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Guitar Center Black Friday 2022

Guitar Center Black Friday 2022
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Well, It's been a hectic few days, but Black Friday is over for another year. There's no need to worry if you've missed out on a bargain though, as the official Guitar Center Black Friday 2021 deals are still live.

Best Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021

To save right now we'd recommend heading straight to Guitar Center's Black Friday deals page for big savings on guitar, amps and effects, including Fender, Gretsch, Boss, Marshall and more. This sale will be live until November 28. 

You can also currently save 15% off qualifying gear worth over $199 using the code blackfriday15. This promotion runs until November 29.

With offers on electric guitars and acoustic guitars from brands like Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Squier, as well as guitar effects pedal and guitar amp deals, all of your bases are still covered for just a little longer.

We're looking forward to seeing what deals are in store as part of Guitar Center's Cyber Monday sale, too - so keep checking in to grab a great late bargain.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Quick links

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Top deals

Squier Stratocaster Ltd-Ed Pack: $249

Squier Stratocaster Ltd-Ed Pack: $249, now $199
Start learning guitar today with this all-in-one pack, which includes an electric guitar based on Fender's classic Stratocaster design, a Squier Frontman 10G amp – featuring aux in and headphone out jacks – plus all the accessories you need to get playing now: a 10" cable, strap, gigbag and even picks.

Boss Pocket GT: was $249, now $149

Boss Pocket GT: was $249, now $149
With an integrated YouTube learning function, 99 user memories, 100 amps and effects, the same sound engine as Boss's GT-1 floor processor, and more, the Pocket GT is a terrific & portable practice Swiss Army Knife. Now, thanks to Guitar Center, it's available for a mouth-watering discount.

Epiphone ES-335 Traditional Pro: was $599, now $479

Epiphone ES-335 Traditional Pro: was $599, now $479
Not only is this good-looking semi-hollow a good $120 cheaper than Epiphone’s regular ES-335, it has the added bonus of coil-splits for its Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers. Throw in a classic layered maple body, rounded C mahogany neck and choice of four finishes, and you get a winner of a Black Friday Epiphone deal.

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859, now $699
If you like your Strats a bit more visually stimulating, this HSS-configured Plus Top in Blue Burst may just be the one for you. It's a regular Player Strat at heart, but capable of just that little bit more than most Strats thanks to the Player Series humbucker in the bridge. You can save the most on this one, with $160 off the full price.

Epiphone Hummingbird EC Studio: $479

Epiphone Hummingbird EC Studio: $479, now $379
Regardless of style, from heavy strumming to light fingerstyle, it's all nectar to the Hummingbird. This iconic acoustic looks like a dread and can sound like a dread, but it has a softer, more tender side too. Fantastic build quality, a solid spruce top and Fishman electronics make this 'bird an absolute bargain at $379 at Guitar Center.

Epiphone LP Custom Silverburst: $729

Epiphone LP Custom Silverburst: $729, now $629
If you're a Tool fan and can't hold on for that Adam Jones Epiphone, this Les Paul Custom has the all-important Silverburst finish, and an almighty $100 chopped off its asking price. The PAF-voiced ProBucker pickups, Grover tuners and classy bound body are just the icing on the cake.

AmpliTube 5 MAX: was $599, now $349

AmpliTube 5 MAX: was $599, now $349
Save a huge 42% off IK Multimedia's AmpliTube 5 MAX. Included are 107 stomps, 107 amplifiers, 101 cabinets, 31 speakers, 44 rack FX, 18 microphones and 8 rooms – more than enough for most guitarists or home producers. Save $250 this Black Friday.

AmpliTube 5 SE: was $149.99, now $39.99

AmpliTube 5 SE: was $149.99, now $39.99
One of the biggest names in guitar amp & FX modeling software has dropped the price to only $39.99! Bag yourself 80 essential gear models for less than a single overdrive pedal.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Electric guitar deals

Squier Bullet Mustang HH: was $189

Squier Bullet Mustang HH: was $189, now $149
Get the perfect electric guitar for beginners in this unbelievable Black Friday deal. Start playing straight out of the box, thanks to a short 24" scale, which makes your first chords and solos easy, while those dual humbuckers will deliver plenty of output for whatever style you want to play.

