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Prime Day music deals 2021: everything you need to know and all the early Prime Day deals for musicians

Prime Day music deals 2021: everything you need to know and all the early Prime Day deals for musicians
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Amazon Prime Day is kicking off on Monday and will continue for the following 48 hours. Between now and then we will start to see more of the best Prime Day music deals emerging and we'll be sharing all the best ones right here on this page.

Right now, the best place to find some killer Prime Day-beating deals ahead of the main event is Guitar Center, where their Gear Up To Gig sale is dishing out up to 20% discounts on everything from guitars and e-kits, to microphones, PA speakers and more.

For the uninitiated, outside of Black Friday Amazon Prime Day is Amazon's biggest sales event of the year where you can pick up bargains on everything from smart speakers and headphones to a whole host of music making gear, from electric guitars and acoustic guitar strings, to laptops for music production and beyond.

So, whether you're a guitarist, drummer, producer or DJ, you should be able to grab grab some cheap gear when the Prime Day music deals roll into town.

This page is your place for everything you need to know about the event, plus the deals to look out for. We've hunted out some early Prime Day music deals below, and will be updating this page over the coming days with this year's best live deals.

Prime Day music deals: Early deal highlights

Gear up to gig with up to 20% off at Guitar Center
Get ready to take center stage with mega discounts on everything from electric guitars, combo amps, keyboards, and portable PA systems at Guitar Center. The Gear Up To Gig sales event offers musicians up to 20% off everything you need to be stage ready. You have until 23 June to grab yourself a bargain.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (256GB): £1,299 £1,129.97 at Amazon
Save more than £169 on this 13-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon UK, with M1 power, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Logic Pro and GarageBand are already fully compatible and other DAWs and plugins are starting to follow suit.View Deal

Fender Player Strat HSS: Was $809.99, now $649.99
Are you looking for a contemporary Strat? The Fender Player Stratocaster HSS Plus is an ultra-modern guitar capable of producing searing lead tones as well as the crisp, clean tones you’d usually associate with a Strat. This Guitar Center discount bags you a huge $160 discount! View Deal

Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster: Was $179.99, now $149.99
Yes, we understand a sparkly Tele might not be for everyone, so if you are looking to keep it traditional, then you can't go wrong with the FSR Butterscotch Bullet Tele. Same guitar as the model above, but in a more understated finish. View Deal

Buy 2 Waves plugins, get 2 FREE!
Buy 2 Waves plugins and get an additional 2 (from a select list) absolutely free. If you've been looking to overhaul your recording, this plugins bonanza could be the time to strike.View Deal

D'Angelico Excel DC: Was $1,699.99, now $1,099.99
Is this the best early Prime Day deal we've found so far? The guys over at Musician's Friend have slashed the price of this stunning hollowbody to only $1,099.99 - that's a mega saving of $600! Two finish options are available at this price, the ever-classy black gloss and the ultra-modern transparent grey, which shows off the flame maple top nicely. View Deal

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV: Was $849.99, now $799.99
Is your current guitar amp not up to the task of gigging? Well, you can't go wrong with one of the most popular valve amps of all time - the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. This powerhouse of an amp comes with a 12" Celestion A-Type speaker for a clear, balanced tone, while the 40W of pure valve 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 the ultimate gigging amp. View Deal

Alesis Nitro Mesh + Strike 8 Monitor: $998, now $569.99
It seems like electronic drum kits are better now than they have ever been, and the Alesis Nitro Mesh is one of our favourites. This kit is the ultimate practice companion, allowing you to drum away for hours and hours in relative silence. At the same time, the mesh heads provide the realistic feel of an acoustic kit. With 40 ready-to-play classic and modern drum sounds built in, you'll never get bored while playing this fantastic e-kit. This mega-deal from Guitar Center sees the limited edition red kit, paired with a Strike 8 drum monitor for only $569.99 - that's a saving of $428.01!View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early laptop deals

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (256GB): £1,299 £1,129.97 at Amazon
Save more than £169 on this 13-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon UK, with M1 power, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Logic Pro and GarageBand are already fully compatible and other DAWs and plugins are starting to follow suit.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (512GB): £1,499 £1,319.97 at Amazon
Make a saving of over £179 on the M1-equipped MacBook Pro at Amazon UK, with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Air: Was £999 £899.98 at Amazon
Save £99.03 with this meaty discount on a brand-new MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD at Amazon UK. Available in Space Grey, Silver or Rose Gold.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Air: £1,249, £1,099.97 at Amazon
Another big Apple laptop discount - £149.03 - but this time on the M1-equipped MacBook Air complete with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD at Amazon UK.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (256GB): $1,299 $1,149.99 at Amazon
Save more than $149 on this 13-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon US, with M1 power, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage. Logic Pro and GarageBand are already fully compatible and other DAWs and plugins are starting to follow suit.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Pro (512GB): $1,499, $1,349.99 at Amazon
Make a saving of over $149 on the M1-equipped MacBook Pro at Amazon US, with 8GB RAM and 512GB of storage.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Air: Was £999, $949 at Amazon
Save $50 with this meaty discount on a brand-new MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD at Amazon US. Available in Space Grey, Silver or Rose Gold.View Deal

