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Swee Lee
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The best music shops in Singapore for musical instruments

No matter your taste in music, these stores will sort you out with the best instruments and accessories

By Cam Khalid
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With Singapore's growing music scene, it's only appropriate that the city houses music stores where budding musicians and virtuosic pros can expand their collection of instruments and accessories. Whether you're in need of a new Fender Stratocaster guitar to rock out, a well-equipped drum set to unleash your inner Buddy Rich or a fresh set of keys to take on Billy Joel's Piano Man at an upcoming live performance, these music stores have just what you need and more.

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Swee Lee

Shopping Musical instruments Buona Vista

The 5,000 sqft store boasts a wide range of musical instruments, accessories, DJ gear and more from well-known and familiar brands such as Fender, Gibson, Marshall and Native Instruments. The space offers repair services and special VIP treatment (that’s by appointment only) for music aficionados who’d like to have consultations with pros on limited edition guitars. Budding guitarists and drummers can also jam to their heart's content at one of the five teaching rooms. What's more? Fashion and music come together at this stylish space, with merchandise from labels like Converse, Kanken and Happy Feet. Tired of shopping? Rest your feet at the Swee Lee Social Club – a casual hangout space for music lovers to chat over coffee by Common Man Coffee Roasters and desserts. 

Yamaha

Shopping Musical instruments City Hall

Get lost in this music paradise loaded with every instrument under the sun including pianos and keyboards, guitars and basses, percussions and drums, brass and woodwinds, classical strings, electronics, synthesizers and music production tools, professional audio systems, and more. Besides offering a myriad of quality instruments off it signature Yamaha line, it also conducts music courses for both adults and children led by experienced teaching staff, as well as technical support for anyone looking for a fix and getting down to the nitty-gritty. For specialised shops, head over to BeatSpot for acoustic and electric guitars, drums, synthesizers and accessories.  

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Cristofori
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Cristofori

Shopping Musical instruments Raffles Place

More than just a music academy, Cristofori (named after the inventor of piano Bartolomeo Cristofori) also opens its doors for music mavens to expand their collection of instruments. With a heavy focus on classical music, its showrooms display a wide selection of pianos and violins from its signature line, Suzuki, Prillante, Bechstein, Rönisch, Pearl River and more. Alternatively, the brand also offers an array of guitars including electric, classical and acoustic, ukeleles, keyboards, drums, books, music sheets and other accessories at affordable prices that won't have you breaking the bank.

Davis Guitar

Shopping Musical instruments City Hall

In order for you to unleash your inner rockstar a la Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and B.B. King, you'll need a good set of instruments to get started. We're talking electric guitars, effects pedals and amps, and what better way to snap them all up at Davis Guitar. As its name suggests, this music store carries all things guitars from acoustics and basses to various amps and monitors, as well as accessories such as strings, tuners, picks, pickups, capos, slides, straps, bags and other guitar parts. And if you need a hand in pushing sonic boundaries or tweaking your tone, its team of pros is always ready to help.  

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City Music

Shopping Musical instruments Rochor

Get a bang for your buck when you shop musical instruments at City Music. The store has been a go-to spot for musicians here for the past 50 years, evolving from dealing in traditional acoustics to modern state-of-the-art equipment. If you're looking for electronic and digital musical solutions for your all your audio, recording and performing needs, these pros are here to sort you out. Test it out on everything including keyboards and synthesizers, workstations and samplers, guitar effects processors and amps, microphones, loudspeakers, mixers and more. Find the latest releases from the likes of Vox, Korg, Shure, Audio Technica and more, as well.  

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