Black Friday guitar deals 2023: Here are the biggest savings on guitar gear that are still live

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The madness of Black Friday sales has officially ended now, but many retailers have chosen to continue their sales. This means you can still bag a big saving if you missed out yesterday, with reductions from most major retailers still live.

We're eagerly anticipating the Cyber Monday guitar deals that should be starting on November 27, so if you're holding on for a particular deal, that may be your best place to pick up a bargain.

For now, Sweetwater is still topping the percentage charts thanks to their offer of up to 75% off music gear. There's also a hefty up to 50% off at Musician's Friend, and up to 35% off at Guitar Center. If that's not enough for you, make sure you check out up to 50% off at Fender in their Black Friday sale.

Keep scrolling for all the best Black Friday sales that are still live, as well as a selection of individual deals handpicked by expert authors here at Guitar Player.

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The Black Friday deals are here. These are our current top picks of the live deals:

Fender Black Friday Sale: Up to 50% off

Fender Black Friday Sale: Up to 50% off
From the Fender Aerodyne to the Squier Classic Vibe, there is something for everyone in this epic Black Friday sale – in fact, it may be one of the best sales online right now for guitar players.  

Guitar Center Black Friday Sale: Up to 40% off

Guitar Center Black Friday Sale: Up to 40% off
From guitars to PA systems, pianos to recording gear, there's something for every type of musician in Guitar Center's epic Black Friday sale. Guitar Center has stated that these are the "best deals of the year" so if you're on the fence about purchasing a new piece of music gear, then now is the time - the deals won't get any better than this! 

Sweetwater’s Black Friday sale: Up to 75% off

Sweetwater’s Black Friday sale: Up to 75% off
Black Friday is officially here, and Sweetwater is currently offering some incredible deals on guitars, pedals, amps, and more. You’ll find eye-catching deals on Fender, Gibson, PRS, Epiphone, and pretty much anyone else you can think of until November 26 with reductions of up to 75% off.

Musician’s Friend: Up to 50% off

Musician’s Friend: Up to 50% off
With some impressive discounts of up to 50% off gear, the Musician’s Friend sale includes big-name brands across a huge range of instruments. From $700 off a Gibson Les Paul to a $559.80 discount on a Mesa/Boogie amp, there are some big hitters in the sale and some massive discounts. 

Guitar Tricks Black Friday: $99 one year sub + extras

Guitar Tricks Black Friday: $99 one year sub + extras
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.

PRS SE Silver Sky: Up to £296 off

PRS SE Silver Sky: Up to £296 off
The original PRS Silver Sky caused quite a stir when it first launched and the SE version has become insanely popular among fans looking for a more affordable way to get their hands on this modern classic. Right now, Andertons has slashed the price of all SE Silver Sky models. 

Alvarez guitars: Up to £220 off

Alvarez guitars: Up to £220 off
Looking for a seriously good-value acoustic guitar? Well, we think we've just found it. For a limited time, you can score a massive up to £220 off a wide range of Alvarez acoustic guitars. 

Universal Audio Amazon Store: Up to $80 off

Universal Audio Amazon Store: Up to $80 off

Big savings on almost the entire range of UAFX guitar pedals,  at UA's own Amazon store, with prices slashed by between $50 and $80

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.

TrueFire All Access: Was $662, now $199

TrueFire All Access: Was $662, now $199
Want to improve your guitar playing? TrueFire's Black Friday Blitz could be the answer. There's a range of deals on the site, but maybe the most impressive is this All-Access Plus deal which gives you a year of All Access (worth $249 in itself), but also an Elmore Bluetooth Foot Pedal and accessory bag (worth $79 value), 3 course download credits (worth $237), 2 'Jam Pack' credits (worth $58), and 1 private lesson credit ( worth $39). You're getting a lot of learning for your loot.

Lego Fender Stratocaster: $119.99, now $95.99

Lego Fender Stratocaster: $119.99, now $95.99
Looking for a fun guitar project that doesn’t involve soldering or dismantling your favorite guitar? Well, why not take a stab at the Lego Fender Stratocaster kit? This Lego set is super fun and incredibly accessible and with 20% off at Amazon, you really can’t go wrong.   

