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Black Friday guitar deals: where to find the biggest savings on guitars, effects pedals, guitar amps and more

Loads of guitars!
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Black Friday 2019 is fast approaching, and on November 29 it will arrive armed with an avalanche of tasty deals for guitarists. 

When it comes to Black Friday deals for musicians, there are always big savings to be had, whether you’re after a new Fender Stratocaster, plumping for Gibson Les Paul or SG, hunting for some fresh blood for your pedalboard or finally grabbing that sweet new guitar amp you've been hanging on for.

Where can I find the best Black Friday guitar deals?

All the big players will be slashing their prices, if previous years are anything to go by. We're pretty confident that the Guitar Center Black Friday deal offering will be particularly deep this year, with other outfits like Sweetwater, Thomann and Musician’s Friend following suit. If you haven’t already, sign up to the mailing list of your favourite shops so you get notified on the best deals first.

And don't forget that online retailers like Amazon and Walmart also sell loads of music gear, including guitars and accessories, so keep an eye out for Walmart and Amazon Black Friday guitar deals too.

If that sounds like a lot to keep an eye on, it is! That's why you can rely on us to ferret out all the best Black Friday guitar deals and publish them right here.

If you are in the market for new guitar gear, we’d highly recommend you bookmark this page, in addition to our main Black Friday 2019 hub. When Black Friday rolls around, these pages will be the place to find the best Black Friday music deals.

Black Friday guitar, pedal and amplifier deals: what to expect

So, what sort of deals can you expect? 

Last year, Fender knocked a generous 10% off of its entire range of guitars, amps and accessories as part of a campaign to promote their Fender Play service. We'd be far from amazed if they matched or bettered that for Black Friday 2019, given the energy they're already putting into pushing sign-ups. The big F also slashed up to $100 from ticket prices right across its Special Edition Deluxe and Standard models.

So how will a rejuvenated Gibson respond for Black Friday 2019? We can't wait to find out.

November could also be a good time to scoop up a Black Friday acoustic guitar deal, too. Last year, at the top of the market you could have saved a stunning $859 (yes, $859) on a Martin 00-28, while at the more affordable end, there were loads of budget acoustic guitar deals to choose from.

Black Friday is also the perfect time to check out deals for guitar accessories like stings, picks, strap, pedalboards, pedalboard power supplies and more. This is where Amazon and Walmart often come into their own.

If you do come across a smoking hot deal, our main advice would be not to ponder too long on a purchase as often these deals are stock- or time-limited.

That might sound like a foolhardy approach, but don’t forget that fierce competition means that most retailers now offer hassle-free returns, meaning you can purchase an item at a tempting price, and try it out at home. If it’s not for you, you should be fine to return it. Of course, always read the fine print of your supplier's return policy before taking the plunge.

How can I prepare for Black Friday?

Start drafting your wishlist today, beginning with what you actually need as opposed to what you just want. That way you can avoid getting caught up in GAS-powered deal mania, spending all your cash and ending up with a practice room filled with guitars and guitar gear you won’t use.

Take a look at your favourite brands and see what fits the bill. Had your eye on something for a couple of years? It could be due a price-drop for Black Friday.

What do you want out of your guitar journey next year? Maybe a new acoustic guitar could open up new paths, or a new fuzz pedal could kick-start your sound? Or maybe, just maybe, what you really need is that new electric guitar and amplifier combo for a totally fresh start.

Whatever your needs, our expert buyer’s guides should help you zero in on the Black Friday guitar deals you really need.

Last year’s best Black Friday guitar deals

2018 was a bumper year for Black Friday guitar deals, and this year is set to be even bigger. Here’s a flavor of some of our favorite Black Friday deals from last year.

Save $521 on ESP LTD’s James Hetfield Iron Cross Signature
We saw some ace Black Friday guitar deals, but these discounts on Metallica frontman James Hetfield's ESP LTD’s iconic Eclipse electric guitar really ruled the roost.

Get a phenomenal $859 off a Martin 00-28
If you were looking for a great deal on a legit American-built acoustic guitar, the Martin 00-28 Grand Concert acoustic was available with huge discounts.

$70 off a Hotone Xtomp Mini
For a multi-effects pedal that won’t take up much space on your pedalboard, guitarists struggled to find a better deal on Hotone’s all-encompassing Xtomp Mini.

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

Save an incredible $650 on the Supro 1622RT Tremo-Verb
Supro has produced a host of top-notch tube amps in recent years, and during BF18 Musician’s Friend was offering a superb deal on one of its most compact offerings.