Apple M1 MacBook Air: $1,249, $1,189 at Amazon
Another big Apple laptop discount - $60 - but this time on the M1-equipped MacBook Air complete with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD at Amazon US.View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early guitar deals

D'Angelico Excel DC: Was $1,699.99, now $1,099.99
Is this the best early Prime Day deal we've found so far? The guys over at Musician's Friend have slashed the price of this stunning hollowbody to only $1,099.99 - that's a mega saving of $600! Two finish options are available at this price, the ever-classy black gloss and the ultra-modern transparent grey, which shows off the flame maple top nicely. View Deal

Squier Classic Vibe ‘60s Jazzmaster: Was $429.99, now $349.99
Squier’s Classic Vibe range is packed with giant-killers that even beginners can afford, and the ‘60s Jazzmaster can attest to that. With the traditional Jazzmaster rhythm and lead circuit, tremolo and single coil pickups, all of those iconic Jazzmaster tones are at your fingertips. The Indian Laurel ‘board and ‘C’ shaped Maple neck provide comfort and ease of playability, and vintage-style frets give that throwback vibe that Squier does so well. With $80 off the Surf Green model and the Shell Pink option available for $359.99 until June 23rd, Guitar Center has got you covered.View Deal

Squier Bullet Tele Red Sparkle: Was $199.99, now $169.99
You'll certainly stand out from the crowd with this red sparkle Bullet Tele. The Bullet range is the perfect beginner electric guitar, combining the playability Fender is known for, stunning finish options, and all at a super affordable price. With $30 off, it's a no-brainer if you're looking to start your guitar journey.View Deal

Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster: Was $179.99, now $149.99
Yes, we understand a sparkly Tele might not be for everyone, so if you are looking to keep it traditional, then you can't go wrong with the FSR Butterscotch Bullet Tele. Same guitar as the model above, but in a more understated finish. View Deal

Squier Bullet Telecaster Rosewood: Was $179.99, $149.99
You'd be forgiven for thinking this gorgeous limited edition Bullet Telecaster is way more than $149.99. Pairing a classic Surf Green body with a dark rosewood neck, this guitar looks streets ahead of its entry-level price point and is one of the best Telecasters in this sale.  View Deal

Squier Bullet Mustang HH: Was $179.99, now $149.99
It isn't just Strats and Teles on offer. You can also bag yourself a discounted Bullet Mustang. Featuring a dual set of humbuckers, this nifty little axe is the perfect grunge guitar. Available in the Olympic White or Surf Green finish, with $30 off.View Deal

ESP LTD EC-256FM See-Thru Black: Was $499, now $399
The LTD EC-256FM is a guitar that was made to shake the ground. The solid Mahogany body and set neck construction is a tried and tested formula capable of landing some crushing aural blows, and with a Rosewood ‘board and flamed Maple top finishing proceedings tastefully, we can’t fault this rock machine. 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!View Deal

Ibanez RGAR42MFMT Blue Lagoon Burst: $499.99, $379.99
Nobody makes a metal guitar like Ibanez. With a Mahogany body and flamed Maple top, you can be sure that this axe both looks incredible and sounds huge. A Wizard III Maple neck provides playability and speed that is synonymous with the Ibanez name, and the locking tremolo brings true stability so you can dive bomb to your heart’s content. The Quantum humbuckers deliver both classic and modern tones - making this RGA a brilliant option for any guitarist, and with $120 off until June 23rd, this deal got even better. View Deal

D'Addario EXL110 XL 10 Pack: Was $42.99, now $32.99
You can never have too many packets of electric guitar strings, right? Changing your strings is a vital part of maintaining your guitar. Not only does it affect your tone, but also the life of your frets. We know you'd rather spend your hard-earned money on exciting things like guitar pedals or even a new guitar, but if you don't change your strings regularly enough, then you're not getting the best out of your instrument. Well, luckily for you, Adorama has your back, with $10 off a ten pack of D'Addario EXL110 XL electric guitar strings, so you have no excuses now, get changing your strings! View Deal

