The best 4th of July sales for musicians: Save up to 40% off music-making gear and software

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! For Independence Day 2023, 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 our 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, 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. To stock up on software you’ll want to head to Waves, where you can grab two free plugins when you spend $99.

4th of July music deals: Quick links

4th of July music deals: Latest deals

Musician's Friend 4th of July Sale: Up to 40% off
 5 July

Musician's Friend 4th of July Sale: Up to 40% off
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 5 July to take advantage of this stellar sale, so don't hang around!  

Guitar Center 4th of July sale: Save up to 35%
July 5

Guitar Center 4th of July sale: Save up to 35%
There are big savings available on electric guitars from the likes of Epiphone and Gretsch, acoustic guitars from names like Fender and Breedlove, and amps from the likes of Blackstar, among many others. You've got until July 5 – so don't hang around.

July 4th music deals: Electric Guitars

Epiphone ES-335 Traditional Pro: was $599, now $449

Epiphone ES-335 Traditional Pro: was $599, now $449
Not only is this good-looking semi-hollow a good $150 cheaper than Epiphone’s regular ES-335, but it also has the added bonus of coil splits for its Alnico Classic Pro humbuckers. Throw in a classic layered maple body, rounded C mahogany neck, and choice of four finishes, and you have a truly fantastic 4th of July deal! 

D'Angelico Premier Bedford: $899.99, now $699.99

D'Angelico Premier Bedford: $899.99, now $699.99
Okay, D’Angelico may be more famous for their legendary Jazz guitars, but they have an offset that would easily rival the offset royalty, Fender. With a versatile HSS setup, a Strat-style tremolo, and a user-friendly control layout, the Bedford is a guitar you have to try - and with $200 off you have no excuse not to give it ago.  

Fender Player Strat Limited: $1,049.99, $839.99

Fender Player Strat Limited: $1,049.99, $839.99
Having only been recently released, it’s quite surprising to see this Fender Player Strat HSS Limited Edition so heavily discounted. It’s currently got a massive $210 discount in the July 4th sale over at Guitar Center. It comes loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups, an updated 2-point tremolo, and that absolutely stunning British Racing Green finish, and at this price, we can’t see these being around for much longer.

Schecter C-1: Was $749, now $679

Schecter C-1: Was $749, now $679
If you’re looking for a proper rock and metal machine, the Schecter C-1 comes loaded with active EMG 81/85 pickups and a super sleek look. This Platinum edition features stunning-looking fingerboard inlays, binding on the body, and satin chrome hardware for a properly premium look. Versatile enough to handle high gain as well as it does a pristine clean sound, it’s currently reduced by a healthy $70 in the Musician’s Friend Fourth of July sale.

Gretsch G2627T Streamliner: $699.99, $599.99

Gretsch G2627T Streamliner: $699.99, $599.99
Sometimes two pickups just aren't enough! This Gretsch G2627T Streamliner covers so much ground with its trio of Broad'Tron pickups, producing a myriad of tones. 

July 4th Music deals: Acoustic guitars

Martin Special 000: $1,049.99, now $899.99

Martin Special 000: $1,049.99, now $899.99
The sound of a Martin is known the world over, and now you can bag your very own for a whole lot less. Save a whopping $150 off this all-solid Martin at Musician's Friend right now. 

Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar: $189.99, now $159.99

Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar: $189.99, now $159.99
Up until now, we'd describe the F335 as affordable, but today a more fitting term has to be 'dirt cheap'. There's no getting away from it, this acoustic is stonking value. Yamaha makes musical instruments that start at a hundred bucks or so and top out at hundreds of thousands (its premium grand pianos are a real treat) but what it doesn't do is make a bad product. Its attention to detail and quality control measures are legendary.

Epiphone Dove Studio: Was $459.99, now $389.99

Epiphone Dove Studio: Was $459.99, now $389.99
This stunning Epiphone Dove Studio in the limited-edition Alpine White finish is designed to turn heads and pull on the heartstrings with its drop-dead gorgeous looks and warm tone. Featuring a solid spruce top and Fishman Sonitone pickup system this is a bargain at only $389.99.

July 4th Music deals: Keys & Synths

M-Audio Keystation 49es MK3: Was $119, now $89

M-Audio Keystation 49es MK3: Was $119, now $89
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.

July 4th Music deals: Drums

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: Was $449.99, now $379.99

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: Was $449.99, now $379.99
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 16% off as part of Musician's Friend's Independence Day sales. 

Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 10%
JULY4

Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 10%
Yamaha drums are some of the very best in the business. Their value for money is hard to beat, and with 10% 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

ArtistWorks: Save 40% on a 12-month plan JULY40

ArtistWorks: Save 40% on a 12-month plan
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 40% off any 12-month plan with the code JULY40

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

I'm a Senior Deals Writer at MusicRadar, and I'm responsible for writing and maintaining buyer's guides on the site - but that's not all I do. As part of my role, I also scour the internet for the best deals I can find on gear and get hands-on with the products for reviews. My gear reviews have been published in prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazine, as well as Guitar World.com. I've also had the privilege of interviewing everyone from Slash to Yungblud, as well as members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Fever 333 and many more. 

I have a massive passion for anything that makes a sound, particularly guitars, pianos, and recording equipment. In a previous life, I worked in music retail, giving advice on all aspects of music creation and selling everything from digital pianos to electric guitars, entire PA systems, and ukuleles. I'm also a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.