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Guitar Center Black Friday 2020: 100s of deals too epic to miss

Guitar Center Black Friday 2020: 100s of deals too epic to miss
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Guitar Center is the place most people think of when buying guitars online, and Guitar Center Black Friday 2020 is the brand’s biggest blow-out sale of the year. It’s the one where you’ll find plenty of tempting Black Friday guitar deals to save you cash on killer new gear.

So whether you’re after the best acoustic guitars for less, a mini-pedal bargain or one of the best guitar amps but at a juicy discount, Guitar Center on Black Friday is where you need to be. And of course, the offers will be flying thick and fast online, and some will be better than others, but don’t worry as we’ll be rounding up the very best Guitar Center Black Friday deals here - no filler allowed.

But hey, you don’t have to wait until next month if you need new kit now, as Guitar Center already has a truck-load of gear on sale… 

The site already has a big clearance section, with hundreds of dollars off top-name brands depending on what you’re after. So we can’t want to see what Guitar Center Black Friday brings our way if the current outlet deals are anything to go buy.

What is Black Friday & when does Guitar Center Black Friday 2020 start?

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and is the day when most of us start our Christmas shopping. Why? Because a billion retailers jump on board the Amazon Black Friday sale train by pumping out deals and steals on a range of products. 

This year Black Friday starts on Friday 27 November and runs through Monday 30 November, also known as Cyber Monday, and we’re expecting the Guitar Center Black Friday sale to follow the same dates.

But Guitar Center isn’t the only place running sales on Black Friday. The Sweetwater Black Friday sale is definitely worth checking out if you want to nab discounts on a big range of band gear, from live rigs and lighting to recording software. 

Amazon Black Friday, of course, is one of the biggest sales destinations, but it can be a real pain to wade through as it sells so much stuff at discount over Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And while we aren’t interested in getting 50 kilos of kitty litter for $10, we are interested in saving you cash on everything from the best electric guitars and multi-effects pedals to electric guitar strings. So if we spot a killer guitar deal at Amazon, you’d best believe we’ll be sending that your way too.

Early Guitar Center Black Friday deals to shop now

If you need new gear urgently, there’s little point waiting to see what the Guitar Center Black Friday sales shindig brings. That’s why you can already find a shed-load of deals across various departments, as well as a ‘daily deal’ offering (guitars and amps pop up a lot here). 

To start shopping all of the deals now live at Guitar Center, simply hit the green View Deal button below and you’ll be taken straight through. 

Guitar Center Guitar-A-Thon sale | Shop all guitar offers
There are loads of guitars on sale right now ahead of Guitar Center Black Friday, but there are also thousands of deals taking place on accessories such as cables, strings and guitar hangers too. Fender, Gibson, Martin, Epiphone and Squier guitars are all discounted, with huge sums off certain guitars.View Deal

Guitar Center bass sale | Shop all deals on basses
There aren’t quite as many basses on sale right now, but you can still pick up notable discounts today, and we expect more deals to arrive before the Guitar Center Black Friday sale kicks off. There’s $100 off a Fender Special Edition Deluxe PJ Bass, plus large savings on Music Man and Schecter basses.View Deal

Guitar Center amps sale | Shop all amps & effects offers
If you’ve been looking for a Line 6 Spider Amp on sale, you’re in luck right now with these pre-Guitar Center Black Friday deals. You can also save $170 on the Randall RD1H Diavlo Tube Guitar Head, now $229.99 (was $399.99), plus make savings on Blackstar, IK Multimedia, MXR and VOX goodies.View Deal

Early Guitar Center Black Friday sale | Shop all mics deals
The trick to shopping any Guitar Center sale is knowing what you want ahead of going in, otherwise you may be distracted by all kinds of shiny deals. If you want a microphone or wireless system for less, you can pick up a few bargains on AKG, Electro-Voice and Line 6 kit today.View Deal

Guitar Center Black Friday deals 2020: What to expect

We covered the Guitar Center Black Friday sale last year, so we know it’s usually stacked with discounts on a ton of gear. If you were quick off the mark on past deals you could have scored $200 off Epiphone’s Les Paul Traditional PRO-III Plus Limited Edition, taking it home for just $499. There was also up to $1,180 in savings to be made on certain Gibsons.

