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The best 4th of July sales for musicians: Save up to 50% off music making gear and software

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The 4th of July sales are here - and there’s plenty on offer for musicians! While there have been many great early offers doing the rounds since last week and across the 4th July weekend, today is the day that most of the big ones are set to drop. For Independence Day 2022, we’ve seen most of the bigger music retailers dishing out serious discounts on everything from digital pianos and studio headphones, to beginner electric guitars and electronic drum sets.

With everyone feeling the pinch right now, it’s becoming harder to manage our bills whilst still finding the funds to continue fueling out hobbies. The 4th of July music sales could be the best opportunity yet to make your music-making budget stretch that little bit further.

So, if you can’t wait for next week’s Prime Day music deals bonanza, or you’re looking for discounts similar to those usually reserved for the Black Friday music deals later in the year, then now could be the time to shop. 

For the biggest savings, we’d recommend heading to Musician’s Friend first where you can save up to 40% on a huge range of music-making gear (opens in new tab). To stock up on software you’ll want to head to Waves, where you can grab hundreds of essential plugins for just $29.99 each (opens in new tab) and get even bigger discounts on multi-buys. 

4th of July music deals: Quick links

4th of July music deals: Latest deals

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Guitar Center 4th of July sale: Save up to 35% (opens in new tab)
Guitar Center's 4th of July sale is here early, and we couldn't be happier about it. No matter what new piece of gear you're after, there's a big saving to be made - so if you want a new guitar, drum set, keyboard, PA system or guitar amp at a discount price, now's your chance. You've got until July 6th – so don't hang around.

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Musician's Friend 4th of July Sale: Up to 40% off (opens in new tab)
For a limited time, you can bag yourself serious discounts on popular models from Fender, Music Man, D'Angelico, Gretsch, Schecter and many more. You have until 6 July to take advantage of this stellar sale, so don't hang around!  

July 4th music deals: Electric Guitars

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Gretsch G2420T Streamliner: 15% off (opens in new tab)
Gretsch Streamliner guitars offer great value even at full retail price, so with 15% off this July 4 with the discount code july15, we're seriously impressed with this deal from Guitar Center. Nothing sounds quite like a Gretsch, and this maple-bodied, Bigsby-rocking hollow-body nails that signature tone precisely. What are you waiting for? You know you've always wanted one.

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 Fender Player Strat Plus Top: $909.99, $679.99 (opens in new tab)
There isn't much a good quality Strat can't do - especially when you have a high-output humbucker in the bridge position. This Fender Player Stratocaster has an eye-catching and beautiful flame maple top in a unique blue-burst finish which helps take the iconic Strat in a more modern direction - and with a huge saving of $230 on offer this July 4 at Musician's Friend, you won't find much better.   

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D'Angelico Excel Series DC: 15% off (opens in new tab)
D'Angelico sure knows how to make a stunning hollow-body guitar, and with the Excel Series, there's hard evidence that this old-school jazz brand can make a modern guitar for contemporary players. Equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan 59 humbuckers, this guitar has access to a wealth of tones, and with 15% off with the code JULY4, you can celebrate this Independence Day in style. 

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Fender Player Stratocaster: $874.99, now $679.99 (opens in new tab)
We absolutely love a shell-pink Strat - and we love them even more when they are on sale! Right now you can save a wild $195 off this incredibly popular Fender Player Stratocaster at Guitar Center this Independence Day - and why wouldn't you want to do that?

July 4th Music deals: Acoustic guitars

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Martin GPC X Series Macassar Ebony Top: 15% off (opens in new tab)
Okay, this isn’t exactly what you think of when you think of Martin, but this Macassar Ebony Topped GPC will most certainly turn heads at the next open mic night. The Grand Performace body design gives you greater access to the top frets and the tapered neck profile is effortless to play. This July 4, you can save 15% on this Martin guitar with the discount code july15.

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Martin Special GPC Road Series: 15% off (opens in new tab)
Martin acoustic guitars are some the nicest looking guitars on the market, and this is no exception to the rule. Now, the spruce top looks good - but the back and sides of this guitar are made from a delectable glossed etimoe. Being a Martin, it plays and sounds every bit as good as it looks, and the Fishman MX-T pickup system will give your audience a share of all that rich tone too. Save 15% on this guitar when you use the discount code july15.