Yamaha THR30II WL: Was $469.99, now $429.99

Yamaha THR30II WL: Was $469.99, now $429.99
One of the Best Guitar Amps Under $1,000 of 2023. If you’ve got a bigger room and want a bit more power, step toward the THR30II. It has exactly the same features as the THRII10 models, but you’ll get a boost in volume and tone from its 30-watt output. It’s still battery-powered, it’s still wireless, just bigger and louder. Amazon is offering the same discount on the regular colour, plus Black and White models.

Black Friday guitar deals 2023: 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 Wine Red 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. 

Fender Aerodyne Strat: $1,329.99, now $799.99

Fender Aerodyne Strat: $1,329.99, now $799.99
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. With a $530 discount, this is one of the best Fender Cyber Monday savings we've seen this year.

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 2023: Acoustic guitars

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 2023: 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.

Bad Cat Jet Black: 15% off with coupon
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Bad Cat Jet Black: 15% off with coupon
One of the amps that convinced Animals As Leaders' Tosin Abasi to switch from Axe-Fx and amp modeling back to tube amps. With four EL84 tubes, it's a monster and $360 cheaper at Guitar Center – doubly amazing, considering that it's only just been released...

Marshall amps & cabs: Up to $550 off

Marshall amps & cabs: 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, with $1,000 off a selection of tube amp heads and up to $700 off select guitar cabs.

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.

Yamaha THR30II WL: Was $469.99, now $429.99

Yamaha THR30II WL: Was $469.99, now $429.99
One of the Best Guitar Amps Under $1,000 of 2023. If you’ve got a bigger room and want a bit more power, step toward the THR30II. It has exactly the same features as the THRII10 models, but you’ll get a boost in volume and tone from its 30-watt output. It’s still battery-powered, it’s still wireless, just bigger and louder. Amazon is offering the same discount on the regular colour, plus Black and White models.

Yamaha THR10II: Was $329.99, now $309.99

Yamaha THR10II: Was $329.99, now $309.99
The perfect home amp, the 20-watt THR10II has got 15 amp models, 3 bass amps, 3 mic models for your electro-acoustic, four modulation effects and four reverb types. There’s Bluetooth and wired connections for hooking up your music playback devices, as well as USB audio for computer recording, and you can edit the sounds via your phone with the THR Editor app for iOS and Android. 

iOS users can also benefit from Yamaha’s Rec’N’Share app, which puts the THR tone into your phone videos, making it an easy, convenient way to capture your playing on camera!

Yamaha THR10II WL: Was $469.99, now $429.99

Yamaha THR10II WL: Was $469.99, now $429.99
The THRII10 WL gives you everything the regular THR10II does, except it’s wireless and can run from a rechargeable internal battery! Inside there’s a receiver for a Line 6 Relay wireless transmitter, so, you can find the perfect spot for your amp regardless of power sockets (it can run off mains power too though). Connect to your guitar with the Relay and control your amp via your phone over Bluetooth without having to touch the amp or worry about cables.

Line 6 Relay G10II: Was $139, now $99

Line 6 Relay G10II: Was $139, now $99
Of course, to make the most of that wireless connectivity, you’ll need the Line 6 Relay G10II transmitter. This little dongle plugs into your electric or electro-acoustic jack socket and digitally beams your signal directly to the THRII Wireless receiver. There’s no interference, and no delay, just cable-free playing. Get a hefty reduction of nearly a third off the list price. 

Kemper Profiler PowerHead 600W: $1,999, now $1,849

Kemper Profiler PowerHead 600W: $1,999, now $1,849
Pairing Kemper's legendary Profiler with a 600-watt solid-state power amp, the Profiler PowerHead is essentially all the amp you need for the stage and studio, and comes with heaps of effects, too. Not only is it still, in our book, one of the best amps you can buy, this Kemper is one of the most powerful music-making tools on the planet, full stop. If you've ever wanted to take the plunge – with $150 off at Guitar Center this Black Friday – this is the time to buy. 

