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Headless Guitars and Basses

Surely you’d have seen headless guitars and basses in music stores or on the internet. These futuristic looking instruments aren’t actually a new thing – they’ve been around since the 80s, along with the other striking oddities of the decade. The headless concept has seen a surge in popularity over… Read more

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Guitarlogy 101: Fixed Guitar Bridges

Since you’re reading this, chances are you’ve shopped for an electric guitar before. And you’ll realise quickly enough that these instruments are nuanced and personal things. A small facet of the instrument can make a significant difference to the sound and overall feel of the instrument.  Today, we look at… Read more

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Andy Powers Live Session Part 3: Improving the Acoustic Guitar, Buyer Advice and Guitar Ageing

We're finally on to our last instalment of the incredible learning journey with Taylor's Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers. Andy had covered topics ranging from sustainability to wood selection to working from home during the pandemic, and today we'll be diving into even more topics about the acoustic guitar he… Read more

Drum Tips- Buying Your First Drum Kit
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Drum Tips: Buying Your First Drum Kit

Just like buying any instrument, we're lucky to live in a time where we're completely spoiled for choice. As a beginner planning to get into drums, how do you know what's right for your playing needs. What features do you need? Is it versatile enough for the music I want… Read more

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An Interview with SCANDAL: J-Rock, New Albums & Fender Gear

Whether you’re up to date with the Japanese music scene, you might already be familiar with three special Fender Japan signature models from a certain all-female J-rock band – SCANDAL. Formed in August 2006 by four high school friends, SCANDAL started their music journey by playing live street performances until… Read more

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Andy Powers Live Session Part 2: Building Sustainable Guitars, Changing Musical Tastes and Wood Selection

We continue on our epic learning journey with Taylor's Master Guitar Designer, Andy Powers, as we dive into topics like sustainability, changing music trends and how Taylor selects their woods for guitars. This was a part of our live virtual Q&A session with Andy Powers a while back, which we… Read more

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Guitarology 101: Single Coils Vs Humbuckers

If you've been on the hunt for an electric guitar, chances are you’ve heard many people talk about their pickups. One of the biggest contributors in producing the sound and tone of a guitar, pickups are also one of the most misunderstood components found on the instrument. To clear the… Read more

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Celebrating 55 Years of Singapore with 55 Products

Our nation celebrates 55 years in a few days and we're celebrating this special day in the best way we know: music! To mark Singapore's 55th birthday, we've picked out 55 products for you. What's special about them? They are part of our National Day 8% Special Collection which is… Read more

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Andy Powers Live Session Part 1: Working From Home, Laminate Woods and Fretboard Radius

It's not everyday that you get the chance to speak to a world class luthier. And not just any luthier, but the luthier behind the now legendary V-Class bracing and many other revolutionary innovations. That's right, we, along with other Swee Lee friends got a chance to talk with Taylor… Read more

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The Swee Lee Staff Picks: Drums & Percussion

At Swee Lee, our world revolves around music everyday. So it's not surprising that many of our staff on this side of South East Asian are incredibly talented musicians themselves. As the people who buy, play and sell some the best gear the world has to offer, our people really… Read more

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Ask Marshall Anything: Luke Green of Marshall Amps Answers Your Questions

While it’s hard for us to envision, there was a time when rock ‘n’ roll did not exist. A dark age for those of us who love our music with a little more octane, the advent of the sixties brought us sweet salvation with the arrival of artists like Pete… Read more

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Dads, It’s Never Too Late to Live Your Rockstar Dreams

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it can sometimes be tough to buy the perfect gift for dad. Naturally, we’d tell you to give the gift of music! And we believe that a beautiful way to honour dads is to help them realise their musical dreams. Because it’s… Read more

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Vinyl Titles are 10% Off for a Limited Time

We love shopping online as much as the next person... but there's a unique satisfaction to properly digging through vinyl. And we're happy to say that once again you can come into our flagship store at The Star Vista to browse our selection in person once again. To celebrate, we've… Read more

Strymon Swee Lee Ask Me Anything Iridium Compadre DSP Pedal Amp Simulator
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Pondering Pedals: 10 Questions with Strymon Engineering

The good people at Strymon have been very busy in 2020. After releasing their critically-acclaimed Iridium amp & cab simulator, they've wasted no time resting on their laurels with the unveiling of the new Compadre boost & compressor pedal. The new pedal has definitely piqued our interest and who better… Read more

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Learn a New Instrument: Drums and Percussions

If stringed instruments aren’t exactly up your alley, there’s always the boisterous world that is drums and percussions.  The oldest known musical instruments known to man have made leaps and bounds today – modern percussion is as wide-ranging as they come with more types of drum and percussion instruments that… Read more

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Jeremy Zucker Answers Your Questions

You might know New Jersey-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker from his 'comethru' fame. Maybe you were one of the lucky few who got to meet him in Malaysia last year. Well, last week we were lucky enough to have Jeremy Zucker agree to answer anything on our Instagram page. So we turned… Read more

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Guitars, Basses, Ukes: It’s Time to Learn a New Instrument

Remember that one time you told someone that some day you'll learn the guitar? Back then we had all the excuses in the world, "I'm wayyy too busy!" Well, now we do – and thanks to the Internet, we’ve also got the resources to learn to play at home for… Read more

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Epiphone’s “Inspired by Gibson Collection”: More Than Just a New Headstock

There’s a new headstock in town, and it’s not just this new shape we’re excited about. Announced at Winter NAMM 2020, Epiphone followed Gibson's lineup restructuring and streamlined their instruments into the “Inspired by Gibson” Collection. Not only do the guitars now look more reminiscent of their Gibson counterparts, Epiphone… Read more

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Our Roving Reporter’s Top 5 Gear Finds at NAMM 2020

Winter NAMM 2020 might be over, but one person is still wishing he was there, swooning over the pedals, guitars and gear – our Roving Reporter, Shay. You probably saw Shay and his antics all over our social media channels last month. He took over our Instagram (see our highlights)… Read more

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Katong 112 Moving Out Sale: Our Top Picks

It’s been one hell of a run – we shared the love of music with many new friends, made dreams come true for some, but it’s time to say farewell to our 112 Katong Lifestyle Store. We’re thankful for all your unwavering support all the years we’ve been here. And it’s… Read more

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Your Lunar New Year Buyers’ Guide: Hit That S$888

The Festive season is still in full swing. Christmas and New Years Eve flew by and seems like we barely had a chance to catch our breath, and now the Lunar New Year is upon us! For the young 'uns, it's time to dust off your rusty mandarin pronunciations and… Read more

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Gearing up for NAMM with our Roving Reporter

It's T minus 10 days and we're gearing up to send Hasyir, our Roving Reporter to the 2020 NAMM Show. You might remember that last September, we put out an open call to our followers in the region to head over to the states, not just for a random trip,… Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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