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Pedal Picks: Blues, Metal & Rock

Living in the 21st century has its perks: The internet, advancements in technology, and video games have made it a great time to be alive. As guitarists, we’ve been blessed with a large number of great pedal effects companies that have popped up during the turn of the century. Keeley,… Read more

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Guitarology 101: Floating Bridges

You’ve heard us wax lyrical about fixed bridges last time. They are great for their rock solid tuning stability, but what if you’re looking for something more than just plain vanilla? This time we’re spicing things up by looking at the progenitor of all guitar pitch-pulling and dive bombing antics… Read more

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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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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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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

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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Studio Monitor Advice from a Top Mix Engineer

One of the silver linings during this difficult period is the fact everyone's finding new and creative ways to stay productive at home. Producing music at home. for example, is really having a moment right now. Music production requires specific equipment and has its own set of rules. One of… 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

Calvin Phua Stopgap showing BOSS effect pedals
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Top 5 BOSS Effect Pedals with Calvin Phua of Stopgap

Many guitarists proudly proclaim their love for pedals and effects, but few will ever match up to Calvin Phua. Calvin Phua cranking knobs at Stopgap's 'Totems' album launch. Best known for his work with beloved Singaporean indie rock outfit Stopgap, this guitarist carved out a reputation for himself over the… Read more

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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

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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