Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: Deals, news and rumours
Black Friday and Cyber Monday provide plenty of opportunities to make huge savings on gear. Whether you’re just looking for a few accessories or a brand-new premium guitar, there’s a deal for you over the weekend. It’s also a great time for music fans in general, with Record Store Day Black Friday bringing out some unique reissues and one-off collaborations.
Take a look at our list of some of the best deals around right now, and check back here as the weekend goes on to stay up to date!
Fender Custom Shop
Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Stratocaster
Image: Fender Custom ShopThe Journeyman style of relic’ing on this Strat is the third-lightest relic option Fender provides, after the brand’s ‘Closet Classic’ and new old stock options. The wood grain is just about peeking through the finish, and the guitar feels more ‘broken-in’ than broken. The fretboard’s compound radius means modern comfort and playability despite the aged look.
Lists for $2,999. More details here. Total savings: $951
1960 Relic Stratocaster
This Strat comes in an aged Olympic White, and while it may seem like the real deal at first look due to the detailed relic job, the guitar has plenty of playability enhancements thrown in.
Lists for $3,100. More details here. Total savings: $700
GT11 Heavy Relic Stratocaster
This Sweetwater-exclusive Strat comes with 50s wiring and the same careful relic’ing found in all of the Fender Custom Shop relics. It’s also loaded with the Sweet ’64 single coils, for that ‘holy grail’ of vintage Strat tones.
Lists for $2,899. More details here. Total savings: $1,021
Fender Custom Shop 1956 Time Machine Journeyman Telecaster
Image: FenderLike the sound of the subtler Journeyman relic, but prefer T-types to S-types? This might be the axe for you. ’55/’56 pickups give you the bite of an old Tele, and the low frets mean that the classic sound doesn’t come at the cost of playability.
Lists for $2,999. More details here. Total savings: $801
Fender Custom Shop 1957 Time Machine Relic Stratocaster
With a lighter relic job, the 1957 Time Machine Stratocaster has just a touch of that vintage vibe. The quarter-sawn maple neck offers modern playability and tuning stability, while vintage 50s-style pickups offer a more traditional single-coil tone.
Lists for $2,499 More details here. Total savings: $751
Fender Custom Shop GT11 1963 Heavy Relic Telecaster
Like it’s Stratocaster sibling, this GT11 Sweetwater exclusive hits the sweet spot between vintage tone and modern feel. An alder body gives this axe that classic, balanced Tele tone, as does the 50s wiring. The reversed control plate also means the volume control is right on hand.
Lists for $2,999 More details here. Total savings: $921
Fender Custom Shop 1952 Time Machine Heavy Relic Telecaster
Image: FenderGrabbing one of these carefully-but-heavily-relic’d axes from the Custom Shop might be the best option for a more time-worn look. This particular Tele is based on the ’52 Nocaster, the name given to Telecasters that were built after a dispute over the guitar’s original name, the Broadcaster. During this time, guitars didn’t have a model name on the headstock, hence the Nocaster.
Lists for $3,100. More details here. Total savings: $1,000
Fender Custom Shop Ltd Journeyman Relic Tomatillo Stratocaster
Another Journeyman-relic’d Stratocaster – this time finished in Tomatillo Green. The ‘half-blend’ wiring on these instruments lets you blend in the neck pickup to positions one and two, preventing them from becoming thin and reedy.
Lists for $2,999. More details here. Total savings: $1,001
Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Telecaster
With a Journeyman relic and a Dirty White finish, this Postmodern Tele features all the Custom Shop trimmings you’d expect, as well as an open-loaded Nocaster neck pickup for hot, punchy tones.
Lists for $2,799 More details here. Total savings: $1,001
Fender American Professional Telecaster
This Ocean Turquoise Tele is another Sweetwater exclusive – and has seen a hefty price drop. Unlike the discounted Custom Shop offerings from Sweetwater, this guitar has no relic’ing, but hand-wound Nocaster single coils and a brass three-saddle bridge give this guitar that vintage appeal. A roasted maple neck and rosewood fingerboard also add gravitas to the guitar’s look.
