The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 musical instrument deals for guitarists, drummers, DJs and producers

Cyber weekend is here, and music instrument deals are getting better year on year. However, 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.

Fortunately, MusicRadar is here to tell you about the very best of them, as you'll see below.

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

ESP LTD's EC-256 now just $249
Guitar Center has an incredible $149 off LTD's most affordable Eclipse single-cut - it's a real looker and one of the best deals we've seen on Cyber Monday.View Deal

Catch a Guild T-Bird for $599
Visiting Musician's Friend will secure you $200 off this kooky solidbody reissue - don't be fooled by its looks, though; this is a killer rock guitar.View Deal

Get $100 off the Epiphone Wildkat Studio
Dressed up in Epi's classic archtop style, this swinging hollowbody could be yours for just $299 over at Musician's Friend.View Deal

Save an incredible $1,000 off the Taylor 714ce
A limited-edition for 2015, this is a stunning top-spec acoustic, with Brazilian rosewood back and sides, and a torrefied Sitka spruce top, especially at this significantly lower $3,999 price tag.View Deal

Yes! A double-neck deal! Save $150 on the Epiphone G-1275
Live out your wildest Jimmy Page fantasies with this industry-standard twin-necker, now available for $949 - $150 off the $1,099 asking price. A stairway to deal heaven.View Deal

The Grateful Deal: get $2,000 off Bob Weir's signed signature D'Angelico
Okay, so the price is still $4,999, but given there's $2,000 off and it's hand-signed by Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir himself, this is a model worth investing in - just 35 were made.View Deal

Save $1k on this jaw-dropping Gibson Custom True Historic 1958 Les Paul Reissue
For those of you with deep pockets, this is truly the holy grail of Les Pauls available today. The result of in-depth scientific analysis, the True Historic 1958 LP is as close as you can get to that golden era. Now $5,209, was $6,209.View Deal

Save $100 on a Schecter Omen Extreme-6
If you're after a contemporary rock guitar on a low budget, Guitar Center is selling this nicely appointed Schecter for just $299.View Deal

Get a Danelectro 12-string for just $349
An electric 12-string is a hard thing to come by, and this is likely to be the cheapest you'll ever find a decent one; Danelectro's 12-string take on the classic 59DC outline is available from Guitar Center with $50 off.View Deal

Loop for less with a Boss RC-1 Loop Station for just $69
Every guitarist needs a looper pedal these days, and you can now snap up a killer deal on a Boss RC-1 Loop Station at Zzounds.View Deal

Get this striking Ovation electro-acoustic for just $499
Walmart is offering a none-too-shabby $280 saving off the Ovation 2778AX, which boasts a gorgeous Lyrachord body with solid AA spruce top, plus Ovation’s OP-Pro preamp for the company’s famed plugged-in tones.View Deal

Save up to $820 on Caparison Guitars at Musician’s Friend
Shred and metal players will want to jump on these hefty discounts on four highly regarded Caparison models - you can choose from the TAT Special FM ($3,149), Brocken FX-WM ($2,649), FX-WM eight-string ($2,649) and TAT Special seven-string ($2,499).View Deal

Save 40% on 3 D'Angelico Premier acoustic guitars
The relaunched New York guitar co has three classy-looking acoustic guitars available for just $299 at Zzounds - pick from the Madison, Fulton 12-string and Gramercy.View Deal

Save $640 on this Ovation Legend Plus acoustic guitar
Walmart has an unbelievable deal on this premium Ovation model, featuring a premium-grade Koa top with LX scalloped bracing and Ovation's OP-Pro Studio preamp - now just $599.View Deal

Save $521 on D'Angelico's Deluxe SS semi-hollow
More D'Angelico deals, this time courtesy of Walmart, which is offering this seriously versatile, Seymour Duncan-loaded semi-hollow for just $1,148.View Deal

Get $421 off Guild's OM-140CE acoustic
Act quickly, because there were only three of these left at the time of posting, but Walmart has this all-solid, Fishman Sonitone-loaded stunner available for just $599 - an absolute steal for this spec.View Deal

Catch a Line 6 Spider V 240 for just $424
Gig-ready modelling combos don’t come much more affordable than Line 6’s Spider V 240 240-watt 2x12” - especially at this low, low price.View Deal

