For most of us, high-end guitar amps typically aren't as much of an impulse purchase as, say, desktop amps (I would know, the Yamaha THR10II sitting next to me right now was an impulse purchase). However, this Black Friday, the prices of some of the world's foremost tinnitus-givers – from many of guitardom's most iconic brands – have been slashed by enough that I'm currently weighing whether or not I want to anger my neighbors, adjust my budget, and finally take the plunge on my dream amp.
These sales aren't just on older models, either. One of the best of the discounts – and one of the most exciting Black Friday guitar deals I've seen overall – is Guitar Center's 15% off coupon on Bad Cat's Jet Black combo amp, a model that literally came out this week.
The Jet Black, mind you, is one of the amps that convinced Animals as Leaders electric guitar virtuoso Tosin Abasi to switch from Axe-Fx and amp modeling to a backline featuring Bad Cat's Lynx and the then-unreleased Jet Black earlier this year – a hearty endorsement if we've ever seen one.
The most famous amp brand of them all, Marshall, is also getting in on the fun, with Sweetwater offering an even $1,000 off of its JVM410H 100-watt 4-channel tube head.
All this is to say, if you've always wanted a top-of-the-line amp, but have never quite been able to afford one, these discounts might just be the ticket.
If, however, it's cheaper amplification you seek, check out our guide to the best Black Friday cheap amp deals.
Marshall amps: Up to $1,000 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.
Bad Cat Jet Black: 15% off at Guitar Center
This is one of the amps that convinced Tosin Abasi to switch from Axe-Fx and amp modeling back to tube amps – quite an endorsement, especially in this increasingly digital age. Packing four EL84 tubes, this thing is an absolute fire-breather, and this Guitar Center sale brings its price down to just a hair over $2,000. Not an insignificant discount on a product that's been out for less than a week...
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
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
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 – which we awarded four-and-a-half stars in our review – $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.