Ibanez GRGM21M: was $149

Ibanez GRGM21M: was $149, now $119
Fancy something a little more metal-friendly to kickstart your journey? This shred-ready Ibanez is sure to do the trick. Its 22.2" scale will make finding your way around the scales a dream, and will have you blitzing up the 'board like Steve Vai in no time. Let's not forget those high-output Powersound pickups, either, which are sure to quench any thirst you may have for scorching gains.

ESP LTD EC10: was $199,

ESP LTD EC10: was $199, $149
If you're a fan of contemporary single-cuts, you won't find a much better option than the ESP LTD EC10, which looks the part of a professional instruments but plays as easy as an entry-level axe. Standout features include the rosewood fretboard – an impressive appointment, given the cost – and the U-shaped neck, which will get you accustomed to gliding up and down the fretboard in no time.

Epiphone Les Paul Player Pack: was $249

Epiphone Les Paul Player Pack: was $249, now $219
If you’re looking to start your guitar-playing journey, this is the deal for you. In essence, your first guitar will be the iconic Les Paul, and with the boatload of extras this pack provides, you’ll be on your way learning your first few songs in no time. It’s by no means a perfect guitar, but it comes pretty darn close to being the perfect beginner’s pack. At $30 off, you’ve got nothing to lose. 

Schecter Guitar Research DEMON-7: 15% off

Schecter Guitar Research DEMON-7:15% off
Nothing screams metal more than a Schecter, and no Schecter screams metal louder than a seven string. That's right, you counted seven strings on this Vintage White beast. If you live to play at the darker, hellish fringes of music then this Demon is the one for you. It sports a basswood body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard and Seymour Duncan Designed HB-107 active pups that are powerful enough to wake the dead. With a devilish 15% off when you use the code blackfriday15, you won't have to sell your soul to get one.

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Schecter C-6 Elite: save 15%
Get one of the best sub-$300 all-rounder electric guitars at a hefty discount in this awesome Guitar Center Black Friday deal. With a basswood body, Schecter-designed Diamond humbuckers, a supremely comfortable satin-finished neck and stable Tune-O-Matic-style bridge, this guitar is perfect for both beginners and more seasoned players alike.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Acoustic guitar deals

PRS SE A50E Acoustic-Electric: was $949

PRS SE A50E Acoustic-Electric: was $949, now $799
PRS really went to town with this one. The stunning instrument – spec'd with a surgical precision – features a mouth-watering burst-finished maple back, which helps house the X/Classical hybrid bracing. When paired with the Fishman GT1 pickup system, it makes for one stellar-sounding six-string; one that will have chords singing off the fretboard and give fingerpickers sustain for days. A top quality option for serious players looking to take the next step in their acoustic game.

Epiphone Dove Studio Ltd Ed: $459.99

Epiphone Dove Studio Ltd Ed: $459.99, $389
With its ornate pickguard, imposing size, and classy appointments, the Epiphone Dove is already an absolutely stunning guitar, throw in a brilliant white finish, and it takes this instrument to a whole new level. Featuring the Fishman Sonitone pickup, this acoustic sounds just as good as it looks. 

Martin Special GPC Road Series: Save 15%

Martin Special GPC Road Series:Save 15%
This is one gorgeous acoustic electric guitar at an incredible price. Obviously, the spruce top looks out of this world but the glossed etimoe back and sides? The only word is stunning. Being a Martin, it plays and sounds every bit as good as it looks, and the Fishman MX-T pickup system will give your audience a share of all that rich tone too. Use discount code blackfriday15.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Bass guitar deals

Squier Cont. Jazz Bass: Was $449

Squier Cont. Jazz Bass: Was $449, now $349
Squier's Contemporary Jazz Basses were one of the biggest and best deals from last year, and this Black Friday, the story is no different. These are fantastic basses for modern or classic players, oozing comfort and punchiness - and with $100 off at Guitar Center, they just got even better.