Lists for $1,299. More details here. Total saving: $350.99.
Fender Parallel Universe American Strat-Tele Hybrid
Andertons is offering this unusual guitar: a mashup of Telecaster and Stratocaster features, it’s got the pickup and control layout of a Strat in a Tele body. A Strat-style trem contrasts nicely with the T-style single-cut body finished in Two-colour sunburst.
Lists for £1,149. More details here. Total savings: £200.
PRS McCarty 594 Semi-Hollow Artist Package
It doesn’t get much more premium than this – and Black Friday is the perfect time to make a sizeable saving when grabbing high-end gear. Loaded with PAF-style pickups and featuring a stunning carved figured top, this hollowbody is one of the very best money can buy.
Lists for $4,400. More information here. Total savings: $300
PRS SE Custom 24 Floyd Rose Sweetwater exclusive
While this Sweetwater-exclusive axe is in the SE range, it’s been lavished with a few premium appointments. A Floyd Rose and coil-splittable 85/15 pickups mean extra versatility, and a rosewood fretboard, old-school PRS bird inlays, and a natural finish give this guitar high-end look, feel and playability.
Lists for $749. More information here. Total savings: $300
Ovation Mod TX Mid-Depth
This unique electro-acoustic from Ovation boasts an ergonomic design, with the mid-depth body striking a balance between projection and comfort. It’s loaded with the brand’s OP-Pro preamp for extensive control of the guitar’s output.
Lists for $699. More information here. Total savings: $200.99
Taylor K26CE Shaded Edgeburst
Image: TaylorIts looks aren’t the only striking thing about this single-cut acoustic. It produces a huge sound, amplified by the ES2 pickup system that’s also been integrated into the saddle for extra clarity.
Lists for $4,449. More details here. Total savings: $600
Taylor K28E Shaded Edgeburst
Image: TaylorThis acoustic boasts the same appointments as the above, only without the cutaway.
Lists for $3,999. More details here. Total savings: $800
Gibson Hummingbird Left-Handed Antique Natural
The Hummingbird, first introduced in 1960, has become a staple of Gibson’s acoustic range. This cutaway version is a steal for any left-handed players looking to grab an acoustic in the run-up to Black Friday.
Lists for $1,499 . More details here. Total savings: $500
Gibson Flying V B-2 Satin Ebony
Image: GibsonThis no-nonsense take on a classic comes with a slim neck for extra-speedy playing, and two Dirty Fingers humbuckers for a hotter signal. The satin black guitar features a mahogany body and neck, and a rosewood fingerboard for a solid feel.
Lists for $1,189. More details here. Total savings: $210
Gibson Firebird 2019 Left-Handed Cardinal Red
This mini-humbucker-equipped guitar strikes the perfect balance between modern playability and vintage jangle. This reverse model is left-handed, and sports a bright red finish that evokes the classic cars that inspired its shape.
Lists for $1,699.15 . More details here. Total savings: $299.85
ESP LTE Javier Reyes Signature JR-608 Faded Blue Sunburst
Image: ESPSometimes six strings aren’t enough. Animals As Leaders’ Javier Reyes also gave his signature guitar a whopping 27-inch scale length, resulting in a comfortable solid feel across the neck and added clarity to the lower strings.
Lists for $999. More details here. Total savings: $600
ESP LTD Bill Kelliher BK-600 Military Green Sunburst
Image: ESPThis single-cut is built like a tank, with a thick mahogany body designed to stand up to the heavy riffing required by Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher. It’s loaded with Lace Sensor humbuckers, which have a moderate output to provide clarity through all the heaviness.
Lists for $799. More details here. Total savings: $350
D’Angelico Premier Series DC Boardwalk Semi-Hollow
Guitar Center has discounted four finishes of this double-cut, including the rather unique Blue Burst. The combination of a hollowbody and two P-90s gives it a clear, articulate and airy sound.
