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Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Limited Edition Electric Guitar (Surf Green)

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Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Limited Edition Electric Guitar (Surf Green)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
3,749
RRP
R 4,495
(-17%)

Pretty damn cool guitar for the price

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One of the fastest deliveries on an order I placed to date. Pity the guitar arrived damaged after the 1st delivery but I have to say RARU's customer service is exceptional. A guy called Andrew assisted me getting a new one sent out. the whole process of sending one back a receiving another took just a week I hope the customer service bosses see this.

Regarding the guitar. You wont find a better sounding "cheap" guitar out there. Its got the authentic Tele sound you would expect from a R20 000 + American Telecaster. Its needs setting up though so add an additional few hundred Rand to have a professional look at the neck, intonation and action.

Thanks again for the awesome product and service.

PreSonus Eris E3.5 Active Media Reference Monitors (Pair)

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PreSonus Eris E3.5 Active Media Reference Monitors (Pair)
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
1,899
RRP
R 1,999
(-5%)

PreSonus Eris E3.5 Monitors

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Simply outstanding! Crystal clear sound and undoubtedly the best sounding active monitors for less than R2000.

Tanglewood Crossroads Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar (Whiskey Barrel Burst)

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Tanglewood Crossroads Dreadnought Acoustic Electric Guitar (Whiskey Barrel Burst)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
1,599
RRP
R 2,795
(-43%)
Normal Price
R 2,348
(-32%)

Takes sooooo long

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Received goods in good condition but it takes raru eons to ship and deliver.work on that and ull ne good

Ernie Ball 2566 Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball 2566 Aluminum Bronze Medium Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
209

Excellent

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Really excellent strings with nicely balanced tonal qualities and increased volume over Phosphor Bronze strings

Stagg GCA RE Basic Electric Guitar Square Case (Black)

(1 user rating)

Stagg GCA RE Basic Electric Guitar Square Case (Black)
In Stock
Price
1,199
RRP
R 1,895
(-37%)
Normal Price
R 1,592
(-25%)

Great budget box

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Sturdy and durable.
Second one I've bought, other one has lasted over 10 years of cross country moving and venues.
Comes with a lock and key and nifty compartment that fits multiple packs of strings, tuner and the like.
Great guitar case.

Orange Micro Dark Terror 20 Watt Guitar Amplifier (Head)

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Orange Micro Dark Terror 20 Watt Guitar Amplifier (Head)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
3,759
RRP
R 4,640
(-19%)

Absolute Beast of an amp

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Tone is great plus it has an FX loop. It can easily be loud enough to gig with.

Hercules GSP38WB Guitar Hanger with Auto Grip System Wooden Base and Short Arm (Black)

(1 user rating)

Hercules GSP38WB Guitar Hanger with Auto Grip System Wooden Base and Short Arm (Black)
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
188
RRP
R 235
(-20%)

Excellent

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Good build quality, nicely padded and the hanger rotates if you have an unusually shaped headstock. Very nice looking and sturdily built.

ESP LTD EC-407 EC Series 7 String Single Cut Electric Guitar (Black Satin)

ESP LTD EC-407 EC Series 7 String Single Cut Electric Guitar (Black Satin)
Out of Stock
Price
10,999
RRP
R 20,140
(-45%)
Normal Price
R 15,999
(-31%)

Worth every penny

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Received this guitar about a week ago. Coming from a LTD MH-1000 I have to say this guitar feels the same except with a 7th string. Although it is quite a bit heavier, that ESP neck and action is just amazing and is the reason I prefer their guitars to other brands. The finish, tone and quality is all there so if you are looking for a 7-string with active pickup give this model a go. I also had to do very little adjustment - stock set-up (action etc) is decent.

Warwick Basic Line 4/4 Classic Guitar Bag (Black)

(1 user rating)

Warwick Basic Line 4/4 Classic Guitar Bag (Black)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
351
RRP
R 355

Basic, Affordable, Useful

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An inexpensive, simple bag that has a large pocket for multiple cables and other accessories.
Fabric construction throughout with minimal hard lining.
Padding is also somewhat minimal, and will not protect your guitar from hard knocks.
Buy if you don't have a bag/case and seek an easy, cheap solution for simply carrying your instrument around.

