#From the Team

Xmas Buyers’ Guide 2019

It’s that time of year again. In a blink of an eye, December has dawned upon us bringing those nostalgic holiday tunes and decorations into full bloom. You walk around the city streets taking in the festive sights and sounds, smiling faces and excited chatter all around. You let out… Read more

#From the Team

Well Played Gear x D’Addario: No Need to Get Strung Up

What’s the best pickups to sound like Jimi Hendrix? What pedals should I use for that John Mayer tone? The burning questions you find on the lips of guitarists at a table will somehow always revolve around these topics. Of course, these all play a big part in your sound,… Read more

#From the Team

The Taylor Guitars Road Show 2019 in Singapore and Jakarta: A Wrap Up

Earlier this month, Swee Lee had the honour of hosting the Taylor Guitars Road Show at both our Star Vista and Jakarta stores in Singapore and Indonesia. We had the pleasure of welcoming Billy Gill, Taylor’s District Sales Manager, to give us the complete rundown of the luthiery process for… Read more

#From the Team

Strings Attached: Well Played Gear x D’Addario Coffee Morning

Join us on Saturday morning, 23 November 2019, at Swee Lee Social Club with James Gay, Head Luthier at Well Played Gear for a coffee morning all about guitar set ups, strings and more. Read more

#Handpicked Arrivals

No Compromise: Introducing the New D’Addario XT Strings

In a world of full of duplicates and replicas, you could be forgiven for assuming guitar strings don't matter that much. Strings corrode after time, they lose that slinky feel, your tone starts losing its brilliance – putting suboptimal strings can severely hamper your playing and sound. After investing immeasurable… Read more

#From the Team

Taylor Road Show 2019: The Guitars

It’s that time of the year again, the season of guitars that is! Once again, we’re honoured to be able to bring back to Singapore the highly-acclaimed Taylor Road Show. The Taylor Road Show brings Taylor’s friendly factory experts to select dealers, where you get to hear the latest from… Read more

Introducing Aguilar Amplification
#Handpicked Arrivals

Introducing Aguilar Amplification: The Low End Authority

Bass heads – you know the name. You’ll find Aguilar Amplification gear on stages and studios all over the globe, their preamps and pickups are nestled in some of the best bass guitars. It’s been a hard-fought journey on the way to the top, forging their reputation on the back… Read more

#Community

We Have a Winner! Find Out Who’s Going to NAMM 2020

In September we put out an open call to become Swee Lee’s NAMM Roving Reporter. We received incredible entries from all over the region - and we want to wholeheartedly thank everyone who took the time to enter the open call. It's fantastic to see the passion you all have… Read more

#From the Team

Taylor Guitars Road Show 2019

Taylor's award-winning Road Show is coming to Swee Lee at The Star Vista in Singapore, and we want you to join us for an afternoon of guitar talk and demos with the Taylor team's friendly factory experts. You'll get to learn from the experts on how different guitar shapes and… Read more

#From the Team

Caring for Your Guitar in Southeast Asia: Fighting the Humidity Battle

Store in a cool and dry place. Sound familiar? So many of the products we buy come with that label, and it's not surprising we take it lightly. But reconsider that advice when it comes to your guitars! We've spent too much of our hard-earned money on these precious instruments… Read more

#Contests

Win Paul Gilbert’s Ibanez Signature Model

As many of you may already know, the shred master and guitar extraordinaire Paul Gilbert will be heading to Singapore shores this December, and we're gearing up for what will be an epic night of fearsome and mind-boggling guitar playing. Thanks to our partner Inokii, we're pleased to be giving… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Jonathan Fong of Sole Superior Picks His Top 10 Vinyl at Swee Lee

Streetwear and sneakers go hand-in-hand – anyone who’s copped the latest drops will tell you that. But perhaps even more so, music has been ingrained into streetwear culture right from the very beginning – just ask Jonathan Fong, co-founder of Sole Superior and Street Superior Festival.  Sneakers and streetwear might… Read more

Calvin Phua Stopgap showing BOSS effect pedals
#Local Artist Spotlight

Top 5 BOSS Effect Pedals with Calvin Phua of Stopgap

His collection includes a staggering 20 BOSS effects. Here's how he makes his warbly, seasick, and whale sounds. Read more

#From the Team

Off The Record: All About Jazz and Vinyl

Join us at Swee Lee Social Club for an afternoon all about jazz and vinyl. There'll be a Q&A session with a panel of experienced DJs and tastemakers, where we'll talk about all things jazz and vinyl culture, and of course, great music and drinks. Hear from the expert panellists… Read more

#From the Team

Jeremy Zucker Meets His Fans in Swee Lee Lot 10

♫ And there's one thing that I need from you, can you come through?♫ Jeremy Zucker's Malaysia show sold out in hours! JZ fever had a hold on KL. And if there’s one thing Jeremy Zucker fans in Malaysia wanted more than anything, it was to meet him in person.… Read more

#From the Team

Jeremy Zucker Picks His Top Vinyl at Swee Lee Lot 10

Jeremy Zucker has been taking the world by storm since dropping his hit song "All The Kids Are Depressed" last year. So when he announced a Kuala Lumpur leg as part of his Asia tour, his fans came through in strength! Swee Lee were honoured to host a fan engagement… Read more

#From the Team

The Ultimate Gear Lover Experience: We Want to Send YOU to The NAMM Show!

