Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 for guitarists: The best guitar deals to watch out for

The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here.

The season of savings is upon us once again, but thanks to COVID-19, it’s safe to say that you’re better off doing your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping from home this year. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the deepest discounts of the year, however.

Here, we’ve compiled a rolling list of the best online deals for guitars, amplifiers, pedals, software and loads more – keep checking back as we’ll be adding more as they come.

The best Black Friday 2020 deals for guitarists at a glance

  • Sweetwater: 20% off select Walrus Audio pedals
  • Andertons: £550 off a D’Angelico Ludlow LE
  • Positive Grid: 60% off Bias plug-ins
  • Steven Slate Drums: SSD 5 for $59 (usually $149)
  • Neural DSP: 50% off all plug-ins
  • Neural DSP: Quad Cortex Giveaway
  • Sweetwater: Blackstar Sonnet 120 for $499.99
  • Anderton’s: 15% off all JHS Pedals
  • GuitarGuitar: DV Mark DV 50 M for £129
  • Thomann: Harley Benton G212 Vintage for £179
  • Thomann: Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit ST-Style for £59
  • Musician’s Friend: Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster for $139.99
  • GuitarGuitar (UK): TC Electronic Plethora X5 for £339
  • Dawson’s (UK): Merida Extrema Gace Limited Edition for £299
  • Sweetwater (US): 20% off all Danelectro pedals
  • Anderton’s (UK): B-Stock Yamaha Revstar RS320 for £255
  • Anderton’s (UK): Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 for £632
  • Sweetwater: D’Angelico Premier Mini DC XT for $699.99
  • Musician’s Friend: PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow for $769
  • Musician’s Friend: Epiphone G-1275 Custom Double-Neck for $879.99
  • IK Multimedia: AmpliTube Joe Satriani for $79.99

The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020 deals for guitarists

Select Walrus Audio Pedals: 20% off at Sweetwater (US)

Walrus Audio Ages
Almost all of the Walrus Audio pedals Sweetwater sells have had a fifth of their price removed – including the Ages, Julianna and the Voyager, to name just three out of myriad deals. If you’ve kept up with our reviews, you know we’re quite the fans of Walrus Audio pedals here at Guitar.com – so do yourself a favour and grab one of the brand’s great stompboxes at a discount.

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See the deal here. Total Saving: 20%.

D’Angelico Deluxe Ludlow LE:  £749.00 at Andertons (UK)

D'angelico Ludlow Deluxe
Image: D’Angelico

Looking to stand out from the crowd? D’Angelico guitars always have aesthetics that are a cut above, it’s true. But the Ludlow combines that with a truly unique body shape, and some friendly features like coil-tapping push-pull tone knobs and a deluxe hardshell case included in the price. That price, as luck may have it, has been brought way under a grand for the Black Friday sale over at Andertons: shaving a whopping £550 off the cost.

See the deal here. Total saving: 42% ($550).

Positive Grid: 60% off Bias plug-ins

Tracking guitars directly in the box is a practice more and more common these days and virtual rigs emulating the sound of a mic’d up setup are sounding as uncanny as ever. Positive Grid’s Bias plug-ins let you design your virtual guitar sound and are going for 60 per cent off for Black Friday.

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Bias FX2 ($119) is an all-in-one amp and effects processor for guitar and bass, while Bias Amp 2 ($119) lets you shape your ideal amplifier with virtual components. Meanwhile, Bias Pedal ($39) lets you craft custom distortion, delay and modulation pedals.

Check out these deals on positivegrid.com

Steven Slate Drums: SSD 5 for $59 (usually $149)

Whether you need quick grooves for a demo or authentic drum sounds to complete a track, virtual drums present an efficient workaround to live drum tracking. Steven Slate Drums 5 is one of the most popular drum plug-ins to date and one that you’re bound to have heard on some of the biggest records. The fifth iteration of the software includes 148 modelled drum kits and over 2,400 MIDI grooves spanning an array of genres, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. It’s going for $59 for Black Friday, check out how it sounds below.

Neural DSP: 50% off all plug-ins

Archetype: Cory Wong
Images: Neural DSP

Looking to grab one of the highly-regarded Neural DSP guitar plugins? They are all great-sounding recreations of guitar gear, and right now they’ve had all of their price tags bifurcated in celebration of Black Friday.

See the deal here. Total saving: 50%.

Neural DSP: Quad Cortex Giveaway

Neural DSP's Quad Cortex
Image: Neural DSP

if you’re looking to get the ultimate savings deal – IE, 100%, look no further than Neural DSP’s daily giveaway of a Quad Cortex guitar effects unit! All you have to do to enter is subscribe to the brand’s mailing list, but share the competition to bolster your chances.

Enter the giveaway here.

Sweetwater: Blackstar Sonnet 120 for $499.99

Blackstar Sonnet 120
Image: Blackstar

We had very nice things to say about the Sonnet 120’s smaller sibling, so grabbing this larger amp with a saving of $80 is a great idea. It’s packed with all the things an acoustic guitarist needs to gig with, including dual inputs and extensive tone-shaping.

See the deal here. Total saving: 13% ($80).

Anderton’s: 15% off all JHS Pedals

JHS Legend of Fuzz Supreme
Image: JHS

JHS is one of the highest-revered brands on the boutique scene, and so if you’ve been thinking about grabbing one of Josh Scott’s creations, Black Friday 2020 is the time to do it. Andertons has taken 15% off its whole JHS stock – even the newly announced 3-series pedals, bringing them down to an absurdly affordable £84.

See the deal here. Total saving: 15%.

Guitar Guitar: DV Mark DV 50 M for £129

DV Mark DV 50 M
Image: DV Mark

This miniature amplifier head features a classy, understated design – and is small enough to throw in your gig bag no problem. Despite its tiny enclosure, it’s decked out with a channel-switching footswitch input, two speaker outputs, an effects loop, and aux input and a headphone jack. Right now, it’s over half off at GuitarGuitar – an insane deal!

See the deal here. Total saving: 53% (£150). 

Thomann: Harley Benton G212 Vintage for £179

Thomann’s Black Friday deals have kicked off, and one of its more stellar offerings is this Harley Benton 2×12 cabinet, which fits a duo of Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. Even before the November deal period, this particular cab was a bit of an open secret for price-savvy guitarists – if you want to know why, just look up the price of an individual Celestion Vintage 30 speaker…

Harley Benton G212
Image: Thomann

Check out the deal here.

Thomann: Harley Benton Electric Guitar Kit ST-Style for £59

If the thought of putting together your own electric is something you’re keen on, this Harley Benton guitar kit could be a great place to start. At just £59, you get a pre-cut rengas body, a maple neck, plus the hardware and electronics to put together your own S-type.

Harley Benton ST Kit
Image: Thomann

Check out the deal here.

Musician’s Friend: Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster for $139.99

Squier FSR Telecaster
Image: Musician’s Friend

Squier guitars are known for their great price-performance ratio – and this Bullet Telecaster is no exception. Featuring a no-frills take on the original design, it’s fitted with two vintage-voiced single-coils and comes finished in a tasteful butterscotch blonde. Right now, there’s $40 knocked off its price tag over at Musician’s Friend – not an insubstantial portion of its price!

See the deal here. Total saving: 22% ($40).

Guitar Guitar (UK): TC Electronic Plethora X5 for £339

the Plethora X5
Image: TC Electronic

Are you a fan of TC Electronic’s effects pedals? Then you’ll be a fan of the Plethora X5. Filled to the brim with effects, this little unit features extensive I/O connections and a cabinet simulator section to make it a fully-fledged guitar rig in a single unit. Right now, it’s £90 off over at Guitar Guitar – at least the price of an entire TC Electronic stompbox!

See the deal here. Total saving: 20% (£90).

Dawson’s (UK): Merida Extrema Gace Limited Edition for £299

Merida Acoustic
Image: Dawson’s Music

This acoustic, fitted with a quality Fishman Presys Onboard Preamp System, a flame maple top, an ebony bridge and a bone nut, is already a steal at its base price. But with £100 taken off that, it’s even more of a bargain.

See the deal here. Total saving: 25% (£100).

Sweetwater (US): 20% off all Danelectro pedals

Danelectro Back Talk & 3699 Fuzz

Sweetwater has discounted its whole stock of Danelectro effects pedals – including the rather wonderful Back Talk and 3699 Fuzz, which you can read our review of here. These vintage-tinged stompboxes all lend a unique take on their particular effect, be it overdrive, fuzz or reverb.

See the deal here. Total saving: 20%.

