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Prime Day guitar deals 2022: the official dates and everything you need to know

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Amazon has just announced the official dates for Prime Day 2022. So, this year's Prime Day guitar deals will be dropping on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July. This is the ideal time to save money on a tasty new axe, or stock up on accessories while they're dirt cheap.

We're expecting this year's Prime Day to deliver guitar-based bargains on everything from electric guitars and guitar amps to acoustic guitar strings and bass amps. Of course, Prime Day is Amazon's own invention - and there should be plenty of Prime Day guitar bargains to be had at the retail giant - but that doesn't mean the price-slashing action will be exclusive to Jeff Bezos' gang; in our experience plenty of non-Amazon retailers get in on the Prime Day fun too. 

Last year we saw big sales launched by the likes of Guitar Center (opens in new tab) - they offered up to 20% off live gear and a mega $160 off a Fender Player Strat! We're keen to see what Sweetwater (opens in new tab), Musician's Friend (opens in new tab) and Positive Grid (opens in new tab) dish out too.

This is your page to find all the latest information, any early deals we spot and all the biggest offers of the day. We're here to help you save money and make your budget stretch further on six-string bargains, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Prime Day music deals: Quick links

There are no official Prime Day guitar deals around just yet, but these are the places to find music gear bargains right now:

When is Prime Day 2022?

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Amazon Prime Day has traditionally always taken place at some point in July. The last couple of years have been a little weird, for obvious reasons, meaning in 2020 it was delayed until October. Last year, Prime Day returned to its usual mid-year slot, with two days of bargains taking place on June 21 and 22. 

As confirmed by Amazon, Prime Day 2022 will take place on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 July. 

And yes, you read that right, Prime Day is not actually a single day event at all, with a whopping 48-hours of deals, sales and discounts.

You can keep tabs on any further developments at Amazon's own Prime Day page (opens in new tab).

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 (opens in new tab) 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 Music and 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 $14.99/£7.99 (which you can cancel at any time) and a yearly option is $139/£79.

There's also a student tier available that currently costs $7.49/£3.99 per month or $69/£39 per year.

Where to find the best Prime Day guitar deals

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The various lockdowns of the last couple of years 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.

Where to find the best non-Amazon deals

In 2020 and 2021, in addition to Amazon, there were great guitar discounts doing the rounds from Fender Play (opens in new tab), Musician’s Friend (opens in new tab) and Guitar Center (opens in new tab), plus Walmart (opens in new tab) and Best Buy (opens in new tab) on everything from beginner acoustic guitars to reverb pedals. We’re hoping for more guitar activity from retailers including Sweetwater (opens in new tab) and Pro Audio Star (opens in new tab) in 2022. 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.

Amazon product deals

With Prime Day being an Amazon invention, it's likely you'll find money off Amazon's own products too. 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 2021, Amazon was running deals on its smart speakers with bundles that included free subscriptions to their Music Unlimited streaming service.

Amazon is also responsible for rad gadgets like the Ring video doorbell and Kindle e-readers too. Head over to Amazon's Prime Day deals page (opens in new tab) for all the latest early offers.

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, just $9.99
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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: Electric guitar & bass deals

Squier Bullet Tele Red Sparkle: $199.99, now $169.99
Looking for a Telecaster that will help you stand out from the crowd? Well, you may want to take advantage of the $30 off this Red Sparkle Squier Bullet Tele. The Bullet range is the perfect beginner guitar, combining the playability Fender is known for, stunning finish options, and all at a super affordable price. 

Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster: $179.99, now $149.99
The red sparkle finish not really for you? Well, why not keep it traditional with this FSR (Factory Special Run) Butterscotch Bullet Tele. Same guitar as the model above, but in a more understated finish.

Squier Bullet Telecaster Rosewood: $179.99, $149.99
Okay, you’d prefer a rosewood fingerboard? Well, Guitar Center has an option for that as well. This limited edition Bullet Telecaster pairs the dark rosewood ‘board with the classic Surf Green finish - resulting in a guitar that looks streets ahead of its entry-level price point.

Squier Bullet Mustang HH: Was $179.99, now $149.99
It has taken Fender far too long to expand their beginner electric guitar (opens in new tab) range to include some of the more adventurous shapes, such as the offset icon that is the Mustang. Featuring a dual set of humbuckers, this nifty little guitar is ready to rock. Available in the Olympic White or Surf Green finish, with $30 off.

Squier Classic Vibe '70s Jaguar: $479.99, now $399.99
Next up is the king of the offsets and Leo Fender’s favorite design - the Jaguar. The retro-inspired guitar pays homage to the Jaguar of the ‘70s, with block inlays, bound neck, and alnico pickups. This wicked guitar is available in Daphne Blue and our personal favorite Shell Pink!

