Black Friday guitar deals 2023: Black Friday may be over, but there are still massive savings to be had at Sweetwater, Guitar Center, Musician's Friend and more

Best Black Friday guitar deals
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Well, that was Black Friday. Now, the ultimate shopping day of the year may be over, but that doesn't mean you've missed out on a guitar bargain. Over the last few days, the internet was completely flooded with amazing offers on guitar gear and luckily most of the sales are still live. 

Here at MusicRadar, we've been tracking and covering Black Friday guitar deals for a number of years and we know all the best places to look and which deals represent the best value for money for guitarists. 

From now until the end of Cyber Monday, this page will be populated with what we believe to be the greatest offers from across a wide range of retailers and product categories - so if you're on the hunt for a bargain, you've come to the right place. 

As we said up top, the Black Friday guitar deals are still very much in full swing and we are seeing some truly spectacular deals this year. For example, Sweetwater is still offering up to 75% off a wide range of guitar gear - and we can't see anyone beating that.  Elsewhere, you'll find up to 50% off a wide variety of popular models in Fender's Black Friday sale and up to 50% off at Musician's Friend.

Of course, we are very much looking forward to seeing what Cyber Monday guitar deals drop over the next few days, and as always, we'll be bringing you the very best offers we find. 

Black Friday guitar deals: Quick links

Below you'll find all the latest guitar-related Black Friday sales from across the internet

Editor's picks

Gibson Les Paul Trad Pro V: $2,499, now $1,999

Gibson Les Paul Trad Pro V: $2,499, now $1,999
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V is about as versatile as a Les Paul gets, packing coil-splits and out-of-phase switches, and comes in a luxurious Satin finish. If you're in the market for a bonafide rock machine, this has to be your next guitar – especially with Guitar Center slashing the price to just $1,999.

Price check: Musician's Friend $1,999

Squier Classic Vibe Jag: Was $499.99, now $399.99

Squier Classic Vibe Jag: Was $499.99, now $399.99
Next up is the retro-inspired '60s Jag in the eye-catching Silver Sparkle finish. This guitar has all the vintage charm of an original Jag but without the hefty price tag. Right now this guitar is down to $399.99, that's a saving of $100. 

Price check: Sweetwater $459.99

Fender Vintera '50s Tele Modified: $1,199.99, $839.99

Fender Vintera '50s Tele Modified: $1,199.99, $839.99
The Vintera Modified Tele is the perfect axe for those who want the best of both worlds. This Tele has plenty of vintage mojo in the style department but also benefits from modern features such as a contemporary neck profile and hotter pickups. 

Price check: Sweetwater $839.99

Fender Vintera '60s Mustang: $1,149.99, $804.99

Fender Vintera '60s Mustang: $1,149.99, $804.99
The Mustang Bass has made quite the impact since it was released back in '64, finding its way into the hands of everyone from Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones and even Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance - and now you can join the club for a less, with 30% off while stocks last.  

Price check: Guitar Center $804.99

Squier Classic Vibe Late '50s Precision Bass: $281.99

Squier Classic Vibe Late '50s Precision Bass: $281.99

All guitarists need a bass – for recording, for timing, for the joy of the low end! Now you've got the perfect excuse with a 40% saving on the design that has proved the biggest influence on bass guitar ever. For good reason: the P Bass is a work of design genius and here it's available in 2-color sunburst and White Blonde. The only difficult decision here is choosing between them!    

Walrus Audio Slöer Reverb: $70 off at Sweetwater

Walrus Audio Slöer Reverb: $70 off at Sweetwater
We are surprised to see this deal – an impressive $70 off a recently-released reverb pedal that we scored 5/5 in our review? This is the kind of saving that Black Friday is all about! Choose between the black and blue finish options of this pedal and get lost in a world of wonderful reverb.

Positive Grid Spark 40: Was $299, now $229

Positive Grid Spark 40: Was $299, now $229
The Positive Grid Spark 40 might just be the ultimate at-home amp - and it's even better with a $70 discount today. The tones are great, and the smart tech is indeed smart. Auto Chord and Smart Jam are incredible practice and learning tools, and a lot of fun, too.