The Guitar Center Black Friday deals cover big ticket items like the best 8-string guitars and plenty of beginner bass guitars, as well as essentials including the best guitar cables. We’re expecting both big brands and smaller companies to pop up in the sale, with plenty of choice on new and classic gear.

The one thing we will say is that Guitar Center on Black Friday is pretty crazy in terms of the amount of deals available, so it pays to do your research (see below) first so that you can find offers on the gear you want. And if you’re a little unsure about buying a guitar online without playing it first, don’t worry as the Guitar Center returns policy offers a '45-day satisfaction guarantee'. There are some limitations to this, so check the specific wording before hitting the checkout.

How to find the best Guitar Center Black Friday deals

Well, this is a simple one to answer: stick with us and bookmark this page, as we’ll be updating it regularly with the best Guitar Center Black Friday deals in the lead-up and on the big day itself. As a reminder, we’re expecting the offers to really start flying on Friday 27 November through Cyber Monday.

We’d also recommend doing your research ahead of time. Feel free to use our expert buyer’s guides to get an idea of what the best products are in the areas you’re looking in, and which specific bits of gear it’s worth keeping an eye out for. That way, when those mega Guitar Center Black Friday deals start dropping, you can jump on the ones you want and forget the rest. 

In addition to our team manually combing the Guitar Center sale for jaw-dropping Black Friday offers, our shopping software will be constantly scanning hundreds of websites for the best prices on any products featured here. That means, not only will you get the top Guitar Center Black Friday deals, you may see offers from other other musical instrument retailers, depending on the gear featured.

Guitar Center Black Friday deals we saw in 2019

15% off a huge range of gear at Guitar Center
Guitar Center Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals didn’t get much better than this. All you had to do was enter CYBER15 at the checkout and you got 15% off all the guitars, amps and pedals your heart desired. Fingers crossed this comes back again for 2020.View Deal

$500 off the Martin Special Dreadnought Herringbone
This guitar was designed with the iconic sound of Martin's golden era in mind, the 1930s. Martin guitars from the 1930s are considered by many to be a benchmark for the acoustic steel string guitar. If you were to find an authentic 30s model today, it would sell for somewhere between $100K and $400K. While the price tag on this guitar is still not small, the tonal emulation of the era is remarkably uncanny.View Deal

Guild F-2512E Jumbo 12-String Acoustic-Electric: now $479.99
Built with a solid spruce top, maple sides and arched maple back, the F-2512E Maple has the bright, jangly tone Guild has become known for. If you had jumped on this deal, you would have bagged yourself an incredible new 12-string today at a discounted price.View Deal

Ibanez V70CE Acoustic-Electric Violin Sunburst: only $169.99
This awesome Ibanez acoustic-electric's affordable price tag, combined with its mahogany and spruce top construction finished in a beautiful Violin Sunburst finish, and electronics system with a 2-band EQ made this the perfect guitar to get started.View Deal

Ibanez AEG8E Acoustic-Electric Red Sunburst: only $199.99
In this one pasy Cyber Monday deal, Guitar Center knocked 20% off this awesome Ibanez cutaway acoustic-electric guitar. A balanced acoustic sound, combined with terrific ease of playability makes this a perfect guitar for beginners.View Deal

Schecter Omen Extreme-6 Ocean Blue Burst: only $299.99!
Schecter are giants in the metal guitar world. The opportunity to own an Omen Extreme-6 for under $300 during last year's Guitar Center Cyber Monday-only deal was just too good to pass up. This one sold like hot cakes.View Deal

Ibanez Exotic Wood Series EW2012ASENT 12-String: $379.99
The Ibanez EW2012ASENT is the first 12-string model in the Exotic Wood series. The perfect addition to any guitar player's arsenal, this stunning acoustic-electric features a striking figured ash body, abalone rosette, and a rich sound that massively defies its price point.View Deal

