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Best Memorial Day sales 2022: the hottest deals for musicians on guitar gear, drums, laptops, DJ equipment and more

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Memorial Day 2022 is here, meaning the arrival of some great deals from your favourite music retailers, plus great offers and low prices on cool music-making gear including music-making laptops, iPads, software and more.

Over the weekend, many retailers dropped their epic sales, so we've been scouring the web looking for what we believe to be the best Memorial Day deals around. This is the place to find deals on electric guitars (opens in new tab)MIDI keyboards (opens in new tab), plugins, laptops and more. Now, while some of the deals below aren’t Memorial Day sales per se, if you’re in the market for a music-making bargain, they’re well worth checking out.

Some of our highlights include Guitar Center's Memorial Day sale (opens in new tab) which sees up to 35% off everything from guitars to amps, PA speakers to recording equipment. Musician's Friend has also got in on the action, offering up to 40% off a huge range of big-name guitar brands (opens in new tab) as well as 10% off orders over $99 and 15% off orders over $149 (opens in new tab)

If you can't find what you're looking for, don't forget that Amazon Prime Day is on the horizon and we'll be sharing all the best offers on our dedicated Prime Day music deals page.

Best Memorial Day sales: Quick links

Want to get straight to the Memorial Day sales? These links will take you straight to the good stuff. Not all of these are Memorial Day-related exactly, but a good deal is a good deal, right?

Best Memorial Day sales: Sales & coupons

Guitar Center's Memorial Day sale: Save up to 35% (opens in new tab)
This Memorial Day, there is potential for you to save some serious cash. Guitar Center's Memorial Day deals have arrived in style, and until June 1st, there's up to 35% off a wide range of gear from many of the industry's biggest names.   

Memorial Day coupon: 15% off w/ code memday15 (opens in new tab)
If there's something you're after that isn't in the general sale, then fear not. Until June 1st, Guitar Center is also offering 15% off qualifying items above $199 when you use the code memday15 at checkout. If you want to upgrade and update your rig this Memorial Day, Guitar Center has you covered.

Memorial Day Doorbuster Deals: Up to 40% off (opens in new tab)
This Memorial Day, make the most of Musician's Friend's Doorbuster deals - where you'll find fantastic savings of up to 40% on all the best gear from the likes of Fender, Martin, Alesis and more. If you need some new gear, or just want to treat yourself, this is the time to do it - as this sale comes to a close on June 1st. 

Memorial Day Coupon: Up to 15% off with MEMDAY (opens in new tab)
If your must-have piece of gear isn't included in the Memorial Day Doorbuster sale, then you may still be in luck. The discount code MEMDAY entitles you to 10% off orders over $99, or 15% off orders over $149. Like the Doorbuster deals, this offer runs until June 1st - so be quick.

Sweetwater: Pedals and accessories sale (opens in new tab)
Save big on a wide range of effects pedals and accessories this Memorial Day at Sweetwater.  All the biggest names in music gear are represented with the likes of Ernie Ball, D’Addario, Line 6, J Rockett Audio, Catalinbread, Supro, and more on offer.  

Buy Waves plugins for $29.99, plus FREE plugins! (opens in new tab)
All Waves plugins are currently $29.99 each. What's more, purchase two plugins and you'll bag yourself an extra two for free! Well, we guess you have no excuses for bad mixes anymore. 

IK Multimedia Memorial Day Sale: SE titles $/⁠€39.99 (opens in new tab)
Right now, you can bag any IK Multimedia SE plugin for only $/⁠€39.99, including the likes of AmpliTube, Modo Drums and SampleTank. This sale includes everything you need to seriously up the production value of your home recordings and all at an unbeatable price. 

Best Memorial Day sales: Guitars

 Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top: $859.99, $679.99 (opens in new tab)
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. 

Fender Player Stratocaster: $824.99, now $679.99 (opens in new tab)
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 $195 off the amazingly popular Fender Player Stratocaster at Guitar Center.

Schecter Guitar Research C-6 Elite: $399, now $279 (opens in new tab)
Save a cool $120 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 (opens in new tab) and beyond.

D'Angelico Excel Series DC: 10% off with MEMDAY (opens in new tab)
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. 

Fender Player Telecaster: Was $849.99, now $699.99 (opens in new tab)
One of our personal favorites is the Fender Player Telecaster, seen here in stunning Surf Pearl. Now, don’t let the retro finish fool you. This gorgeous Tele (opens in new tab) is designed to cover as much sonic ground as possible. And the $149 saving makes this guitar all the sweeter. 

