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Native Instruments S49 MKII Komplete Kontrol 49 Key USB Smart Keyboard Controller (Black)

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Native Instruments S49 MKII Komplete Kontrol 49 Key USB Smart Keyboard Controller (Black)
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
11,399
RRP
R 11,999
(-5%)

The Best Midi Controller around (depending on your SAW setup)

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This review is based on using this controller with the MASCHINE DAW.

This is an awesome controller that does exactly as promised. If working in Maschine you will get seamless and in-deph DAW integration as well as all buttons on Native Instruments products (Mondark, Massive, kontakt, Reaktor, etc) fully mapped and saved with your soft synth.

This takes away all reliance on using a mouse or keyboard for your musical journey and can practically do everything via the keyboard. When using one of the Native Instruments sift synths, this virtually feels like a full-blown synth with all the ease and touch controls that one could need.

Further to this VST instruments and Effects also get mapped (i was amazed at how well it handled this) and translate very well to this keyboard. You will be going on Sonic journeys with this piece of gear in no time at all.

Lastly the keyboard itself is a semi-weighted fatar keyboard , making it extremely expressive and smooth as silk to play.

The only negative is that if you do not sequence in maschine you will be missing out on a lot with this piece of gear. While it still works with other DAWS (presonus one, logic, Cubase, ableton, etc) you still get some daw control and VST integration , however when used in maschine this will shine and become amazing.

I Used this keyboard in conjunction with my maschine mikro and was heavily impressed. The two units compliment, and integrate with, each other perfectly. changing aspects on the mikro changes aspects on the keyboard and vise-versa.

There are many 'surprsies' also in this keyboard that will keep you interested and invested for ages (the fact that the ARP on the keyboard maps notes to midi is probably my favourite. You see the notes mapped in your sequence rather than just the notes which you held on the keyboard. stunning.).

The build quality of the komplete controller is excellent and smacks of quality. It is sturdy, has feet that stick to the table and feels like it will last for ages.

Have fun!

Samson Meteor USB Studio Condenser Microphone

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Samson Meteor USB Studio Condenser Microphone
In Stock
Price
1,676
RRP
R 1,995
(-16%)

Well worth it.

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I got this while it was on sale, and it really is a fantastic mic. Well worth the money, even at full price.

Q-Parts Guitar 14.6mm Tall Acrylic Tortoise Mini Dome Control Knob with Set Screw (Gold)

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Q-Parts Guitar 14.6mm Tall Acrylic Tortoise Mini Dome Control Knob with Set Screw (Gold)
Out of Stock
Price
150

Top quality construction

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Love these. Really solid. And a bonus that they can fit different size pots. I thought they come in pairs but are singles. Be sure to order correct amount. Five stars.

Q-Parts Guitar 14.6mm Tall Acrylic Red Pearl Mini Dome Control Knob with Set Screw (Gold)

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Q-Parts Guitar 14.6mm Tall Acrylic Red Pearl Mini Dome Control Knob with Set Screw (Gold)
In Stock
Price
149

Top quality construction

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Colour is a much brighter red than in the picture though. I really love the product.

REMO EN-0012-PS 12 Inch Encore Pinstripe Ebony Tom Batter Drum Head

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REMO EN-0012-PS 12 Inch Encore Pinstripe Ebony Tom Batter Drum Head
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
130

Decent Head, decent price.

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Great head even though it's the cheaper variant. Yet the quality is excellent. Sound is fantastic. Provides my drums with a great warm tone with some resonance (obviously some tuning skills are also required). Makes my BK Percussion look cool because it is black and the heads match my drum set colour.

Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar (Montego Black Metallic)

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Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar (Montego Black Metallic)
Out of Stock
Price
4,287
RRP
R 5,495
(-22%)

Best guitar ever!

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After using a V-shaped guitar for many years, and putting up with its impractical shape, I decided to go for a more “old man’s” guitar. And boy oh boy! This guitar is just so brilliant in delivering a great tone, and extremely comfortable to play. I was first quite worried because it’s more of a budget entry guitar, but I’m absolutely blown away by this strat. I play both metal and 70’s style of rock. This guitar does it all with no problems whatsoever. I just love everything about it! I’m extremely happy with my purchase. I feel this is my forever guitar. I’m an instant Fender/Squier fanboy now! This 2019 model is definitely way better than previous models, so I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a great all rounded guitar. Highly recommend this guitar!

Adam Hall SPADECO1 Isolation Pads for Studio Monitors (170 x 300 mm)

Adam Hall SPADECO1 Isolation Pads for Studio Monitors (170 x 300 mm)
In Stock
Price
129
RRP
R 145
(-11%)

Brilliant!

