The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 musical instrument deals for guitarists, drummers, DJs and producers: here’s all you need to know


Black Friday music instrument deals are getting better year on year, but the sheer volume of deals for guitarists, drummers, DJs and producers can be overwhelming.

Swathes of manufacturers, developers and retailers will be kicking off the pre-Christmas shopping season, all vying for your attention and hard-earned dollar with eye-catching deals.

However, not all deals are that much of a big deal, so here at MusicRadar we are committed in highlighting the best savings in the US on guitars, amps, effects, drums, cymbals, synths, keyboards, mixers, DJ equipment, software, plugins and much more. So whether you're after the hottest Black Friday audio interface deal, or hanging on until the Cyber Monday deals for drummers kick in (sorry), we're here to help.

How, you might ask? Well, we will be doing our best to scour the web for the best deals on music gear as the days unfold. We’ll be updating our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals pages regularly and putting a spotlight on some of the bigger discounts that you just cannot ignore.

Hot US guitar deals

Save $60 off Way Huge Saucy Box Overdrive pedal
If you’re looking for an amp-like dirt box, Way Huge’s Saucy Box Overdrive is a fine choice, and for 24 hours only, Musician’s Friend is offering a sweet deal on this killer pedal.View Deal

Save big on Positive Grid plugins and apps
Positive Grid is responsible for some of our favourite plugins and apps of recent years, and now the California co has announced big discounts in the run-up to Black Friday.View Deal

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Get 10% off all Fender guitars, amps and accessories
Fender has announced its plans for Black Friday, offering savvy guitarists the chance to save 10% off absolutely anything from its online store, including guitars, amps, pedals, Bluetooth speakers and accessories.View Deal

Sweetwater kicks off its Black Friday/Cyber Week offers with $170 off Blackstar ID:Core 150
Sweetwater has already launched its Black Friday/Cyber Week deals for 2018, and there are some bargains to be had before BF even takes place.View Deal

Get $100 off DOD Rubberneck Analog Delay pedal at Sweetwater
We’ve ranked it as one of the best delay pedals in the world today, and now the DOD Rubberneck Analog Delay is available to buy at a significantly reduced price at Sweetwater.View Deal

Get $100 off DigiTech SDRUM pedal at Sweetwater
DigiTech’s SDRUM auto-drummer pedal was one of the best guitar innovations of 2017, and now you can get hold of one for a bargain price over at Sweetwater.View Deal

US hi-tech and DJ deals

Native Instruments slashes its plugins in half for the holidays
Native Instruments has entered into the spirit of the season with a massive 50% off a whopping 175 products.View Deal

Between now and 31 January 2019, if you buy an Arturia KeyLab Essential or KeyLab MkII, you'll get bonus software from the company's V Collection.View Deal

Audio-Technica AT2020 mic bundle over $80 off list price at Walmart
Walmart has a perfect broadcasting starter bundle featuring an Audio-Technica condenser microphone with accessories all for just $124.95.View Deal

Save $100 on Roland's Boutique SE-02 analog synth
Roland's Boutique SE-02 is a lot of synth for $500, but at $399 it's an absolute steal. Read on to find out how you can get it for this knockdown price.

$150 off Arturia MiniBrute 2 and 2S at Musician’s Friend
If you’re looking for a knockout deal on Arturia’s latest MiniBrutes, then check out Musician’s Friend for a wholesome $150 off both the 2 and 2S variants.View Deal

Denon DJ SC5000M Prime media player now $400 off at Sweetwater
Sweetwater has shaved an impressive $400 off Denon DJ’s Prime media player, the SC5000M, now at $1499, down from $1899.View Deal

Buy three Korg Volcas and get a Volca Mix free
Korg are giving away a Volca Mix when you buy any three Volcas from an authorised US Korg dealer.View Deal

Buy a Universal Audio Apollo or Arrow interface and get free UAD software or hardware until 31 December
Universal Audio's Apollo and Arrow interfaces have been acclaimed by producers around the world, and now's a great time to buy one if you live in the US.View Deal

US drum and e-drum deals

Save $200 on a 9-piece Alesis Command X Mesh electronic drum set - $599
The pads alone make it a worthy contender, while the range of sounds on offer followed by the sample playback option make this a kit that will take a long time to outgrow.View Deal

US Sabian HHX cymbals deal: save 15% on this sonically matched, B20 'cast' bronze set
Sabian's well-established HHX range is a development of the firm's HH (hand hammered) traditional approach to cymbal smithingView Deal

$701 saving on the Roland V-Drums TD-50KV 5-piece Electronic Drum Set at Sweetwater - now $7227
There are plenty of bargains to be had at the top end of the e-drums market, and this is one of the best early savingsView Deal

Yamaha DTX432K Electronic Drum Set for just $499 at Guitar Center
This is a rock-solid option for beginner drummers who are serious about progressing

Gretsch Drums Catalina Maple 6-Piece Shell Pack with Free 8 in. Tom from $849 (was $999)
Gretsch's Taiwanese-manufactured Catalina Maple series always delivers, so this is well worth serious consideration.View Deal

All about Black Friday and Cyber Monday

There are two dates you need to save in your diaries: Friday 23 November and Monday 26 November 2018. Of course, we are referring to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the biggest digital shopping events on the calendar. Whether you happen to be a retailer, credit card company, or just a deal-hungry consumer, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. 

In 2017, some of the heavyweight retailers such as Amazon, Sweetwater, Sam Ash and Guitar Center were offering, at times, more than 50% discount on products. Some of the biggest deals we saw were on the likes of the Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut 2015 Electric Guitar, going for $579 from $1,832 at Sam Ash, and the Hybrid 3 synth by AIR Music Technology, which was a jaw-dropping 99% off at Plugin Boutique, down to just $1.33.

So will we be seeing more of the same this year? In a word, yes. In fact, it may just even eclipse last year, with even more retailers and manufacturers getting in on the act, many of whom may offer extra discounts at the checkout. So rest assured, if we hear about it, we’ll let you know.


While we will be bringing you deals galore, there are some things we are unable to control. Such a busy time of online consumerism will attract some shifty folk; people who will be trying their best in doing you out of your money. So be sure that your anti-malware software is up to date, as phishers, fraudsters and scammers will be looking to target the most vulnerable.

Do your homework, too, as some manufacturers may inflate their prices just before the holiday season, just to make some deals look more attractive than others. Websites like CamelCamelCamel can show you historical price changes so you can determine if a deal is real.

Of course, it’s not all about music equipment as there will be an even more phenomenal number of deals to be had on all tech and home products. To help you with that, check out our sister site TechRadar for the latest discounts on that 4K HDR OLED TV you’ve always wanted. Not to mention iPhone X deals, now that Apple has announced the new Xs, Xs Max and XR phones. 

Until then, get saving, sell all that tired old, worn-out gear, apply for that 0% on purchases credit card and check back with us on Friday 23 November.

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