Swee Lee Katong sale a bit of a letdown
So Swee Lee is trying to publicize its newly opened showroom at Katong Shopping Centre and went with a National Day 44% discount offer as in the prior post. Spend over $2009 and get 44% off that. Knowing that SL tend to have quite high list prices, me and my buddy scoured Musicians Friend for their prices, wrote these down and converted them to Sing dollars so we’d have a guide as to what the discounted prices would be. I always think this is a good way to go when you go for such a sale because it’s hard to know otherwise if what you’re getting is actually a bargain or not (which is the purpose of going to a sale isn’t it?). Some of the comparative prices seemed reasonable considering no need to buy and ship from MF in the US, but what this does say is that during non-sale times, aside from point promotions such as their recent ‘US Std. Strat for $1500’ their prices are quite high. Most Singapore musicians know this.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, the stock over there is kinda thin on the ground. About a third of the space is devoted to the ‘Peavey Concept Store’ which is just a big pile of Peavey gear. Peavey doesn’t do a lot for me (except the JSX amp, which is frickin’ awesome), so not much use there. They had quite a few Ibanez guitars there and I briefly mulled over getting Universe UV777P, but on closer inspection saw that it had nasty blackened frets from some kind of corrosion – yech.
Then I tried out one of the new Eric Johnson RW models – blue (dunno the official Fender name) with a rosewood bound fingerboard. Got it plugged in to a Twin Reverb Custom 15 and started to play. Within seconds I knew I didn’t want it. Despite its looks, the neck is way too fat for my little hands – much fatter than my Strat Deluxe, and I couldn’t bear the ‘real’ single coil hum coming every time I took my hands off. Having said this, this is a nicely made, fitted out and setup guitar – just a shame about the neck thickness and the buzzing.
Anyway – I think Swee Lee at least achieved their objective – getting people in to the store to look at the new premises (not sure why they require 3 outlets in tiny Singapore though…). They have some teaching rooms there and run class, plus a performance area where apparently Andy Timmons had been the previous week. Still early days for it and I’m sure the amount of stock will pickup over the next year or so.