July 4th Music deals: Keys & Synths

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Casio Casiotone CT-S410: Was $249.99, now $199.99 (opens in new tab)
Casio is one of the very best and most accomplished brands in the world of beginner keyboards. The Casiotone CT-S410 features 61 full-size keys with touch response, pitch bend wheel, and easy-to-use controls, as well as 600 AiX-powered sounds and 200 full accompaniment rhythms. With $50 off this July 4th, this is a fantastic keyboard for the budding pianist who wants to save some cash.

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M-Audio Keystation 49es MK3: Was $119, now $89 (opens in new tab)
The Keystation is one of the best affordable MIDI keyboards on the market, and is a must-have accessory for every home producer. This slimline controller has 49 full-size touch-sensitive keys, a volume fader, transport, and directional buttons for easy control of your recording software, and with 25% off, you can get this already cheap MIDI keyboard for even less. Celebrate Independence Day with a new studio purchase! 

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CME Xkey Mobile USB Controller: 15% off (opens in new tab)
Who doesn't need a neat little keyboard controller? This CME Xkey is perfect for use in your home studio. and taking it out on the road is easy too. At just 21.8" wide and boasting 37 keys, this controller sure packs some features, including velocity sensitive keys and polyphonic aftertouch. There's inputs for sustain and expression pedals too - and with 15% off with the code july15, you'd be mad to pass it up.

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M-Audio Keystation 49es MK3: Was $119, now $89 (opens in new tab)
The Keystation is one of the best affordable MIDI keyboards on the market, and is a must-have accessory for every home producer. This slimline controller has 49 full-size touch-sensitive keys, a volume fader, transport, and directional buttons for easy control of your recording software, and with 25% off, you can get this already cheap MIDI keyboard for even less. Celebrate Independence Day with a new studio purchase! 

July 4th Music deals: Drums

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Simmons SD1200 with mesh pads: 15% off (opens in new tab)
Here's Simmons' top tier drum kit at a bargain basement price. It comes equipped with a set of nicely-sized mesh heads, three cymbal pads and a 'proper' bass drum tower - which is something we love to see on an e-kit. This electronic drum set is already cheap at $799, but this July 4th, you can save an extra 15% when you use the code july15. Sounds good, huh?

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Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: Was $449.99, now $369.99 (opens in new tab)
This special edition Alesis Nitro Mesh proves that it's possible for great e-kits to be affordable. You get tunable mesh heads here instead of cheap-feeling rubber, which feel closer to playing an acoustic drum set, while keeping the noise down to a minimum. This already affordable e-kit has a sweet 18% off as part of Musician's Friend's Independence Day sales. 

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Pork Pie Big Black Snare: 15% off w/ code 'JULY4' (opens in new tab)
Changing up the snare on your kit is a very effective way of mixing up your sound, and why not do that with the Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare. This gorgeous sounding drum comes with retro-style tube lugs, a lightweight brass shell and is finished in stunning black chrome - and better yet, you can bag 15% off with code 'JULY4' at Musician's Friend as part of their Independence Day celebrations. 

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Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 15%
(opens in new tab)Yamaha drums are some of the very best in the business. Their value for money is hard to beat, and with 15% off this Stage Custom Steel snare when you use the discount code JULY4, you'll have a killer steel snare for less this Independence Day. The steel shell and 6.5" depth deliver loads of bright, punchy top-end as well as loads of depth that'll help cater for the vast majority of musical scenarios.

July 4th Music deals: Online Lessons

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ArtistWorks Lessons: Save up to $101 on courses (opens in new tab)
Learn to play the guitar with online courses by shred legend Paul Gilbert, blues aficionado Jared James Nichols and many more world-class musicians. As part of the Independence Day sales, ArtistWorks is offering three amazing deals - $30 off a three month subscription with code FLAG30, $60 off a six month package with code FLAG60, and $101 off a 12-month deal with code FLAG101.

I’m one of MusicRadar’s Junior Deals Writers. Along with the rest of the eCommerce team, I write, manage and update buyer’s guides, as well as bringing you deals on the latest and coolest gear. I’m a drummer and guitarist and I’ve worked in various parts of the industry for the last four years including online music distributors RouteNote, and local music store Modern Music where I was the drum department manager for nearly two years. I’ve also toured the UK and Europe with my old band Hypophora. When I’m not matching players with their perfect gear, you’ll find me getting very nerdy about coffee, writing songs, or on the beach with my dog.