Black Friday Fender deals 2023: you can still save up to 50% off a Strat, Tele, and loads more

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Black Friday Fender Deals: Quick Menu

After all the hype and buildup, the Black Friday sale is officially over. If you missed out on all the action don't worry though, the big 'F' are continuing on with their Black Friday Fender deals, offering guitarists huge savings of up to 50% off a range of their iconic guitars. So whether you're in the market for a Strat, Tele, P-Bass, or Jazz Bass, there are some seriously tempting reductions on a huge range of Fender's iconic instruments.

Whilst the Black Friday sale is still going at the moment, we're expecting the Cyber Monday Fender deals to arrive on November 27, potentially with even bigger and better savings than we've seen already. We'll be curating a dedicated page with all the best deals from the day, so make sure you check it out if you're still looking for a bargain during Cyber Weekend.

The Fender shop has many of the cheapest prices we've seen this Black Friday weekend, but if you prefer to do your shopping elsewhere there are plenty of great deals still available. Over at Sweetwater, there's $300 off Acoustasonic Player Telecasters, while Guitar Center is offering $200 off a very Gilmour-esque Player Strat. Musician's Friend has also got some great deals, with a huge $180 off a Player Telecaster Plus Top with a gorgeous flame maple veneer.

Below we've rounded up all the best Fender deals from every retailer for you, and we've handpicked some of the best deals available using our writing team's expert knowledge of Fender guitars, amps, and pedals.

Black Friday Fender deals: Quick links

Black Friday Fender deals: Editor's picks

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! 

Price check - Guitar Center $749.99

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. 

Price check - Sweetwater $479

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. 

Price check - Sweetwater $839.99

Fender Malibu Player: $449.99, $314.99

Fender Malibu Player: $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. 

Price check - Sweetwater $449.99

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.  

Price check - Sweetwater $804.99

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 choices 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. 

Price check - Guitar Center $279.99

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. 

Fender DE FA-235E Concert: $349.99, now $244.99

Fender DE FA-235E Concert: $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. 

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 aluminium 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. 

Electric guitar deals

Fender Ltd Ed Player Strat, Fiesta Red $849 now $594

Fender Ltd Ed Player Strat, Fiesta Red $849 now $594
You won’t find the Player Stratocaster cheaper than this in 2023, available from Fender.com. This limited-edition Fiesta Red model features a classy pau ferro fingerboard, along with the Player Strat’s winning formula of three Alnico V single coil pickups, a two-point Synchronized tremolo and Modern C-shaped neck. With over $250 off, it’s this year’s cheapest deal on one of Fender’s most popular models.

Fender Player Stratocaster: $799, now $599

Fender Player Stratocaster: $799, now $599
This Strat will appeal to fans of David Gilmour. There aren't too many Stratocaster spec combos more iconic than a black body and pickguard with a maple fingerboard, and thanks to this tasty Guitar Center deal you can harness that classic Gilmour black Strat vibe and those sought-after Strat sounds for $200 cheaper than usual.

Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: $799, now $599

Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: $799, now $599
Faded green Strats are among the coolest Fender colors (fact), so this Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster in Surf Green really caught our collective eyes. Even more so when it’s down from $799 to just $599 at Guitar Center.

Fender Player Strat in Shell Pink: $824, now $649

Fender Player Strat in Shell Pink: $824, now $649
This might be the best-looking Stratocaster on sale this Black Friday: this Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster not only boasts a stunning Shell Pink finish, but it's topped off with a tortoiseshell scratchplate. And with $175 off the list price at Guitar Center, it’s a steal to boot.

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859, now $649

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859, now $649
If you like your Stratocasters with a side of flame maple top, this classy number is bound to float your boat. Available in a Blue Burst finish with maple fingerboard, the Fender Player Stratocaster HSS Plus Top also boasts a bridge humbucker for extra rock oomph, not to mention an alluring white-on-black knob/pickguard arrangement. This Strat’s extra timber would normally set you back $859, but you can save $210 on this prize looker over at Guitar Center right this very second.

Fender Player Strat HSS, Candy Red Burst: $829 $649

Fender Player Strat HSS, Candy Red Burst: $829 $649
There are no more festive Strats than this Candy Red Burst-finished Player stunner, which also features a pau ferro fingerboard, not to mention a bridge humbucker, so you can get those higher-output tones from the classic Strat outline. You can get a $180 saving over at Guitar Center.