Positive Grid Spark: Save $30/£21 & get a free gig bag
Positive Grid’s Spark has taken the guitar world by storm as of late. It’s a smart practice amp powered by the BIAS tone engine, capable of so much more than you’d think. With the Spark app, recalling any one of over 10,000 tones for you to enjoy is a piece of cake. Smart features such as Smart Jam and Auto Chords make the Spark a powerful and genuinely useful practice tool, and one of the most ridiculously fun desktop amps on the market. Save $30/21 this June and grab a free Traveler gig bag in the process. The discount code SAVE10 will knock an extra tenner off - thanks Positive Grid!  View Deal

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV: Was $849.99, now $799.99
Is your current guitar amp not up to the task of gigging? Well, you can't go wrong with one of the most popular valve amps of all time - the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe. This powerhouse of an amp comes with a 12" Celestion A-Type speaker for a clear, balanced tone, while the 40W of pure valve 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 the ultimate gigging amp. View Deal

Markbass Little Mark III Head: Was $649.99, now $549.99
Here's one for the lords of the low end. The Little Mark III is the flagship offering from the masters of lightweight, powerful amp heads - Markbass. This mighty little amp delivers a bone-crushing 500W RMS and weighs on at only 5.07lbs! So whether you're looking for a new bass amp for gigging, the rehearsal room, or even home use, the Markbass Little Mark III is a solid option - especially with a mega saving of $100.  View Deal

Line 6 HX Effects: Was $599.99, now $499.99
Thinking of stepping up your effects game? Well, you might want to take advantage of the $100 off the Line 6 HX at Guitar Center right now. The HX might be the younger sibling of the Helix, but it offers a lot of the same award-winning sounds in a far more compact, pedalboard-friendly format. So whether you're looking for ambient delays, shearing lead overdrive tones, or 80's chorus, you'll find it with the Line 6 HX Effects - and with $100 off, you really can't go wrong.  View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early software deals

Positive Grid BIAS FX 2 & AMP 2: up to 50% off
If you’ve been alive and conscious for the last few years, you’ll be aware of Positive Grid and their impressive BIAS software. With BIAS FX 2, you’ll have access to a massive library of ridiculous guitar effects to upgrade your production game, and BIAS Amp 2 allows you to play through your favourite amps - or design your very own. Bring your guitar tracks to life, and save up to 50%. Oh, and enjoy an extra 10% off with the coupon code DADSGRADS. View Deal

Buy 2 Waves plugins, get 2 FREE!
Buy 2 Waves plugins and get an additional 2 (from a select list) absolutely free. If you've been looking to overhaul your recording, this plugins bonanza could be the time to strike.View Deal

Subscribe to newsletter, get T-RackS Classic Clipper free!
The T-RackS Classic Clipper uses peak clipping to tame unruly peaks, rather than the usual peak limiting, giving you another dynamics control option. It works within T-RackS 5 CS, IK Multimedia’s free version of T-RackS and is super easy to use, offering only Gain, Slope, and Output controls. Subscribe to IK Multimedia’s newsletter and you’ll get it for free!View Deal

80% off Syntronik and Syntronik Deluxe
Looking to upgrade your virtual synth collection for your Mac or PC? Syntronik includes 17 synths with over 2,000 preset sounds and epic effects covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Opt for Syntronik Deluxe and you’ll get your hands on 5 additional multi-sampled synths - 18GB of sounds in total. Load your Syntronik sounds into SampleTank 4 (including the free version) for even more creativity. Offer ends: 6 JulyView Deal

Up to 50% off Lurssen Mastering Console, MixBox and ARC 3
Arc System 3 combines analysis software and a correction plug-in to improve the accuracy of your monitoring in any room. Get it today for $119.99. MixBox features over 70 award-winning mixing processors and effects. Create your own, or choose from over 600 included presets. Today it’s yours for $169.99. The Lurssen Mastering Console is a digital emulation of the mastering processing chain made famous by Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen and includes tube equalizers, solid-state equalizers, limiters, de-essers and solid-state compressors. It’s currently dropped to just $79.99. Offer ends: 30 JuneView Deal

60% off T-RackS Tape Machine Collection
If your summer anthems are lacking any warmth, give them an analog bath with IK’s collection of 4 classic tape machine emulations, including the Ampex 440B, Studer A80 Mk II, Revox PR99 Mk II and Sony MCI JH24. Add warmth and character, low-end weight or ear-pleasing high end. This usually costs $199.99, but today it’s only $79.99. Offers ends: 22 JuneView Deal

Native Instruments Summer of Sound sale: Save a huge 50%
So you fancy levelling up your music making game this summer? Now’s the time to do it, with Native Instruments Summer of Sound sale slashing a monumental 50% off loads of awesome products, including the Komplete 13 production suite, Maschine production/performance systems and more. Whether you’re already using NI gear and want to upgrade, or want to treat yourself to some brand new toys, Native Instruments has you covered until June 30th.View Deal

