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Prime Day guitar deals 2021: everything you need to know about this year's Amazon Prime Day event

Prime Day guitar deals 2021: everything you need to know about this year's Amazon Prime Day event
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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching. Judging by last year's display, we're expecting Prime Day guitar bargains on everything from electric guitars and amps, to effects and recording software, plus great offers on other cool music gear like headphones, speakers and laptops.

While Prime Day is an Amazon invention, plenty of non-Amazon retailers get in on the price-slashing action too. This is your place to find out all the latest information - including the Amazon Prime Day 2021 dates - plus all the latest Prime Day guitar deals and which retailers will be taking part.

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day guitar deals: Amazon Prime Day 2021

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Amazon Prime Day usually takes place at some point in July. Last year, for obvious reasons, it was delayed until later in the year, instead taking place on 13 and 14 October (that's right, Prime Day is not actually a single day event at all, despite the name), offering 48-hours of deals, sales and discounts.

We believe Prime Day will take place at some point in June or July this year. We'll update this page with the official dates as soon as we have them, and you can also keep tabs on things at Amazon's own Prime Day page.

Do you need a Prime subscription?

If you want to take advantage of Amazon’s Prime Day guitar deals the answer is a big fat yes. Amazon always offers free trials to those who haven't used the service before, so if you were feeling tactical you could sign up for a free trial closer to the event, grab the most enticing bargains and then cancel your subscription once the items are in your hands, but we didn’t tell you to do that...

There are plenty of perks to being an Amazon Prime Member, of course, including faster delivery options, exclusive deals and access to Prime Video, so it could be worth becoming a fully paid up member if you're a regular Amazon shopper.

At the time of writing, a monthly Amazon Prime subscription costs $12.99/£7.99 (which you can cancel at any time) and a yearly option is $119/£79.

Where to find the best Prime Day guitar deals

Prime Day guitar deals: A guitar wall in a music shop

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The various lockdowns of the last 12 months have seen an unprecedented rise in the number of new musicians and lapsed musicians returning to an instrument, and particularly the guitar, so we have faith that Amazon will cater to this new wave of guitarists and musicians by lining up plenty of fantastic Prime Day guitar deals.

Will other stores be offering Prime Day guitar deals?

In 2019 and 2020, in addition to Amazon, there were great guitar discounts doing the rounds from Fender Play, Musician’s Friend and Guitar Center, plus Walmart and Best Buy on everything from beginner acoustic guitars to reverb pedals. We’re hoping for more guitar activity from retailers including Sweetwater and Pro Audio Star in 2021. We heard whispers of some great guitar offers on the horizon, so watch this space.

Although it’s an Amazon invention, Prime Day has always created a buzz and gets people in the mood for a bargain. Because of this, we’re confident more retailers will get involved with great Prime Day guitar deals this year. 

Last year we also saw certain retailers offer discount codes of up to 20% on a whole range of a great guitar gear.

What else should I look out for on Prime Day?

With Prime Day being an Amazon invention, it's likely you'll find money off Amazon's own products. So, if you've been thinking about purchasing an Amazon Echo device, like the music-friendly Echo Studio, or the compact Echo Dot, Prime Day could be the time to get a big discount. In 2020, Amazon was running deals on its smart speakers with bundles that included free subscriptions to their Music Unlimited streaming service.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's deal highlights

These are the best Prime Day guitar deals from last year. Keep your eyes peeled this year for similar offers.

Get three packs of Ernie Ball Regular Slinkys for just $9.99
No other string set on the market has the perfect blend of durability, performance, sound and price that Ernie Ball's Regular Slinky set brings to the table. Last year you could get three packs of these ultra-dependable strings for just $9.99.

Martin Dreadnought 000X1AE acoustic: $599 $499
This gig-ready mid-range acoustic-electric guitar is ready for the stage, with a solid spruce top and in-built Fishman preamp. This was a bargain on a genuine Martin acoustic.

Fender Road Worn ’50s Tele (Metallic Purple): $1,099, $899
Just look at it: this relic’d Metallic Purple stunner is a verified rarity on the Telecaster market, and with $200 slashed off the asking price, it was a damn good deal to boot. Two Tex-Mex single coils, a three-saddle bridge and Road Worn maple neck sealed this particularly good deal.

Save $150 on Gretsch's Streamliner G2420T
Featuring Gretsch's BroadTron humbucking pickups, a 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays and 22 medium jumbo frets, plus a Bigsby-licensed B60 vibrato tailpiece, the G2420T is stylish in both looks and sound.