Squier Jazz Bass & Fender Rumble bass amp: $80 off

Squier Jazz Bass & Fender Rumble bass amp: $80 off
Everything you need to get started on bass. The easy-playing, professional-sounding Squier Affinity Jazz Bass, the portable, powerful Fender Rumble 15 bass combo, a gig bag, strap, cable, and a free 3-month subscription to Fender Play – all for just $299 at Guitar Center!

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Guitar amp deals

Supro Delta King 8: was $449

Supro Delta King 8: was $449, now $329
With its sights set on emulating vintage '50s tube tones, the one-watt Delta King 8 is small, but it certainly packs a punch. Use it in front of another amp for uncompromising tube distortion, or direct into your DAW for recording. It's a no-nonsense amp that provides some truly glorious tones.

Supro Delta King 12: was $649

Supro Delta King 12: was $649, now $449
Quite possibly the best opportunity you'll get this Black Friday to level up your tube amp tones. Sharing a tonal similarity to vintage '60s-era Supros, the Delta King 12 comes loaded with a custom 12-inch speaker, 12AX7 tube preamp and analog spring reverb. There's no wonder the brand is favored by the best of the best.

Boss Pocket GT: was $249, now $199

Boss Pocket GT: was $249, now $199
With an integrated YouTube learning function, 99 user memories, 100 amps and effects, the same sound engine as Boss' GT-1 floor processor, and more, the Pocket GT is a terrific & portable practice Swiss Army Knife. Now, thanks to Guitar Center, it's available for a mouth-watering discount.

Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R 1x12 Tube Combo: 15% off

Bad Cat Hot Cat 30R 1x12 Tube Combo: 15% off
What an opportunity to bag yourself a Bad Cat guitar amp at a knockdown price when you use the code music15. This is the Hot Cat, almost impossible to tame, but bound to claw its way into your heart. Thirty watts of high-gain British-style pure tube tone awaits, delivered by a 12AX7 preamp and a dual EL34 power amp. There's a sparkly clean channel plus a dirty channel, both with digital reverb. We'd love to say 'purrfect', but we’d never be allowed to write for Guitar World again.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: Effects pedal deals

Guitar Center Black Friday guitar deals 2021: Strings

GHS Boomers: 15% off at Guitar Center

GHS Boomers: 15% off at Guitar Center
Offering nickel-plated steel around a round steel core, GHS's Boomers are another favorite electric string pack of the GW team. Now, this already-affordable string set can be had for even less, with 15 percent off with the code blackfriday15 at Guitar Center.

D'Addario XL .11-.50 set – 15% off at Guitar Center

D'Addario XL .11-.50 set – 15% off at Guitar Center
D'Addario's XL Nickel Wound sets of electric strings are really the perfect 'everyday' sets. Reliable, great-sounding and affordable already, XL Nickel Wound sets such as this .11-.50 set can now be snapped up for 15 percent off with the code blackfriday15 at Guitar Center.

Fender Dura-tone .13-.56 set – was $26.49, now $5.99

Fender Dura-tone .13-.56 set – was $26.49, now $5.99
Coated in the patented 'Dura-tone' micro-treatment that gives them their name, Fender's Dura-tone line acoustic strings are notable for their incredible longevity. Most Dura-tone sets are on sale now at Guitar Center to some degree, but you can get especially big-time savings on this .13-.56 Phosphor Bronze set. 

GHS Doyle Dykes Signature Acoustic strings –15% off

GHS Doyle Dykes Signature Acoustic strings –15% off
Made from an alloy of copper, tin and phosphor wound over a hex core, the signature string set from master acoustic guitarist Doyle Dykes is designed to produce resonant, bright tone. Now, the set can be bought for 15% off with the code blackfriday15 at Guitar Center.