UPDATE: We have tweaked the way you submit your entries. All you have to do now is upload your video entry via a Google Form. We also extended the contest end date by one week. You now have until 20 October 2019 to submit your entry! If you’re obsessed about… Read more

#Contests

Meet Jeremy Zucker in KL, in partnership with Universal

COMETHRU MALAYSIA FANS! Swee Lee and Universal know how much you love Jeremy Zucker! We have two exciting opportunities to get up close and personal with him. You can choose to participate in just one – or increase your chances by entering both! *Contest ends 10 September 2019 CALLING ALL… Read more

#From the Team

Meet Marty Friedman in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur!

Legendary guitarist Marty Friedman will be visiting Malaysia and Indonesia in September, bringing his particular brand of shredding excellence to KL and Jakarta fans! Known for fusing Eastern and Western musical styles, Marty's improvisation extends to progressive rock, metal, and neoclassical genres. Often referred to as a "shredder", Marty's technique… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

With the Band: Summations, T-Rex on Baybeats 2019

It’s been a little over a week since the annual Baybeats takeover at Singapore’s Esplanade and the diversity of talent seems to grow with every year. Every edition of Baybeats brings together well-loved local acts, the up-and-comers, as well as international headliners to the same stage — a treat for… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Anis Kalisa’s Top 10 Guitar Gear for Rocking Out

Are you someone who swears by a particular style of guitar? KL-based guitarist and sessionist, Anis Kalisa certainly does. For her, it's Les Pauls all the way. For our first Malaysian artist feature, the Soul Statue guitarist shares her life-long love for the iconic Gibson design with us, her journey… Read more

#From the Team

Get to Know Heritage Guitars – the World’s Finest American-Made Instruments

Proudly handcrafted in the USA since 1985, Heritage Guitars are a great testament to fine, impeccable guitar building. Heritage guitars trace their lineage back to one of the biggest names in the guitar world – Gibson, whose heyday in the 50s saw many guitars change the landscape of music culture. The… Read more

#From the Team

Red & White: Our Picks this National Day

It’s our nation’s 54th birthday next week, and it’s always a special occasion for us having been part of the nation’s local music scene since the 40s. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite red and white products you can get at Swee Lee to celebrate National Day! Gibson 2019 Firebird… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

10 Essentials for Ambient Pop with Jazreel of Causeway Youth

In the world of ambient guitar music, reverbs are cavernous, lush modulation thrives, and delay controls are cranked up — but not without reason. The loosely-defined "ambient music" label itself is not genre-bound and is most identifiable by its focus on creating atmospheric layers. Some popularly associated styles of music… Read more

#From the Team

Best Picks: Electric Guitars Under S$500

Whether you’re a seasoned guitar player, or just learning the ropes, the “budget” or “beginner” axe will always have its place in the world of guitar. Perfect for those starting out who aren’t willing to invest in a high-end guitar from the get-go, or as a backup guitar for the… Read more

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#Contests

EXCLUSIVE: Meet José González this week in Singapore!

This week we're looking forward to seeing the chill stylings of guitarist José González, supported by local singer-songwriter Charlie Lim. This one night only affair on 11 July is at the Capitol Theatre, presented by Collective Minds x Sing Jazz x Vamp Productions Our friends at Guitar.com are giving some… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Top 12: Desiree Tay’s Must-Have Percussion Gear

The cajón, a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru, under the hands of skilful drummers has proven to have more tonal options than its six sides seem to suggest. But that hasn’t stopped creative musicians from adding more and more hand-percussion and accessories to their cajon set up to take… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Pedal Challenge: Hasyir Ibrahim’s picks under $500, $1K & $2K

Whether you’re new to pedalboard building or a long time pedal aficionado, the fact remains the same — trying to decide on your next pedal acquisition can quickly become overwhelming. The options never end and every permutation of your signal chain opens up new tonal possibilities. A good way to… Read more

#From the Team

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Say Thank You with Music

Even though our Dads deserve more than one day to be appreciated, this Father’s Day is the best time to show our appreciation to the man in our lives who never fails to go above and beyond. Father’s Day is just around the corner, so we’ve put together our top… Read more

#Local Artist Spotlight

Leo Goh Breaks Down His Top 5 R&B Licks

Leo Goh may seem like a relatively new face in Singapore’s music scene, but that’s only because the Musicians Institute graduate has been in LA for the past 6 years — first as a student and then a working musician. The young producer and guitar extraordinaire has been keeping himself… Read more