Soundtoys Spring Sale: Up to 78% off at Plugin Boutique
Is the track you are working on missing something? Well, perhaps one of these plugins from Soundtoys is what you need to bring your mix to life. Soundtoys plugins have been a firm favourite of many famous producers such as Junkie XL, Trent Reznor, and Tom Elmhirst, to name a few. Now with up to 78% off, you can join them at a fraction of the cost. If you're unsure where to start, our top picks would be EchoBoy delay, Little Plate reverb, and the decapitator analog saturator. View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early synth & controller deals

Teenage Engineering OP-1: Was $1,299, now $1,121
The Teenage Engineering OP-1 looks like it would be more at home on the original TARDIS than in the recording studio but this otherworldly-looking device is equal parts synthesizer, sampler, and controller. Despite its compact size, this unique synth offers eight built-in synth engines, a myriad of effects, and LFO's. So if you are looking for a compact synth with sounds that are out of this world, then look no further than the Teenage Engineering OP-1. View Deal

Novation Launchpad X Pad Controller: $199.99, now $159.99
If you’re an Ableton Live user, then the Novation Launchpad X is an essential piece of hardware for you. This super intuitive 64-pad MIDI grid controller allows you to fully take control of your software, from launching clips, manipulating sounds, and even mixing your track. So, if this sounds like something you can’t live without, you’ll find $40 off at Guitar Center right now. View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early drum deals

Alesis Nitro Mesh + Strike 8 Monitor: $998, now $569.99
It seems like electronic drum kits are better now than they have ever been, and the Alesis Nitro Mesh is one of our favourites. This kit is the ultimate practice companion, allowing you to drum away for hours and hours in relative silence. At the same time, the mesh heads provide the realistic feel of an acoustic kit. With 40 ready-to-play classic and modern drum sounds built in, you'll never get bored while playing this fantastic e-kit. This mega-deal from Guitar Center sees the limited edition red kit, paired with a Strike 8 drum monitor for only $569.99 - that's a saving of $428.01!View Deal

Gretsch Renown in Antique Blue Burst: $1,499.99, $1,199.99
Gretsch’s Renown series is one that we love, with pro quality drum sets at less than professional prices. Guitar Center has made this Renown even more enticing, with an included Nickel over Steel snare drum and $300 off. The 30 degree bearing edge adds a beautiful resonant warmth to the punchy 7 ply all-maple shells, and combined with 302 hoops and stock Remo Emperors, it’s hard to find fault with this Renown. Grab an absolute bargain until June 23rd.View Deal

Mapex Saturn V Tour 3pc Shell Pack: Was $1,329, now $999
The Saturn has been a Mapex staple for years, and the Series V carries the torch valiantly. The Saturn V Tour is everything a gigging drummer could want. The hybrid Maple/Walnut shell, paired with Mapex’s own SONIClear bearing edge provides brilliant warmth, while still remaining punchy and bright with the right heads and tuning. These fat rock sizes will certainly bring the thunder, and with a $329 discount right now from Guitar Center, you’ll never want to stop playing. View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early headphone deals

Shure SRH440 Studio Headphones : Was $99, now $79
The Shure SRH440’s are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices when it comes to recording. Not only do they have a fantastically true-to-life frequency response, but the dense foam padding and closed back construction mean that you won’t fall victim to sound from inside the phones bleeding into your mics. If you’re an audiophile that wants to listen on-the-go, then the foldable design, included carrying case and detachable cable will be right up your street. Musician's Friend has slashed these down to only $79, so they won’t be around for too long.View Deal

Shure SRH840 Studio Headphones: Was $149, now $119
Shure's SRH840’s deliver rich bass, extended highs and a clear midrange, courtesy of the 40mm Neodymium drivers in each earpiece. Those drivers, coupled with the thick foam earpads, mean you’ll never want to take them off. Shure has thought about the future too when it comes to these cans - the replaceable cable and included replacement earpads mean that your investment will be safe for years to come. Musician's Friend has even knocked $30 off to sweeten the deal.View Deal

Shure SRH940 Studio Headphones: Was $299, now $239
The Shure SRH940's are designed to provide an ultra accurate response, recreating your masterpieces as you've always imagined them. Thanks to the closed back design, smooth high end and tight bass are the SRH940's most noticeable characteristics - as well as virtually cancelling background noise. The ultra comfortable padded headband and ear pads will ensure a long lasting lifetime of enjoyment. Musician's Friend has cut $60 off - as if this deal could get any better.View Deal