Snap up a multi-effects bargain with $70 off a Hotone Xtomp Mini
For a multi-effects pedal that won’t take up much space on your pedalboard - or remove many notes from your wallet - you’ll struggle to beat this deal on Hotone’s all-encompassing Xtomp Mini.View Deal

Revolutionise your guitar rig with $100 off IK Multimedia’s iRig Stomp I/O
Digital-savvy guitarists, especially those who utilise iOS in their rigs, will be keen to snap up a deal on IK Multimedia’s cunning iRig Stomp I/O.View Deal

Save up to $1,180 on Gibson 2018 electric, acoustic and bass guitars
As the company's 2019 range currently finds its way into stores across the world, Gibson’s 2018 guitars are subject to some pretty tasty discounts.View Deal

Save $200 on Epiphone's Les Paul Traditional Pro-III Plus with Gibson USA pickups
Looking for a top-spec Les Paul for less? We’ve got you covered with this superb deal on an Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro-III Plus, which comes fitted with Gibson USA pickups.View Deal

Save $100 on 8 Fender Special Edition guitars and basses
While we’ve seen plenty of deals on individual guitars, we’re particularly excited to see Fender’s Special Edition Deluxe and Standard models receiving solid reductions across the board.View Deal

Secure a dazzling $150 off PRS’s SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil
The SE Standard 24 Multi-Foil is one of the more arresting offerings in the PRS catalogue, and now it could be yours for a much-reduced price.View Deal

Net an Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro for just $699
Besides demolishing stages with reunited rock icons Guns N’ Roses, Slash also spent 2018 trotting out a number of signature models, with a cracking deal now available on his Limited Edition Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro.View Deal

Get a phenomenal $859 off a Martin 00-28
Looking for a great deal on a legit American-built acoustic guitar? Look no further, as the Martin 00-28 Grand Concert acoustic is now available with huge discounts.View Deal

Get a USA-made PRS S2 Standard 24 for just $949
Solidbody electrics don’t come much more versatile than the PRS Custom 24, and if you’re looking to save some cash, there’s a sweet deal going on its stripped-back counterpart, the S2 Standard 24.View Deal

Save $150 on a Gibson SG Faded
The SG is one of rock’s definitive guitar outlines, and you can secure a superb price on a bona fide Gibson SG Faded this Black Friday.View Deal

Buy a Positive Grid BIAS Head and get a $299 Twin Pedal free
Positive Grid’s BIAS Head is one of the most cunning amp modellers available, and you’re in for a treat if you pick one up over the holiday season.View Deal

Save an incredible $351 on the PRS SE Angelus A270E & A265E
PRS launched its SE acoustic guitar range to great fanfare this year, and now there are impressive savings to be had on the Angelus A270E and A265E.View Deal

Save $200 on Boss’s feature-packed Acoustic Singer Pro
Anyone investing in an acoustic guitar amp would be well-advised to check out Boss’s Acoustic Singer Pro, which is subject to an almighty discount in the run-up to Black Friday.View Deal

Snare Joe Bonamassa’s Epiphone ‘Treasure’ Firebird-I for just $599
Nobody knows guitars quite like blues hero Joe Bonamassa, and now you can get one of his finest signature models, the Epiphone ‘Treasure’ Firebird-I, for a bargain figure.View Deal

Get a whopping $599 off Ernie Ball Music Man’s John Petrucci Majesty seven-string
If you’ve got the budget for a seven-string with no compromises, there’s a real deal to be had on John Petrucci’s Ernie Ball Music Man signature model, the Majesty.View Deal

Save $150 on the Gretsch G5420T Electromatic Hollowbody electric guitar
There are few guitars classier than Gretsch hollowbodies, and now you can snag the excellent G5420T for a bargain price.View Deal

Get $170 off Korg’s SDD-3000 programmable digital delay pedal
Korg’s SDD-3000 captures the sounds of U2’s the Edge in a programmable pedal, and now you can save big on this versatile digital delay.View Deal

Save an incredible $650 on the Supro 1622RT Tremo-Verb
Supro has produced a host of top-notch tube amps in recent years, and now Musician’s Friend is offering a superb deal on one of its most compact offerings, the 1622RT Tremo-Verb.View Deal