Guitar Center Black Friday Deals 2021: FAQ

Black Friday takes place on the day after Thanksgiving, and will be held on Friday 26th November this year. The deals will extend across the following weekend (known as Cyber Weekend) before finishing with some great Guitar Center Cyber Monday deals on November 29th. 

If previous years are anything to go by, we can expect to see some killer Black Friday deals emerging well before the big day. It's worth bookmarking this page and checking back in regularly to see what's on offer.  

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: What to expect

In the past, Guitar Center has offered big money off Fender Player Strats in Surf Pearl and Shell Pink, bringing their prices down to $599. The Squier Bullet Telecaster had $50 knocked off, and Vox's gorgeous AC10 came in at $499, after $100 was snatched from that price tag.

For you acoustic guitarists, last year saw some great deals too. Among others, the fantastic Gretsch G5027CE saw $100 slashed from it's retail price - offering great quality at an even more affordable price.

Metalheads were in Guitar Center's thoughts as well, with the price of the EMG-armed Schecter C-1 Platinum dropping from $599 to $449. 

We're expecting this year's Guitar Center Black Friday deals to be equally as excellent, with savings on everything from the best metal guitars, electric guitar strings, pedalboards and more Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals: Should I wait until Black Friday?

Should you wait until Black Friday to make the most of the Guitar Center Black Friday deals?

Well, we'd say yes. If you're looking for the best deals and the biggest savings, then we'd wait until Friday November 26 - but there will undoubtedly be some huge savings to be made in the lead up to the big day.

In the past, we've seen early Black Friday deals starting as soon as the start of October - and Guitar Center has already kicked off their sales with the Guitar-A-Thon event. You can expect to see big deals from now all the way until the big day.

Most places will keep their best deals for Black Friday and Cyber Weekend however - leading all the way through to the Guitar Center Cyber Monday deals the following Monday. If you want to make the biggest savings, we'd wait until the event itself.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals: Will there be enough stock?

While we don't think there is going to be an insane amount of stock disruption this Black Friday, we can expect to see delays on products getting from factories to distribution centers thanks to the current supply chain issues facing the US.

There also could be delays on getting your products delivered to you after you've ordered them, so we'd suggest you jump on any great deals you want as soon as you see them to avoid disappointment.

If you're in the market for any of the best guitar plugins though, fill your boots. There aren't any delivery times on those bad boys!

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2021: How to prepare

Our biggest and best piece of advice when it comes to Black Friday preparation is to do your research! Do plenty of reading up on your favourite products and put together a wishlist. Make a note of the RRP too - that way you'll know if you're actually getting a good deal or not. 

Lucky for you, we've got a massive collection of expert buyer's guides and product reviews to help you find out everything you need to know about your dream gear.

Should I buy from Guitar Center online during Black Friday?

If you're concerned about buying a guitar or any other gear from Guitar Center this Black Friday without having tried it out first, there's no need to be. Guitar Center's return policy is one of the best around, allowing you to return most gear within a window of 45 days. This means you can afford to purchase a guitar or anything else, play it at home, and make up your mind within a few weeks. 

It's worth checking the specifics, as some vintage, custom ordered and music tech gear is subject to different rules however. 

What else can I buy during Black Friday 2021?

It's not all about the Guitar Center Black Friday deals this November. As well as great music making bargains, you'll find deals on lots of tech like Amazon Echo's, iPads, MacBook Pros and more. You can even buy garbage bags, bath mats, cat food and bulk maple syrup with huge sums of money knocked off - but we'll just be looking at the Guitar Center Black Friday deals here. 

Guitar Center Black Friday 2021: Last year's top deals

Here's a little taste of last year's best Guitar Center Black Friday deals to show you what kind of bargains you can expect this year. 

Last year's Guitar Center Black Friday electric guitar deals

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Fender Player Strat in Shell Pink: Was $724.99, now $599.99
The Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster in Shell Pink is a versatile guitar with loads of character in a frankly glorious color. And with $125 off the list price at Guitar Center, it’s the perfect time to dip in.

