Guitar World deals of the week: get $150 off a Martin acoustic, $50 off Universal Audio, plus half-price amp sim software

Stratocaster leaning against a Boss Katana amp
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We'll admit it, deals are a little thin on the ground at the moment. Memorial Day is over and no major summer sales have started to ramp up but don't worry, we've searched the web far and wide and pulled some stonkers out of the hat for you this week.

If you're looking for a new guitar then there are two big sales to shop at the moment. First up, Guitar Center is giving acoustic players some excellent discounts with up to 35% off acoustic guitars. It includes Martin, Fender, Breedlove, and more, so well worth a browse if you're in the market for a new steel string.

Squier Affinity Telecaster: $284.99, now $229.99

Squier Affinity Telecaster: $284.99, now $229.99
This dual humbucker, Squier Affinity Telecaster is an absolute stunner thanks to that matching headstock. It's got a cool $55 discount at Musician's Friend at the moment, making it great value for the beginner guitarist. It'll make a great upgrade platform too if you like the look and want to stick a couple of more powerful pickups into it.

Martin Special Dreadnought: $1,149.99, $999.99

Martin Special Dreadnought: $1,149.99, $999.99
When it comes to acoustic guitars, Martin needs little introduction. This Martin Special Dreadnought has got a tasty $150 discount over at Guitar Center, bringing its price down just below a grand. The dreadnought body gives it a massive sound, with plenty of boomy low end whilst retaining a crispness at the top. It's a fantastic guitar for the money, and well worth the price if you're upgrading from an entry-level acoustic.

UAFX Orion Tape Echo: Was $199, now $149

UAFX Orion Tape Echo: Was $199, now $149
There are a lot of tape emulation pedals out there, but the Universal Audio UAFX Orion Tape Echo is one of our favorites. An excellent Echoplex EP-3 emulation, it's got a tasty $50 discount in the Musician's Friend sale at the moment. The level of control is unrivalled versus its competitors, and it's undoubtedly one of the most realistic recreations of the Echoplex unit we've ever heard. You can even use the preamp as an always-on tone sweetener.

Positive Grid Riff: Was $109, now $79

Positive Grid Riff: Was $109, now $79
If you're looking for a compact home recording solution, Positive Grid's Riff is a great option for getting awesome tones on the go. It's got a hefty $28 discount at the Positive Grid website at the moment in their Father's Day sale, which is great for a last-minute gifting idea.

IK Multimedia Tonex: Was $199.99, now $99.99

IK Multimedia Tonex: Was $199.99, now $99.99
IK Multimedia's Tonex features some of the best amp models we've ever heard, easily competing with big hitters like Neural DSP and Line 6. With everything from Fender cleans to Mesa saturation, it's got a huge amount of choice that means you won't run out of great tones anytime soon. Best of all, it's half-price over at IK Multimedia.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. 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 various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, 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 home studio recording new songs or tweaking pedal settings, you’ll find him making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS

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