Price check: Guitar Center $229

MESA/Boogie Mini Rectifier 25:$1,699, now $1,359

MESA/Boogie Mini Rectifier 25:$1,699, now $1,359
If a full-size Dual Rectifier is likely to cause you problems with your neighbors, this mini-MESA/Boogie is your answer. All the tone of the 90s classic is scaled-down into a 25-watt tone machine that will work great for at home, in the studio and on stage. Especially at this price, with $330 off at Guitar Center.

Price check: Musician's Friend 1,359.20

Guitar Tricks Black Friday: $99 one year sub

Guitar Tricks Black Friday: $99 one year sub
Now is the best time to sign up for Guitar Tricks, with the best price of the year on a Full Access annual subscription, plus hundreds of dollars of extras, including a custom lesson plan, access to one premium Bootcamp, a copy of Guitar Tricks’ Ultimate Beginner Guide and exclusive access to their brand new 100 Essential Licks video series. If you’re serious about learning the guitar, this deal places a serious amount of valuable content at your fingertips.

Black Friday guitar deals: Electric guitars

Gibson Les Paul Trad Pro V: $2,499, now $1,999

Gibson Les Paul Trad Pro V: $2,499, now $1,999
The Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V is about as versatile as a Les Paul gets, packing coil-splits and out-of-phase switches, and comes in a luxurious Satin finish. If you're in the market for a bonafide rock machine, this has to be your next guitar – especially with Guitar Center slashing the price to just $1,999.

Fender Player Strat, Fiesta Red: $849.99, $594.99

Fender Player Strat, Fiesta Red: $849.99, $594.99
First up is the drop-dead-gorgeous Player Strat in Fiesta Red. It's no secret that we absolutely love the Player Series and we love them even more when there is 30% off! 

Squier Classic Vibe Jag: Was $499.99, now $399.99

Squier Classic Vibe Jag: Was $499.99, now $399.99
Next up is the retro-inspired '60s Jag in the eye-catching Silver Sparkle finish. This guitar has all the vintage charm of an original Jag but without the hefty price tag. Right now this guitar is down to $399.99, that's a saving of $100. 

Squier Limited Edition Classic Vibe '60s Jaguar: $287.99

Squier Limited Edition Classic Vibe '60s Jaguar: $287.99

This is a great choice for beginner players with a HUGE 40% off the usual $479.99 at the Fender US site. The Jaguar has a shorter 24" scale length which makes it easier to play for smaller hands… and anyone else too! It's in a classic limited edition Fender Shell Pink with Indian Laurel 'board that we actually prefer the darker look of to the more expensive Fender pau ferro equivalent. A stunning-looking deal. 

Fender Aerodyne Strat: $1,329.99, now $999.99

Fender Aerodyne Strat: $1,329.99, now $999.99
One of the best playing Fender guitars we've played in years, the Fender Aerodyne Special Strat HSS has an unbelievably fast-playing neck and seriously good-sounding pickups to boot. 

Squier Classic Vibe Custom '60s Esquire: save $180

Squier Classic Vibe Custom '60s Esquire: save $180

This is a huge saving on an underrated, dark horse guitar with the stunning bound 3-colour Sunburst pickup. The limited edition Esquire has one pickup but don't be fooled: there are a lot of tones in there thanks to three selectable modes including a fixed treble roll-off. For just $269.99, is this the best-looking Squier for the money right now? We think it's right up there.  

Squier Classic Vibe Late '50s Precision Bass: $281.99

Squier Classic Vibe Late '50s Precision Bass: $281.99

All guitarists need a bass – for recording, for timing, for the joy of the low end! Now you've got the perfect excuse with a 40% saving on the design that has proved the biggest influence on bass guitar ever. For good reason: the P Bass is a work of design genius and here it's available in 2-color sunburst and White Blonde. The only difficult decision here is choosing between them!    