ESP LTD EC-256FM Black Cherry Sunburst: now only $329
This sturdy, classic-looking rock guitar is perfect for gigging on a budget. With a set-neck construction and a flamed maple top over a mahogany body, and 22 XJ frets across a 24.75" scale length, it is designed for speed and comfort at a very affordable price.View Deal

Epiphone 1956 Les Paul Pro Electric Guitar Ebony: $499
This P-90 loaded beauty features a maple/mahogany construction, finished in an ebony which compliments the off-white hardware in an a supremely stylish way.View Deal

Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul PlusTop PRO: save $100!
This beautiful guitar's Antique Natural carved flamed maple top pairs wonderfully with the Pau Ferro fretboard and trapezoid inlays to create that classic Les Paul look in a fraction of the price.View Deal

Epiphone Les Paul Quilt Top Cherry Sunburst: only $429!
You could have save $100 on this gorgeous quilt top Les Paul. With a mahogany body, rosewood fretboard and coil-split humbucking pickup, this guitar is spec'd miles beyond its low price tag.View Deal

15% off Seymour Duncan pedals and pickups @ Guitar Center
One of the world’s foremost pickup builders slashed 15% off its comprehensive range of pedals and active Blackout pickups. From boosts to reverbs and seven-string humbuckers, there were many deals to be had over at Guitar Center Black Friday last year.View Deal

Alvarez AG660CE12 Artist Series acoustic-electric: $300.99
Have you been on the lookout for a new 12-string? Well, we found an incredible deal on the Alvarez AG660CE12 over at Guitar Center for a little over $300! Needless to say, it didn't hang around for long...View Deal

Gretsch Guitars FSR G5245T Electromatic Jet: only $499.99
If you had jumped on this deal you would have saved $150 on this stunning Gretsch Electromatic electric guitar over at Guitar Center. With a mahogany body and maple top, and 22 medium jumbo frets on a walnut fretboard, this guitar has it all - looks, tone and style.View Deal

Ibanez RG6003FM in Sapphire Blue: only $249.99
This affordable, high-performing electric guitar will be a worthy addition to any guitar collection. We're hoping for a similar Guitar Center Black Friday deal this year.View Deal

Get Fender quality at a Squier price with $50 off the FA-135CE
Featuring a Fishman Ion-T preamp with a built-in tuner, the FA-135CE is living proof that you don't have to empty your bank account for a stage-ready acoustic.
View Deal

Save $150 on Gretsch's Streamliner G2420T
Featuring Gretsch's new BroadTron humbucking pickups, a 12-radius rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets, plus a Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece, the G2420T is stylish in both looks and sound.View Deal

Save $150 on Gretsch's Streamliner G2657T
The G2657T features BroadTron pickups, and has a fast-playing 12”-radius laurel fingerboard with pearloid Hump Block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets.View Deal

Save $100 on Line 6's POD HD500X multi-effects processor
With more than 100 different types of effects and 30 HD amp models, the POD HD500X covers just about every conceivable sound you could ever want.View Deal

Get $50 off Yamaha's A-Series A1M acoustic-electric
This workhorse of an acoustic features durable construction and Yamaha's acclaimed S.R.T. (Studio Response Technology) piezo/pickup system.View Deal

Get $40 off Squier's Stratocaster Starter Pack
For just $179, you would have taken home a fantastic beginner electric guitar, a 10-watt practice amplifier, guitar cable, strap and a set of picks - perfect if you were just starting out, or had a potential new player in mind.View Deal

Epiphone Les Paul Studio Deluxe: was $399.99, now $299.99
This electric guitar is spec'd miles above its price bracket. With a gorgeous white and gold color scheme, this instrument has it all. Did you manage to snap it up for the lower price? We sure hope so.View Deal

Epiphone Les Paul Studio Deluxe Wine Red: now only $299.99
Get this incredible electric guitar in an immensely stylish Wine Red finish. Complete with nickel hardware and Alnico Classic humbuckers, this instrument oozes style and delivers unparalleled tone. View Deal