Epiphone Hummingbird Performer PRO: only $399.99
You could get your hands on this beautiful-sounding, gorgeously decorated acoustic-electric for $50 during Amazon Prime Day. With a mahogany body, solid sitka spruce top, pau ferro fingerboard and Fishman electronics, this guitar's a truly reliable workhorse.

Squier Limited-Edition Bullet Telecaster: now only $149.99
In the market for your first electric guitar? You couldn't go far wrong with a Squier Bullet Tele. Featuring a basswood body, ergonomic C-shaped neck and effortlessly playable Indian laurel fingerboard, this guitar will keep you playing comfortably for hours on end.

ESP LTD M-400: was $799, now only $449.99
Prime Day served up almost $350 off this incredibly well-spec'd electric guitar. With a mahogany body, three-piece maple neck and Seymour Duncan humbuckers, the M-400 has the looks, the tones, and the effortless playability factor.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's electric guitar deals

Get a Schecter Guitar Research C-6 Elite for only $239.99
Some of the world's top metal axemen play Schecter, so it's fair to say the California company knows a thing or two about producing riff-ready electric guitars. This C-6 Elite boasts Schecter-designed Diamond Plus humbuckers, a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard and thin-C satin maple neck, and seeks to be wielded by a worthy shredder such as yourself.

Jackson Special Edition JS22-7 DKA-M Dinky 7-String: $169.99
A seven-string for under $200. That would be good enough, but try $170 for Prime Day. Jackson has a reputation for being a metal instrument specialist, so if you're looking to expand your collection into seven- territory, this one's a safe bet. With a solid basswood body, one-piece maple neck and 24-fret maple fingerboard with black piranha inlays, you're getting so much value for money here it's astounding.

Epiphone Les Paul Special II Plus: only $194.65
With a flamed maple top over a thin-profile mahogany body, a smooth 22-fret rosewood fingerboard and a pair of Epiphone open-coil humbuckers, this guitar provides sizzle, snarl and superb playability, to boot.

Ibanez RG6003FM: was $349.99, now $279.99
This beautifully-spec'd model is a member of Ibanez's RG series – its most popular. Featuring a gorgeous flamed maple top over a mahogany body, a Wizard III neck and jatoba fingerboard, the RG6003FM is built for both speed and versatility.

Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro-III Plus: $699 $499
Guitar Center really spoiled us with this ridiculous deal on one of the most highly spec'd Les Pauls on the market. Not only is this single-cut beauty packing Gibson USA humbuckers, but there are coil-split, boost and phase switching options to boot. Available in Ocean Blue and Heritage Cherry Sunburst.

Fender Player Stratocaster, Black: $699 $599 at Guitar Center
Looking to snag that David Gilmour swag for less? This limited-edition black Player Strat was your ticket to Pink Floyd vibes, while its trio of articulate single coils will have your leads shining. This was a crazy diamond of a deal.

Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: $699 $599 at Guitar Center
For anyone who likes a little more retro in their guitar finishes, the Player Strat was also available with $100 in this sharp Surf Pearl finish.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V Flame Top - $2,799 $2,399
The result of a collaboration between Gibson and Guitar Center, the Trad Pro Vs team tradition with advanced features. So, while you get the good looks of a classic flame maple-topped Les Paul, there's also a weight-relieved mahogany body, asymmetric profile mahogany neck with compound-radius fingerboard, and Gibson Tradbucker pickups with coil-split, coil-tap and phase options. This was a seriously versatile guitar with $400 off.

Save 25% with $125 off the G&L ASAT Classic Ash
Last year you could get the Limited Edition Tribute ASAT Classic Ash electric guitar for just $374.99 down from $499.99 by clicking on the link and entering the special coupon code word rocktober at the checkout.

Hagstrom Fantomen Ghost signature: now 25% off
Channel your own ghoulish noise through Hagstrom's Fantomen Ghost signature model, guaranteed to take you from the pinnacle to the pit. Using the coupon code rocktober you could get 25% off, bringing the price down from $979 to $734. Available in Gloss White, Gloss Black and Tobacco Sunburst finishes.

ESP LTD M-400: was $799, now only $449.99
You could have saved almost $350 on this incredibly well-spec'd electric guitar. With a mahogany body, three-piece maple neck and Seymour Duncan humbuckers, the M-400 has the looks, the tones, and the effortless playability factor.

