Gibson Skips NAMM

News of Gibson skipping NAMM has been viral on guitar sites and forums. This has led to various rumours and speculations about the company’s direction.


Guitarbear feels that it is probably ideal for Gibson to skip NAMM and go to the CES mainly because of two reasons:

  1. They have already launched the 2018 product line in last quarter of 2017. There is nothing new to show at NAMM.
  2. The internet age has reduced the effectiveness of NAMM for established brand names. Dealers know Gibson LPsĀ will sell if the guy wearing a top hat plays one. This is different for smaller or new brand names who are trying to gain recognition.


Looking forward to 2018 models hitting SG.

*photos/posters from Gibson and


Swee Lee Flagship Store @ Star Vista

Was there last Thursday afternoon to check out their new lifestyle store.


What can I say??? It’s a totally awesome storefront that has expanded beyond sale of music instruments.

New additions are:

The Lifestyle/Apparel Section (Photo from Swee Lee Facebook)24131830_1854832144546607_1612412172105419330_o

The Social Club Cafe (Photo from Swee Lee Facebook)


Of course we gotta look at the guitars that greeted us near the entrance (Photo from Swee Lee Facebook)


Staff members were absolutely friendly and made me feel really welcomed. Thumbs up!