If you’ve started learning guitar in 2020 like so many other people, the good news is that Black Friday this year has some great offers.
A lot more stores are turning to online sales this year, so you can expect to see a lot of discounts and offers this Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and later in December leading up to Christmas.
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Some sites offer various discounts leading up to Black Friday while others start their sale on Friday.
Here are a few of those sites worth checking out and I’ll be updating this page over the next week as new guitar deals start.
Note: Keep in mind that it is early, so there will be more deals closer to Friday.
Guitar Pro – 20% Off
If you don’t already have Guitar Pro, it’s one of the most useful guitar tools you can get. I have been using Guitar Pro since I was a beginner and it has been my go-to source for learning songs, writing songs, or jamming on ideas.
Guitar Pro 7.5 gives you a full transcription and Guitar TAB suite where you can find TABs online to jam along with, learn the parts, or write your own songs.
Version 7.5 is a big step forward over previous versions, so if you’ve been using GP6 or GP5, now might be a good time to upgrade.
If you do get Guitar Pro, here are some guides to help you get the most out of it:
- How to Learn Songs on Guitar (Step by Step Tutorial)
- Recording Your First Song Tutorial – uses Guitar Pro 7 to create backing instruments to import into a DAW
- 3 Ways to Use Guitar Pro – shows how you can use different tools to become a better guitarist
Sweetwater – Black Friday Sale Now Until November 28
If you live in the US, check out the current Black Friday deals at Sweetwater here.
Sweetwater’s 2020 Black Friday sale has already started and ends November 28.
They sell gear for all types of musical instruments, so if you want to narrow the listings down, you can select one of the categories as shown below:
More deals are likely to pop up over the next few days, but there are already quite a few guitars with $200 off.
Here are some of their offers worth checking out:
BIAS FX Plugins
Most of the BIAS FX plugins are now on sale for $50 – 350 off. Most of the versions are half price.
If you haven’t tried BIAS FX 2 before, it’s one of the best guitar effects and amp modeling plugins available today.
Compared to other plugins such as Line 6 Helix Native, I feel BIAS FX has the best layout and interface. See how it compares to other options in my Guide to VST Guitar Plugins here.
TC Electronic Plethora X5
While there are discounts on quite a few of TC Electronic’s pedals here, the Plethora X5 stands out as it is their latest offering that packs in a lot of classic TC Electronic effects:
I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one of these since it released to do a full review, but sadly haven’t had the opportunity. This one pedalboard basically gives you access to TC Electronic’s full range of single effect pedals and you can chain them together as you like.
Here are some other deals to check out on Sweetwater:
I’ll be updating this section if I find new deals worth checking out.
IK Multimedia sells software such as the very popular AmpliTube suite as well as hardware such as audio interfaces, microphones, studio monitors, and other guitar accessories.
I regularly use their iRig HD 2 (check out my review here) as a quick and easy audio interface to record my guitar as well as their iRig Mic Studio to record my podcast (check out the Bite-Size Guitar Podcast here).
While there are some big discounts on their AmpliTube 4 gear, I suggest comparing it against their introductory pre-order offer on AmpliTube 5.
I’ll be reviewing AmpliTube 5 shortly to see how much of an improvement it offers over the very popular AmpliTube 4 (read my review of AmpliTube 4 here).
SPARK Amplifier by Positive Grid
Positive Grid’s impressively versatile SPARK practice amp is up to 30% off now until after Black Friday.
If you haven’t heard of the SPARK amp before, think of it as taking the amp models and effects from the BIAS FX plugin and packing everything into an amp you can control with an app.
