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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)

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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
999
RRP
R 2,495
(-60%)
Normal Price
R 2,096
(-52%)

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
3,944
RRP
R 4,695
(-16%)

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
335

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)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
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
210
RRP
R 249
(-16%)

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
212

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
900
RRP
R 1,110
(-19%)

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
1,787

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
695
RRP
R 919
(-24%)

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)

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Ibanez Mini Link 3m 1/4 Inch Angled Patch Cable Kit (Black)
In Stock
Price
680
RRP
R 899
(-24%)

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.

Elixir 11027 Nanoweb 11-52 Light 80/20 Bronze Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Elixir 11027 Nanoweb 11-52 Light 80/20 Bronze Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings
Dispatched in 5 to 7 working days
Price
287
RRP
R 315
(-9%)

Great strings

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So there are many reviews of these strings online. They have great tone and last longer than any othee string I have come across, but...

... my real review here is raru.

They have provided absolutely excellent service. I ordered 3 sets, the supplier only had 1, so I contacted them and the friendly and efficient agents sent the first set, which arrived the next morning. They are sending the rest once they have stock.

Two thumbs up.

Allparts 7 String Electric Guitar Tunematic Bridge (Chrome)

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Allparts 7 String Electric Guitar Tunematic Bridge (Chrome)
Dispatched in 15 to 20 working days
Price
325

Great service

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Great Service from Raru, first time ordering from here.
If there's something I can't find locally, Raru is my best bet.

Ernie Ball 6 Inch 1/4 Inch Angle Jack to 1/4 Inch Angle Jack Patch Cable (White)

Ernie Ball 6 Inch 1/4 Inch Angle Jack to 1/4 Inch Angle Jack Patch Cable (White)
Dispatched in 3 to 5 working days
Price
218
RRP
R 259
(-16%)

Good quality pedal cables

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These cables serve the purpose of connecting stomp boxes or guitar pedals and does so superbly.
The quality feels sturdy and they do the job just fine.

Zildjian A20583 A Custom Series 17 Inch A Custom Projection Crash Cymbal

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Zildjian A20583 A Custom Series 17 Inch A Custom Projection Crash Cymbal
Out of Stock
Price
3,944
RRP
R 4,695
(-16%)

Excellent sound

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This is my main crash. It has great resonance, great tone and is perfect for my style of music. I would say, in general, that A Customs are made more for rock and, more specifically, hard hitters. However, I've heard that jazz players do make use of this type on occasion as a small ride. I own the 17", and its by far my favourite of my set.

Vox amPlug 2 Bass Headphone Amplifier

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Vox amPlug 2 Bass Headphone Amplifier
Out of Stock
Price
759
RRP
R 799
(-5%)

Vox amplug

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The VOX amPlug 2 Bass is a fantastic tool for bassists. Whether it's for late-night practice sessions, creative brainstorming when and where the mood strikes or pre-gig warmups, there are myriad reasons we encounter in everyday playing that make a headphone amp worthwhile, and with the amPlug 2 Bass you get a great-sounding solution that plugs directly into your bass, gives you great tones to work with, rhythms to jam with, plug in any device with a 3.5mm jack so you are able to hear your bass as well as the secondary sound input simultaneously. Works with two AAA batteries that give about 17 hours of use. It is possible to use rechargeable batteries as well. And with this low price at RARU, it's hard to think of a reason not to have one.

Dunlop 486PMD Gels Medium Guitar Pick (Purple)

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Dunlop 486PMD Gels Medium Guitar Pick (Purple)
In Stock
Price
15

Smooth

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Smooth and slippery feel, the only grip comes from the print which is slightly raised. Tone is warm, nothing to rave about. The style of font and translucent material makes it look more like a fashion item but no doubt its quite fabulous looking. The name gel would suggest its very flimsy, but its not, its still stiffer than nylon and maybe 5% more flimsy than celluloid.

Planet Waves 2CBK4 Classic Celluoid Wide Medium Pick (Black)

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Planet Waves 2CBK4 Classic Celluoid Wide Medium Pick (Black)
In Stock
Price
15

Consistent

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It's quite a large pick but not so enormous that it's unusable. The size allows for great control and consistency in your play. The extra surface means you could grip with 3 fingers as opposed to 2, making economy picking really easy and reducing strain on the wrist.
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