a gig bag up to the task. Dense polyester walls and plush faux fur lining will keep your instrument safe and sound, and the waterproof hood will keep it sheltered from the elements during transport. Quite possibly the ultimate ukulele gig bag.

Black Friday music deals: Keyboard, piano and synth deals

Casio PX-S1100 Bundle: $888.98

Casio PX-S1100 Bundle: $888.98, $839.99
The new Casio PX-S1100 is an updated version of the immensely popular S1000, and it looks and sounds better than ever with tweaks to the user interface and speaker system. Right now, Musician's Friend is offering a discount on not only the piano but also the accompanying stand and pedalboard unit. So grab everything you need to play piano while you can. 

Casio Casiotone CT-S410: Was 229.99, now $199.99

Casio Casiotone CT-S410: Was 229.99, now $199.99
Casio is no stranger to the world of beginner keyboards and the Casiotone CT-S410 proves why they are so beloved in this category. Featuring 61 full-size keys with touch response, pitch bend wheel, and easy-to-use controls, as well as 600 AiX-powered sounds and 200 full accompaniment rhythms, this is a fantastic keyboard for the budding pianist. 

M-Audio Keystation 49es MK3: Was $119, now $89

M-Audio Keystation 49es MK3: Was $119, now $89
An affordable MIDI keyboard is a must-have accessory for every home producer, and the M-Audio Keystation is an incredibly popular option. This slimline controller features 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys and even comes with a volume fader, transport, and directional buttons for easy control of your recording software. 

Alesis Vmini 25-Key Controller: Was $69, now $58

Alesis Vmini 25-Key Controller: Was $69, now $58
This pint-sized controller is a must for a producer on the go. The 25 mini keys are velocity-sensitive, giving you the ability to fully express yourself, while the octave control buttons can expand the keyboard to the full melodic range of a piano. 

Proline PL1250 Keyboard Bench: $74.99

Proline PL1250 Keyboard Bench: $74.99, $59.99
A comfortable piano bench can make all the difference when practicing for hours on end, and right now, you can save $15 off the Proline PL1250 Keyboard bench which has a memory foam seat. 

Yamaha Reface DX: Was $319.99, now $271.99

Yamaha Reface DX: Was $319.99, now $271.99
Yamaha's Reface DX captures all the magic of its legendary – yes, legendary – DX-7 FM synth, recreated in a modest, portable form factor. It may look small, but it sounds huge. This little keyboard has at its heart the most famous FM synth engine known to man. Period.

Suzuki MDG-300 Digital Piano: $2,599.99

Suzuki MDG-300 Digital Piano: $2,599.99, $1,899.99
Imagine this as the centerpiece of both your home and your musical life! This micro grand piano looks amazing, sounds incredible and is a joy to play. There's a full color LCD screen, 128 note polyphony, six speakers and Bluetooth compatibility. Oh, and 100 rhythm styles so you can play along with anything from Bach to Boogie Woogie. Take advantage of the massive savings at Guitar Center now.

CME Xkey Mobile USB Controller: $199.99

CME Xkey Mobile USB Controller: $199.99, $169.99
Who doesn't need a neat little keyboard controller? Perfect for use in your home studio and so easy to take out on the road. At just 21.8" wide and boasting 37 keys, this low-profile USB controller sure packs some features, including velocity sensitive keys and polyphonic aftertouch, plus inputs for sustain and expression pedals. At this price you'd be mad to pass it up.

Yamaha Reface CS synth: was $399.99, now $339.99

Yamaha Reface CS synth: was $399.99, now $339.99
Craving a huge bundle of classic synth tones in a tiny yet playable package? Welcome to the Yamaha Reface CS, the mini keyboard with a massive character. Based on Yamaha's iconic CS and AN synths it features both additive and subtractive synthesis brought alive with 8-note polyphony.

Behringer synths at Sweetwater: up to $270 off

Behringer synths at Sweetwater: up to $270 off

This Black Friday, Sweetwater are making a host of Behringer's most popular products available for staggeringly cheap prices. With $230 off the DeepMind 12, their 12-voice analogue behemoth is more accessible than ever, while more portable products such as the TD-3 are going for as low as $89. Check out the full range of deals at Sweetwater's website.