Here are a few interesting features about this amp:
- Electric, acoustic, or bass: as well as electric guitar, you can plug in a bass or acoustic guitar and use amp and effects models for those instruments
- 40W full-range speakers: allows you to have crystal clear playback of any backing tracks as well as better guitar and bass tones
- Wide variety of amp and effects models: BIAS FX has some of the best amp and effects models and SPARK uses the same technology
- Smart Jam: the amp listens to your playing to generate drum and bass parts to accompany you
- Home recording: use the amp as an audio interface to record to any PC/Mac
- Auto chords: when playing along with a song, the app detects and displays chords used in the song as well as gives you extra control over playback speed or looping
The SPARK is an impressive amp that would be ideal for at-home practice or jamming. If you like the idea of being able to dial in a wide range of tones and pretty much any type of effect you want, you might want to check the SPARK out.
Recording Software – DAW Black Friday Deals
If you’re looking at getting into recording, you might want to check out the Black Friday deals on the most popular DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) options.
Learn about each of these options in my Ultimate Guide to DAW for Guitarists (with tutorials).
Studio One 5
Studio One is my go-to DAW for recording guitar and for recording my podcast. The latest version, Studio One 5, only released late this year, so it’s great to see a Black Friday deal on such new software.
Studio One 5 is 30% off for Black Friday. There are a few different editions of Studio One, so I suggest reading my guide on DAWs to learn about the different options.
If you’re interested in Studio One, check out my tutorial on how to record guitar in Studio One to see what it’s like to use. The tutorial will give you a good idea of the layout and basic features as well as how it compares against other DAWs.
Check out the Black Friday deals on Studio One 5 at Sweetwater here. Alternatively, you can get the same deals at Plugin Boutique here.
FL Studio isn’t a common choice for guitarists as it was designed more for electronic musicians. But many guitarists like the different approach this DAW offers over the typical track-based interface seen on most other DAWs.
If you’re a songwriter, you may find FL Studio becomes a handy tool to help you flesh out song ideas quickly. Watch one video on YouTube of somebody composing an entire song in FL Studio and you’ll see why it’s such a popular songwriting tool.
While the three main editions of FL Studio aren’t discounted (yet), there is an ‘All Plugins’ edition available on the FL Studio website for Black Friday at 55% off.
This is FL Studio’s most expensive option, but if you use a lot of plugins, you may appreciate the savings it offers you.
If you haven’t tried FL Studio before, I highly suggest trying out the demo before buying it to see if it suits you or not. Check out my tutorial on how to record guitar in FL Studio to see what it’s like to use.
Ableton is the go-to DAW for live performing musicians. Unlike other DAWs, Ableton was designed with performance in mind. Connect your guitar and a MIDI foot controller, and you can have a full range of plugins and tools available for live performance including advanced looping.
Ableton Live isn’t for everybody, so check out my tutorial on how to record guitar in Ableton here to get an idea of how it differs from other DAWs.
At the moment, there is a 20% off offer on Ableton Live 10, then when Ableton Live 11 releases early next year, you get to upgrade for free.
As someone who buys a lot of gear from Amazon, I’ll be keeping a close eye on any Black Friday guitar deals they have.
At the moment, there are only a few deals on microphones, headphones, guitar strings, and other accessories.
As we get closer to Black Friday, I would expect more deals to show up and I’ll update this page as I find anything of interest.
There are plenty of guitar sites that will have some form of sale in the next week or two, so make sure you have a search around before you buy from any one site.
Here are some popular guitar stores that have Black Friday sales:
Guitar Effects Course
If you want to get the most out of any effects pedals, amps, or guitar plugins you buy, you might be interested in my Guitar Effects and Tone Course.
Here are some things you can learn in the course:
- Learn how every type of effect works and hear examples of all effects in action
- Learn how to combine different effects
- Hear what happens when you change the order of effect pedals and why following typical rules isn’t always the best
- How to set up different guitar tones from scratch (you never need to look up presets)
- Learn how to hear the difference between similar-sounding effects
Thank you to everybody who buys the course as it helps support this site.
If you find a Black Friday guitar deal worth adding to this page, let me know here.
This page was last updated on November 24 (Australia time).