Fender Vintera '50s Tele Modified: $1,199.99, $839.99

Fender Vintera '50s Tele Modified: $1,199.99, $839.99
The Vintera Modified Tele is the perfect axe for those who want the best of both worlds. This Tele has plenty of vintage mojo in the style department but also benefits from modern features such as a contemporary neck profile and hotter pickups. 

Squier  Affinity Jazzmaster: $279.99, $223.99

Squier  Affinity Jazzmaster: $279.99, $223.99
This low-cost series is superb for beginners and now offers more choice than ever. We can't get enough of the Affinity Jazzmaster, its lightweight body, slim and comfortable C-shaped neck and Squier single-coil Jazzmaster pickups add up to a guitar that is way more than the sum of its parts. 

Fender Vintera Road Worn '50s Strat: $1,299.99, $909.99

Fender Vintera Road Worn '50s Strat: $1,299.99, $909.99 Like your guitars to be played in? Well, this limited edition Vintera Road Worn '50s Stratocaster is the axe for you. Featuring Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups and plenty of vintage mojo this guitar is a total bargain at only $909.99. 

Black Friday guitar deals: Acoustic guitars

Epiphone PR-150 acoustic: $179.99, now $129.99

Epiphone PR-150 acoustic: $179.99, now $129.99
Epiphone’s PR-150 sticks to the traditional blueprint of a spruce top with mahogany back and sides to deliver a textbook all-round beginner acoustic guitar. It’s got a rosewood fingerboard and sturdy Epiphone tuners, so you can focus on learning to play with a trusted brand for under $130 courtesy of Musician's Friend.

Guild D-240E acoustic electric: Was $439, now $299

Guild D-240E acoustic electric: Was $439, now $299
We wouldn’t normally class Guild’s D-240E as a beginner acoustic, but with $140 scratched off the price tag thanks to Sweetwater, it sits into the upper end of the market. Not only does it have a solid top and Guild’s archback, mahogany body design, but it’s equipped with electronics too. Get this, and you’ll have a studio or gig-ready acoustic from the off!

Get a Taylor, Gift a Taylor: Travel guitars from $99

Get a Taylor, Gift a Taylor: Travel guitars from $99
Buy any Taylor 200 series or higher model from Guitar Center and add an acoustic Baby Taylor BT1 for $99 or an acoustic GS Mini Sapele for $199. The saving on the RRP is a generous $300 and the promotion runs until 15 January 2024. So, buy your dream Taylor and get a second guitar to take on vacation or give away to a loved one this holiday season.

Fender Malibu Player, Shell Pink: $449.99, $314.99

Fender Malibu Player, Shell Pink: $449.99, $314.99
The Malibu Player may be small, but this pint-sized acoustic packs a punch. Featuring a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and 6-in-line headstock, this guitar is immensely playable, sounds fantastic and looks pretty cool while doing it. 

Fender DE FA-235E Concert: Was $349.99, now $244.99

Fender DE FA-235E Concert: Was $349.99, now $244.99 Even when it isn't on sale, this striking acoustic offers fantastic value for money and with its slim neck it's ideal for beginners. It even comes loaded with Fishman electronics. So, with 30% off for Black Friday, the deal just got even sweeter. 

Black Friday guitar deals: Effects pedals & amps

Positive Grid Spark 40: Was $299, now $229

Positive Grid Spark 40: Was $299, now $229
The Positive Grid Spark 40 might just be the ultimate at-home amp - and it's even better with a $70 discount today. The tones are great, and the smart tech is indeed smart. Auto Chord and Smart Jam are incredible practice and learning tools, and a lot of fun, too.

Marshall amps: Up to $550 off

Marshall amps: Up to $550 off
The cornerstone of that 'British' amp sound, Marshall is a name that transcends the guitar itself, with the company's ubiquitous gold and black styling becoming synonymous with guitar amps in the popular sphere. There are some phenomenal savings in the Sweetwater sale at the moment. 

