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Guitar technician servicing an acoustic guitar
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Fighting the Guitar Humidity Battle in South East Asia

"Store in a cool and dry place". "Guitar humidity is paramount for your instrument's best performance". 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… Read more

Strymon Iridium and Walrus Audio Mako Series ACS1 Amp Modellers
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Amp Modellers: Strymon Iridium vs Walrus Audio Mako Series ACS1

“The ultimate compact rig”, “The perfect quiet home recording setup” and “Minimalist guitar gear for the most tones”. If you’ve been part of the electric guitar world for the past ten years or so, you would have undoubtedly heard these effusive praises pop up – especially so when the phrase… Read more

Taylor V-Class bracing. Types of acoustic guitar bracing
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Guitarology 101: Acoustic Guitar Bracing

Acoustic guitars have been around for hundreds of years and we’re not complaining – they sound sweet as heck! Bright and sonorous, it is hard to imagine music as we know it today without the instrument. However, the tone that comes out of the good ol’ musical box is a… Read more

Morningstar Engineering MIDI Pedals
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10 Questions with Morningstar Engineering

MIDI Controller pedals! For some of us in the guitar community, they are an indispensable performing tool. And to many of us, it sounds like fanciful jargon out of a late eighties space opera. To get the lowdown on what MIDI Controller pedals are all about, we decided to have… Read more

Walrus Audio Mako Series D1 Echo Delay Pedal
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Delay Pedals: A Brief History of the Time Based Effect

If you’re new to delay pedals, then don't delay – cause you're missing big time (pun-intended)! You've probably heard this effect before but if you need a refresher, check out the opening riff of Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses or pretty much anything by U2! Like an… Read more

Rack of guitars in a shop
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Guitarology 101: Acoustic Guitar – Laminates & Solid Wood

As much as we love the chimey cleans, raunchy distortion, and full-blooded attack of electric guitars, nothing from the amplified realm can quite match the timbre of an acoustic guitar. While there are many factors that go into dictating what an acoustic guitar will sound like (such as bracing, body… Read more

Complete collection of Strymon Delay pedals on a display rack
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Every Strymon Delay Pedal Compared

Not so long ago, if a pedal sounded great, you’d ask, “but is it analog?” The popularity of digital pedals never quite hit their deserved height till Strymon announced itself to the scene with the blueSky Reverberator delay pedal. Today, the analog question bothers few – and you can thank… Read more

Guitar pickups in a display drawer in a music shop in Bangsar, Malaysia
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Guitarology 101: Passive Pickups vs Active Pickups

Ever wonder what the differences are between active and passive pickups? It’s a topic that most of us often hear about; but do we really know what separates the two pickup types? In this edition of Guitarology 101, we’ll be taking you on a magic carpet ride over the realms… Read more

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2020’s Most Popular Studio Gear

2020 was a pretty good time to start the audio recording project you’ve always wanted to do and most of our customers seem to agree. Whether it is finally beginning that long awaited podcast, upping the audio quality of your video game livestreams or perhaps turning your earworms into polished… Read more

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2020’s Most Popular Guitar Accessories & Essentials

Were you one of the many who picked up a new guitar or bass last year? As one of the most popular stringed instruments in music, it made perfect sense that these fretted wonders were our best selling category at Swee Lee last year. Just like cameras or cars or… Read more

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2020’s Most Popular Guitar and Basses

2020 will definitely go down as being one of the most bizarre years in recent memory. As huge portions of the year proved to be difficult, tough decisions translated into music gear buying decisions. With stay-at-home time being at the highest points they have been for the longest time, it’s… Read more

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Getting BIG Tone for the Bedroom Guitarist: Our Picks

Anyone guilty of poking fun at bedroom guitarists who never play outside their home? Well jokes on you! We're all bedroom guitarists now.  Many of you will already appreciate, sounding great playing at a gig is a completely different ball game. What sounds awful at home might sound great in… Read more