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Best Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: the latest Memorial Day deals on acoustic and electric guitars, software, accessories and more

Best Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: the latest Memorial Day deals on acoustic and electric guitars, software, accessories and more
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Memorial Day weekend is usually an ideal chance to pick up some neat bargains on everything from headphones to a new washer dryer, but are there ever any worthwhile offers aimed at guitarists? In the past the answer has been a flat 'no', but this year that's all changed as we’ve uncovered some fantastic Memorial Day guitar sales.

What's more, you don’t need to wait until Memorial Day itself to take advantage of big guitar discounts; some of the best deals are already live, from big money off acoustic guitars, to significant savings on software and even electric guitar strings.

At the time of writing, the place we'd recommend you head to first is the Guitar Center Memorial Day sale, for up to 40% off a range of guitar and bass gear. Then head over to the  Musician's Friend Memorial Day deals and doorbusters sale where you'll find big savings off a couple of stunning Gibson Les Paul models.

If you’re looking for a guitar bargain right now, or you’re looking to fuel your newly-acquired lockdown hobby, these Memorial Day guitar sales are well worth checking out.

What date is Memorial Day 2021?

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May. The holiday was introduced to honor the men and women of the US military who have died while serving their country. This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday May 31.

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Top deals

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Best sales

Musician’s Friend Memorial Day sale: Up to 30% off
Save hundreds off select Gibson Les Pauls and Martin acoustic guitars, Ernie Ball strings, PA systems and more. The Musician's Friend Memorial Day deals and doorbusters sale is the place to be. View Deal

Guitar Center Shape Your Sound sale: 20% off software
GC’s Shape Your Sound sale offers up to 20% off a range of virtual instruments, DAWs, modellers, effects and more to help you enhance your guitar recordings. The sale includes everything from Amplitube to MODO Bass.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Electric guitars

Fender Player Telecaster Plus Top: Was $779.99, now $649.99
Any guitarist worth their salt will know just how iconic and versatile a Telecaster is. The Tele’s design is over 70 years old now, but still grabs players old and new with it’s beauty and simplicity. With a huge $130 off this weekend, you can be one of those players. With a gorgeous AA-grade flame maple top, ‘Modern C’ shape neck and a 9.5” radius, you’ll be looking great and feeling great with this Tele in your hands. View Deal

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V: Was $1,899, now $1,599
$300 off a Les Paul is not to be sniffed at, and we love the Traditional Pro V model, particularly in this stunning Satin Wine Red finish. It's lighter than a standard Les Paul, but still features a mahogany body and neck matched with a carved maple top.View Deal

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V: $1,899, $1,599
This Les Paul features all the usual hallmarks of a classic Gibson, including a mahogany body, bound mahogany neck, and a mahogany top, but also includes some features that make it easier to play, like an asymmetrical neck. It also comes with Tradbucker pickups, push/pull volume controls, plus that stunning Vintage Cherry Satin finish.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Acoustic guitars

Martin Special 18 Dreadnought: Was $2,799.99, now $2,379.99
If you know acoustics, you know how great these Martin dreadnoughts sound. This Special 18 Style was designed to encapsulate the iconic tone of Martin’s 1930’s Golden Era, and does a damn good job. Employing Martin’s VTS (Vintage Tone System) on its Adirondack top, this Style 18 sounds authentically vintage, but for a much more reasonable price - and with an extra $420 off, it just got a whole lot better.View Deal

Martin Special 000 All-Solid Auditorium: Was $999, now $799
There are a number of Martin guitars on sale at Musician's Friend right now with savings of up to $420 up for grabs, but if you have a grand to spend, this would be our top recommendation. Buy it today and you'll have enough spare cash for a hard case (although this guitar does already come with a gig bag).View Deal

Martin Special D Ovangkol Dreadnought: $1,599, now $1,359
This ace acoustic-electric dreadnought forms part of Martin's Performing Artist Series and features a blend of Martin tone with solid-wood construction and elegant appointments, all without costing the earth. The guitar is comprised of a Sitka spruce top, ovangkol back and sides, mahogany neck and Fishman electronics, ensuring it's one versatile guitar. With $240 off right now, this is a deal you really shouldn't pass up.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Bass guitars

Sterling StingRay Classic Ray24: Was $499.99, now $399.99
There are few basses as iconic as the StingRay. The gutsy, powerful humbucker tone has graced many records of different genres, being utilised by players such as Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart and the mighty Flea. This StingRay features a slightly slimmer nut width to make playing a breeze, and the active two-band preamp provides that iconic tone we all know and love. With Guitar Center knocking $100 off this Memorial day, it doesn’t get much better than this.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Amps

Fender Blues Junior Special Edition: Was $649.99, now $599.99
A go-to option for guitarists worldwide, Fender’s 15 watt Blues Junior has made a name for itself as being a dependable workhorse amp that sounds fantastic. Either as a pedal platform or standalone, this limited edition Humboldt Hot-Rod Blues Junior is highly capable of being your faithful gigging companion, with an Eminence Hot Rod Hempster speaker taking care of those dulcet all-tube tones. We didn’t think it could get any sweeter, but Guitar Center has knocked off an extra $50 this weekend. Beautiful!View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Effects

Line 6 HX Effects: Was $599.99, now $499.99
One of our picks for the best multi-effects pedal around, the Line 6 HX Effects covers just about everything. With over 100 onboard effects taken from the award-winning Helix series, you’ve got access to multiple ultra-accurate drives, fuzzes, modulation effects and all-consuming reverbs. With the ability to run up to 9 effects at once, the processing power of the HX effects is not to be underestimated. With an extra $100 off this weekend, expand your effects arsenal and shake up your playing.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Accessories

Ernie Ball strings: Get up to 33% off select packs
Now's the ideal time to stock up on new strings, with up to 33% off a range of Ernie Ball triple packs, including Regular, Mega and Turbo Slinkys, plus Earthwood options for acoustic players.View Deal

Snark S-12 Snarkman Clip-On guitar: Now $19.99 @ Sam Ash
A clip-on guitar tuner is a great budget alternative to a pedal-based tuner. The Snark S-12 boasts improved accuracy and response compared with its predecessor, plus a bright and clear full color LCD display which can be rotated 360-degrees. For quick on-stage tune ups, this is a simple, cheap and effective option.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Software

Waves Audio: Hundreds of plugins just $29.99
For a limited time, hundreds of classic Waves plugins have been dropped to just $29.99. What's more, spend $50 and get a FREE plugin, spend $90 or more and get two FREE plugins, spend $120 and get three FREE plugins!View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Guitar lessons

Claim your Fender Play 2 week free trial
Head to Fender Play right now and sign up for an account; it's that simple. Select your preferred instrument (from electric or acoustic guitar, bass or ukulele), your chosen genre and playing level, then you’re free to access hours of tailored guitar lesson content for the next 14 days.View Deal

Memorial Day guitar sales 2021: Laptops

Save big on music-making laptops @Dell
Save big on laptops, monitors and more, including up to $100 off a new XPS 13 laptop, an ideal laptop if you're planning on upping your home recording game.View Deal

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