You don't have to join jazz band to enjoy Sweetwater’s awesome back to school deals

Full band set up with guitars, drums, microphone, and PA system
(Image credit: Squier/Yamaha/Ludwig/Mackie/Sennheiser/On-Stage)

Whether it’s your young ones heading back to school or you’re venturing off to college yourself, it’s always an expensive time of the year preparing for the next stage of learning. As an aspiring musician, equipment is already expensive, so you’ll definitely want to check out the Sweetwater back to school sale to pick up some bargain gear.

With huge discounts on guitar and bass bundles, as well as loads of great orchestral instruments and accessories, it’s the perfect way to pick up great music gear for less. Even if you’re not attending school or college, there are still some fantastic savings to be made on electric guitars, bass guitars, drum kits, PA systems, keyboards, and much more - so well worth exploring regardless of your status in academia. 

Sweetwater: Huge back to school sale

Sweetwater: Huge back to school sale
With massive savings on guitar and bass bundles, full acoustic drum kits, live sound systems, and loads of keyboards and orchestral instruments, Sweetwater’s back to school sale is the perfect place to help you ace music class or jazz band. Even if you’re not attending music classes this semester, there are some stonking deals to be had up until August 31st. 

We’ve had a look at some of the deals on offer and there are some select deals available for guitar players. The awesome Squier Starcaster is available for $369, coming in a bundle with a Fender gig bag, Fender clip-on guitar tuner, and Fender picks too. Bought separately this bundle would cost you $407.43, giving you a saving of $38.43 on a guitar and all the essential accessories. The Candy Apple Red version with maple fretboard is an absolute stunner and it plays beautifully too!

If you’re looking to play keys or get into music production, then the Korg Nautilus 88 Music Workstation has a massive $400 discount, bringing it down to just $2,399.99. We gave it four and a half stars out of five in our review, citing its inspiring key bed and a huge range of sounds that make it a proper instrument for musicians who want to gig regularly.

There are also some excellent bundle savings on PA systems, with the Mackie Thump GO with two Sennheiser e825-S dynamic microphones at just $699.99 when bought together. That’s a saving of $49.78 when bought separately, giving you a fully working PA for much less than the usual price. The Mackie Thump GO features in our best portable PA systems guide, where we praised it for its light weight and ability to work on battery power, perfect for the practice room. 

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer at Guitar World and has been playing guitar as his main instrument for well over 20 years. He also plays drums, bass, and keys – producing out of his home studio in Manchester, UK. He has previously worked for Dawsons Music, Northwest Guitars, and freelanced for various magazines and blogs, writing reviews, how-to's, and features. When he's not downloading the latest VSTs or justifying yet another guitar pedal purchase, you'll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS.