Start with the Clearance Page
Guitar Center’s clearance page has great deals, and some of these items are top sellers. You can browse through tens of thousands of instruments, equipment, and accessories. Once you’re on the clearance outlet page, refine your search results by category or price range. You’ll then have the option to have it shipped to your door or to pick up your purchase at your local store.
If you're having trouble deciding between multiple items, simply click “compare,” and all of the items you’ve selected will be placed beside each other. The Guitar Center webpage then shows product specifications side-by-side, allowing you to view specifications by body type, brand, number of keys, strings, orientation, performance level, price, and several other details. This option allows you to review all product specifications, or simply just the differences among the products.
Talk to the Right Person
Most sales representatives at Guitar Center are on commission, so while they have incentive to make sales, they do not have incentive to lower prices. In addition, most of the sales reps don’t have the power to reduce prices. If you find something you love, try to spark a friendly conversation with a manager, and kindly ask if there are any discounts they might be able to apply. Some managers might be willing to work with you on pricing certain products.
Get Financing with the Gear Card
The Guitar Center Gear Card allows you to pay off your purchase of $699 or more over 24 equal payments, and with 0% interest. The only requirement is that every payment is at least $25. The fine print says that this introductory offer is only for items that are new and in-stock – which means you can’t get financing with the Gear Card on special orders. Guitar Center also offers other leasing options, like the Business-to-Business Program. This program is for professional clients, and allows you to make in-store purchases throughout the country, and then receive one monthly bill. Commercial clients also have the option of leasing their purchases.
Before applying for the Gear Card, check with your local guitar center to make sure that your intended purchase qualifies for the introductory offer.
Get a String and Stick Club Membership
The string membership costs $20 to join, and allows customers to save on string purchases throughout the year. The membership gives you $5 toward new strings each month, and is refreshed on the first of every month. The same goes for drummers and the stick club membership. You pay $20 to join, and you’ll get $5 toward new sticks each month. Both of these memberships are available for sign-up in-store.
Not sure if the string or stick club membership is right for you? Simply calculate how often you are in need of new strings or sticks per year. If you need new sticks or strings every month, or every other month, then the membership will save you money. You’re essentially paying $20 (for the membership) in return for $60 toward news sticks and strings throughout the year.
Check out the Rebates Section
Several of the available products at Guitar Center come with rebates. Check the rebates section for downloadable, printable, and mail-in rebates. Some rebates offer hundreds of dollars in cash back on items, free strings, and even product upgrades.
Take Advantage of the Layaway Program
Guitar Center offers a 30-day layaway program with just a minimum deposit of 25% of the purchase price. The great part about Guitar Center’s layaway program is that there are no fees, and the deposits are 100% refundable. You’ll have 30 days to pay the balance and pick up your item(s). Be sure to check if the item you want is eligible for layaway.
Follow Guitar Center’s Social Media
Like Guitar Center on Facebook to stay updated on local music competitions (that sometimes include cash rewards), as well as in-store and online specials. Guitar Center also posts about local music workshops and new product updates. They regularly update their Twitter feed with information on free in-store clinics and workshops available to the general public.
Register your email on the Guitar Center website to receive exclusive discounts, rebates, sales events, and in-store promotions.
Military Gets a 10% Discount
Bring a valid military ID to your next in-store purchase and receive 10% off your entire purchase. The discount also extends to military family members, and there is no minimum purchase required.
Take Advantage of Free Workshops and Clinics
Check the workshops page to find out which upcoming workshops you are interested in attending. The workshops are taught by experts, and are held both in-store and online for convenience. The best part? They’re absolutely free!
Discounted Gift Cards
Both Cardpool.com and Raise.com regularly carry discounted Guitar Center gift cards, but they sell quickly. To snag the cards as soon as they get posted on either site, make sure you set up alerts – that way you’re able to purchase them before someone else does!
This guide was published on April 14, 2015, and last modified on April 14, 2015.