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Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: their official sale is live

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: their official sale is live
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It's Black Friday, and the official Guitar Center Black Friday deals are here! Black Friday is responsible for the biggest sales of the whole year, and has always been the perfect time to pick up your favourite gear with a huge discount. Guitar Center has some of the very best deals every single year - and this year is no different, with savings to be made on Yamaha and Gretsch guitars, alongside Alesis electronic drum sets, home recording gear and even store-wide discounts for those who want to have a browse themselves.

Best Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021

If you want to save right now, we recommend you head straight to the Guitar Center Black Friday sale HQ, where you'll find big discounts on loads of gear until 28 November. GC is also offering 15% off qualifying orders over $199 using the code blackfriday15. This promotion runs through to 29 November. Keep scrolling for our top picks.

This page is your place to find out all the most useful information and to scout out the latest Guitar Center Black Friday deals, as they happen.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals: Quick links

Guitar Center Black Friday: Top deals

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859, now $699
This HSS-configured Plus Top Player Strat in Sienna Sunburst may just be the one for you if those previous options are a bit too plain for you. A regular Player Strat at heart, this guitar is capable of just that little bit more than most Strats thanks to the Player Series humbucker in the bridge. With $160 off right now, you can save big at Guitar Center.

Epiphone ES-335 Traditional Pro: $599

Epiphone ES-335 Traditional Pro: $599, now $479
Not only is this good-looking semi-hollow $120 cheaper than Epiphone’s regular ES-335, it has the added bonus of coil-splits for its Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers. Throw in a classic layered maple body, rounded C mahogany neck and choice of four finishes, and you get a Black Friday-beating Epiphone deal.

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 tuneable 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 $80 off right now at Guitar Center.

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. 

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!

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. 

Guitar Center Black Friday: 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 also offered another 15% off this epic e-kit - with the code blackfriday15. Save even more money!

Guitar Center Black Friday: Guitar deals

Epiphone Les Paul Special-I Player Pack: $249

Epiphone Les Paul Special-I Player Pack: $249, $219
Just starting out? Here's everything you need in one package that's ready to rock. In addition to the iconically-shaped single cut guitar in stylish worn red finish, you also get a 10w amplifier, a tuner, picks, strap and cable, all for under $220.

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. 

Schecter Guitar Research C-6 Elite: Save 15%

Schecter Guitar Research C-6 Elite: Save 15%
Save a cool 15% on this shred-ready slab of Aquaburst beauty at Guitar Center when you use the code blackfriday15. 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.

Gretsch Guitars G2420T: $549.99

Gretsch Guitars G2420T: $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…

Martin Special GPC Road Series: Save 15%

Martin Special GPC Road Series: Save 15%
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.

Guitar Center Black Friday: Keyboard and synth deals

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. 

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. 

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.

Yamaha Reface CS synth: Save 15%

Yamaha Reface CS synth: Save 15%
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 if features both additive and subtractive synthesis brought alive with 8-note polyphony.

Guitar Center Black Friday: 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 MV7 + Manfrotto tripod bundle: $269

Shure MV7 + Manfrotto tripod bundle: $269, $239
This is the bundle for wannabe podcasters. You get a Shure MV7, which is simply one of the greatest podcasting mics available today. It looks and sounds just like a mini version of the legendary SM7B but has some nifty new features including the ability to be hooked up via XLR or USB, plus a headphone socket for direct monitoring. Also included in the bundle is a sturdy, yet lightweight PIXI mini tripod from premium brand Manfrotto. Just add vocals.

Shure MV88+ Desktop Kit: was $249, now $219

Shure MV88+ Desktop Kit: was $249, now $219
If you're a content creator just using your phone to capture video you've probably nailed the cinematography bit but struggle with the audio. The Shure MV88+ fixes that by capturing clear, crisp, directional sound with no complicated setup or fuss. Just quality content. This bundle contains all the kit and cables (iOS & USB-C) you need to connect most iOS and Android phones, a phone clamp and a Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod. #qualitycontent

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.

MXL V250 Condenser Microphone: Save 15%

MXL V250 Condenser Microphone: Save 15%
You can spend thousands on a decent vocal mic. Or you can buy an MXL V250 with 15% off. This large diaphragm condenser, with its characterful 10kHz presence boost, has been specifically voiced for vocals. It exhibits a rich, full-bodied sound that flatters almost anyone who gets near, but it loves acoustic guitars and pianos too. Grab one now while the price is so low.

VocoPro UHF-5805 Plus: Save 15%

VocoPro UHF-5805 Plus: Save 15%
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.

Heil Sound PR 35 Dynamic Mic: Save 15%

Heil Sound PR 35 Dynamic Mic: Save 15%
Here's a magic mic from the genius that is Bob Heil. It's a handheld vocal mic that features an incredible amount of rear rejection, exhibits next to no handling noise or electronic interference, rejects feedback like nothing else on earth but has excellent articulation and a very natural upper mid-range. In short, it's one of the best stage vocal mics out there. It also handles guitar cabs, drums and more…

Guitar Center Black Friday: DJ gear 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.

Guitar Center Black Friday: Software deals

Steven Slate Drums SSD5: Was $119.99, now $99

Steven Slate Drums SSD5: Was $119.99, now $99
Build your tracks on solid foundations with SSD5. You’ll have access to hundreds of precisely sampled sounds from some of the biggest names in drum gear, as well as 1,000 preset grooves. Who wouldn’t want better sounding drums for only $99?

