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Black Friday music deals 2020: These deals for musicians are still live

Black Friday music deals 2020: These deals for musicians are still live
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So, that was Black Friday! It was a 24 hours of epic Black Friday music deals. The day itself might be over, but the weekend after Black Friday (sometimes called Cyber Weekend) is often a place to pick up similar deals to those from the big day. And we're keeping an eye on all the latest Cyber Monday music deals, too. Right now, the biggest shops and brands on the planet are busy dropping fantastic deals on bargain music gear. This year the deals are super strong. Don't believe us? Right now at Sweetwater you can save up to 80% off a range of music gear,  Guitar Center is offering up to 15% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY15 and ProAudioStar is slashing 20% off with discount code BF20

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.

Best Black Friday music deals around the web

Black Friday music deals: The best deals

Black Friday music deals: Discounts and coupons

Black Friday music deals: Software

Black Friday music deals: Keyboards & pianos

Black Friday music deals: Guitars

Black Friday music deals: Laptops and iPads

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Black Friday music deals: Synths

Black Friday music deals: Mics

Black Friday music deals: Tech

Black Friday music deals: Drums

Black Friday music deals: Headphones

Black Friday music deals: Ukuleles

When will the Black Friday music deals land?

For 2020 the Black Friday music deals will officialy arrive on Friday November 27, less than a month before Christmas Day. As usual, the deals will extend across that weekend (also know as Cyber Weekend), before finishing with a final flurry of deals on Monday 30 November, aka Cyber Monday.

Previous experience tells us that the deals aren't isolated to this concentrated 4 day period. Many of the best Black Friday music deals will emerge in the weeks leading up to the big day.

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.

What Black Friday music deals should I expect?

We’ll be keeping a close eye on big music retailers like Musician’s Friend, Zzounds and Sam Ash for the best Black Friday music deals. Based on last year's evidence, we’re expecting big things from the Sweetwater Black Friday and Guitar Center Black Friday sales as far as acoustic and electric guitars, amps, effects and accessories.

When it comes to laptops for music production, this is a great opportunity to pick up a Black Friday laptop deal for the home studio. Last year we spotted discounts of up to $450 off MacBook Pros, and $300 off Dell laptops. Keep an eye on our MacBook Pro deals page for the latest big ticket discounts.

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. Last year, some of the biggest offers included almost $500 off Waves' Silver bundle and 60% discounts off IK Multimedia Total Studio 2 Max.

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 Roland TD-17KVX and Alesis Strike Pro. In 2019, the Alesis Nitro Mesh e-kit was a big winner on Black Friday, with big savings on standalone kits and bundles up for grabs. With the launch of the new Roland TD-07 kit, will there be discounts applied to older Roland models aimed at beginners?

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.

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. We can help 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 2020?

That's a pretty huge question. It would be 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 chian, but we're hoping to see even bigger offers this year. In terms of highlights of last year, laptops - and in particular MacBook Pros - were available with silly discounts. 

On the guitar front, there was money to be saved on a range of guitars from Fender, Epiphone, ESP and more. A particular favourite was the Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster in Butterscotch Blonde finish, which dropped by $149 to just $549. Elsewhere there were big savings to be had off guitar pedals, including 15% off JHS models.

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

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce/Deals Editor, I play drums (and guitar, badly) and I've worked in the music gear industry for 16 years. I manage all buyer's guides on the site and it's my sole purpose to help musicians find the right gear and the best prices.