Shure SRH1540 Studio Headphones: Was $499, now $399
Enveloping you in detailed highs, rich bass and a gorgeous midrange, the SRH1540’s are an excellent choice for studio monitoring. Their soundstage is spacious, allowing you to tweak your mixes with ultimate precision. Those mammoth mixing sessions will be a dream with Alcantara ear pads, and a Kevlar-reinforced cable means they're virtually bulletproof (although we wouldn't want you to test that theory). With Musician's Friend slashing the price to only $399, you won’t need to break the bank to experience incredible audio quality.View Deal

Shure SRH1840 Studio Headphones: Was $499, now $399
The SRH1840s are all about comfort and ultimate sound quality. Neodymium drivers grace this model too, although these headphones sport an open-back construction for a more natural, speaker-like listening experience. This allows for a greater degree of depth in your mixes, which means better sounding recordings. Musician's Friends' current deal knocks $100 off, so for just $399 you can up your mixing game.View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early microphone deals

Sennheiser e906 Microphone: Was $199.95, now $129.95
The Sennheiser e906 is one of the most popular microphones for recording guitar amps, and for good reason. The specially designed flat shape makes it perfect for getting as close to the amp as possible. At the same time, the ability to switch between bright, normal, and smooth means you can bring out the best elements of your guitar tone. At only $79, this is a must-have for any guitarist looking for a robust and versatile microphone for recording. View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early PA deals

Alto TS312 12" Loudspeaker: Was: $299.99, now $249.99
The importance of a high-quality PA system is often overlooked by bands. The PA speaker is the last link in the chain between the band and the audience. Therefore, it's essential to have the best speakers you can afford. The Alto TS312 is lightweight, durable, and, more importantly, it sounds fantastic for its relatively low price point. The 1,000 watts will be more than enough for most applications, and with these being active speakers, there is no need to carry around unnecessary gear. You can save yourself $50 right now in the Guitar Center sale.  View Deal

Electro-Voice EVOLVE 30M: Was $1,299, now $1,199
PA systems have seen a significant change in recent years. They are now lighter, more powerful, and easier to set up than ever before. We have also seen a shift away from the traditional speakers on poles towards portable line array systems, such as the Electro-Voice EVOLVE 30M. The 1,000W and 120° dispersion means no matter where an audience member is standing in the venue, they are guaranteed the best possible experience. Pair that with a handy mobile app for changing DSP settings and an 8-channel mixer with Bluetooth connectivity, and you have an extremely versatile PA system. So if you’re in the market for a new PA system, then pop over to Guitar Center and save yourself $100!View Deal

Prime Day music deals: Early streaming deals

Get up to 4 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free!
Get access to more music than you could ever listen to in your lifetime for nothing! Amazon Music Unlimited offers millions more songs than Apple Music or Spotify.View Deal

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 dates confirmed

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Prime Day has traditionally always taken place in July. But of course, last year was anything but traditional, so Prime Day was delayed. Prime Day actually happened much later than normal, on 13 and 14 October. It was 48 hours of fantastic offers, with Amazon delivering over 1 million deals in that period. And yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you, despite being called Prime Day, the event actually takes place over two days.

This year's Prime Day is moving back to the more traditional mid-summer dates, now officially confirmed by Amazon as 21 and 22 June. For more information you can also check out Amazon's own Prime Day hub page.

Do you need an Amazon Prime membership?

To take advantage of the Prime Day music deals on Amazon itself, the answer is yes. If you’ve never been a Prime member before, Amazon often offers free trials (right now you can sign up for a 30-day trial), so you could be tactical and sign up just before the event, then cancel your subscription once you’ve bagged a bargain.

If you’re a regular Amazon shopper you might want to keep hold of that subscription though. Prime members get faster delivery, exclusive deals, access to Prime Video and more.

If you've already had a free trial, 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 music deals

With such a huge uptake in music gear over the last 12 months - particularly during the lockdown period - we’d like to think that Amazon will cater to this huge wave of new musicians and lapsed players who have returned to playing, with a bumper run of Prime Day music deals. We'll keep you updated on this as soon as we hear any news.

We’d certainly recommend bookmarking this page and checking in regularly during the lead up to the event – we’ll be sharing the best Prime Day music deals right on this page.

What else should I look out for on Prime Day?

With Prime Day being an Amazon invention, naturally it's the time to make big savings on Amazon's own products. So, if you're in the market for an Amazon Echo, Ring video doorbell or other smart device, then Prime Day is you chance to score big discounts. Echos are consistently some of the biggest-selling products around Prime Day.

We're also hoping to see the prices drop on the ace-sounding Amazon Echo Studio speaker, right down to the compact Echo Dot. Last year Amazon was even giving away smart speaker bundles that included free subscriptions to their Music Unlimited streaming service. Fingers crossed for more of that good stuff in 2021.

Looking for something else? While we’re covering all the best Prime Day music deals, our pals at TechRadar will be hunting down the best deals on everything else - from video doorbells and pet food, to coffee machines and smart watches - so head over to their Amazon Prime Day deals page for the latest offers.