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Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: Was $699.99, now $599.99
There’s something about faded green Strats, so the Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster in Surf Green really caught our attention. Even more so when it’s down from $699 to just $599 at Guitar Center.

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Squier Limited-Edition Bullet Telecaster: $179 $129, save $50
In the market for your first electric guitar? You can't go far wrong with this Squier Bullet Tele. Featuring a basswood body, ergonomic C-shaped neck and effortlessly playable Indian laurel fingerboard, this guitar will keep you playing comfortably for hours on end. Available in Lake Placid Blue finish.

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Gibson Les Paul Blood Moon Black Friday exclusive: $2,999
It’s not cheap, but this is as luxurious as modern Les Pauls come, with a bound quilt maple-finished top and flame maple neck. A wealth of switching options and a compound-radius ebony fingerboard make this a killer addition to the collection of any well-heeled contemporary guitar player.

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Gretsch G2657T Streamliner: was $549, now $399, save $150
Decked out in a stunning Ocean Turquoise finish and packing Gretsch's Broad'Tron humbucking pickups and a licensed Bigsby vibrato, this streamlined semi-hollow is an absolute steal – especially for under $400.

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Gretsch G2627T Streamliner: was $599, now $449, save $150
With a trio of Broad’Tron humbucking pickups, a 12”-radius laurel fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets on a nato neck, plus a Bigsby-licensed B70 vibrato tailpiece, the G2627T packs a tantalizing mix of classy looks and a rebellious sonic attitude. Available in Georgia Green and Shoreline Gold finishes, with an almighty $150 discount.

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Schecter C-1 Platinum: was $599, now $449 at Guitar Center
If your tastes lean towards metal and shred, the C-1 Platinum is a killer purchase – especially with $149 knocked off the asking price. Kitted out with EMG pickups and an Ultra Access neck joint, it's built for heavy tones and speedy licks. It's available in Satin Transparent Midnight Blue and Translucent Black finishes.

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Squier Stratocaster guitar pack: $219, now $169.99, save $50
This Squier guitar pack will get you playing fast, with everything you need to get started: a Squier Stratocaster, Frontman practice amp, cable, strap and picks. But you'll also receive access to Fender's Play software for three months. With plenty of lessons and songs, it's sure to keep you busy! Choose between Olympic White or 3-Color Sunburst.

Last year's Guitar Center Black Friday acoustic guitar deals

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Gretsch G5027CE Rancher Jumbo: Was $599, now $499.99
If there's any instrument brand that's stood the test of time, it's Gretsch. Founded in 1883, the company has been producing top quality guitars, basses, drums and more for almost 140 years. Its expertise is truly apparent in this G5027CE Rancher Jumbo. Featuring a solid spruce top with laminated flame maple back and sides, a mahogany neck and 21-fret rosewood fingerboard and a Fishman Presys III pickup/preamp system, this guitar has the looks, playability and tone to earn a spot on your rack.

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Fender California Newporter Player Teal Satin: Only $329.99
This one breaks the $300 mark, but we promise, the extra investment will pay dividends. The Fender California Newporter Player is set up for incredible tone and playability, boasting a solid Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, satin-finished mahogany neck, 20-fret walnut fingerboard and Fishman pickup system. Visually, it's a real eye-catcher, too. With a top finished in a luxurious Teal Satin, a two-ring rosette and a Strat-style headstock, you'll be turning heads all the while this baby's in your hands.

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Alvarez Regent RD260CE Dreadnought: $299, now $199
The Regent Series from Alvarez offers stunning value for money already, but knock $100 off and that deal just gets better. With a laminate spruce top and scalloped bracing, Alvarez is looking to deliver as much resonance and sustain for your buck as possible. The dreadnought version is a great all-rounder, complete with on-board pickup, EQ, and a built-in tuner. The cutaway gives you full access across the fretboard, plus the sunburst finish is sure to appeal if you’re bored of natural spruce.