Save $330 on Fender’s PM-TE travel acoustic
If you’re in the market for a new acoustic guitar, Musician’s Friend has a bargain for you, with a hefty discount on the Fender PM-TE Travel.View Deal

Save 20% on select Fender electric guitars and basses
Musician’s Friend has kicked off its Black Friday deals with an impressive 20% discount on seven Fender electric guitar and bass models.View Deal

Get the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro-III for just $299
In the run-up to Black Friday, Guitar Center has announced a slew of deals, but we reckon this Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro-III offer is the highlight so far.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

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

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 Black Friday deals

Warm Audio WA76 Limiting Amplifier $100 off - now $499
This is a great compressor whatever the price but, as what you get is an 1176 for under $500, it is even more of a bargain View Deal

IK Multimedia Uno Synth 25% off - now just $149.99
UNO is an excellent-sounding, versatile analogue monosynth, and you do get a lot for your money. Even more now that it's been reduced by $50.View Deal

JBL 305P MKII 5" Powered Studio Monitor - now $89.99
With 82 watts of efficient Class D amplification, the 305PMkII promises powerful sound, abundant output and great headroom at $60 off - was $149.99.View Deal

$100 off Mac Mini recording studio - now $899.99
Bundle includes Apple Mac mini, 21.5" monitor, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, AKG P120 studio microphone, AKG K52 headphones and more. View Deal

Tascam TH-200X now just $29.99
The TH-200X closed-back, mixing headphones are the latest addition to Tascam's acclaimed line of headphones. These headphones are tailored perfectly for recording and mixing, but they also fit nicely into everyday music listening needs.View Deal

Save $70.99 on the Roland GO:Mixer Pro - now just $99 at Amazon
42% reduction on this audio mini-mixer for your smartphone.View Deal

Save $140 on Novation's Launchpad Pro: now just $239.99
A popular performance-friendly pad controller that sports velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads and RGB LED feedback. Designed for use with Ableton Live and other DAWs.View Deal

IK Multimedia's iRig Keys I/O 49 on offer at $199.99, down from $299.99
A tidy $100 discount on this flexible MIDI controller, which combines a keyboard and audio interface into one flexible unit. It even comes with a stand for your iPad!
View Deal

Save $330 on Novation Circuit Mono Station - now only $299.99
If you can pick it up at this price, Novation's analog synth and sequencer is a real Cyber Weekend steal, and guaranteed to keep you entertained for the entire holiday season.View Deal

Buy IK Multimedia's iLoud Micro Monitor for $199.99 at zZounds
Save $100 on these excellent mini monitors - complete with Bluetooth connectivity - from IK MultimediaView Deal

Save $160 on the Elektron Analog Rytm MK II
There’s good reason to upgrade to the latest edition - the new hardware, user sampling, individual outs, and QPER are all indispensable additions.View Deal

Elektron Analog Four MKII now $1,199
The Analog Four MkII has a range of reworked elements across the design, though at its core the unit remains a self-contained sequencer linked to a four-voice analogue synth section. View Deal

Save $150 on the Elektron Octactrack MKII
It’s an absolutely fantastic live performance tool too, which could be adapted to work as the centrepiece of all sorts of different live or DJ setups. No wonder it regularly crops up on stage with some of the most interesting live performers in electronic music. View Deal

Elektron Digitone 8-voice FM synth now just $649
A fun and very well thought-out box that can cover a wide sonic palette; takes the pain out of FM and replaces it with joy!View Deal

Price drop on the Elektron Digitakt - now $649
With deep sequencing and a powerful sound engine, Digitakt is the ‘affordable’ Elektron groovebox we’ve been dreaming of.View Deal

Elektron Analog Heat MKII reduced to $699
Upgrades from the MKI version include what Elektron says are tougher and more precise encoders. To further aid you in messing up your sounds for longer, back-lit buttons and a larger, sharper OLED screen have also been added. View Deal

Buy Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 for $239 $199 at Musician's Friend
This 6-channel audio interface also comes with a chunky software bundle, and can currently be had at a $40 discount.View Deal

Moog Sub Phatty now $679 at zZounds
A cracking $120 off the street price on this 25-key Moog, now down to a more affordable $679.View Deal