Lists for $799. More details here. Total savings: $250
Morley Mini Classic Switchless Wah
Image: MorleyThis wah pedal lets you avoid scratchiness in your sweeps with an opto-electrical design. There’s also no clunk when you engage it, as the pedal is switchless – step on it to engage the filter, and step off to bypass it.
Lists for $99. More details here. Total savings: $15
Walrus Audio Demo Six V3/Voyager Sweetwater exclusive
Overdrive and compression together is a combination that can’t go wrong. The Voyager section of this pedal gives you meaty overdrives, and the Deep Six gives you that extra kick and sparkle. There’s extensive control over both aspects of the pedal, as both sides have retained all of their controls from their original forms.
Lists for $299. More details here. Total savings: $50
Digitech Freqout Natural Feedback Creation Pedal
Image: DigitechIf you’re after some screaming harmonics at any volume, this is the pedal for you. The Freqout constantly monitors the harmonics of your playing, so you can let loose that squeal at any time.
Lists for $109.95. More details here. Total savings: $70
Digitech Trio+ Band Creator and Looper Pedal
Image: DigitechUnlike some bandmates, this pedal will reliably provide bass and drums at your required tempo and in one of a dozen genres. With a fully-fledged looper onboard, support for 12 styles and storage of loops in an SD card, the Trio+ is a powerful practice tool.
Lists for $249.95. More details here. Total savings: $80
MXR BFG07 Billy Gibbons Octavio Fuzz Pedal
Image: DunlopTempering the EQ issues that octave-up fuzz pedals sometimes create, this MXR offering comes with a seven-band EQ for fine-tuning of your signal. It allows for 18dB of boost or cut to be applied to each band, not to mention the Hendrix-esque fuzz tones that will launch you into psychedelic, bluesy goodness.
Lists for $142.45. More details here. Total savings: $57.54
Pigtronix Disnortion Micro Analog Fuzz and Distortion Pedal
With a high-headroom input, the Disnortion is able to take any input thrown at it – combine that with its tiny footprint and five selectable fuzz shapes, and you’ve got a versatile little rock machine on your hands.
Lists for $89.99. More details here. Total savings: $10.99
Marshall 1987XL & 1960A Bundle
Image: MarshallOne of Marshall’s iconic head and cab setup is now available as a bundle deal. Patching the channels in this Plexi delivers killer overdriven tones that are undeniably rock ‘n’ roll.
Lists for $3,399.99. More details here. Total savings: $199.99.
Marshall JVM410H & 1960B Bundle
Marshall’s JVM410 offers an impressive amount of versatility with its four-channel setup. Separate master volume, presence and reverb controls round the features in this do-it-all machine.
Lists for $3,499.99. More details here. Total savings: $199.99
Marshall 2525H & 2536A Bundle
The original Silver Jubilee is one of the most coveted amps around, but this modern iteration delivers the same level of saturation that you’d expect of an amp wrapped in silver tolex – in a more apartment-friendly set-up, too.
Lists for $2,129.99. More details here. Total savings: $119.99
Image: BossFrom bedroom practice to outdoor busking, it’s hard to deny the Katana 100’s versatility. The Boss Tone Studio editor and Power Control allow customisable tone at any volume, while an integrated tilt-back stand lets you hear the amp better.
Lists for $359.99. More details here. Total savings: $190 + free $35 gift card
Positive Grid Bias Head 600W
Having multiple amp and cabinet tones is a dream come true for most guitarists. You can choose to either create custom tone profiles via the BIAS Amp Pro software or grab one of the thousands of models available on the BIA Tone Cloud.
Lists for $999.00. More details here. Total savings: $300
Peavey 6505+ 120W Tube Head
It’s hard to beat the Peavey 6505 when it comes to the famous “brown sound”. The ‘Plus’ variant takes things up a notch by including an extra preamp tube and a separate EQ for the clean channel.