Elektron Digitone: was $859, now $729

Elektron Digitone: was $859, now $729
The Digitone is an 8-voice polyphonic FM synthesizer with in-built sequencer, loaded with performance FX. Unlocking the unlimited potential of FM synthesis, the Digitone offers four individual synth tracks, each running a 4-operator synth engine. The crystalline tones these produce can be shaped by the Digitone's multimode filters, then run through chorus, delay, reverb and overdrive to be sent into outer space. 

Black Friday music deals: Controller deals

Novation Launchpad X: Was $199.99

Novation Launchpad X: Was $199.99, now $169.99
Still the king of affordable Ableton Live pad controllers, the Launchpad X comes with an upgraded feature set and feels better than ever. At this price, it's cheaper than ever, too, and comes with a free sleeve, too.

Black Friday music deals: Drum machine deals

Roland MC-707 Groovebox: was $999, now $849

Roland MC-707 Groovebox: was $999, now $849

Guitar Center have made a bunch of unmissable deals available on this year's Black Friday, but we've got our eye on one in particular: the $150 saving they're offering on the Roland MC-707 Groovebox. This all-in-one studio solution from Roland packs a staggering amount of functionality into a compact form factor that's well worth the $849. 

Elektron Digitakt: was $859, now $729

Elektron Digitakt: was $859, now $729

The Digitakt is an 8-voice drum machine, sampler and groove sequencer from Elektron. An immensely popular product, this one's relied on by thousands of producers to deliver unbeatable sound and head-spinning creative possibilities in a compact, stylish form factor. Operating with eight audio tracks - each with its own LFO and multi-mode filter - eight MIDI tracks and a sophisticated sequencer, the Digitakt is also loaded with gnarly effects and 1GB of onboard storage. Don't miss out. 

Elektron Octatrack MKII: was $1499, now $1274

Elektron Octatrack MKII: was $1499, now $1274

This sampling workstation and sequencer is everything you need at the heart of your electronic music set-up. With 16 tracks, real-time sample stretching and pitch-shifting, and a sequencer that's earned it a reputation as one of the most powerful performance tools on the market, the Octatrack is an absolutely killer tool for any producer looking to make the jump out of their DAW. All of this tantalising functionality has been neatly packed into a visually stunning chassis, with rugged backlit buttons, an OLED screen and ultra-smooth contactless crossfader. Sign us up. 

Roland TR-06: was $399

Roland TR-06: was $399, now $299
The Roland TR-06 is derived from Roland’s classic ’80s TR-606 drum machine, meaning its pedigree is steeped in EDM and electronic music history. As well as giving you a detailed hardware replica of this iconic drum machine, the TR-06 builds on the format with modern features including advanced sound-shaping, improved sequencing, software plugin integration and trigger I/O for easy connectivity with modular gear.  

Roland TR-6S drum machine: $409.99

Roland TR-6S drum machine: $409.99, now $349.99
The TR-6S from Roland takes its cues from its big brother, the TR-8S. It offers a six-track drum machine with tuning and decay controls per-drum, a 16-step sequencer, on-board effects, sample-import via the SD card slot, and a full FM sound generator for augmenting your drum sounds. There’s USB audio/MIDI connectivity too, and the free Roland TR-Editor makes getting under the hood of your beats simple. Get it now for less! 

Black Friday music deals: Drum deals

Simmons SD1200 with mesh pads: $999.99

Simmons SD1200 with mesh pads: $999.99, $799.99
Here's Simmons' top tier drum kit at a bargain basement price. What you probably don't know is that Guitar Center has already discounted this kit by $200, so effectively you're getting $999.99's worth of premium mesh head kit for well under 700 bucks.

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: Was $379.99, now $299.99

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: Was $379.99, now $299.99
This special edition Alesis Nitro Mesh proves that it's possible for great e-kits to be affordable. You get tunable mesh heads here instead of cheap-feeling rubber, which feel closer to playing an acoustic drum set, while keeping the noise down to a minimum. This already affordable e-kit has 21% off right now at Musician's Friend.

Rogue 5-piece complete drum set: $349.99

Rogue 5-piece complete drum set: $349.99, $262.49
Got a budding sticksman in the family? The Rogue 5-piece complete beginner drum set has everything they need to get started: a kick drum, snare, three toms, and hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals. It also includes a comfy drum throne and all the hardware they’ll need to get set up. And at a 25% discount with the code 'joy' you can now get this sweet drum kit for just over $260.