Anderton’s (UK): B-Stock Yamaha Revstar RS320 for £255

Yamaha Revstar RS320
Image: Yamaha

Andertons have slashed the price of this electric double-cutaway by a cool £100. Revstars are stripped-back rock machines, and this model is no exception – with a two-piece bridge and two humbuckers, it’s familiar territory for many guitarists. This guitar in question has a slight scratch on its body, but if you’re planning on throwing it around a stage, it’s a small price to pay for a £100 discount.

See the deal here. Total saving: 28% (£100).

Anderton’s (UK): Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 for £632

The Hughes and Kettner Black Spirit 200 Floor
Image: Hughes & Kettner

Anderton’s Back In Black Friday sale sees the UK-based retailer offload B-stock guitar gear at a discount. One of the more notable deals is on a Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Floor Amp Head, available at just £632. We checked out this impressive amp back in January and suffice to say, it earned our praises and an Editor’s Choice award.

See the deal here. Total saving: 23% ($187)

Sweetwater: D’Angelico Premier Mini DC XT for $699.99

Black Friday 2020: D'Angelico DC XT
Image: D’Angelico

For those over the pond, Sweetwater is offering a number of deals in the run-up to Black Friday. Particularly exciting is this D’Angelico Premier Mini DC XT – down by $200. The guitar itself is exclusive to Sweetwater, and is a double-cut semi-hollow, with a small body and a build consisting of a laminated maple top and body, and solid maple centre block. It also comes fitted with two vintage-voiced Seymour Duncan USA humbuckers – so for just $699, that’s a steal.

See the deal here. Total saving: 22% ($200)

Musician’s Friend: PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow for $769

PRS SE22 Semi-Hollow
Image: PRS

The versatile PRS SE Custom 22 Semi-Hollow is going for $100 off on Musician’s Friend and it packs some surprisingly premium features. The mahogany bodied guitar sports a flame maple veneer top and is finished in an attractive vintage sunburst finish. Meanwhile, a set of PRS 85/15s humbuckers come routed with coil-tapping talents for increased tonal variety.

See the deal here. Total saving: 12% ($100)

Musician’s Friend: Epiphone G-1275 Custom Double-Neck for $879.99

Epiphone G-1275 Double Neck
Image: Epiphone

The thought of buying a double-neck guitar has probably crossed every guitar player’s mind at some point or another. Here’s a chance to realise that dream… at 20 per cent off.

The Epiphone Limited Edition G-1275 Custom Double Neck in Alpine White is now going for $879.99 (usually $1,099) on Musician’s Friend. And in case you’re wondering, this one is based on the Gibson 1235 Doubleneck made famous by the likes of Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page and even Elvis Presley.

See the deal here. Total saving: 20% ($219)

IK Multimedia: AmpliTube Joe Satriani for $79.99

Amplitube Joe Satriani
Image: IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia has slashed prices on eight software titles, including AmpliTube Joe Satriani. This collection of amps, cabinets and stompboxes were modeled after some of Satriani’s own equipment with supervision from the virtuoso himself. Plus, included presets offer the exact tones used on some of Satriani’s records.

See the deal here. Total saving: 21% ($20)

Ongoing Cyber Monday 2020 deals for guitarists

  • Andertons (UK): More items added to the Black Friday discount, as well as Triple Rewards points, ending 30 November.
  • Thomann (EU): Ongoing additions to store-wide discounts on guitars, recording gear, pedals, synthesisers and more. Ends 30 November
  • Sweetwater (US): Even more deals added to the ongoing store-wide discounts. Ends 6 December.
  • Guitar Center (US): 30% discounted across select gear in each department. Ends 4 December.

Ongoing Black Friday 2020 deals for guitarists

  • Reverb.com (International) A discount of 15% on items across its marketplace, including electric guitars, acoustic guitars, effects pedals and amplifiers.
  • Sweetwater (US): A set of early Black Friday deals, with savings of up to 60% across a selection of items.
  • IK Multimedia (International): Price cuts of up to 50% on a selection of music software, including AmpliTube Joe Satriani and AmpliTube Brian May.
  • Guitar Center (US): A store-wide selection of discounts on everything from accessories to effects pedals to electric guitars.
  • Dawsons Music (UK): Discounts across the site’s entire line of products, including affordable pedals, acoustic and electric guitars.

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