D'Addario EJ40 11-49 Silk and Steel Folk Acoustic Guitar Strings

(1 user rating)

D'Addario EJ40 11-49 Silk and Steel Folk Acoustic Guitar Strings
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
249
RRP
R 270
(-8%)

Best strings ever

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Injured my arm a few years back have had problems in my fretting hand ever since. These string are soft enough that I can play for hours with out my hand aching and they sound amazing

Planet Waves PW-XLR8-01 XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner

(3 user ratings)

Planet Waves PW-XLR8-01 XLR8 String Lubricant and Cleaner
In Stock
Price
139
RRP
R 161
(-14%)

Great product while it lasts.

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Applied as recommended, before and after play on a brand new set of D'Addario NYXL1164.

Applicator lasted about 2/3 weeks, definitely didn't expect that.

Zoom APH-1 H1 Handy Recorder Accessory Package

Zoom APH-1 H1 Handy Recorder Accessory Package
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
378
RRP
R 499
(-24%)

Must-have Addition

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Look, if you have the Zoome H1, you definitely NEED to get this. It will just make life so much easier when traveling, setting up and capturing high quality audio when you're out and about or set-up indoors.

Zoom H1 Handheld Field Recorder

(2 user ratings)

Zoom H1 Handheld Field Recorder
Out of Stock
Price
2,419
RRP
R 2,799
(-14%)

Super Handy

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Brilliant for recording additional back-up audio for film shoots or other video productions. I've used this on a number of projects and have had no issues to date. Battery lasts, SD slot is really handy for when you need to use multiple cards on a bigger project, and the mic sensitivity if great for picking up all kinds of detail in the environment.

TC Electronic Honey Pot Fuzz Pedal

(1 user rating)

TC Electronic Honey Pot Fuzz Pedal
Out of Stock
Price
999

Decent and affordable

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I've had this pedal for about 3 months now and it's still blowing my mind. Honeypot is a very fitting name for it, as it does add this kinda sweet sounding undertone. If you're just looking for something to add a little crunch to your clean sound its ideal, but I've also been using it as a distortion for a metal tone. Goes good for a bluesy fuss sound as well. The pedal seems built to be abused, I really like stepping on it without being careful. The knobs are big enough to turn with your foot while playing. Overall a great pedal for the price.

Hercules GSP39WB Steel Wall Mount Guitar Hanger with Auto Grip System and Short Arm (Black)

(2 user ratings)

Hercules GSP39WB Steel Wall Mount Guitar Hanger with Auto Grip System and Short Arm (Black)
In Stock
Price
169
RRP
R 235
(-28%)
Normal Price
R 199
(-15%)

Very happy with this purchase

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Great product. The quality feels well built and the installation is simple enough if you're got a drill.
Wall plugs and screws are included with the packaging.

Korg PC-1 Pitchclip Chromatic Clip-On Tuner (Black)

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Korg PC-1 Pitchclip Chromatic Clip-On Tuner (Black)
Not available
Price
199

Excellent

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Was reluctant to get this, but its the most convenient tuner and its also really accurate. Highly recommended!

Korg DJ-GB-1 Carry Bag for Korg Samplers (Black)

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Korg DJ-GB-1 Carry Bag for Korg Samplers (Black)
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
1,099

A great, sturdy storage unit with a poor zip

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The build of the bag is great with a solid and sturdy exterior for housing your synths, cables and other items. The zip however is a real pain to try reattach when the top and bottom halves are separated.

DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
Out of Stock
Price
1,098
RRP
R 1,306
(-16%)

totally awesome

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This pedal has really impressed the hell out of me .ive just played with boss pedals for over thirty years. but the RP55 is so versatile and doesn't sound over processed its got still the old school raw sounding distortions and can play around with amp models and sounds a awesome package for a brilliant price .thank you raru for your service and delivery always on time \m/

Dunlop 471P3C Max-Grip Jazz III Carbon Fibre Guitar Pick (Black)

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Dunlop 471P3C Max-Grip Jazz III Carbon Fibre Guitar Pick (Black)
In Stock
Price
15
RRP
R 16.50
(-9%)

Sounds amazing

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There is a distinct sound with this pick, its clarity and aggression is above that of celluloid, nylon, ultex and tortex picks. The tone change using this pick is more obvious than when switching between other materials and guages. It kills drone, hollowness and twang (unless you like those things, then you'll hate this pick), but at the same time improves clarity and bass. Ideal for raking across the strings, it sounds superb with chorus and delay. If you like softer old school rock staccato or full on metal sweep picking, this pick is a dream!

When using heavy distortion this pick helps again with clarity and aggression. It helps prevent everything becoming one mushy blended sound. Honestly if any pick deserves to be called the tube/valve amp of the pick world then its this! (Cringe I know, but seriously it sounds different to EVERY other pick I own)

Negatives: its a bit harsh to hold, not as warm, smooth and comfy like celluloid. The grip actually fits in the grooves of the fingertip which actually may be an irony in the sense that its now not allowing any heat to escape at all, and may contribute to the very thing its trying to fix, sweaty hands. The small size and extra grip may take some time getting used to especially if you adjust your grip as a habit mid song, or actually change how you hold the pick for different parts of songs.

Samson SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphone – Single

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Samson SR850 Professional Studio Reference Headphone – Single
Out of Stock
Price
668
RRP
R 795
(-16%)

Excellent value for money

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According to the internet, these are an OEM version of the AKG K240 that retails for three times the price. The build quality feels a bit questionable, but the internals are allegedly the same, and the audio quality is brilliant for the asking price.

High trebles, and slightly less bass than the average pair of headphones. Comfortable over the ear (circumaural) earpads. I might consider purchasing aftermarket velour earpads. Cord is long but not removable, and is fixed to the left ear.

If you don't mind forgoing a bass heavy sound reproduction, I would definitely recommend them in their price bracket.

Dunlop 215 Heavy Wall Glass Slide (Medium)

Dunlop 215 Heavy Wall Glass Slide (Medium)
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
219

You should know the size

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This Pyrex Glass Slide is 20mm x 29mm x 69mm and fits ring size 10.5

Korg GA-2 Guitar and Bass Tuner (Black)

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Korg GA-2 Guitar and Bass Tuner (Black)
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
179

The Kork GA-2 is a bit limiting

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Watch out for this one.
I was expecting a tuner with cents division.
But it is locked to the guitar open tuning and ignores other notes.

Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica C Key (Chrome)

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Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica C Key (Chrome)
Out of Stock
Price
240
RRP
R 285
(-16%)

Fender makes a great blues harmonica

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Finally a simple blues harmonica that has good 2 hole draw and is easy to bend notes. It is easy for me to recommend this one.

For learners, make sure you start with a 10 hole diatonic in the key of C. The reason is because many on-line lessons are in the key of C. By playing 2nd position, you get a nice minor pentatonic in G. Ideal for blues in G.

Ernie Ball Prodigy 2.0mm Mini Delrin Plectrum (White)

(1 user rating)

Ernie Ball Prodigy 2.0mm Mini Delrin Plectrum (White)
In Stock
Price
30

No serrated bevel

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The pictures on the RARU site show two plectrums of the same size. I made the mistake of clicking on the wrong one. The mini is way to small for me.

When I first heard about the "Ernie Ball Prodigy" pick, the reviewer talked about the serrated bevel around the edge. It was this feature that got my interest. But, the one that I got was smooth!

I'm not too impressed with this product.

Ernie Ball Prodigy 1.5mm Standard Deldrin Guitar Plectrum (Black)

(1 user rating)

Ernie Ball Prodigy 1.5mm Standard Deldrin Guitar Plectrum (Black)
In Stock
Price
30

Factory reject

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The Ernie Ball Prodigy pick that I got needed a bit of work to make it usable. I had to use a fine file to clean off the rag around the edge.
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