Jackson X Series Soloist SL5X FSR: now only $549.99
$150 savings were possible on this certified metal shred machine today. Featuring a poplar body, one-piece maple neck, Seymour Duncan-designed HSH pickup configuration and a Floyd Rose bridge, everything about this axe screams heavy.

Ibanez RG450EXB: was $399.99, now $249.99
With an impressive spec set at a mouth-watering price, this metal-ready shredder boasts Ibanez Quantum pickups and a Floyd Rose tremolo system. Perfect for melting faces on Prime Day. View Deal

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's acoustic guitar deals

Epiphone AJ-220S Advanced Jumbo acoustic: only $269
This fantastically well-rounded acoustic guitar features a solid sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, SlimTaper neck profile and granadillo fingerboard. It's a spec set that would usually see it sell for $448, but during Amazon Prime Day, it was available from Sam Ash for only $269.

Martin Dreadnought 000X1AE acoustic: $599 $499
This gig-ready mid-range acoustic-electric guitar is ready for the stage, with a solid spruce top and in-built Fishman preamp. This was a bargain on a genuine Martin acoustic.

Save $50 on Yamaha's FX335C Dreadnought acoustic-electric
With a spruce top and nato back and sides, single cutaway for easy upper-fret access, rosewood fingerboard and piezo pickup system, there's few better options in the sub-$200 acoustic guitar market.

The Yamaha F335 acoustic - now 20% off!
This acoustic gives users the feel, tone and classic looks of a dreadnought at a ridiculously affordable price point.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's amp deals

Positive Grid Spark 40 | Was $299, now $269
Practice amps don't get any more powerful than this! With 40 amp models, 30 effects and a host of smart tech under the hood, you can be sure that you'll be making the most of your guitar practice time with the Spark. From jamming to backing tracks, to teaching you the chords to your favorite songs, or the 10,000-plus tone presets, you're not going to get bored quickly. The full-range sound reproduction means you can use it for bass and acoustic too! 

Blackstar Studio 10 KT88: was $549.99, now $399.99
Loaded with Blackstar's proprietary ISF circuitry, an FX loop, onboard reverb, toggleable overdrive and loads more, this astonishingly priced workhorse combo is perfect for any setting.

Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 V2 10W Combo Amp: now $99!
Featuring six different channels, 12 effects and six enhanced voices to choose from, this entry-level amp from Blackstar has great bang-for-your-buck value to begin with. For Prime Day the price was slashed to $99 from $129. Simply irresistible.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's effects pedal deals

Laney guitar effects pedals: save 20% at Musician's Friend
The legendary UK amp brand has ventured into pedals in recent years – with spectacular results. Five of its pedals were available with a 20% discount at Musician's Friend: the Black Country Customs Spiral Array Chorus, Monolith Distortion, Secret Path Reverb, Steelpark Boost and Tony Iommi Signature Boost.

IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O - $299.99 $249.99
Team the iRig Stomp I/O with your iOS device, and it becomes a handy self-contained multi-effects-style unit for practice with headphones – but also provides the practical means to use AmpliTube on stage or switch effects on the fly. On Prime Day it was available with $50 off at Musician's Friend.

Peterson StroboStomp HD: $139 $111 at Musician's Friend
It's one of the best tuner pedals on the market right now, and for Prime Day you could save an almighty 20% on the asking price for a limited time. Peterson tuners are famed for their accuracy, and the StroboStomp HD's high-definition screen has never made it easier to tune up fast. And that's not to mention the true bypass switching and over 100 onboard 'sweetened tunings'.

MXR M66S Classic Overdrive pedal $59 $39 at Guitar Center
If you’re looking to add overdrive without changing your fundamental guitar or amp tone, MXR has you covered with this no-nonsense drive pedal – at an insanely low price for Prime Day.

Boss ME-80 Multi-Effects Pedal: $299 $249 at Guitar Center
Positively crammed with killer-sounding Boss effects and amp models, the ME-80 is one of the best budget multi-effects pedals you can buy. And with $50 off at Guitar Center, it was one of the best FX deals of Prime Day.

Pigtronix Infinity Looper 2: Get 15% off!
Spend $170 at Musician's Friend and you got a pedal with a number of control options and a dual-loop design that allows you to switch between parts during recording or overdubbing.

TC Electronic Flashback Mini Delay pedal | $119, now $99
No matter how cramped your pedalboard, you can find room for this teeny delay pedal – and thanks to TC’s TonePrint technology, it can handle just about any delay sound you can think up, too.