Vic Firth Drumstick Packs: 4 for the price of 3

Vic Firth Drumstick Packs: 4 for the price of 3
Every drummer will tell you that you can never have too many pairs of sticks. Luckily for you, now you can bulk buy your favourite American Classic 5A's or 5B's and save money doing so. This Black Friday deal is a great opportunity to stock up, so what are you waiting for?

Barton Drums Essential Birch 3pc: 15% off

Barton Drums Essential Birch 3pc: 15% off
Barton Drums, a relative newcomer to the world of acoustic kits, makes some killer stuff. 7-ply Birch shells bring back the sound of the '70s and '80s, with 45-degree bearing edges bringing out the punchy, powerful characteristics that make Birch such a versatile drum-building material. These kits are available in Pismo and Tiki Bartex finishes, and with 15% off with the discount code Joy, these kits have never looked better.

25% off w/ code 'joy'

Pork Pie Big Black Snare: 25% off w/ code 'joy'
Changing up the snare on your kit is a very effective way of mixing up your sound, and why not do that with the Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare. This gorgeous sounding drum comes with retro-style tube lugs, a lightweight brass shell and is finished in stunning black chrome - and better yet, you can bag 25% off with code 'joy' at Musician's Friend. 

Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 15%

Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 15%
Yamaha drums are some of the very best in the business. Their value for money is hard to beat, and with 10% off this Stage Custom Steel snare when you use the discount code Joy, you'll have a killer steel snare for less. Combined, the steel shell and 6.5" depth deliver a bright, punchy and fat snare tone that'll cater for the vast majority of musical scenarios.

Sabian AAX Concept 17" Crash Cymbal: $239

Sabian AAX Concept 17" Crash Cymbal: $239, $119
Drummers will know that you can never have enough cymbals in your setup, and the 17" AAX Concept Crash is one you won't want to pass up on. Made from B20 Bronze, it's bright, cutting and powerful and will punch through any mix. Save 50% at Sweetwater now, as part of their Black Friday deals.

Black Friday music deals: Microphone deals

Slate Digital VMS ML-1: $799

Slate Digital VMS ML-1: $799, now $499, save $300
One mic to rule them all! Slate Digital’s VMS ML-1 unleashes eight vintage-inspired microphones into your locker with Slate’s brilliant microphone modelling VMS platform. Switch between models after you’ve recorded to audition a dream mic locker comprising mics that cost tens-of-thousands each. Save $300 dollars today and make this the centrepiece of your vocal recordings.

Shure MV5 Digital Condenser (Silver): $99

Shure MV5 Digital Condenser (Silver): $99, now $89
If aesthetics is critical to your YouTube channel – perhaps your content is about beauty – but you're working to a tight budget, we recommend the MV5. It sounds great but just as importantly it looks pretty cool in its retro inspired casing. As always, beauty is more than skin deep, and this clever little condenser mic features a simple USB input, three DSP presets for faultless recording and a headphone socket for direct monitoring. It's also very affordable.

Sterling Audio ST170 Active Ribbon Mic: $229

Sterling Audio ST170 Active Ribbon Mic: $229, $149.99
Ribbons are fast becoming everyone's favourite mics again because they sound, well, astonishing. You see they have the uncanny ability to be highly detailed without being oversensitive. This means you can use the ST170 on almost anything – vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, drums, overheads – and they'll all sound magnificent. Incidentally, Guitar Center has already discounted the ST170 down from $249.99, so this is a cracking deal.

VocoPro UHF-5805 Plus Wireless System: $598

VocoPro UHF-5805 Plus Wireless System: $598, $508.30
This is for you if you're after a full set of wireless performance mics at a ridiculously affordable price. You get four handheld mics, each on their own UHF channel, a 1RU receiver with sturdy metal chassis, two dual mic chargers and a mic bag. It complies with the latest FCC frequency rules and is the perfect all-in-one solution for halls of worship, DJ sets, and vocal groups.

Black Friday music deals: DJ deals

Denon DJ PRIME GO DJ Controller: $999

Denon DJ PRIME GO DJ Controller: $999, now $849.15
The power of Denon's acclaimed PRIME series but this time in a portable, lithium battery fuelled package. No need for a laptop, just get out there and GO! The 7" touchscreen gives you a high definition, multi-gesture experience and the GO can even stream audio over the internet. Shove it in your backpack and you're ready to perform anywhere.