Fender Player Strat HSS: Was $809.99, now $649.99
Are you looking for a contemporary Fender Stratocaster (opens in new tab)? Well, look no further than the Fender Player Stratocaster HSS Plus. This ultra-modern guitar is capable of producing searing lead tones as well as the crisp, clean tones you’d expect from a Strat. Right now, you can get a whopping $160 off! 

ESP LTD EC-256FM See-Thru Black: $499, now $399
The LTD EC-256FM is a true rock and metal machine, with a Mahogany body and set neck construction - a tried and tested formula capable of creating some stomach-churning filth. With a flamed Maple top and Rosewood ‘board the final classy touches for this utter beast, you won't be left wanting more. The EC-256 caters for loads of musical scenarios, with coil-splittable ESP humbuckers on board. If that wasn’t enough, there’s $100 off too. Thanks Guitar Center!

Jackson JS34Q Dinky DKA-M: $349.99, now $269.99
Achieve that classic '80s Jackson vibe for a fraction of the price with $80 off the JS34Q this Prime Day. With high output ceramic pickups mounted into a quilted maple arched top, this axe looks and sounds the part. Paired with a locking trem, this guitar is ready to melt some faces. So what're you waiting for?

Schecter Guitar Research Demon-6: $439, $339.99
Schecter's Demon 6 is a bit of a beast if we're honest. It's capable of some gurn inducing tones thanks to Schecter's own 'Diamond' active pickups - which are perfectly voiced for aggressive playing. The fast maple neck, rosewood 'board and gothic cross inlays top this guitar off nicely - and with $99 off, it just got that little bit nicer.

Schecter C-1 Platinum FR-Sustaniac: $859, $659.99
The C-1 Platinum FR-Sustainiac is a true beast. A fantastically resonant Mahogany body with ultra access cutaway and a Floyd Rose is a winning combination, and to be honest this guitar has won. The Sustainiac in the neck position is an awesome added bonus, allowing for some truly creative playing, both clean and distorted.

ESP LTD EC-401QM: Was $849, now $579
LTD's EC-401 is iconic in the rock and metal guitar world, and there's a reason why every metalcore band and their mums have played an LTD EC Series. EMG 81/60 pickups bring out every last nuance with energy, and with the mahogany body and neck working in tandem, your riffs will be pure fire. And with $270 off? You'd be mad to miss out.

Ibanez GSRM20 Mikro bass: $257.13, now $179.99
Don’t be fooled by the short-scale design, because what the GSRM20 Mikro lacks for in size it makes up for in massive low-end tones. The ergonomics and build make it perfect for younger players looking to begin their bass journey, while those looking for a suitable studio addition capable of a variety of tones will be equally impressed. Available in three classy colorways for ultimate aesthetic and tonal versatility, the Mikro is an excellent no-nonsense four-string workhorse.

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

Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE: $699.99, $559.99
The Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE acoustic electric combines a gorgeous solid Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides to create a massive, punchy and deep tone that screams dreadnought. This classic pairing, when coupled with a Fishman preamp and pickup, creates beautiful noise that will sound as good plugged in as it does unplugged. As a special Prime Day treat, Musician’s Friend has slashed  a delectable $140 off the price.  

Breedlove Pursuit Exotic CE: $699.99, now $559.99
Crafted from solid myrtlewood, the Breedlove Pursuit Exotic is a bit different to the rest of the pack. The tone lies somewhere between rosewood and maple, but this offers a brilliant balance of clear bass, mids and highs. It’s unique, but still fantastic, and that’s why it’s one of our favorite Prime Day deals. The LR Baggs EAS electronics faithfully recreate those tonal nuances through an amp, so you’ll be sounding killer both unplugged and plugged in. Save $140 at Guitar Center until June 23. 

Alvarez AMP660ESHB Parlor: $459.99, now $367.99
Alvarez’s AMP660ESHB, with a 14th fret neck joint and a solid headstock, is a modern take on a parlor guitar of days of old. An all-mahogany construction provides a slightly boxy, quintessentially ‘old school’ tone, and the stunning shadowburst finish, matched with Alvarez’s own SYS100 undersaddle pickup makes this a guitar you won’t want to miss out on. Guitar Center has knocked off $92 as part of their ‘Gear Up To Gig’ sale - making this a Prime Day bargain.  

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's amp deals

Orange Crush 20: $169, now $139
Get one of the best practice amps you can buy right now for only $139. This amp is equipped with two channels for both clean and dirty playing, a high-gain preamp, three-band EQ and a CabSim-loaded headphone output for quiet-yet-uncompromising practice sessions.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV: Was $849.99, now $799.99
A powerful, reliable amp is one of the most critical elements of any gigging musician's rig - and they don't come more reliable than the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. Widely considered one of the most popular valve combo amps (opens in new tab) of all time, the Hot Rod Deluxe will handle any size of stage, from small bar gigs to full-on theater shows. The 12" Celestion A-Type speaker delivers a clear, balanced sound, while the 40W of power offers a tremendous amount of clean headroom. Top that all off with a classic Fender spring reverb and vintage tweed styling, and you have one remarkable amplifier. 