Will other stores be hosting Prime Day music deals?

Last year, in addition to the music deals rearing their heads on Amazon, there were music gear discounts to be had from the likes of Fender Play, Musician’s Friend, Sweetwater and Guitar Center, plus Walmart and Best Buy covering everything from beginner acoustic guitars, to guitar wireless systems. We’re hoping to see more activity from the big music retailers in 2021, plus more deals from software brands and companies who sell direct.

We've been chatting to some of our music industry pals and there are certainly rumours doing the rounds that there will be more offers coming from non-Amazon brands this year than ever before.

The main event might have been created by Amazon, but it's not exclusive to Amazon anymore. The buzz around Prime Day gets people in the mood for a bargain, and the big retailers know this, so will no doubt be cooking up their own music deals too.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's deal highlights

Last year was a great one for Prime Day music deals. Here's a flavour of the best ones and what you might be able to expect for Prime Day 2021.

MacBook Pro 16-inch – 16GB RAM, 1TB, 2.3GHz Intel Core i9
Was $2,799 | Now $2,399 | Save $400
You could take a step up with this souped up version of the above laptop. Complete with a huge 1TB SSD and more an i9 processor, this would make a for a great music-making computer.

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones: were $259, now $159
Recommended in our guide to the best budget studio headphones, our experts describe the DT770 Pros as being “extremely well-balanced across the audible spectrum, with detailed highs and an innovative bass reflex system that delivers just enough weighty sub-200Hz punch for that feel-good factor when tracking.” Both the 80 and 32 ohm models were on sale last year.

Alesis V25 MIDI controller keyboard: Was $179.99, now $129
Small doesn't have to mean 'limited', as this brilliantly-spec'd Alesis controller proves. 25 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys, eight assignable pads, four assignable control knobs plus pitch and mod controller wheels means that this pocket rocket is packing some serious functionality. It's Mac/PC compatible, buss-powered, and there's even a sustain pedal socket.

Fender Road Worn 50s Telecaster: Was $1,099|Now $900 
The Fender Road Worn 50s Telecaster gives you the classic look, tone and feel of a played-in guitar, but with the dependable build quality of a modern guitar at an affordable price. Presented in this striking Metallic Purple Road Worn finish, it's one of the coolest, funkiest Teles we've seen in recent times, and with $200 off the asking price on Prime Day, we were struggling to see how this was anything other than a bargain.

Positive Grid BIAS FX Elite 2 plugin: was $299, now $179
A benchmark in the amp modelling software market, and a snip at this price, with 100 amps, 100 effects, 18 rack processors, 18 modeled guitars and plenty more.

Brian May Signature (Antique Cherry): $849.99, now $679.99
An upgrade from the 2001 'original' this iteration features superior build quality, a refined bridge assembly, electronics and finish.

Epiphone Hummingbird Performer PRO: only $399.99
With its spruce/mahogany construction and decorative flower scratchplate design, the Hummingbird PRO is a truly lovely guitar. And it sounds pretty special, too, delivering a sweet, balanced tone.

Ernie Ball Ambient Delay | Was $229 now $74.99
The Ernie Ball Ambient Delay offers handsfree control over your effect levels. With a plate reverb and delay time of up to one second, you can dial-in the perfect amount of ambience for your sound. Other features include independent max reverb level and connection for a tap-tempo switch.

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE w/ Amp | Was $499.99, now $424.99
Stand out from the crowd with the stylish red special edition of this kit. The bundle came complete with the 25 watt Simmons DA25 amp, for out loud practice. You could have used the code rocktober at checkout for 15% off.

AirPods 2 w/charging case | £159, now £129
This deal at Laptops Direct saved you £30 off the original price of the 2nd-generation AirPods with the standard charging case.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's laptop & computing deals

MacBook Pro 16-inch – 16GB RAM, 512GB, 2.6GHz Intel Core i7
Was $2,399 | Now $2,079 | Save $320
This might be the 'basic' spec of the new 16-inch model, but it's still a fantastic music-making machine that would sit comfortably at the heart of any studio setup. Last year this model, in Space Grey, was available with a hearty $300 discount.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch – 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
Was $1,999 | Now $1,849 | Save $150
The discounted options in with the new 2020 13-inch spec featured a 2.0 GHZ 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, plus all the usual Apple goodness such as Retina screen and Magic Keyboard.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's guitar deals

Gretsch Streamliner G2420T: Was $549.99, now $399
Get a load of that finish! This affordable hollowbody from Gretsch was even better value for money than usual at just $399. If you're looking for a guitar that offers its own identity then this big boy will serve you well for rockabilly, jazz, blues, rock 'n' roll and much more.