Black Friday music deals: Recording Deals

M-Audio AIR 192|4 USB Interface: $119

M-Audio AIR 192|4 USB Interface: $119, $99
A well-made, easy-to-use audio interface is an extremely valuable item to have - especially if you're interested in recording your own music. This intuitive little interface allows you to capture 24-bit/192kHz studio-quality audio, while also allowing you to record up to 2 channels at once - it could be precisely what you need to finally create that Grammy award-winning album. 

Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo Heritage Edition: was £945, £845

Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo Heritage Edition: was £945, £845

UA's Apollo Twin X Duo Heritage Edition offers producers the crystal-clear sound that Universal Audio is known for, with a premium suite of 5 award-winning plugins included for no added price. Full collections from Fairchild, Teletronix, Helios, UA and Pultec are bundled with the Apollo Twin, making the Heritage Edition the perfect choice for music makers hoping to get that classic analogue sound. With £100 off at Thomann, it's a no-brainer. 

Yamaha HS5: was $250, now $199

Yamaha HS5: was $250, now $199

The Yamaha HS5s are ubiquitous for a reason: these reliable, powerful and stylish studio monitors can provide an honest, precise sonic representation of your mix, and are trusted by countless producers to do just that. With over $50 off a single monitor, you can pick up a pair of these at Amazon for $100 off the RRP this Cyber Monday. 

KRK RP5 Rokit G4: was $219, now $179

KRK RP5 Rokit G4: was $219, now $179

The Rokits, with their iconic yellow and black colour scheme, are undoubtedly some of the most recognisable monitors in modern music production, relied on by countless music makers to produce a colourful, dynamic sound. These RP5 G4s are perfect for the amateur producer who wants a big, show-stopping response from their speakers. There's an onboard graphic EQ, too, so you can fine-tune the Rokits to suit the acoustics of your home studio.

Pioneer DJ DM-40 (pair): was $179, now $129

Pioneer DJ DM-40 (pair): was $179, now $129

Pioneer are a big name in pro audio - though they'e best known for their incredible mixers and turntables, they also channel their sonic expertise into kickass monitors like these DM-40s. With a front-loaded bass reflex system and 4-inch fiberglass woofers, these desktop monitors pack a serious punch in a compact, stylish package, and with $50 off, it's a no-brainer.

Mackie CR-X series (pair): was $219, now $189

Mackie CR-X series (pair): was $219, now $189

Anyone remotely familiar with pro audio or music production will have heard of Mackie - their monitors and headphones are mainstays in professional recording studios across the globe. Their CR-X series affords producers a taste of the Mackie sound at a price that won't break the bank - and with $30 off this pair of Bluetooth-equipped 5-inch monitors at Amazon, cheap just got cheaper. 

JBL 305P MKII monitors (white): $155

JBL 305P MKII monitors (white): $155, $116.25 (single)
With so many monitors out there, JBL had to offer something special with the 305P MKIIs and they've pulled it off. Borrowing technology from its flagship M2 Master Reference monitors was a stroke of genius that delivers crystal-clear, authentic tones that are perfect for accurate mixing. The Slip Stream port brings best-in-class bass response to a compact enclosure too. At this price you can't afford not to bring more precision to your mix. Pick up a pair in white and you’ll save $77.50 with the code 'joy'.

M-Audio BX5 Studio Monitor (Each): $179

M-Audio BX5 Studio Monitor (Each): $179, $99.99
Well, if you are going to splash out on a new audio interface, it's worth also considering a quality set of studio monitors to ensure you hear your mixes to their fullest potential - and with $79 off each speaker, now might be the best time to grab a set.

Black Friday music deals: Online lesson deals

ArtistWorks Lessons: 40% off with code BIG40

ArtistWorks Lessons: 40% off with code BIG40
Learn to play the guitar with online courses by shred legend Paul Gilbert, blues aficionado Jared James Nichols and many more world-class musicians. Right now ArtistWorks is offering a mega 40% off all of their 12-month plans when you use code BIG40 at the checkout.  

MasterClass Lessons: 2-for-1 Membership Offer

MasterClass Lessons: 2-for-1 Membership Offer
Give the gift of lessons with MasterClass this Black Friday. MasterClass allows you to “learn from the best” with a wealth of industry professionals and world-famous musicians ready to teach you everything from guitar and drums to cooking and writing. Right now you can get 2-for-1 on an annual membership.  