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These iso pads work brilliantly! Does exactly what they should. Good purchase!

Blackstar FLY 3 Vintage Stereo Pack 3 watt 3 Inch Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo with FLY 103 Vintage Extension Cabinet (Cream)

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Blackstar FLY 3 Vintage Stereo Pack 3 watt 3 Inch Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo with FLY 103 Vintage Extension Cabinet (Cream)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
1,040
RRP
R 2,495
(-58%)
Normal Price
R 2,096
(-50%)

Tiny amp HUGE sound

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For something so small, this screams tone and some serious sound

One of the best pieces of gear in amongst some of my large valve amps

Highly recommend getting this

Kala MK-S Makala Ukulele Series Acoustic Soprano Ukulele (Natural)

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Kala MK-S Makala Ukulele Series Acoustic Soprano Ukulele (Natural)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
999
RRP
R 1,150
(-13%)

My New Fave

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A lovely beginner's uke. My first ukulele was a concert-size and after several months of struggling with the chords, I went down a size and bought this baby. I love it. The smooth feel of the wood, the higher pitch and compact size makes this a dream for beginners with small hands and big ukulele dreams!

Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Limited Edition Electric Guitar (Red Sparkle)

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Squier FSR Bullet Telecaster Limited Edition Electric Guitar (Red Sparkle)
Out of Stock
Price
3,663
RRP
R 4,695
(-22%)

looks great, sounds great

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wasn't expecting much at this price, but this guitar looks great and played beautifully straight out of the box. I can't put it down.

Fender 5-Position Stratocaster Pickup Selector Switch

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Fender 5-Position Stratocaster Pickup Selector Switch
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
302
RRP
R 335
(-10%)

improved sound

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I put this in my cheap SX Strat, and it actually improved the tone difference between the 5 positions

Boss Katana Air 30 watt 2x3 Inch Wireless Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo (Black)

Boss Katana Air 30 watt 2x3 Inch Wireless Electric Guitar Amplifier Combo (Black)
Out of Stock
Price
9,572
RRP
R 11,395
(-16%)

Crazy price

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This price is crazy...

Graphtech Resomax NV2 4mm Tune-O-Matic Bridge with String Save Saddles - Chrome (Special Order)

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Graphtech Resomax NV2 4mm Tune-O-Matic Bridge with String Save Saddles - Chrome (Special Order)
Out of Stock
Price
1,080
RRP
R 1,285
(-16%)

excellent

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I now have fitted three of these bridges on my guitars and they all have improved the tone of each of the guitars...

Takamine GX11ME Taka-Mini Series 3/4 Size Mini Acoustic Electric Guitar with Padded Gig Bag (Natural)

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Takamine GX11ME Taka-Mini Series 3/4 Size Mini Acoustic Electric Guitar with Padded Gig Bag (Natural)
Out of Stock
Price
5,624
RRP
R 6,695
(-16%)

Small Body, Big sound and tone!

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What an Incredible guitar!
Compared to a Baby Taylor or Little Martin, the Taka-Mini dominates and wins the spot in my heart.
The Takamine has a rich full tone with surprising projection (considering the smaller body).
The build quality is superb with such an attention to detail!

The Carry bag it comes with is such a bonus (Well padded and with decent straps)

Overall, you cant go wrong! :)

Martin MFX740 Flexible Core 12-54 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Martin MFX740 Flexible Core 12-54 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
Out of Stock
Price
115

martin strings set MFX740

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Have playing guitar acoustic, eletric, what ever for + - 55 years and now have found the beat sounding strings I have ever heard
These Martin MFX740 are at the moment the best (Tommy knows). I though Elixir where the best untill I used the Martin's on my Takamine eletric acoustic EC10C still one of the best factory built guitar at its price range and above

Ernie Ball 2726 Cobalt Slinky 12-56 Electric Guitar Strings

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Ernie Ball 2726 Cobalt Slinky 12-56 Electric Guitar Strings
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
259

High output, good clarity

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Great for downtuning below D standard and has a bright sound that doesn't get muddy the lower you tune.

They give a bit of life to aging/ low output passive pickups, too. Nickel strings couldn't get my cheap Les Paul copy neck pickup to work but these did.

Allparts Economy Electric Guitar Floyd Rose Style Bridges Saddle for 1st or 6th Saddle (Chrome)

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Allparts Economy Electric Guitar Floyd Rose Style Bridges Saddle for 1st or 6th Saddle (Chrome)
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
205

Fair quality product

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Looks to be a good product so far, fitted perfectly on my bridge, looks a small bit different but hardly noticeable from a distance. Shipping was long but understandable as it comes from te US.

