With Black Friday on the horizon, it's about time you prepared for the onslaught of Black Friday guitar deals that are about to be unleashed on the world. We have been covering this sales event for several years, and it seems every year the deals get better and better, so with that in mind, we are very much looking forward to what 2022 has to offer.
For those unaware, Black Friday is a time when some of the most prominent guitar and music shops - both online and bricks and mortar stores - apply massive discounts to guitar gear, from acoustic and electric guitars to guitar amps, multi-effects pedals, and loads more.
With so much on offer, it can be overwhelming and challenging to cut through the noise but don't worry, we'll be working around the clock to deliver the latest information on where to find the best deals.
Black Friday guitar deals: Quick links
Okay, so Black Friday may not be here just yet, but some of our favorite retailers are running stellar sales right now, meaning you can bag a bargain without waiting until the big day.
- Sweetwater: Save big money with Sweetwater's Guitar Month sale (opens in new tab)
- Amazon: Shop early Black Friday deals on guitars, mics & more (opens in new tab)
- Guitar Center: Shop Guitar Center's top deals (opens in new tab)
- Musician's Friend: These are the hottest deals at Musician's Friend (opens in new tab)
- Walmart: Shop the latest deals on beginner guitars and beyond (opens in new tab)
- Positive Grid: Save big on BIAS software and the Spark amp (opens in new tab)
- Thomann: In the UK or Europe? Save on big-name guitar gear (opens in new tab)
- Fender Play: Save 50% on an annual guitar lessons subscription (opens in new tab)
When will the Black Friday guitar deals arrive?
Black Friday 2022 will land on Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving in the US. The deals will extend across that weekend (also known as Cyber Weekend) before finishing up with Cyber Monday guitar deals on Monday, November 28.
In our experience, these deals won't be restricted to just that four-day period though. In the past, some of the best Black Friday guitar deals have emerged well in advance of the event – as early as late October, so keep checking this page to see what epic deals we uncover. Many deals will hang about until well into December too.
Black Friday guitar deals 2022: what to expect
All the major musical instrument retailers go large when it comes to Black Friday guitar deals, cutting prices on a wealth of products - in the past we've seen huge discounts from Sweetwater, Guitar Center and Musician's Friend, amongst others.
Not only is Black Friday a great time to get your hands on accessories and more beginner-focused gear, but there's certainly big money to be saved on premium brands like Gibson, Fender and PRS, too.
The Amazon (opens in new tab) and Walmart (opens in new tab) Black Friday sales will be huge, too. Not only do both of these retail giants sell a fair range of music-making gear, but these are also the places to pick up things like wireless headphones, Amazon Echo devices and other smart tech for your home, as well as vinyl, record players and more.
When it comes to the deals themselves, things get a little harder to predict. Deals can land at any time – sometimes even in the middle of the night – so it's important to keep your eye on your favorite retailers so you don't miss out. Signing up to mailing lists and keeping pages like this bookmarked will help you keep on top of the offers.
Some Black Friday guitar deals may stick around for the entirety of Cyber Weekend, while others may only stick around for a matter of hours. Stock levels have also been pretty volatile this year - and we believe there may be fewer units available of the biggest offers - so if you spot a good deal, our advice would be not to sleep on it.
Black Friday guitar deals 2022: how to prepare
If you're thinking that the Black Friday guitar deals may be the best time to finally invest in that new acoustic guitar or add some new additions to your pedalboard, our recommendation would be to get your research done now.
It's also important to be clear on what you actually need so you don't get swept up in deals fever and end up with boxes of stuff that seemed like a good deal at the time but you won't end up using.
Where possible, make a note of the current price of the gear you're after so that when the time comes you can see whether the deals you're looking at really are as good as they seem.
Black Friday guitar deals: Buying online
If you're concerned about buying a guitar or other gear online on Black Friday without playing it first - and particularly higher-end gear - you really don't have to be. Online music instrument retailers like Guitar Center (opens in new tab) , Musician’s Friend (opens in new tab) and Sweetwater (opens in new tab) offer hassle-free returns as standard, meaning you can purchase a guitar, give it a spin in the comfort and privacy of your own home and send it back without issue if it's not right.