MESA/Boogie Mini Rectifier 25 tube head: 
Was $1,699, now $1,359

MESA/Boogie Mini Rectifier 25 tube head:
Was $1,699, now $1,359
If a full-size Dual Rectifier is likely to cause you problems with your neighbors, this mini-MESA/Boogie is your answer. All the tone of the 90s classic is scaled-down into a 25-watt tone machine that will work great for at home, in the studio and on stage. Especially at this price, with $330 off at Guitar Center.

Blackstar HT Club 40 MKII: Was $899, now $599

Blackstar HT Club 40 MKII: Was $899, now $599
One of the most dependable, portable gigging tube-driven combos has had $300 knocked off its price at Sweetwater for Black Friday. With two channels, reverb and Blackstar’s ISF control, you’ll have classic Brit and US tones covered in a manoeuvrable, stylish 1x12 combo amp.

Mesa/Boogie amps: A massive 25% off

Mesa/Boogie amps: A massive 25% off
One of the biggest names in the guitar amp game has got a huge discount in the Sweetwater early Black Friday sale. With a healthy 25% off a range of tube combos and tube amp heads, you can get $340 off the fearsome Mesa/Boogie Mini rectifier and a massive $756 reduction on the Mesa/Boogie Mark Five:35 tube combo.

Walrus Audio Slöer Reverb: $70 off at Sweetwater

Walrus Audio Slöer Reverb: $70 off at Sweetwater
We are surprised to see this deal – an impressive $70 off a recently-released reverb pedal that we scored 5/5 in our review? This is the kind of saving that Black Friday is all about! Choose between the black and blue finish options of this pedal and get lost in a world of wonderful reverb.

Neural Quad Cortex: Free plugin and GigCase

Neural Quad Cortex: Free plugin and GigCase
We don’t need to tell you how good the Neural DSP Quad Cortex is. The price has recently dropped on this cutting-edge modeller/multi-FX unit, but here you can get even better value with a Neural DSP plugin bundled in (worth $159.99) as well as a Neural GigCase worth $119.99.

Walrus Audio Eons 5-state Fuzz: $50 off
The most versatile fuzz pedal on the market right now? Five modes with silicon, LED and germanium clipping suggest so. Get wide open or spluttery with a selectable voltage mode and powerful EQ it's hard to imagine what isn't covered here. And it's now an even better deal. 

Walrus Audio Eons 5-state Fuzz: $50 off
The most versatile fuzz pedal on the market right now? Five modes with silicon, LED and germanium clipping suggest so. Get wide open or spluttery with a selectable voltage mode and powerful EQ it's hard to imagine what isn't covered here. And it's now an even better deal. 

Peterson StroboStomp tuner: $29 off at Guitar Center

Peterson StroboStomp tuner: $29 off at Guitar Center

Get this top-rated guitar tuner for $119.99 down from $149 and enjoy a stunning display, incredible accuracy and the chance to sound even better with over 100 of Peterson's Sweetened Tunings onboard. Find out why this is such a highly respected brand in the guitar world and beyond with this wise investment for your pedalboard. 

Boss GT-1000 multi-FX: Was $1,099, now $899

Boss GT-1000 multi-FX: Was $1,099, now $899
With hundreds of Boss amp, effect and speaker models, plus loads of tactile controls, foot switches and an expression pedal, the GT-1000 puts the Boss tones you know and love at your feet. It’s got a looper, plenty of connectivity, and for a limited time only, $200 off at Guitar Center!

UAFX Orion Tape Echo Pedal: $50 off at Sweetwater

UAFX Orion Tape Echo Pedal: $50 off at Sweetwater
The best EP-III tape echo pedal for the money is now priced irresistibly. Whether as an always-on, subtle echo or huge vibe machine, the buffered Orion offers the bonus of being able to switch on a great emulation of the fabled EP-III preamp as a tone booster. 

Black Friday guitar deals: Bass guitars

Squier 40th Anniversary P-Bass: $499.99, $349.99

Squier 40th Anniversary P-Bass: $499.99, $349.99
Squier is celebrating their anniversary in style with this highly-spec'd P-Bass. Featuring striking gold-plated hardware, a gold anodized aluminium pickguard, a bound Indian laurel fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and an engraved anniversary neck plate this is one classy-looking bass - and better yet there's 30% off this Black Friday. 