Fender Play: 50% off an annual subscription

Fender Play: 50% off an annual subscription
Sorted a free trial but now you want to continue getting all the benefits of Fender Play lessons beyond your trial? For Black Friday, Fender is offering 50% off an annual plan, dropping the price from $89.99 to $44.99. Just add the code friday50 at checkout.

Fender Play: 3 month free trial

Fender Play: 3 month free trial
Fender Play is a unique platform for learning the guitar, bass and ukulele, featuring over 3,000 lessons organised into easy-to-follow courses, over 1,000 songs to learn, backing tracks, challenges and an entire community, all of which can be accessed from your phone, tablet or computer while you play. Bag your free trial today.

1 year Fender Play + Mustang Micro: $330

1 year Fender Play + Mustang Micro: $330, $169.99
This insane Black Friday deal is perfect for guitarists looking to improve their skills for less. For only $129.99, you’ll not only get unlimited access to Fender Play, but you’ll also receive a free Mustang Micro headphone amp, and 10% off all Fender gear for the whole year.

When will the Black Friday music deals land?

For 2021, the Black Friday music deals will officially arrive on Friday November 26 - the day after Thanksgiving and less than a month before Christmas Day, making it the ideal event to pick up Christmas pressies for the music makers in your life. As usual, the deals will extend across that weekend (also know as Cyber Weekend), before finishing with a final flurry of Cyber Monday music deals on Monday 29 November.

Previous experience tells us that the deals aren't isolated to this concentrated four day period though. Many of the best Black Friday music deals will emerge in the weeks leading up to the big day, some as early as mid-October. And many deals stick around well after the event and into December.

Deals are launched at all sorts of random times – sometimes in the middle of the night – so savvy shoppers will need to keep a close eye on their favourite retailers to ensure they grab the bargains they're after. Some Black Friday music deals may stick around for the whole of Cyber Weekend, while others may only be live for a matter of hours, or could be stock-limited. So, if you're looking for a bargain, you need to be ready to pull the trigger.

What Black Friday music deals should I expect?

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the big music retailers throughout October and November. Based on last year's evidence, the Guitar Center Black Friday deals, Sweetwater Black Friday sales and Musician's Friend Black Friday deals will be the places for acoustic and electric guitars, amps, home recording gear and electronic drum sets.

When it comes to laptops for music production, this time of year is a great opportunity to pick up a Black Friday laptop deal for the home studio. Last year we spotted discounts on the newly-launched M1 MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs - mostly via Amazon - plus significant money off Dell laptops and older model MacBooks. Keep an eye on our MacBook Pro M1 deals page for the latest big ticket discounts. We're confident this year will be the ideal time to grab a top deal on your next laptop. 

If you're a sucker for software, we're excited to see what the likes of Waves Audio and Plugin Boutique deliver across the event. Last year, some of the biggest offers included a crazy €750 off IK Multimedia Total Studio 2 Max and 94% off 9 killer iZotope plugins, including Trash 2, Exponential Audio R2 and Exponential Audio Phoenix Verb. We'll be sharing all the latest offers on our Black Friday plugin deals page. 

For drummers itching to pick up one of the best electronic drum sets around, we’re looking forward to seeing price-slashing on some of the year's most popular models, including the new Roland TD-07 range and potentially Yamaha's new DTX series drums. Yamaha doesn't often do e-kit discounts through, so this may be wishful thinking. The Alesis Nitro Mesh e-kit has been a big winner when it comes to Black Friday drum deals, with the beginner electronic drum set seeing discounts of up to $50, plus bundle packages available over the last couple of years.

The Amazon and Walmart Black Friday sales will be massive as always, too. Here you'll be able to pick up everything from cheap wireless headphones and Amazon Echo devices, to top music gear – we’ll be bringing you the best deals we can find across these events.

We've been covering the Black Friday music deals for years now, so you can rest assured our teams will be hunting down the best offers before anyone else and sharing them with you first.

Black Friday music deals: will there be stock issues?

The news headlines tell us that this Christmas it will be harder to get hold of stock due to a shortage of components - particularly when it comes to digital products that require chips - and it may also be harder to get product delivered due to a lack of HGV drivers, particularly in the UK and Europe. 

While the situation will be different for every individual brand and retailer, and some scaremongering needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, our advice would be that if you spot a great deal on something you've had your eye on for a while, to pick it up there and then. Stock may be limited and you don't want to miss out.

