Guitar Center has finally launched its Black Friday sale with up to 40% off electric guitars, amps, pedals, and loads more. It’s easily their biggest sale of the year and includes some big hitters from Gibson, Fender, Taylor, and plenty more.
With such a huge sale we just had to look through all ninety-nine pages to see what was on offer, so if you don’t fancy doing that yourself, we’ve picked out our top five deals right here. Whether you want to splash out on a new Gibson or just enhance your pedalboard with something esoteric from EarthQuaker Devices, there are loads of great choices here.
Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard:
$999, now $749
If a ‘proper’ Gibson is a little out of your price range, we’d wager the Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard will get you 90% of the way toward that iconic guitar tone without having to remortgage your house to do so.
It’s outstanding value for money at the regular retail price, but with a $250 discount in the Guitar Center Black Friday sale, it’s easily one of the best deals we’ve seen thus far. In our review, we gave it four and a half stars out of five, and we were full of plaudits for its quality components, awesome guitar tone, and excellent playing feel.
Fender Acoustasonic Jazzmaster:
Whether you’re a lover or a hater of the Fender Acoustasonic range, there’s no doubt that these guitars are forward-thinking, blurring the line between acoustic and electric instruments. This US-made, special edition Fender Acoustasonic Jazzmaster has a stunning Black Paisley finish, making an already bold guitar that much more of a standout.
If the looks aren’t enough to have your eyes on stalks, then how about a hefty $400 discount? It’s not just a looker either, we love the Acoustasonic range for its endlessly versatile tonal qualities, and for the guitarist who already has everything, it truly offers something unique.
Was $999, now $799
As far as acoustic guitars go it doesn’t get much better than a Taylor for us. With a hefty $200 discount we couldn’t look past the Taylor 114ce with its gorgeous tone and silky smooth playability.
Despite sitting in the pantheon of entry-level prices when it comes to Taylor’s, it doesn’t feel that way at all when you pick it up, giving off a much more premium Taylor guitar vibe to both our eyes and ears.
EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master:
Combining both delay and reverb into one handy pedal, the EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master is great for busy ‘boards, doing the job of two time-based effects brilliantly. Although it’s designed to do both reverb and delay at the same time, it can also do them individually if you need it to.
The effects range from subtle tone lift right through to spacious ambiance, and with a tasty discount of $39.80 in the Guitar Center Black Friday sale it’s at a great price at the moment. If you’re into EQD pedals make sure you check out the full sale too, with loads of the US-based pedal brand’s stompboxes seeing discounts.
Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazzmaster:
One of the best-selling guitars of the last couple of years, the Squier Classic Vibe 60s Jazzmaster is a brilliant choice for offset lovers. The $110 discount at Guitar Center sweetens the deal even further, giving you an alternative rock workhorse for much less.
The characterful sound of Jazzmaster pickups gives you something different from a traditional Strat or Telecaster guitar, thicker than a single coil but less hefty than a humbucker, standing apart from others in the Fender stable when it comes to guitar tone. The tremolo is an acquired taste we’ll admit, but for us, it’s all part of the vibrant character of this guitar.
We're keeping track of all the best Black Friday guitar deals from now until the end of Cyber Weekend on our dedicated page. If you're looking for the very best bargains on guitars, amps, and pedals from all retailers then you'll find them right here.
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Matt is a Junior Deals Writer at Guitar Player 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.