Fender Player Stratocaster Limited-Edition Black $699 $599
This limited edition Fender Player Series Stratocaster comes in a black finish on a solid alder body with a black pickguard, maple neck with modern profile and 9.5" radius, medium jumbo frets and 2-point fulcrum vibrato bridge. Three Player Series single-coil pickups and the five way selector will give you a feast of great tones. 

Squier Affinity Strat in Surf Green | $229.99, now $199.99
You could have bagged a Prime Day bargain with this beginner’s Stratocaster for under $200. The lightweight alder body and comfortable C-shaped modern maple neck are designed for hours of comfortable practice as you learn the ropes.

Save $189.01 on the Schecter C-1 Apocalypse
The black satin-finished swamp ash sets the tone for serious shredding and you could get yours for just $899.99, was $1089.

Fender Player Stratocaster HSS (Blue Burst): now $599.99
The Blue Burst was reduced from $760. Featuring an alder body, but with a handsome flame maple top and maple fretboard, and that HSS pickup configuration this is another proven performer.

Gibson Les Paul Traditional Pro V Satin - was $1,899, now $1,599.99
Another Pro V, this one features a beautiful satin-finished, weight-relieved mahogany body with maple top and 24.75"-scale mahogany neck with 22-fret, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard.

Save $150 on the Ibanez RG450EXB, available in three colours
Loud in both tone and colour, these RGs will give you the sonic tools to tackle any situation at speed.

Save 25% with $125 off the G&L ASAT Classic Ash
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.

ESP LTD M-400: was $799, now only $449.99
For less than $450, this was an impressively spec'd instrument with mahogany body, three-piece maple neck and Seymour Duncan humbuckers.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's guitar effects offers

Boss ME-80 Multi-FX: Was $299, now $249.99 at Guitar Center
Versatile and extremely practical, the ME-80 may be just the thing for anyone who wants to put together a whole effects solution in one go, especially if you took this tasty price point into account.

Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal| Was $89.99, now $67.49
Using the coupon code 'rocktober' at checkout you activated a 25% discount (which equals $22.50) on this bonafide classic stompbox. Not only that, but MF was throwing in a pair of 6-inch patch cables, too.

Laney Tony Iommi Signature Boost |$189.99 Now $151.99
You could save 20% on the same boost pedal Black Sabbath legend and Laney devotee Tony Iommi uses in his own rig and it's built to his own spec. Hone your tone with drive, volume, low EQ, high EQ, hi mid, neutral low mid boost toggle switch. 

MXR M66S Classic Overdrive| Was $59.99, now just $39.99
A quality MXR Overdrive at an incredible price – a 1/3 off the MXR M66S offering transparent gain and superb build quality for an incredible low price. 

Pigtronix's Infinity Looper 2: now $170
You could get 15% off of this versatile looper at Musician's Friend. It's a stonking stereo looping pedal with two independent loops that you can intuitively switch between.

Save 20% on the Morley Steve Vai Bad Horsie 2 Contour Wah
A rare discount on the best switchless wah available at the time, reduced from $145 to $116at Musician's Friend by entering the coupon code rocktober at the checkout.

Boss TU-3 Pedal Power Bundle | Was $149.99 Now $99.99
Boss created an industry standard with the TU-2 pedal tuner in 1998, and its successor offers a number of improvements on the classic format. The TU-3 is quoted at +/-1 cent over a 23-segment LED display, which means it tunes more accurately. Other functions include drop tuning up to six semitones and bass tuning up to three flats. With the included Boss power adaptor and daisy-chain cable, it's an unmissable deal as a pedalboard solution too. 

Prime Day music deals: Last year's synth deals

Modal Electronics Skulpt polysynth | $299 $199
Skulpt was a lot synth for the money at $299, but at $199, it was an absolute steal. We recommended you took advantage of Sweetwater's $100 discount while you could.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's plugin deals

Download Ableton Live 10 Lite for free at Splice
If you were looking to try Ableton Live for the first time this was your perfect opportunity. Between Prime Day and 31 December, you could have a copy of Ableton Live 10 Lite for free, courtesy of Splice.

Save 75% on IK Multimedia's Total Studio 2 Max: $/€1,000 $/€250
You could get a staggering $/€750 off this all-encompassing bundle of music production software, featuring all the instrument, effect, mastering and amp sim plugins you need.

Get Waves Gold for just $149.99, save $650
Get stuck into 42 plugins used by everyone from bedroom to pro producers. These studio essentials will help you supercharge your mixes.