Taking into account potential delivery delays, we'd also recommend ordering as early as you can to avoid the risk of the item not arriving on time as we get closer to Christmas. Experience of previous years tells us that Black Friday music deals will start dropping far earlier than the day itself, so you may be able to bag a bargain well in advance and avoid any potential disappointment. 

Black Friday music deals: Discounts and coupons

The Black Friday music deals aren't all about individual product discounts. Some retailers prefer to offer discounts overall on a range of product categories. Usually this comes in the form of a code that you enter at checkout to redeem your discount. 

To give you an example, last year Sweetwater was offering up to 80% off a range of guitars, drums, recording gear, software, headphones and so much more from the big brands. Elsewhere, Guitar Center and Musician's Friend were both offering 15% off select products. 

This is a great way to shop and can end up saving you more when you have multiple items you're looking to purchase.

How to prepare for the Black Friday music sales

If you really want to win big when the Black Friday music deals start flowing, our biggest tip would be to get your research done early, so you know exactly what you're looking for once it's time to strike. 

The good news is that we can help you with that...

To help you create your dream shopping list, take the time to explore our expert and up-to-date buying guides and reviews. These will arm you with everything you need to know about buying the best audio interface, acoustic guitar strings, guitar tuners and so much more.

What else can I buy during Black Friday 2021?

That's a pretty huge question. It would be far easier to list the things you can't buy on Black Friday. You’ll find loads of bargains on great tech like noise-cancelling headphones, iPads and Amazon Echos – and you can even pick up groceries, pet food and dishwasher tablets – but it’s the Black Friday music deals we’ll be looking out for.

Black Friday music deals: what happened last year?

Last year's Black Friday music deals were off the chain, but we're hoping to see even bigger offers this year. In terms of last year's highlights, laptops and iPads - and in particular MacBook Pros - were available with silly discounts. 

For guitarists, the biggest hitters last year were $100 off the stunning Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl at Guitar Center, while the shred-ready Schecter C-1 Platinum FR-Sustaniac was a mighty $170 off at Musician's Friend.

The Casio Privia PX-770 is one of our favourite digital pianos for beginners, so seeing it discounted by $50 at Sweetwater was one of the standouts last year. In fact there were plenty of great Black Friday keyboard and piano deals to check out. 

For drummers, particularly new players, the best offer was $200 off the price of an Alesis Nitro Mesh kit bundle at Amazon, that included headphones and sticks.

Here's a few more offers from last year to give you a flavour of what you can expect from the 2021 Black Friday music deals. 

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Apple M1 MacBook Pro 13-inch: £1,299 £1,249.97
Save more than £49 on this just-released MacBook Pro at Amazon UK, with M1 power, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Logic Pro and GarageBand are already fully compatible and other DAWs and plugins will inevitably follow suit.

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Waves Black Friday sale: 60% off plugins and bundles
From compressors and delays, to EQs and epic plugin bundles. There are huge savings to be had on production essentials from Waves.

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Get 30% off all versions of Reason 11
There are big savings to be had on Reason Studios' DAW: the Intro, Standard and Suite versions of the software are all available for 30% off, as are upgrades for existing users.

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Toontrack Superior Drummer 3
Get a free SDX Expansion pack worth $149
Invest in one of the most comprehensive collections of drum sounds, and Sweetwater will give you a free SDX Expansion pack! Choose from the list at checkout.

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IK Happy Holideals: Up to 50% off select software
If you're looking to expand your plugin folder, you won't want to miss this. IK Multimedia has cut the price - by 50% in some cases - of instruments and effects up until the 4th January. Included in the sale are the MODO DRUM and Clavitube instruments, T-RackS Space Delay and Sunset Sound Studio Reverb, plus the excellent Amplitube Joe Satriani and Brian May editions, and more. There's some serious clout on the table here, so get clicking!

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Slate Digital VMS Classic Tubes 3 | $299, $99, save $200
Slate Digital's VMS Classic Tubes 3 expansion adds another five microphone emulations to your arsenal. Included are emulations of vintage tube mics, as well as tube/ribbon hybrids. It's the perfect addition to the VMS ML-1. Get it today for less at Sweetwater.