Positive Grid Spark: Was $299, now $259 + free bag
Even without the Prime Day discount, the Positive Grid Spark (opens in new tab) is phenomenal value for money, making $40 off a no-brainer. Featuring over 10,000 seriously impressive amp sounds courtesy of the BIAS tone engine and intelligent Bluetooth connectivity, the Spark is so much more than just a practice amp. Look no further if you're on the hunt for an amp that can take your playing to the next level.

Markbass Little Mark III Head: $649.99, now $549.99
Markbass quickly established themselves as industry leaders in compact, portable, and loud bass amps (opens in new tab). The Little Mark has long been the company's flagship offering, and it's easy to see why it's loved by so many bass players. It may look small, but don't let the size fool you. This robust little amp delivers a whopping 500W RMS and weighs in at only 5.07lbs, making it the perfect gigging companion. So, suppose you are looking to upgrade your bass rig ahead of upcoming concerts. In that case, you'd want to keep the Markbass Little Mark III in mind - especially with a mega saving of $100.

Prime Day guitar deals: Last years effects deals

ProCo Rat 2 distortion bundle: Was $120, now $90
Bag one of the most iconic distortion pedals of all time – and a host of extras including an instrument cable, power supply and box of picks – for under 100 bucks. Secure this $30 saving quick, because we don't expect it to be available for long.

Line 6 HX Effects: Was $599.99, now $499.99
The HX Effects from Line 6 is one of our picks for the best multi-effects pedals (opens in new tab), and with an extra $100 off, this early Prime Day deal is one you won’t want to miss. The HX Effects’ repertoire consists of over 100 effects taken from the award-winning Helix series, so super high quality fuzzes, drives, reverbs and delays are the order of the day. You can run up to 9 effects at once on this beast too, so you’ll be able to create near enough any tone your heart desires.

Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer: $151.80, now $137.27
The Tube Screamer has been used by countless guitar players for its ability to push an amp into natural overdrive, while the mid-range boost means you are always heard. Get 10% off at Amazon right now. 

Ibanez Mini Chorus: Was $95, now $80
If you need a chorus pedal that will take up as little room as possible, then the Ibanez Mini Chorus is the pedal for you! This all-analog pedal currently has $9 off at Amazon. 

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

Sennheiser XSW-D Wireless Bundle: $399, $349
Sennheiser’s XSW-D Pedalboard set reinforces their reputation as one of the best in the business. The super durable pedalboard-mountable signal receiver - that also doubles up as a tuner - allows you the freedom of a guitar wireless system (opens in new tab) without the worry of your signal dropping out. With a 5-hour battery life and up to 75m range, the XSW-D is a great choice for any performing guitarist. Included is a SKB moulded hard case, making this wireless system perfect for the road - and a saving of $49.99 from ProAudioStar makes it even better.

Sovvid Guitar Wall Hanger x2: Was $15.99, now $10.59
Does the thought of your beloved instrument taking a tumble keep you up at night? Well, maybe it’s time to hang them up on the wall. Luckily, Amazon is offering 2 Sovvid wall hangers for only $10.59, so it won’t need to spend a fortune to keep your instrument safe. 

GLS Audio 20ft Tweed Cable: Was $21.44, now $16.49
Like your cables with a little bit of vintage class? Well, then you’ll want to take full advantage of the healthy discount on the GLS Audio 20ft guitar cable on Amazon right now. This durable cable is perfect for any guitarist or bass player looking for a high-quality cable with an angled jack on one end and straight on the other. 

Fender FT-2 Clip-on Tuner: Was $29.99, now $16.99
Stocking up on guitar essentials this Prime Day? Well, you might want to start with a clip-on tuner - and it might as well be from a trusted brand like Fender. Right now, you can grab the Fender FT-2 Clip-on tuner for only $16.99.  

Prime Day guitar deals: Last year's software deals

Waves’ PRS SuperModels: Was $129.99, now $35.99
If you’re into recording your guitar, you’ll understand the pain of never being able to dial in your tone just right. That’s where Waves come in, with their fantastic PRS SuperModels amp plugins. Created in collaboration with Paul Reed Smith himself, you’ll have access to superb models of the PRS Archon, Dallas and Blue Sierra/V9 amps - making dialling in your recording tones easier than ever. Waves has slashed the price on this bundle twice as an early Prime Day treat, so make sure you use the code SPARK40 to get your extra 40% off.  

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 & AMP 2: up to 50% off
Let’s hear it for the music makers this June with great savings to be made on Positive Grid’s BIAS products. If you’re familiar with Positive Grid then you’ll already know how powerful and impressive their BIAS software is. With BIAS FX 2, you’ll be granted access to a massive library of amazing guitar effects, and BIAS Amp 2 allows you to play through your favorite amps - or design your very own.

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