Epiphone ES-335: Was $599, now $499 (opens in new tab)
Feast your eyes on this classy-looking Epiphone ES-335 in Inverness Green. With $100 knocked off the price at Guitar Center you can now get your hands this modern take on a classic for less than 500 bucks.

Ibanez GRGR120EX: was $199.99, now $179 (opens in new tab)
Ibanez makes some of the most playable and affordable beginner electric guitars (opens in new tab) on the market, and here’s a great example. Despite its price tag, this Ibanez boasts an impressive spec sheet, with a poplar body promising brilliant sustain, a 24-fret New Zealand Pine fretboard with eye-catching sharktooth inlays. 

Relish Trinity Electric guitar: $1,299, now $899 (opens in new tab)
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 $400 while stocks last at Sweetwater. 

Sterling StingRay Classic Ray24: $549.99, now $449.95 (opens in new tab)
The Music Man StingRay has been heard on many, many classic tracks. The high-output, throaty sound of its single humbucking pickup has been a firm favourite of Flea and Tim Commerford, among many others. The Sterling by Music Man StingRay Classic Ray24 allows you to get the iconic tone at a far more affordable price. Featuring the same narrow neck that people love about the original StingRay and an active two-band pre-amp - and with an extra $100 off, how can you resist. 

Line 6 HX Effects: Was $649.99, now $549.99 (opens in new tab)
One of our picks for the best multi-effects pedal around, the Line 6 HX Effects covers just about everything. With over 100 onboard effects taken from the award-winning Helix series, you’ve got access to multiple ultra-accurate drives, fuzzes, modulation effects and all-consuming reverbs. With the ability to run up to 9 effects at once, the processing power of the HX effects is not to be underestimated. With an extra $100 off this weekend, expand your effects arsenal and shake up your playing.

JHS PackRat Distortion: $249, now $211.65 (opens in new tab)
It's no secret how JHS frontman, Josh Scott feels about the RAT. It comes as no surprise then, that he would lovingly recreate all the most important iterations of this beloved distortion and place them all in one box. This pedal was only released weeks ago and you can bag $37.35 off right now!

JHS Morning Glory Overdrive: $199, now $169.15 (opens in new tab)
This "transparent" overdrive is a must-have pedal for those looking for a versatile, smooth drive that suits a myriad of styles, from clean to rock n roll.

JHS Bonsai Overdrive: $249, now $211.65 (opens in new tab)
Okay, it seems every pedal company has a take on the legendary Tube Screamer, but the Bonsai packs nine variations into a tiny box, making it the most comprehensive Screamer clone around - and with just under $40 off, you can't go wrong.

JHS Muffuletta Dist/Fuzz: $249, now $211.65 (opens in new tab)
Looking for pure filth? Well, the Muffuletta is for you. As the name suggests this sleek black box is based on the revolutionary Big Muff and all its variants.

JHS Emperor Chorus/Vibrato: $219, $186.15 (opens in new tab)
Sometimes your tone just needs a little movement and wobble, and the Emperor certainly does that. This all-analog chorus/vibrato uses the famous 3207 chipset and even has a tap tempo - all for only $186.15!

Best Memorial Day sales: Keyboards

Casio CDP-S100 Digital Piano: $449.99, now £349.99 (opens in new tab)
The Casio CDP-S100 is one of our favourite portable stage pianos (opens in new tab). Its modern compact design not only looks great but is also easy to carry around and, more importantly, a joy to play. This is also a brilliant option for the pianist looking for a fully weighted keys piano that won't take up too much space. The in-built speakers sound fantastic for their size, and there is an excellent range of voices to play with - and with $100 off, this is a no-brainer!  

Best Memorial Day sales: Laptops

Save money off music-making laptops @Dell (opens in new tab)
Save big on laptops, monitors and more, including XPS 13, 15 and 17 models.

Best Memorial Day sales: PA systems

Alto TS315 15" PA Speaker: Was $399.99, now $299.99 (opens in new tab)
Every band needs a great PA system. Ultimately you can have the best instruments money can buy, but if you play them through a sub-par PA system, then you aren't doing them justice. As an entry-level point into the wide world of PA speakers, the Alto TS315 15" powered PA speaker is a great option. The 15" speaker is large enough to handle anything you want to play through it, from a kick drum to the low notes of a keyboard the 15" speaker will be able to reproduce the low-end with ease. 

Best Memorial Day sales: When is Memorial Day 2022?

Memorial Day is an American holiday that falls on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was introduced to honor the men and women of the US military who have died while serving their country. This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday May 30. But the Memorial Day sales will kick off in advance of this date.

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I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar 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 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.

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