Fender Vintera '60s Mustang: $1,149.99, $804.99

Fender Vintera '60s Mustang: $1,149.99, $804.99
The Mustang Bass has made quite the impact since it was released back in '64, finding its way into the hands of everyone from Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones and even Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance - and now you can join the club for a less, with 30% off while stocks last.  

Black Friday guitar deals: Software

Waves early Black Friday: Plugins just $19.99

Waves early Black Friday: Plugins just $19.99
It's never been easier to get great results recording your guitar at home and with the Waves early Black Friday sale, never cheaper either. There's some stone cold classics here like our personal favorite the Scheps 73 mic pre and EQ which makes pretty much everything sound better, and some useful tools like the S1 Stereo Imager and the classic H-Delay.

IK Multimedia Amplitube 5: £299.99, $79.99

IK Multimedia Amplitube 5: £299.99, $79.99
It's one of the best guitar VSTs around and IK Multimedia have seen fit to slash the price on Amplitube 5 by a massive $220. Packed full of all the amp models and effects you'll ever need, this is arguably one of the most complete amp simulators out there, and one of few to feature officially licensed models too.

Tonex Max: Was $299.99, now $79.99

Tonex Max: Was $299.99, now $79.99
Big Black Friday reductions on IK Multimedia’s Tonex Max package. Big the full-featured amp modeling app Tonex Max for only $79.99!  

Black Friday guitar deals: Wireless systems

Xvive U4 wireless system: Was $229, now $183

Xvive U4 wireless system: Was $229, now $183
If you want to go wireless, XVIVE’s U4 system gives you everything you need for long-lasting, rock solid transmission. In this 20% off deal you’ll receive one transmitter and one receiver. Just hook up your in-ear monitors and you’ll be enjoying pristine, cable-free sound in no time.

Black Friday guitar deals: In-ears & headphones

Shure SE846 in-ear monitors: Was $899, now $809

Shure SE846 in-ear monitors: Was $899, now $809
The Shure SE846s come highly recommended and we think they're the best all-around in-ears for live use. You’ll get audiophile-quality combined with excellent sound isolation, making sure you’ll hear everything you want to and none of the stuff you don’t. Right now they're $90 off at Amazon.

Focal Listen Pro headphones: Was $299, now $254

Focal Listen Pro headphones: Was $299, now $254
Monitoring expert, Focal, delivers for tracking and mixing with these closed-back, comfortable and non-fatiguing studio headphones. They’re our top pick overall in the market, and here you can bag yourself $45 off at Sweetwater. 

Black Friday guitar deals FAQ

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When will the Black Friday guitar deals land?

2023's Black Friday guitar deals will officially rear their heads on the day after Thanksgiving - Friday, November 24th. Leaving less than a month between then and Christmas Day, it's probably the best time to load up on Christmas presents for the special guitarist in your life. Black Friday's best guitar deals will last that whole weekend (or Cyber Weekend, as it's also known) before culminating in a Cyber Monday guitar deals frenzy on Monday, November 27th.

The events of previous years tell us that November 24th isn't the only day you can get some ridiculous savings. Many of the best Black Friday guitar deals will crop up in the weeks leading up to Black Friday - some as early as mid-October - and many deals will still be on offer leading up to Christmas Day. 

If a bargain is what you're after during this Black Friday/Cyber Monday period, then you'd better keep your eyes and ears peeled at all times. Deals will be launched at random times of the day - or night - so it's worth keeping an eye on your favourite retailers to make sure you get what you're after. We'll be scouring the web for the best Black Friday guitar deals as well, so keep an eye on this page too.

What Black Friday guitar deals should I expect?

We'll be keeping a close eye on the biggest guitar retailers throughout the next few months. Based on what we saw last year, the Musician's Friend Black Friday deals and Guitar Center Black Friday deals brought about some killer deals for guitarists - so we'll be looking to those retailers for some of the best deals on electric and acoustic guitars, guitar audio interfaces, guitar amps, effects pedals and guitar accessories.