Revv amps: Up to $300 off

Revv amps: Up to $300 off
Some of our favorite wall-shakers from Revv have received healthy price-cuts at Guitar Center for Black Friday, with $100 off the Revv G20, $200 off some of the company's best-selling tube combos, and an even $300 off the firm's ferocious 100 and 120W Generator models. 

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 neighbours, 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: Sweetwater $1,699

Universal Audio UAFX pedals: Up to $80 off

Universal Audio UAFX pedals: Up to $80 off
Bag amazing savings on almost the entire range of UAFX guitar pedals, with prices slashed by between $50 and $80 on our top picks and more, right through until November 26.

Black Friday guitar deals 2023: 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 aluminum 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.

Guild Starfire Bass II: was $1,499, now $999

Guild Starfire Bass II: was $1,499, now $999
Available with a massive $500 discount – that’s 33% off the original price – this semi-hollow short-scale Starfire Bass has a classic yet characterful profile, and we love that Emerald Green finish. If you’re unfamiliar with the Starfire Bass II, it was beloved by Jefferson Airplane’s Jack Casady and the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh. With $500 off the list price, we’re surprised this is still available, frankly. 

Spector Euro 4 LX Bass: was $2,699, now $2,399

Spector Euro 4 LX Bass: was $2,699, now $2,399
These Czech Republic builds offer a more affordable, but still high-quality take on Spector’s US-made basses (hence the Euro moniker). The Euro 4 LX uses an alder body, with a walnut veneer and figured maple top – all rendered in a stunning Dark Cherry satin finish. It’s loaded with a combination of EMG’s P- and J-style active pickups and super solid components. This is a seriously chunky discount, knocking $300 off the usual price.  

Sterling by Music Man StingRay Ray4 $349 $249

Sterling by Music Man StingRay Ray4 $349 $249
The StingRay is one of the all-time iconic bass designs and this single-pickup import version by Music Man’s Sterling sub-brand offers an affordable take on that build – using a basswood body, active preamp and low-noise humbucker – at a price point that was seriously good value to begin with. Now, we’ve spotted it discounted by a mammoth 30% over at Guitar Center, meaning you can scoop one up for just $249.99. If you’re after a little more flexibility, you can also bag $120 off the HH version, currently available for $309.

Hagstrom Viking short-scale bass: $1,249 $699

Hagstrom Viking short-scale bass: $1,249 $699
This Chinese-made modern recreation of Hagstrom’s ’60s build, the Concord bass, is a semi-hollow short-scale model that oozes retro cool. There’s a maple body, set maple neck and a pair of custom-voiced Dyna-Rail humbuckers. It is a beautiful bass and features one of the heftiest discounts we’ve seen on any product across the Cyber Weekend period – knocking an immense 44% off the list price.

Schecter Guitar Research C-4 GT: $1,149, $819

Schecter Guitar Research C-4 GT: $1,149, $819
The C-4 GT’s racing car looks hint at a model that is designed for high performance and that’s certainly the case when you look at the spec, too. We can’t show its full glory here, but that mahogany body is capped with maple and features some stunning ergonomic carving, ensuring comfort and great upper-fret access. Then there’s a super-quick ultra-thin C profile maple neck with ebony fretboard and a pair of EMG humbuckers. It’s a sleek machine but one that does not carry a sports car price tag, especially with that gigantic $330 discount

Ibanez TMB100: was $249 now $199

Ibanez TMB100: was $249 now $199
One of our favorite budget bass guitars, the TMB100 features Ibanez's uber-cool Talman offset body shape, as well as some of the most versatile electronics on a bass in this price range, with a P/J pickup combination and a custom two-band active EQ. With a tasty $50 discount over at Musician's Friend, this is a no-brainer for anyone taking their first steps on the instrument or seeking a new tone for their arsenal.

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 2023: Software

Line 6 Helix Native:Was $399, now $199

Line 6 Helix Native: Was $399, now $199
Harness the power of Helix inside your DAW for half price with Sweetwater’s early Black Friday deal. With 60+ amp models, 30+ speaker cabs, over 100 effects, and more, you can have multiple instances of Line 6’s award-winning, world-class studio guitar tone at your fingertips.

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: FAQ

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When is Black Friday 2023?

