Ready to upgrade your keyboard or guitar — or surprise a loved one with a new instrument for the holidays?
Black Friday offers plenty of deals on musical instruments and gear that could bring these normally expensive items into your budget. You'll also find plenty of "starter" guitars for incredibly low prices if you want to see if your kids' new hobby sticks. Here's where to look.
Best retailers for Black Friday deals on instruments and gear
Guitar Center: Perhaps the best-known musical instrument retailer, Guitar Center offers a strong Black Friday sale every year. Expect product-specific deals that offer deep discounts on instruments, amps, speakers and more plus a more general coupon for 15% of more off a total purchase of a certain amount ($199 in past years).
Music & Arts: The national chain offers guitars, band and orchestra instruments, audio equipment and more. Its Black Friday sale tends to be heavy on guitars, but, in past years it's offered coupons for as much as 20% off purchases of more than $199. That could be a huge discount on a big-ticket item.
eBay: eBay sellers generally offer Black Friday discounts, and eBay is full of authorized musical instrument re-sellers.
Musician's Friend: The online musical instrument and gear retailer has a huge selection. It also has a history of offering sitewide discounts (generally 15% off) on Cyber Monday.
zZounds: This online retailer offers instruments as well as tons of gear and specialized recording equipment. Be on the lookout for Cyber Monday discount codes.