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JBL 305P studio monitors: Was $149, now just $99
These superb 5” JBL 305P studio monitors offer a perfect first step into upgrading your home studio. They deliver clear, balanced sound to help you mix and master accurately, and come with the confidence you get from using a trusted brand. At just $99 from Guitar Center, we’d recommend doubling up for killer stereo sound!

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Novation Launchpad X: Was $249, now $159, save $90
The Novation Launchpad X is the ideal performance pad for Ableton Live users. It brings 64 velocity-sensitive RGB pads which react to your playing, allowing you to add extra expression to your tracks. Step away from the screen and see what the Launchpad X can do for your playing.

Novation Circuit Rhythm: was $399, now $299

Novation Circuit Rhythm: was $399, now $299
Novation's Circuit Rhythm is an impressively capable sampler that'll reinvigorate your workflow without breaking the bank. This standalone machine can handle up to eight tracks of 32-step patterns, with a host of performance-focused Grid FX for on-the-fly sonic manipulation. With a built-in battery and comprehensive connectivity, this one's a no-brainer.

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Casio Privia PX-770: $749.99 $699.99 at Sweetwater
One of the most highly-rated digital pianos among its peers, the Casio Privia Px-770 is now just $699.99 at Sweetwater. With 88 hammer-action keys, and 19 different high-quality sounds to choose from, there’s a lot to like here.

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Casio CDP-S150: $479.99 $379.99 at Sweetwater
With $100 off this superb Casio CDP-S150 at Sweetwater it’s the ideal time to buy. 88 hammer-action keys, 10 tones to choose from and a stereo speaker system make this an excellent choice for beginners, too.

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Casio Privia PX-S1000: $649.99 $599.99 at Sweetwater
The Casio Privia PX-S1000 adds Bluetooth integration into the mix, allowing you to perform full band mixes by streaming audio from your smartphone or tablet. Add to that the fact that the PX-S1000 is 43% smaller than previous-gen Privia models and this is an outstanding package for anyone looking to upgrade their home setup.

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Yamaha P-45 Bundle: Was $649.99, now $599.99
The Yamaha P-45 Beginners bundle at Guitar Center includes everything you need to get you playing. Centred around the excellent Yamaha P-45 digital piano, it also includes a stand, bench, tutorial books and a set of headphones.

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Novation Launchkey Mini Mk3: $139, now $109, save $30
Now in its third iteration, the Novation Launchkey has refined the experience of computer-based performance. For Ableton Live users in particular the Launchkey delivers tight integration and control over most of Live’s parameters. And, at just over $100, it’s a handy tool to have in your studio.

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Korg Kronos: Was $3,899, now $3,399, save $500
As the flagship of Korg’s synthesizer line, the Kronos is about as good as it gets for workstation keyboards. There really isn’t much the 88-key Korg Kronos can’t do, so if you’re looking to invest in something with the potential to thrive in any situation, now is the perfect time to do it. Especially when there’s $500 off at Guitar Center…

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Behringer Poly D: Was $698, now $594.98, save $103
Behringer’s strategy in recent years of reworking classic synths has thrown up some exciting products, but we’re especially drawn to the Poly D. It exists as an expansion of the well-received Behringer Model D, but packs in four voices, a ladder filter, effects and a 32-step sequencer for good measure. Grab that 80’s film score vibe now for just $649 at Sweetwater.

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Ernie Ball Regular Slinky .010 - .046 six pack: $30.34 $21.99
Pay just $3.66 per pack for Ernie Ball's best-selling electric guitar strings when you buy a set of six with 28% off from Amazon.com in their special deal today.

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Squier Stratocaster guitar pack: $219, now $169.99, $50 off
Included in the pack is a Squier (Fender's affordable brand) Stratocaster - choose between Olympic White and Three-Color Sunburst finishes - a Squier Frontman 10 practice amp, plus a jack cable, strap and picks to get you started. You'll also get a 3-month subscription to Fender's brilliant Play online teaching app.

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Positive Grid Spark 40 + bag: $359/£268, now $251/£188
With a complete arsenal of amp models and effects, plus access to over 10,000 tone presets, the Positive Grid Spark 40 is a versatile guitar, bass and acoustic practice amp. But, throw in the additional smart features such as Auto Chords, Smart Jam, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and you have one of the most powerful practice amps available on the planet.