Black Friday 2023 will land on Friday, November 24, 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 27.

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.

What deals should I 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 and Walmart 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 for 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.

Is it a good idea to buy guitars 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 , Musician’s Friend and Sweetwater 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.

How to prepare for this year's Black Friday guitar deals

1. Create a wishlist early - There's going to be millions of deals going around on Black Friday, so creating a wishlist early allows you to focus on the things you really want.

2. Work out what you actually need - Look at your gear collection and see where the gaps are. There's little point buying another overdrive pedal when you've already got five of them! 

3. Consider your music-making goals - What are you planning to do with your music-making for the next year? Make sure you purchase gear that's going to serve your goals, whether you're recording a whole album or you want to try your hand with a different gauge of electric guitar strings.

4. Make some room - We're all guilty of hoarding gear, but Black Friday presents an excellent opportunity to have a clear out. Not only will your partner and family thank you for clearing some space in the house, but you'll also potentially free up more funds for future gear purchases!

How we choose the best Black Friday guitar deals

Our writing team here at Guitar Player are all musicians with years of experience reviewing and recommending gear. We live and breathe guitar, playing live with our own bands, recording in studios, and generally buying way too many guitar pedals.

As guitarists ourselves, we always want to match you with the perfect piece of equipment to meet your needs, so we'd never recommend something we wouldn't use ourselves.

For a piece of guitar gear to make the cut here, it has to be genuinely useful, as well as at a price that makes it excellent value for money. We'll also only ever recommend retailers that will give you a positive shopping experience.

Why you can trust our choices

Throughout the year we're always busy updating our buyer's guides and reviewing products, but the buck doesn't stop there. We're also always searching for the best deals possible, as there's no better feeling than getting a new piece of gear with a significant discount.

Just this year we've covered the massive Fender Labor Day sale, which saw up to 30% off a massive array of guitar gear. We also checked out the Memorial Day sales, with up to 40% off massive brands like Fender and Gibson over at Musician's Friend.

Last year's Black Friday guitar deals highlights

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Positive Grid Spark: 35% off Spark
With thousands of tones on tap, wireless Bluetooth, and fast USB connectivity, plus intelligent functions such as Smart Jam and Auto Chords, it’s no wonder the Spark is the best-selling practice amp on the planet. Last year's offer saved guitarists a whopping $70, plus they got a free padded gig bag (usually $60).

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Egnater Tweaker-15 Stack: $949.98, $499.99
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, last year this boutique tube head and cab really was selling for less than $500! The Egnater Tweaker head pumps out 15 watts via two 6V6 tubes and a matching 1x12 cabinet with a 12” Egnater speaker, making it a super versatile amplifier setup. The whopping $449.99 off wasn't bad either.

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Walrus Julia V2 Platinum: £199, £119
One of the best chorus pedals out there got a very rare 40% off saving last year. Lush analogue chorus and vibrato tones aplenty and this latest V2 version also offers momentary switching for quick bursts as required. 

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Keeley Red Dirt Overdrive: $179, $99
This superb Germanium overdrive pedal shines for blues and classic rock tube-style breakup and dynamic saturation. It does premium lower gain well too for superlative stacking. Huge tones and a huge $80 at Sweetwater last year off to sweeten the deal. 

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Blackstar Dept 10 Distortion: $299.99, $199.99
This clever stompbox gives you four different voices to play with, making it a super versatile addition to your pedalboard. Channel 1 offers up two flavors of clean boost, while Channel 2 is where the saturated distortion tones will dirty up your tone. Last year this valve-powered pedal had $100 off over at Musician's Friend - making it an even sweeter deal.

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Line 6 Helix Native: $399, $199
With a whopping 100+ effects, over 60 guitar and bass amps, plus more than 30 cab sims, Line 6 Helix Native works a treat on your DAW of choice. Providing Line 6's renowned amp, cab, and effects modeling in plug-in format, this expansive piece of software was available last year with 50% off.

Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar Player. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Responsible for over 60 buying guides, a large part of his role is helping guitarists find the best deals on gear. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for many music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar World, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at. When he's not holed up in his practice space jamming new songs or ogling yet another guitar, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS

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