Save $50 on the 'Stomptrooper' edition of Line 6's HX Stomp
For just a hair under $600, you got space for 126 presets, over 300 effects and amps, the HX Stomp's trademark triple capacitive-footswitch setup and a whole lot more - all with a sleek, decidedly galactic look.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's bass guitar deals

Fender Special Ed. Deluxe PJ Bass Seafoam Pearl $899 $799
Looking to eke extra tones from your P-Bass? The PJ Bass is the answer, combining Precision and Jazz Bass pickups in one instrument. This very special PJ Bass goes one further, teaming a P-Bass body with a ’70s Jazz Bass neck, complete with block inlays. $100 was slashed off the asking price for this Seafoam Pearl-finished model at Guitar Center, making it an absolute steal.

Squier Classic Vibe ’70s Precision Bass Surf Green $399 $329
If you’re looking to take your first steps in bass, there is no better brand than Squier, and this Classic Vibe Precision Bass is an absolute winner, with a Fender-designed Alnico split-coil pickup, and a slim, comfortable C-shaped neck. And with $70 off over at Guitar Center for Prime Day, there had never been a better time to buy.

Fender Player Precision Bass, Ocean Turquoise: $725 $599
Not only can you not get this especially stunning example of a Precision Bass anywhere but Guitar Center, but it was available with a tidy $125 Prime Day discount. Classic P-Bass looks and playability should make this a shoo-in for your bass collection.

Squier Contemporary Active Jazz Bass: $80 off @ Sweetwater
This tricked-out take on the Jazz Bass was available with a whopping $80 discount, bringing prices down to $399 for a four-string, and $449 for a five-string. Even better, this active humbucker-loaded bass is available in four Sweetwater-exclusive finishes – Satin Black, Midnight Satin, Burgundy Satin and Olive Satin – complete with roasted maple necks and fingerboards.

Sterling by Music Man S.U.B. StingRay Bass in Black: $70 off
Featuring a low-noise humbucking pickup, 2-Band EQ, a 9V powered active preamp and individual Volume Hi and Low Cut/Boost controls, this gorgeous bass both sounds and looks like a top-grade instrument - and for $229, down $70 from its usual $299, was an absolute steal at Guitar Center.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's guitar accessory deals

Get 2 packs of these quality acoustic guitar strings for $14.99
Reinvigorate your acoustic guitar's sound with a fresh set of strings. This 12 - 53 gauge set delivers a warm, bright and balanced tone that lasts. Oh, and for Prime Day you got two packs, so you wouldn't need to buy new strings again for a while – depending on how much you play, of course...

Gator GT-BASS-TP Transit Bass Guitar Gig Bag: only $79.99
Got a bass guitar that needs protecting? Look no further than the Gator GT-BASS-TP gig bag. Complete with 20mm foam padding and micro-fleece lining, your four-string won't see even the smallest scratch.

Get this 3-pack of patch cables for just $14.99
These short instrument patch cables are perfect for use with pedalboards, and feature rugged metal connectors with secure nickel contacts, so you know you'll never have any signal interruptions.

Mogami 18 ft Guitar Cable Straight to Right Angle: $32.79
At an affordable price point, this hand-assembled, performance-tested cable is a monstrous 18 feet long, perfect for small to medium stage settings.

Gator Flight Pro TSA Series ATA Electric Guitar Case: $119.99
Travel stress-free with this convenient, compact electric guitar case. With a tour-grade casing, TSA-approved locking center latch that's ideal for air travel and a host of protective features, this case'll keep your beloved instrument safe and sound.

Save $10 on a new Perri's 2" Jacquard guitar strap
You could bag one of these super-comfortable, ultra-stylish guitar straps at half price as part of Guitar Center's Guitar-A-Thon sales event during Prime Day. Available in four color variants, you're bound to find the right strap to fit your style.

Save $5 on D'Addario's NS Reflex Capo at Guitar Center
Assuring buzz-free, in-tune performance at any fret, D'Addario's NS Reflex Capo is a solid option for anyone looking to change key on the fly. Additionally, a lightweight aluminum construction adds negligible weight to the neck of your guitar.

D'Addario Equinox Headstock tuner: only $14.99
This super-precise, ultra-portable headstock tuner will serve your tuning needs for ages to come. With a highly sensitive vibration-detecting piezo sensor, you'll get accurate tuning readings every time.

Line 6 Relay G10S wireless system: $249 $199 @ Guitar Center
The best guitar wireless system you can buy got even better, thanks to this tasty Prime Day discount over at Guitar Center. Wander up to 130 feet away from your pedalboard and enjoy crystal-clear 24-bit audio from this top-notch guitar accessory.