Lists for $1,103.60. More details here. Total savings: $196.34 + free $100 gift card
Image: IbanezIbanez’s TSA series of amps is the manufacturer’s answer to guitarists who wish that their amp came with a built-in Tube Screamer. The TSA30H keeps the TS tone circuit bypassable in case the user prefers a ‘pure’ signal path.
Lists for $449.99. More details here. Total savings: $50
Ibanez TSA15 – 15/5-watt 1×12
A dual-mode power switch keeps the TSA15 combo bedroom-friendly by dropping the power level from 15 watts to five. Dual 6V6 power tubes, an integrated Tube Screamer tone circuit and a Celestial Seventy80 speaker make up the rest of this value-packed amp.
Lists for $449.99. More details here. Total savings: $50
Korg Pitchblack Advance Tuner
Image: KorgTuning accuracy is non-negotiable for any serious musician. The Pitchblack Advance Tuner offers accuracy of up to +/-0.1 cent, while also offering four modes of LED display for at-glance readability.
Lists for $79.99. More details here. Total savings: $10
Dean Markley ProMag GrandXM Humbucker Acoustic Sound Hole Pickup
Dean Markley’s drop-in soundhole acoustic pickup is simple to the point where the installation takes only 60 seconds to complete. As a bonus, the ProMag GrandXM uses a humbucking design to eliminate that dreaded 60Hz hum.
Lists for $12.99. More details here. Total savings: $37
Gruv Gear SoloStrap Neo
With a four-inch-wide neoprene strap, the Gruv Gear Solostrap Neo might be your new best friend during those hour-long gigs. An adjustable length of 38 to 50 inches means the strap is suitable for both guitarists and bassists alike.
Lists for $49.99. More details here. Total savings: $10
Image: D’AddarioD’Addario’s Humidikit features the Humiditrak and Humidipak products for advanced humidity control via Bluetooth. Maintaining a consistent level of humidity in your storage environment is crucial for preserving the tonewood of you favourite acoustic guitars, and being able to do so remotely is definitely a bonus.
Lists for $49.99. More details here. Total savings $20
Bigsby B-5 Vibrato System
Aside from adding a retro aesthetic, installing a Bigsby Vibrato System in your guitar gives players the option of doing some pretty funky string warbles. It also features an all-aluminium construction for years of rugged use.
Lists for $214.99. More details here. Total savings: $97.41
The Rock Slide
The Rock Slide Rock Slide Premium Tone Pack
This guitar slide three-pack lets you have the pick of what kind of slide sound you want. The moulded glass slide is great for swampy runs, while the brass slides produce a clearer top end.
Lists for $59.99. More details here. Total savings: $10
Mono Pedalboard Small
Image: MonoThe Mono Pedalboard Small keeps you assortment of pedals neatly arranged while also offering enough space to mount a power supply unit. Its aluminium frame is corrosion-resistant and light enough to be a guitarist’s travel board.
Lists for $179.99. More details here. Total savings: Free Mono Club 2.0 Accessory Case (worth $149.99)
Mono Pedalboard Large
The cable-concealing cutouts of the Mono Pedalboard Large create a much neater look for this professional-grade pedalboard. 3M Dual Lock Tape is included to provide superior levels of grip when it comes to mounting pedals.
Lists for $269.99. More details here. Total savings: Free Mono M80 Pro 2.0 Accessory Case (worth $199.99)
Ibanez PowerPad Double Guitar & Acoustic Gig Bag
The Ibanez PowerPad eliminates the need to cart around two separate cases for your electric and acoustic guitars. There’s enough padding to protect your investment from the usual dings, and the PowerPad can also be unzipped into two separate smaller bags.
Lists for $74.99. More details here. Total savings: $95
Pro Co Evolution Studio/Stage Directional Straight-Straight Instrument Cable
Pro Co Evolution cables ‘Soft Touch’ covering maximises flexibility and durability, while also preventing cable ‘memory’. OFC conductors and shielding, low capacitance design and Swiss Neutrik connectors are also used to keep things sounding professional and noise-free.
Lists for $55.99. More details at here. Total savings: $31
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