Fender Ltd Ed Player Tex-Mex Stratocaster: $849 $699

Fender Ltd Ed Player Tex-Mex Stratocaster: $849 $699
This upgraded take on Fender's popular Player format is equipped with a set of the company's Tex-Mex pickups for a fatter single-coil sound that's perfect for Texas blues. It's one of this year's best lookers, too, with a Sonic Blue finish, complemented by a mint green-hued pickguard. Guitar Center has shaved $150 off its $849 asking price, bringing the final figure down to $699.

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. 

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 '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. 

Fender Aerodyne Strat HSS: $1,329.99, $999.99

Fender Aerodyne Strat HSS: $1,329.99, $999.99
One of the best playing Fender guitars we've played in years, the Fender Aerodyne Special Strat HSS has an unbelievably fast-playing neck on it. It's a shredder's dream when paired with the floating tremolo and a set of locking tuners, allowing for some seriously expressive lead playing. In the Fender Early Black Friday sale it's got a massive $330 price drop, a huge reduction on an absolutely amazing guitar.

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! 

Price check - Guitar Center $749.99

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. 

Price check - Sweetwater $479

Bass guitar deals

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 aluminium 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. 

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.  

Acoustic guitar deals

Fender DE FA-235E Concert: $349.99, now $244.99

Fender DE FA-235E Concert: $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. 

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. 

Black Friday Fender deals: FAQ

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When is the Fender Black Friday sale?

Black Friday 2023 will land on Friday, 24 November. The deals will extend across that weekend (also known as Cyber Weekend) before finishing with a bang on with Cyber Monday guitar deals on 27 November.

How long is the Fender Black Friday sale?

Typically Black Friday sales go on for the whole weekend, but the deals won't be restricted to those four days. Previous experience tells us that some of the best Black Friday Fender deals will emerge well in advance of the event – for example this year we've seen reductions on Player Plus and Player Series guitars already. Some deals will also linger afterwards into December.

What Fender deals should I expect?

All major musical instrument retailers get in on the Black Friday Fender deals action, slashing prices on a wealth of products from beginner guitars to amps.

We've included some highlights from last year below, but some of our favorite deals were $150 off the price of the Fender Player Tele Plus Top, 50% off a one-year subscription to Fender Play, and 24% off the fabulous Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster. Of course, there were many more offers to be had on amps, bass guitars, ukuleles, accessories, and even Fender-branded clothing.

The Amazon and Walmart Black Friday sales will be huge, too. Not only do they sell a fair range of music-making gear, but these are also the places to pick up things like wireless headphones and Amazon Echo devices.

What else can I buy in the Fender Black Friday sale?

Obviously, we are going to see a steady stream of discounted guitars and basses in this year's Fender Black Friday sale, but that's not all that will be on offer. We are likely to see prices slashed on Fender's online learning platform, Fender Play, too. In fact, last year we saw 50% off a one-year subscription, and we are hoping to see a similar - if not better - discount this year. 

Again, if last year is anything to go by, we will also see a slew of Fender official merchandise go on sale. This includes official t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and other wearables - meaning you can show the world who your favorite guitar brand is without breaking the bank.

Do Fender guitars hold their values?

As one of the biggest guitar brands in the world, for the most part, a Fender guitar will hold its value well. This is particularly true with Custom Shop and American-made models, as these are top-of-the-range instruments. Some limited edition models might even appreciate in value, although there are no guarantees with this sort of thing.

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

1. Create a wishlist early - There will be loads of Fender deals flying around on Black Friday weekend, so by creating a wishlist beforehand you'll be able to stay focused on what you need.

2. Work out what you actually need - Have a look at what you've already got in your collection and decide where the gaps are before making a purchase. If you've already got five Stratocasters, maybe it's better that you get something different like a Tele or a Jazzmaster!

3. Consider your music-making goals - Think about the future and what you want to achieve in your next year of music-making. A new guitar is great, but maybe what you actually need are some pedals to enhance your tone, or a new amp to give you a better base to build from.

4. Make some room - We all hoard gear here, and although parting with it can be really difficult, there are a couple of good reasons to get rid of stuff you no longer use. First up, you're potentially freeing up room in your home or practice space, for which your family and partner may well thank you. Secondly, you're potentially making more cash for a future gear purchase, whether that's an upgrade to your guitar or some much-needed accessories.

We've got loads of Fender and Squier buying guides which will make it a lot easier to pick a purchase in the Black Friday sale. Check them out below for more info:

How we choose the best Black Friday Fender deals

Here at Guitar World our team of writers are all actual musicians with years and years of experience reviewing and recommending music gear. We live and breathe guitar, playing live in our own bands, recording albums, and buying way too many guitar pedals.

As guitar player's ourselves, we want to match you with properly good gear, so we'd never recommend something we wouldn't use ourselves. 