We'd recommend you check the specific returns policy for the retailer you're thinking of buying from ahead of time, but most offer between 30-45 days to return an item, as long as the item is in original condition.
Black Friday guitar deals 2022: Last year's top deals
Here's a small taste of the Black Friday deals that floated our boat last year. We're expecting all this and more in 2022.
PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow: Save 15%
This is an absolutely stunning PRS that was available for an unexpectedly low price last year. What makes it desirable is what lies beyond that f-hole – space. Its semi-hollow build blesses it with outstanding resonance, impressive mids and a sweet, airy tone.
D'Angelico Premier Bedford:
$799.99, now $499.99
Okay, D’Angelico may be more famous for their legendary Jazz guitars, but they have an offset that would easily rival the offset royalty, Fender. With a versatile HSS setup, a Strat-style tremolo, and a user-friendly control layout, the Bedford is a guitar you have to try - and last year we saw $300 off!
Fender Player Telecaster Plus: $829.99, now $699.99
Fender Player Telecaster Plus is a fantastic option for those seeking the unique sound only a Telecaster provides, but with a sleek modern edge. The inclusion of a flame maple veneer and striking blue burst finish gives this already stunning guitar a completely new look, and with $300 off, this was a stellar deal.
Epiphone Les Paul Custom:
was $729, now $629
Guitars don’t come much classier than this limited-edition Inspired By Gibson Epiphone "Tuxedo" Les Paul Custom. Thanks to the Antique Ivory finish, it's a drop-dead stunner, and it’s got the tones to match, which arrive courtesy of the creamy ProBuckers.
Epiphone Hummingbird EC Studio:
$479, now $379
Regardless of style, from heavy strumming to light fingerstyle, it's all nectar to the Hummingbird. This iconic acoustic looks like a dread and can sound like a dread, but it has a softer, more tender side too. Fantastic build quality, a solid spruce top and Fishman electronics made this 'bird an absolute bargain at $379 in last year's sale.
Boss Pocket GT: was $249, now $149 at Guitar Center
With an integrated YouTube learning function, 99 user memories, 100 amps and effects, the same sound engine as Boss's GT-1 floor processor, and more, the Pocket GT is a terrific & portable practice Swiss Army Knife. Last year, thanks to Guitar Center, it was available for a mouth-watering discount.
Sterling Music Man Ray34HH Bass:
The StingRay has been responsible for some of the most legendary bass tones of all time. The thunderous low-end and bright high-end attack make it perfect for aggressive styles of music, and this sinister all-black finish means it now looks the part as well. And Musician's Friend knocked $330 off the price.
Squier Contemporary Jazz Bass:
The Contemporary series builds on Fender's legacy and brings it into the modern-day, with sought-after features and sleek new finishes. The SQR Active Ceramic pickups deliver bags of low-end punch and a clarity only found on active electronics - and even better, saved $100 off the retail price last year.
Supro Delta King 8:
was $449, now $329
With its sights set on emulating vintage '50s tube tones, the one-watt Delta King 8 is small, but it certainly packs a punch. Use it in front of another amp for uncompromising tube distortion, or direct into your DAW for recording. It's a no-nonsense amp that provides some truly glorious tones.
Surf Green Blackstar Studio 10 6L6: was $729, now $599
This compact, rock-solid combo – with its 6L6 power tube and Celestion Seventy-80 1x12” speaker – aims to give you classic American tube cleans, without breaking the bank, or your back. Last year you could save $130 on the amp at Sweetwater.
MasterClass Lessons: 2-for-1 Membership Offer
Give the gift of lessons with MasterClass on Black Friday. MasterClass allows you to “learn from the best” with a wealth of industry professionals and world-famous musicians ready to teach you everything from guitar and drums to cooking and writing. Right now you can get 2-for-1 on an annual membership.
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