Save $150 on Ableton Live 10 Standard and Ableton Push 2 at Musician's Friend
Get this excellent DAW and its companion controller for just $998. Regular price is $1,148.View Deal

Korg Monologue Black edition $20 off at Amazon
The portable and surprisingly flexible monosynth from Korg has taken a $20 price cut at Amazon - now $279.99.View Deal

$200 off the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2
The Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 boasts a large full-colour LCD screen, QWERTY keyboard, eight colour-coded Hot Cues amongst many other premium features and is now down to $1999.View Deal

Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2 down to $1999
Top DJs love this mixer for the fine-tuned EQ, beat effects with new X-Pad control, and supreme sound quality. Just like the CDJs, comes with a $200 reduction.View Deal

Save $50 on a pair of Pioneer DJ DM-40BT monitors
Pioneer DJ’s latest compact speaker range inherits features from its professional S-DJX series and Pioneer Pro Audio speakers. The BTs feature the same 4" drivers as the normal DM-40s with the added bonus of Bluetooth connectivity. The DM-40BT monitors are now $149, down from $199.View Deal

Pioneer DJ DM-40 monitors reduced to $99
Boasting 4" fibreglass woofer and front-loaded bass reflex system for a rich, tight bass and DECO technology for a wider reach and sweet spot, the DM-40s are an ideal solution for smaller project and home studio setups.View Deal

Roland's FP-50 stage piano is down to just $799.99 at Musician's Friend
Looking for a piano that you can play at home and on stage? The FP-50 fits the bill, offering Roland's SuperNATURAL piano sound, built-in speakers and an intelligent rhythm feature. And the great news is that you can save $499 if you buy now.View Deal

Buy the Roland TR-8 drum machine for for just $299
Get TR-808 and TR-909 sounds in one performance-friendly box, which is currently $200 off the MSRP.View Deal

43% off beyerdynamic DT770 PRO headphones at Sam Ash
The DT770 PRO closed reference headphone, designed for critical listening and sound monitoring is now down to $159.77. That's $119.23 off the original list price.View Deal

Get 40% off selected SampleScience plugins this Black Friday
SampleScience's Black Friday Sale has landed and you can get 40% off on selected plugins including Hexagon Sky, Pastoral Tones, Nostromos v2, Famirom, Famidrums, Thales Model I and Cinematika. The sale is on now and ends 24 November.View Deal

ROLI Lightpad Block M - 20% off at Amazon
Improved Lightpad Block with the added tactile micro keywaves is now $159.95, down from $199.95.View Deal

ROLI Seaboard Block - 20% off at Amazon
ROLI’s more affordable edition to the Seaboard range, retains all the expression of it’s elder siblings in the Blocks format is now reduced to $239.95 from $299.95.View Deal

ROLI Beatmaker Kit - 20% off at Amazon
The Beatmaker Kit combines the expressive power of the Lightpad Block M, with the hands-on control of the Loop Block, to help you create your beats faster than ever. The pack was $299.95, now down to $239.95.View Deal

ROLI Lightpad Block - $78 off at Amazon
The original Lightblock gets a significant reduction at Amazon with $78 off, meaning you can pick up the portable MPE controller for as little as $101.92.View Deal

Save more than £100 on Cherry Audio's Voltage Modular Core and Electro Drums bundle
Cherry Audio is offering the Voltage Modular Core and Misfit Electro Drums for only $99.00, with 100% of profits being donated to the North Valley Community Foundation in Chico, California, to help victims of the recent wildfire.View Deal

Save 30% on an EastWest ComposerCloud X subscription and up to 60% on individual titles
Get instruments and samples on tap, or save money on outright purchases.View Deal

Buy Samson's G-Track Pro multi-pattern USB condenser microphone, audio interface and mixer for just $129.99
Save $20 on this versatile USB microphone, which packs a microphone and USB audio interface into a single unit.View Deal

iZotope offers stunning music software savings in its Black Friday sale
Massive savings on mixing, mastering and vocal processing plugins, with up to 89% off.View Deal

iZotope's Spire Studio reduced to just $299
iZotope's has removed the technological barriers between having a song idea and capturing it with Spire Studio, a wireless hardware product that integrates with its Spire multitrack recording app. And now, for a limited time, you can get it for just $299, a saving of $50 on the regular price.View Deal

Get the Moog Subsequent 37 for $1,249 from Amazon
This paraphonic analog instrument is currently available for $1,249, so now's the time to turn your Moog fantasy into reality.View Deal

SoundSpot Nebula FX 99% off - now just £1/$1
The Nebula is a multi fx plugin that features a stereo delay, chorus, flanger, filter & LFO, that can be used to add some serious sonic madness to your music.View Deal

SoundSpot Orbit transient designer 99% off - now just £1/$1
The Orbit is a simple, lightweight tool that will help boost your transients and add bite to your mixes. Under the hood you’ll find the same DSP used in the Velo limiter.View Deal

SoundSpot Velo limiter 99% off - now just £1/$1
Velo is a brickwall limiter for maximising loudness, that features different options to influence colouration and transient preservation.View Deal

SoundSpot FireFly compressor now just £6 - 90% off
There’s a jaw-dropping 90% off Soundspot’s FireFly bus compressor plugin, which means you can get your copy for just £6.View Deal

SoundSpot Glitch FX now just £5 - 90% off
Glitch is an FX plugin that lets you bring rhythm and movement to your mixes, featuring a host-synced trance-gate and multi-tab delay, and the signature ‘glitch’ effect that rhythmically alters the playback speed of your track in real-time.View Deal

SoundSpot Producer Bundle - 89% crossgrade offer
Already own a SoundSpot product? Then you can pick up the Producer Bundle for just £39, a saving of 89%. The bundle consists of the Paradox, FireFly, Glitch, MSW2 and Axis.View Deal

Heavyocity Punish a whopping 75% off - now $49!
Punish combines excellent processing with simplicity to tweak or transform sounds and now it can be yours for just $49, this holiday season.View Deal

Heavyocity Aeon Collection now reduced to $199
The Aeon Collection comprises of two Kontakt instruments, Melodic and Rhythmic, with the former slightly more complex, allowing for three separate layered sounds per preset.View Deal

Heavyocity Gravity now 50% off at $224.50
Big, brash and boldly contemporary, Gravity has Heavyocity pushing the envelope of Kontakt scripting and sampling again, and is without doubt one of their best yet.View Deal

Save $40 on the Novation Launchkey 61
Novation's Launchkey 61 is a MIDI controller that gives you more, putting you in charge of Ableton Live with keys, faders, knobs and velocity-sensitive pads. And during Black Friday season, you can get it for a knockdown price.

Toontrack EZmix 2 is now 73% off with selected packs reduced by 61%
Toontrack has released a bunch of deals in the lead up to Black Friday, kicking off with this very tempting offer on EZmix 2, which is now down to €38 from €139 until 27 November 2018 – that’s a massive 73% off.View Deal

Save $100/£70/€90 on Propellerhead's Reason 10 DAW and get Drum Sequencer and the Europa synth plugin for free
Propellerhead Software's Black Friday offering is a real zinger. Not only has it put its Reason 10 DAW on sale, but everyone who buys it will also get Drum Sequencer and the Europa VST/AU synth plugin thrown in for nothing.View Deal

Buy a Korg Prologue and get an Electribe for free
For every Prologue 8-voice, or 16-voice purchase, Korg will throw in an Electribe groovebox for free.View Deal

Save up to 50% on all IK Multimedia apps
IK Multimedia has announced its deal for the holidays; up to 50% off all software and apps.View Deal

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.

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

Pearl Roadshow 5-pc kit w/cymbals and hardware now $549.99
Save $150 on this complete 5-Piece drum kit with hardware and Zildjian Planet Z cymbals.View Deal

Roland V-Drums TD-25K Electronic Drum Set reduced to $1,599
A nice saving (it was previously $1,999.99) on this highly-regarded Roland electronic drum kit at Sam Ash.View Deal

Save an incredible $380 on the Ludwig Element Evolution
The 5-piece Ludwig Element Evolution 22" in White Sparkle comes with Zildjian ZBT cymbals (14" hi-hats, 16" crash and 20" ride) and hardware, all for $699 at Walmart.View Deal

Simmons SD350 starter e-drums with mesh heads $150 off
If you're thinking of buying a drum kit for someone just starting out, then check out this deal on Musician’s Friend for the Simmons SD350, which is down to $274.97 from $424.97, that’s a discount of 35%.
View Deal

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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