For a recommendation to make the cut it has to first and foremost be a genuinely useful piece of equipment. It also has to be value for money, so we'll only ever recommend retailers that will give you a positive shopping experience.

Why you can trust our choices

All year round we're updating our buying guides and reviewing gear, but it doesn't stop there. We also search for the best deals year-round, as there's nothing quite as nice as getting that bit of gear you've been lusting after for less.

We've covered a lot of Fender deals throughout the year, including their massive Labor Day sale with up to 30% off, some select Amazon Prime Day deals which saw reductions on the Squier 40th Anniversary models, and their Summer Strum event with 20% off ukuleles.

Last year's Black Friday Fender deals highlights

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Squier Stratocaster Pack: was $289, $217
If Strats are your thing, you'd be hard-pressed to find an entry-level pack that trumps this one. With a 25.5" scale length, three single-coils, and a faithful Strat control layout, the guitar is the perfect way to get acquainted with the authentic Fender feel and sound, with the amp, strap, cable, and picks all there to help you through your first sonic steps. It's available in Sunburst or Black and last year could be snapped up for $80 off its usual price.

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Fender Blues Junior IV: $749, $659
As one of the world’s most popular gigging guitar amps, the Fender Blues Junior is rarely discounted, so to find $90 off at Amazon in last year's Black Friday sale was an exceptional deal indeed. This portable tube combo is easy to use, makes for a perfect pedal platform, and sounds killer at live volume levels.

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Fender Player Telecaster Plus Top: $879, $729
If you're on the hunt for an authentic-sounding Telecaster that offers a little extra aesthetic intrigue, look no further. Featuring familiarly solid specs such as a pair of Player Series single-coils and a breezy C-shape maple neck, this particular Player Plus Top Tele has the added bonus of flashing an AA flame maple top, giving it a subtle Burst Les Paul vibe. With $150 off in last year's Black Friday deals, it's not one to be ignored.

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Fender Player Strat: $849, $729
This one will appeal to fans of David Gilmour. There aren't too many Stratocaster spec combos more iconic than a black body and pickguard with a maple fingerboard, and thanks to this tasty Guitar Center deal in last year's Black Friday sale, you could harness that classic Gilmour vibe and those sought-after Strat sounds for $120 cheaper than usual.

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Squier Classic Vibe Bass VI: $499.99, $374.99
A firm favorite of everyone from Robert Smit to John Lennon, Jack Bruce, and Joe Perry, the Bass VI is an incredibly versatile instrument that takes the best parts of a guitar and a bass and fuses them together - and last year the Squier version was only $374.99 at the official Fender Shop. 

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Squier Contemporary Telecaster: $459, $344
One of the most radical Tele designs in the Fender catalog, the Contemporary Telecaster RH features a neck humbucker teamed with a rail humbucker for big modern tones, while the 12” fingerboard radius is tailored for soloing. Last year's Black Friday sales saw a hefty $115 discount on this awesome guitar.

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Squier 40th Ann. Jazzmaster: £385, £289
This Jazzmaster celebrates 40 years of Squier guitars with a stunning white and gold finish, as well as a generous 24% discount in last year's Black Friday sales courtesy of Thomann. Featuring the signature snarl of two Jazzmaster single coil pickups, this guitar has a host of switching options for putting your pickups out of phase, giving you plenty of different tones right out of the box. Add in the famous Jazzmaster tremolo and you’ve got a guitar that is just as good for indie as it is for math rock.

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Fender Acoustasonic Tele: $1,999.99, $1,749.99
Firmly channeling the spirit of innovation, Fender’s divisive ‘is it or isn’t it’ Acoustasonic Tele now had a huge reduction of $250 at Guitar Center last year. Featuring an Ebony fretboard, an acoustic engine with ten different voices, and a unique three-pickup system configuration, it may have its haters - but we love this groundbreaking guitar.

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Squier 40th Ann. P Bass: £389, £289
Last year saw a stonking 25% off this stunning-looking Squier P-Bass. Undoubtedly one of the best deals we saw at Thomann in their Black Friday sale. Its unique combination of Lake Placid Blue finish and gold hardware celebrates 40 years of Squier, giving it a distinctive look to match the signature growl of the split single-coil pickup. Add in some pearloid block inlays and you’ve got a guitar that will definitely turn some heads at your next show.

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Fender Venice Ukulele: $89.99, $44.99
This pint-sized Fender uke is an absolute steal at this price. Featuring a compact, comfortable body size, a slim C-shaped neck, and a stunning finish, this fun soprano ukulele is a must-have item for guitar players looking to expand their instrument collection.  Last year it had a fantastic $45 reduction at the official Fender Shop.

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