Fender Player Stratocaster HSS (Candy Red Burst): $549.99
This guitar was $674.99, and then Guitar Center slashed $126 off of it in a true bargain bonanza. An alder body, Pau Ferro fretboard and HSS pickup configuration are the best features of this fantastic guitar.View Deal

Fender Player Stratocaster HSS (Blue Burst): now $549.99
This deal saw $150 slashed off the cost of this stunning Fender. The guitar features an alder body with a flame maple top finished in a gorgeous blue burst. With a maple fretboard, HSS pickup configuration and two tone knobs, this guitar has the looks and the tone.View Deal

Ernie Ball Super Slinky strings three-pack: now $10
These industry-standard electric guitar strings are used by the world’s biggest players, and now you could have snapped up a bargain on a three-pack over at Guitar Center.View Deal

Schecter C-1 Platinum Black: was $599.99, now $499.99
Did you raise hell without draining your bank account by buying this iconic metal guitar from Schecter Guitar Research? It was a great deal. Fitted with EMG 81/85 pickups and satin chrome hardware, this guitar has both looks and tone.View Deal

D’Addario XL strings three-pack: was $13.99, now $9.99
XL electric guitar strings are known as ‘The Player’s Choice’ for a reason: their nickel-plated steel outputs a bright tone and minimizes fret wear, and you could have grabbed three sets for just $9.99 at Guitar Center on Black Friday last year.View Deal

Martin Dreadnought X1-AE acoustic: now $499.99
This stunning acoustic-electric guitar was originally $599.99. There was a $100 discount on it during the last Guitar Center Black Friday sale. View Deal

Snark Super Snark HZ: was $39.99, now $19.99
Snark has made a name for itself with its accurate, quick-reading clip-on guitar tuners, and the Super Snark HZ is the pinnacle of its efforts so far, with ridiculously precise 1Hz tuning accuracy. It was available half-price at Guitar Center.View Deal

Martin Special 000X1AE: was $599.99, now $499.99
If you were after an auditorium shape rather than a dreadnought, this special deal had you covered.View Deal

Dunlop Trigger Curved Guitar Capo: was $20.99, now $13.99
Dunlop is one of the biggest names in guitar capos, and its industry-standard trigger design was available with a $7 discount, in nickel and black finishes. View Deal

Martin Grand Performance 15ME Streetmaster: $1,399.99
During the last Guitar Center Black Friday, you could have saved $200 on this incredible acoustic-electric guitar. With the look of a well-worn guitar and the playability of a brand new instrument, the deal was unmissable.View Deal

Perri’s guitar straps: starting at $2.39!
Perri dished out a whopping 40% off over at Guitar Center. It covered everything from plain black seatbelt style offerings to camo getups and that Santa strap you always wanted.View Deal

Gibson Les Paul Dark Knight: $2,999 at Guitar Center
This stealthy special-edition Les Paul features a stunning Smoke-Black satin-finished quilted maple top, weight-relieved body and ’57 Classic and Classic Plus humbuckers, with coil-split and phase options.View Deal

Boss BP-PS Pedal Power Solution: was $149, now $99
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, which was a third off at Guitar Center.View Deal

Fender Stratocaster HSS Pale Moon: $2,499 at Guitar Center
Exclusively available at Guitar Center, this hot-rodded Strat boasts an HSS pickup configuration and one of the most distinctive fretboards you’ll see on any guitar. Team that with its gorgeous quilt maple finish and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind take on Fender’s most famous design.View Deal

Fender QMT Telecaster Pale Moon: $2,499 at Guitar Center
If you’re after a Tele with a difference, this striking example could be the one for you. Named after its unique Pale Moon ebony fingerboard, this quilt maple-topped, American-built electric features Custom Hot pickups for a guitar that sounds as good as it looks.View Deal

Martin Custom D Classic Mahogany: was $1,199, now $949.99
Though you could easily spend four times as much on a Martin acoustic, here’s a budget option that looks, feels and sounds close to their most classic instruments.View Deal

Pro Co Evolution Studio/Stage Cable: was $57.99, now $22.99
If you on the lookout for a superb guitar cable but don't want to break the bank, this 10ft option from Guitar Center could be just the thing you need.View Deal