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Fender FA-135CE Concert guitar: $199.99, now $149.99
The Fender FA-135CE gives you the perfect platform to improve your playing. You really can’t go wrong with that name on the headstock. Available in Natural, Black, Sunburst and even a classy all-mahogany finish, the slim neck and comfortable body size make this guitar impossible to put down. Guitar Center is slashing a sweet $50 off this Black Friday, so go take a look.

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Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: $699.99, now $599.99
We’ve always been a sucker for a faded green shade on guitars, and the Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster in Surf Green really caught our attention, especially when it’s down from $699 to just $599 at Guitar Center.

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Schecter C-1 Platinum FR-Sustaniac: $859 now $689.99
The combination of an active EMG 81, Sustainiac pickup, Floyd Rose and 24-fret neck gives this Schecter C-1 a whole lot of options. The Sustaniac will create infinite sustain, with switches for the fundamental and harmonic sounds. It's supposed to cost $859, but here it's marked down to $689 at Musician's Friend, making this a lot of guitar for the money.

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Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner: $29.99, now $14.99
This stealthy little tuner from D'Addario/Planet Waves clips discretely to your acoustic, electric or bass headstock without being bulky or intrusive. The built-in transducer picks up the pitch of your strings through vibration, and thanks to the quick processing and accurate, bright display you can be sure that you're in-tune, even with your guitar volume down. Get one of the slickest headstock tuners out there for half price from Musician's Friend now!

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Mitchell MU40 soprano Ukulele: $44.99, now $29.99
The Mitchell MU40 soprano ukulele is at its lowest ever price this, with $15 off at Guitar Center. The soprano size is the smallest of the lot, making it easy and comfortable to play. With a lindenwood body and walnut fretboard providing a warm, resonant tone, this uke will certainly hold its ground against more expensive competition.

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Alesis Nitro Mesh Special Edition: $379.99, now $319.99
The Alesis Nitro Mesh puts a lot of features and quality into the hands of those with an entry-level budget. No horrible plastic pads here: instead you get tunable mesh heads that will feel close to playing an acoustic drum, while keeping the noise down. The range of sounds, feel and build quality all add up to a cracking deal on an already-affordable e-kit. Save $60 at Guitar Center today.

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Ludwig Backbeat 5-piece kit: $429.99, now $329.99
Get your stocking rocking with this great deal on a Ludwig Backbeat drum set, complete with cymbals, hardware, a stool and sticks from Guitar Center! You'll be able to start playing straight out of the box, plus it's available in Black sparkle, Wine Red Sparkle, or Metallic Silver Sparkle finishes!

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Roland TD-17KV Electronic Drum Set: $1,599, now $1,299
This is one of Roland's finest e-kits to date. Highlights include the mesh snare and toms, but it's the revolutionary TD-17 module which is the real winner. On-board you'll find a sound engine based on the TD-50, plus the ability to stream songs and MIDI over Bluetooth. Save $300 at Sweetwater.

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Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones: $149, now $129
Optimized for recording and mixing, the SRH840’s from Shure deliver rich bass, a clear midrange and extended highs, all courtesy of the 40mm Neodymium drivers implanted in each earpiece. Those drivers, coupled with the thick foam earpads, mean you’ll never want to take them off. Shure has thought about the future too when it comes to these cans - the replaceable cable and included replacement earpads mean that your investment will be safe for years to come. Again, Sweetwater’s deals won’t be there forever - and for only $129, neither will these headphones

Find more epic deals on a range of music gear below 

IK Multimedia iLoud MTM

IK Multimedia iLoud MTM Studio Monitor: $350 $250
Get one of the best compact studio monitors at a cracking discount. The iLoud MTMs will give you an honest representation of how your mixes sound, making it far easier for you to make them sound better.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo Heritage Edition: was £945, £845

Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo Heritage Edition: was £945, £845

UA's Apollo Twin X Duo Heritage Edition offers producers the crystal-clear sound that Universal Audio is known for, with a premium suite of 5 award-winning plugins included for no added price. Full collections from Fairchild, Teletronix, Helios, UA and Pultec are bundled with the Apollo Twin, making the Heritage Edition the perfect choice for music makers hoping to get that classic analogue sound. With £100 off at Thomann, it's a no-brainer. 

Ableton Live 11 Suite: was £509

Ableton Live 11 Suite: was £509, now £379
Save £130 on the download version of Ableton's flagship Live 11 bundle at Thomann this Black Friday. 

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage buyer's guides on the site and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 16 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with brands including Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.