When it comes to electric guitars, Black Friday is one of the best opportunities to pick up an absolute steal. Last year, we were inundated with deals on the ever-popular Fender Player Series Stratocaster from Guitar Center, and Musician's Friend knocked a bundle off some of the best metal guitars and tasty valve combos. We'll be expecting some very similar (and hopefully even better) deals this year from Guitar Center and Musician's Friend.

For those that wanted to do a bit of home recording, the best place to look was definitely Positive Grid - who knocked a lofty 50% off the price of their BIAS FX 2 and AMP 2 software. Generous, eh? Again, we're expecting to see some major discounts this year.

For the pedal nerds among us, we're expecting some big savings on brands like Boss, JHS, Line 6, MXR and Digitech, if last year's deals are anything to go by. 

We've been covering Black Friday guitar deals for a long old time now, so you can rest assured that we'll be scouring the web, scouting out the best deals on all the guitar gear you can dream of, and sharing them with you right here first. 

Which sites are best for guitar deals on Black Friday?

It's fair to say we have a lot of experience when it comes to shopping for guitars, amps, pedals and accessories - and not just on Black Friday. Now, while there are a myriad of music retailers out there, we only recommend the shops and sites we trust and have had experience dealing with personally.  

For us, on Black Friday there are a small handful of places that we would point you towards and it's a mix of retailers and manufacture's own sites.

In the US, we highly recommend checking out the likes of Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, Sweetwater, Fender and Positive Grid. These sites always have killer Black Friday sales and more importantly they each have excellent customer service and decent returns policies. 

 In the UK, we'd suggest starting with Thomann, Andertons, PMT and Gear4Music. Again, these sites always deliver when it comes to excellent Black Friday sales, while also providing stellar service.  

How to prepare for the Black Friday guitar sales

1. Create a wishlist early - The most sensible way to take advantage of this year's Black Friday guitar deals is to know in advance what you’re looking for. This will make searching much easier, rather than having to trawl through loads of deals you don’t want to find the ones you do. Get your research done sooner rather than later. That way, you'll know exactly what you're looking for, and can jump on a great deal as soon as you spot it. 

2. Work out what you actually need - Check out your favourite brands, see what you need and will genuinely use - don’t waste your cash and fill your basket with stuff you'll never play. Has a popular model just received an update? Well, if so, perhaps the old version will be massively discounted for Black Friday? You could start by checking out our guide to the best electric guitars under £500 if you are on a strict budget. 

3. Consider your guitar goals - What do you want to achieve with your guitar goals for the next 12 months or so? Is there gear out there that will help you hit them? Are you looking to join a band? Now could be the time to invest in a giggable rig. 

4. Clear some space - Something else you should consider ahead of time is whether you have enough space in your guitar rack for another six-string. Now might be the best time to get rid of any unnecessary gear that is taking up space - and better yet, if you sell it, you could put that extra money towards your Black Friday purchase. 

How we choose which guitar deals to cover

Here at MusicRadar, we are experts in our field, with many years of playing and product testing between us. We live and breathe everything music-making, and we draw on this knowledge and experience of using products in live, recording and rehearsal scenarios when selecting the products we recommend.

First and foremost, we are players and creators, and we want to match like-minded folk with the right products for them, at the best prices.

For us to recommend a deal on guitars or anything else it has to be a product we rate that’s a genuinely great price or part of a truly fantastic bundle. It’s also important that we only recommend retailers where you will have a positive shopping experience.

Why you can trust our choices

We spend a lot of our time scouring music retailers for fantastic deals on our favourite guitars, amps, pedals and accessories. Not only is it our job to research and recommend the best gear in our buyer’s guides and reviews, but we’re also dedicated to helping musicians get the best deals on the stuff they need, too. After all, the only thing better than new gear day is a hearty discount.

We cover a lot of the big sales events throughout the year, including Memorial Day4th of July sales and Amazon Prime Day, and we have a good view on which products are likely to receive the biggest discounts and when, the prices they’ve been in the past and which deals are genuinely worth a look.

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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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