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Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Cutaway in Wine Red: $379.99
If looks are what you're after, look no further than the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Cutaway in Wine Red. The finish alone is a head-turner, but that pickguard decal just demands attention. If you're a beginner with a little more budget to spend, this guitar will be a worthy ally in your quest for acoustic wizardry.

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Fender FA-135CE guitar: Was $199.99, now $149.99
You really can’t go wrong with the big ‘F’ on the headstock. The slim neck and comfortable body size mean this guitar is impossible to put down, making the Fender FA-135CE a perfect beginner instrument. Natural, Black, Sunburst and classy all-mahogany finishes are all available from Guitar Center, who are knocking off $50.

Last year's Guitar Center Black Friday guitar amp deals

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Vox Limited-Edition AC10C1: $599 $499, save $100
The AC10 is the more practical take on the AC15, capturing the iconic British tone that fueled the Beatles, U2 and Radiohead, but at volume levels less likely to enrage your neighbors. This limited-edition offering comes with a 10” Celestion Creamback speaker, onboard reverb and suave black finish – not to mention a $100 discount at Guitar Center.

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Blackstar Fly 3 Pink Paisley micro amp: $59, now $49
If this isn’t the coolest-looking micro amp on the market, then we don’t know what is. The Fly 3 has always sounded far bigger than its size might suggest, and now it has some huge looks to match. It’s the perfect amp for students or beginner players, with clean and overdrive sounds and an onboard delay, and it doubles as a handy portable speaker thanks to the aux in jack.

Last year's Guitar Center Black Friday guitar pedal deals

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TC Electronic pedals: were $69, now $39 each, save $30
11 of TC's well-respected effects pedals have received hefty discounts at Guitar Center, so if you're looking to expand your pedalboard, now's the time. Chorus, reverb, delay, distortion, drive, overdrive – whatever you're after, all effects are covered in one of the best deals you'll see this holiday season.

Last year's Guitar Center Black Friday bass deals

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Sterling by Music Man StingRay Bass: $799 $599, save $200
This updated take on the classic StingRay Bass outline boasts an oh-so-desirable roasted maple neck for smooth playability, while a three-band active preamp provides a wide range of tones. You can save $200 on this natural-finished beauty right now at Guitar Center.

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Jackson JS Series Concert Bass: $199 $149, save $50
Holy Neon Green finish, Batman! If you’re looking to stand out on your next gig – or, more likely livestream – this limited-edition Jackson is the way to go, especially for bassists on a budget. It’s a bass designed for speed, courtesy of a 34” scale maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint for superb tuning stability.

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Squier Jazz Bass & Fender Rumble bass amp pack: $100 off! Everything you need to get started on bass. The easy-playing, professional-sounding Squier Affinity Jazz Bass, the portable, powerful Fender Rumble 15 bass combo, a gig bag, strap, cable, and a free 3-month subscription to Fender Play – all for just $230 at Guitar Center!

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Markbass CMD102P 2x10 Bass amp: $1,199.99, now $799.99
The Markbass CMD102P is a tilt-back bass combo that features a built-in Little Mark II preamp to help beef up your bass tone. The two 10” neodymium speakers provide plenty of power, and the 4-band EQ allows you to shape your tone any way you want. Guitar Center has slashed the price by a ridiculous $400, so bass players - don’t miss out. 

Last year's Guitar Center Black Friday accessory deals

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Boss BP-PS Pedal Power Solution: $149 $99 at Guitar Center
Get your pedalboard kitted out with these essential elements for a bargain price. The TU-3 Chromatic Tuner will keep your performances sounding in tune, while the PSB-120 power supply has enough current to power an entire ’board. A seven-way daisy chain and 12 picks round off this impressive package, now a third off at Guitar Center.

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Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo: Was $19.99, now $11.99
Dunlop is one of the biggest names in guitar capos, and its industry-standard trigger design are available with a $8 discount, in gold and black finishes. 

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