Universal Audio UAD Custom Plugin Bundle |$999, now $699
Sweetwater had a slew of different Universal Audio plugin pick 'n' mix deals, ranging from a $399 deal to this, the top-end bundle, which allows you to select six of UA's catalog.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's audio interface deals

Universal Audio Arrow, w/Luna |Save $25, now $474
UA's 2x4 Thunderbolt 3 Arrow audio interface is rightfully acclaimed and for Prime Day came bundled with Luna, the firm's new proprietary music creation suite and a 14 plugin bundle.

IK Multimedia Axe I/O Solo | Was $249, now $199
You could supercharge your guitar recordings at home or on the go with this powerful, compact guitar audio interface. It was available with a $50 discount at Sweetwater.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's keyboard deals

Alesis V25 MIDI controller keyboard: Was $179.99, now $129
Small doesn't have to mean 'limited', as this brilliantly-spec'd Alesis controller proves. 25 full-size, velocity-sensitive keys, eight assignable pads, four assignable control knobs plus pitch and mod controller wheels means that this pocket rocket is packing some serious functionality. It's Mac/PC compatible, buss-powered, and there's even a sustain pedal socket.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's headphones deals

AKG K245 open-back headphones: were $89, now just $59
If you were looking for a bargain, this was it. These foldable cans will take plenty of abuse and provide day-long comfort, all while delivering great sound for mixing, DJ-ing or music listening.

Sennheiser HD200 Pro | Was $69.95, now just $49.95
If you were looking for a great pair of budget studio headphones to see you through the winter, you could do no wrong in picking up a pair of these Sennheiser's, which came complete with a 29% discount throughout October.

Shure SE425 sound isolating earphones: save $150, now $199
These dual driver-equipped sound isolating in-ears deliver up to 37dB of noise cancellation, ideal for music listening, personal practice or personal monitoring on-stage. The included Bluetooth adapter provides up to 10 hours of battery life. Normally you would have paid $349 for these bad boys, but for Prime Day, they benefitted from a massive $150 discount.

Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones | $348 $257.96
A huge saving of over $90 on these market-leading noise-cancelling cans that are cons highly acclaimed. And with 30 hours of battery life you'll have plenty of time to find out why.

Bose Noise Cancelling 700 | Was $399, now $379
A step above the QC 35 II on the Bose ladder, these NC700s are up at the pinnacle of noise cancelling cans. So £61 was a very welcome discount from Amazon. 

Marshall MID A.N.C.: Were $279.99 $169.99
If you were looking for a new set of cans with active noise cancelling technology, then you didn't need to look further than these. These Marshalls offer fabulous sound and boast close to 20 hours of wireless play when ANC is engaged – and 30 when played normally.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's microphone deals

Audio Technica AT2035 microphone | Was $249, now $149
If you’re in the streaming or podcasting game, or you’re looking to get started, this is a quality piece of kit from a respected brand. Expect top performance and crystal clear audio.

Warm Audio WA-87 Microphone | Save $100, now $499
As you'd expect, a wide range of mics of all types and sizes were on offer during Prime Day. Our pick of the savings was the $100 off of this WA-87 large-diaphragm condenser with 3 switchable polar patterns, a highpass filter, and 10dB pad.

Prime Day music deals: Last year's electronic drum set deals

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE w/ Amp | Was $499.99, now $424.99
Stand out from the crowd with the stylish red special edition of this kit. The bundle comes complete with the 25 watt Simmons DA25 amp, for out loud practice.

Alesis Nitro Mesh w/amp | Was $499.99, now $424.99
If the red of the Special Edition kit is a step too far, you could get the same bundle, complete with the Simmons DA25 25 watt amp, but with the standard black version of the kit.

Roland TD-1DMK with DA25 bundle: was $879, now $747
A great entry-level option that here came with the DA25 25 watt dedicated e-drum monitor, a PDP kick pedal and Sound Percussion Labs sticks.

Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger: Was $109.99, now $77.60
With its sleek, curved profile, the Roland BT-1 can be mounted to an acoustic drum, or conveniently nestled amongst the rest of your kit to provide a single-zone playing surface. Use it as a digital percussion pad, electronic snare, cymbal or any other sound, or as a start/stop switch for triggering backing tracks and loops. 

Prime Day music deals: Last year's hard drive deals

LaCie rugged mini 1TB external HDD | £107.82 £69.48
You could save £38.34 (36%) and travel with confidence knowing the LaCie HDDs feature all-terrain durability of dust, shock, and water resistance.

Samsung T5 500GB Was £178.74 | Now £74.65 | Save £104.09
USB C, shock resistance and fast data transfer speeds all add up to a fantastic tool for studio musicians. With 51% off the usual price, you couldn't ask for more with this external SSD deal.

Samsung T5 2TB: Was £369.99 | Now £284.97 | Save £85.02
Looking for more storage than the 500GB model offers? While this 2TB beast set you back more, you could still enjoy a 21% saving.