Orange Crush Mini 3 Watt Mini Guitar Amplifier

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Orange Crush Mini 3 Watt Mini Guitar Amplifier
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
719
RRP
R 1,110
(-35%)
Normal Price
R 840
(-14%)

Awesome

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This amp is really impressive, it packs a punch and is really small so very portable. the built in tuner is really handy as well. Highly recommended, especially for the price

D'Addario EXL120+ 9.5-44 Nickel Wound Super Light Plus Electric Guitar Strings

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D'Addario EXL120+ 9.5-44 Nickel Wound Super Light Plus Electric Guitar Strings
In Stock
Price
145

Great

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Very reliable strings. Sound good and last long

Grover Titan 145 Series Bass Guitar 2 A-Side Machine Heads Set with Half Clove Leaf Buttons (Chrome)

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Grover Titan 145 Series Bass Guitar 2 A-Side Machine Heads Set with Half Clove Leaf Buttons (Chrome)
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
1,729

Awesome 1:20 smooth tuning system.

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Ibanez RGMS8-BK RG Series 8 String RGMS8 Electric Guitar (Black)

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Ibanez RGMS8-BK RG Series 8 String RGMS8 Electric Guitar (Black)
Out of Stock
Price
9,677
RRP
R 12,799
(-24%)

Great introduction to 8 strings & multiscale

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Decent price for what is normally a very expensive guitar type.

This guitar is NOT for people with small hands. I have large hands and sometimes it can be a real mission to mute strings or stretch across frets. This is more of a problem in general with multi string or extended scale guitars though.

The fanned frets don't take too long to get used to, but can be difficult to play certain chords if you don't angle the neck upwards (i.e. if you play it with the guitar sitting on your right leg & the neck is parallel to the ground, you're gonna have a bad time).

The positives:
+Well made (no rattly bits or bad finishes), and weighs less than you would expect
+Great sound for metal/ hard rock
+Playing past the 9th fret sounds great, thanks to the fanned frets helping to keep the intonation correct

The negatives:
-Lack of locking tuners. Despite a fixed tail, the strings do tend to slowly detune while playing. It gets better as the strings age/ settle, but the low B & F# like to wander a bit.
-It's neck heavy. Unless you play with a strap or brace with your right arm, the neck will want to dip, quickly leading to a tired/ sore left arm
-Neck pickup sounds a bit muddy, especially when playing the low F#

Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp Series 1 watt Electric Guitar Mini Half Stack Amplifier (Black)

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Marshall MS-2 Micro Amp Series 1 watt Electric Guitar Mini Half Stack Amplifier (Black)
Dispatched in 4 to 6 working days
Price
549
RRP
R 919
(-40%)
Normal Price
R 695
(-21%)

Works Great

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This tiny amp is great for someone who just plans on using the guitar in the comforts of their bedroom and doesn't really want to blow thousands on a bigger amp and go all Macaulay Culkin on your parents. Works like a charm. I've noticed though, sometimes I have to wiggle the battery for it to connects and turn on.

Ibanez Mini Link 3m 1/4 Inch Angled Patch Cable Kit (Black)

(1 user rating)

Ibanez Mini Link 3m 1/4 Inch Angled Patch Cable Kit (Black)
In Stock
Price
809
RRP
R 899
(-10%)

Poor quality

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Plugs break by merely pulling them out of a pedal.
Connections unreliable and fiddly.

Martin MSP6000 Lifespan SP 10-47 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Martin MSP6000 Lifespan SP 10-47 80/20 Bronze Extra Light Acoustic Guitar Strings
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
250

Flawless strings

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These strings sound and feel amazing. My guitar has never sounded better with another set of strings, also they are coated and last much longer than other strings in this price range. I can confidently say that I will not consider buying a different set of strings again. This does it all at an affordable price, one of the best purchases you will make.

DigiTech Element Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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DigiTech Element Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
Out of Stock
Price
2,013
RRP
R 2,396
(-16%)

Good for discovering personal tone and writing music

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I haven't played around with it too much, but I feel that it is useful for people who haven't discovered their own tone yet, and don't have a ton of money to splash out on hundreds of pedals. It takes a little experimenting to figure out which knob does what and how to store adjustments/ own presets, but otherwise I think it's pretty good. The pedal doesn't seem to have an on/off switch, so I'd probably dial it in and just leave it on. Can maybe set up a couple of presets for different songs if really needed. From what I've heard you can get a large amount of different tones. With the many built in presets I found that it is nice for writing music, I naturally wanted to change my way of playing as I was toggling through the presets. Could help if you are in a rut.
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