When is the Guitar Center Black Friday sale?

The Black Friday Guitar Center sale itself kicks off on Friday 26 November, the day before Thanksgiving.

Although the event doesn't official take place until this date, just like most retailers, the Guitar Center Black Friday deals will certainly start rolling out sooner. Last year, GC was slashing prices from as early as late-October, and didn't stop until well into December.

Beyond Black Friday are the Cyber Monday Guitar Center deals, which land just 3 days later on Monday 29 November.

What can you buy in the Guitar Center Black Friday sale?

Despite its name, Guitar Center actually stocks pretty much everything any musician could want, so it's a great place to go if you want to give your studio an overhaul, upgrade your guitar rig, start drumming or any other musical activity that tickles your fancy. You might head to the website planning to buy an electric guitar, but the company also sells all the music making products you could ever wish for: MIDI keyboards, studio monitors, microphones, beginner digital pianos and much more.

The Guitar Center Black Friday sale is also the time to stock up on those music making essentials and accessories: acoustic guitar strings, guitar tuners, guitar picks and guitar straps are just the start. If you can make music with it, it's more than likely that Guitar Center will have it and it will enjoy some sort of discount on Black Friday.

Will there be Guitar Center Black Friday stock issues?

If the news headlines are to be believed, stock may be harder to get hold of this year and deliveries could take longer due to a shortage of drivers. 

While the situation will be different for every individual brand and retailer, and some of the headlines need to be taken with a pinch of salt, our advice would be that if you spot a great deal on something that's been on your wishlist for a while, to pick it up there and then to avoid missing out.

Don't forget that the returns policies for most retailers means you can purchase an item, try it out at home then return it if it's not right. So, order early to avoid disappointment, knowing you're covered if you need to take it back. 

Guitar Center Black Friday coupons

Not only does the Guitar Center Black Friday sale deliver excellent discounts on individual products, last year they went even bigger by offering a blanket 15% discount off a wide range of gear, meaning everything from pianos and guitars to DJ turntables and headphones were available with decent money off. All you had to do was enter the unique code at checkout. This is particularly ace if you have a number of items on your wishlist.

How to prepare for Guitar Center Black Friday?

The golden rule when hunting for Guitar Center Black Friday deals is to know what you're looking for. Whether you're a guitarist, bassist, drummer, producer or DJ, think about what you need to improve your music-making life and then start researching it. This will save you a lot of time when the Guitar Center Black Friday deals start rolling in, as you'll quickly be able to decide what's relevant to you and what isn't. There will be so many deals coming your way, that being able to cut through the noise is super important.

Also make sure you're aware of current prices – that way you'll know how good a deal something really is when you see it reduced on Black Friday. Some supposed 'savings' aren't everything that they seem.

The good news is that you can easily find out what the best music-making products are by checking out MusicRadar's huge portfolio of buying guides and reviews.

Don't forget that Guitar Center isn't the only major retailer offering Black Friday savings, either. Check out our retailer and individual product pages below for even more options. Can't find what you're looking for at one shop? Maybe it's on sale exclusively at another...

Guitar Center Black Friday: Last year's top deals

These are a small selection of our favourite Black Friday Guitar Center deals from last year:

Guitar deals

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Fender Player Strat in Shell Pink: Was $724.99, now $599.99
Combining the classic Strat sound we know and love with a unique dash of colour, the Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster in Shell Pink is a versatile guitar with loads of character. And with $125 off the list price at Guitar Center this Black Friday, it’s the perfect time to buy.

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Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: Was $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 this Black Friday.

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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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Fender FA-135CE Concert guitar: Was $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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Gretsch G2420T Streamliner: Was $549, now $467
The stunning Gretsch G2420T Streamliner is big, bold and full of vibe. From the amazing build quality and stylish aesthetic, to the warm tones on offer from both the on-board BroadTron pickups, this guitar oozes class. This is just one of Guitar Center's many instruments that you can save 15% on this Black Friday with code Blackfriday15.

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Mitchell MU40 soprano Ukulele: Was $44.99, now $29.99
The Mitchell MU40 soprano ukulele is at its lowest ever price this Black Friday, 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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Ernie Ball Slinky triple-packs: Was, $16.47, now $9.99
Ernie Ball's Slinky series strings are the go-to wires of choice for many guitarists thanks to their durable, consistent design and longevity in the tone department. Guitar Center's deal price sees 10 of Ernie Ball's most popular Slinky nickel-wound sets reduced to just $9.99 for a triple pack. Choose from the Extra Slinky (8-38) up to Power Slinky (11-48), with plenty of hybrid and half-gauge sets in between.

Drum deals

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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, save $100
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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Alesis Crimson II: Was $999, now $899.99, save $100
Alesis makes some of the best mid-range electronic drum sets around, and the Crimson II is no exception – real-feel mesh heads, robust hardware and loads of useful tech under the hood of the Crimson II drum module.

Keyboard deals

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Korg Kronos 73: Was $3,599.99, now $3,099.99
If you want a Kronos with a hammer action keyboard but also need something a bit more portable, the 73-note model could be the one to go for. With $500 off, you'll struggle to find a better deal than this one.

Tech deals

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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 this Black Friday, we’d recommend doubling up for killer stereo sound!