The bright red decorations are out in force, the smell of bak kwa wafts thick in the air, and you can almost taste the pineapple tarts on your tongue, meaning the start of Chinese New Year is just around the corner! And with the beginning of the 'Spring Festival' ushering in a new year, new season, and new start – there's no better time to update your gear & shop some new swag (y'know... for good luck!)

Don't worry, we won't tell you to throw away your old vintage stuff (we've got stuff to help you spring clean 'em up nice & shiny!)... but here are our Top 8 tasty musical treats for your CNY shopping list (in no particular order) to ring in your Lunar New Year right!

KORG Konnect - lets you "Lo Hei" loud

KORG Konnect - Shop Now

No more yelling to gather the hard-of-hearing adults and the hard-to-sit-still kids round for the extended family photo portrait – let this light and portable PA system do all the heavy lifting for you. With 4 input channels, it's also perfect for karaoke, a Stephen Chow movie marathon, and to just take this year's “Lo Hei” up a notch. Now the only thing that you'll worry about making your throat hoarse this CNY are all those crunchy crackers.

Pair with: Samson R21S Mic

Martin SP Lifespan Strings - red packet that'll repay you in tone & playability

Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Strings - Shop Now

The 'Spring Festival' is a time for renewal, so what better time to swap out those dull old strings for some shiny new ones to bring your prized acoustic guitar's lovely tones back out from their winter hibernation? Martin's SP Lifespan strings are treated for long life (very auspicious). While collecting the 'ang pows' this year, don't forget to give your guitar a li'l red packet of its own – it'll repay you back in playability, feel, reliability and tone.

Check out the Martin SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze range here

Check out the Martin SP Lifespan 80/20 Bronze range here

KORG Pa1000 - the sounds of Chinatown at your fingertips

KORG Pa1000 - Shop Now

Yes, it's the newest High Performance Arranger keyboard in KORG's acclaimed Pa-Series. Yes, it's got more power and more new features. But the cherry(blossom) on the top of the (nian gao) cake has to be City Music's exclusively developed set of traditional Singaporean musical styles and instrument sounds which can be installed in addition to the pre-loaded 430 styles and 1,700 sounds. Announce your arrival at Grandma's with your very own lion dance sounds, then wow them with your rendition of 'Yin Chun Hua' (check out Mike's video for inspiration here).

Also available: KORG Pa700 here

GHS Fingerboard Care Kit - spring cleaning for your prized instrument

GHS Fingerboard Kit - Shop Now

While you're spring cleaning (and 'string cleaning' or changing your strings) to usher in the Year of the Pig, why not go the whole hog this year and give your frets and fingerboard a good clean and condition? The GHS Fingerboard Care Kit includes a Fret Buffer, a bottle of GHS Fingerboard Cleaner/Conditioner solution and a Cloth – everything you need to replenish your prized workhorse's well-worn fingerboard and restore the lustre to the frets, resulting in improved playability, sustain and tone.

Also check out: MusicNomad TUNE-IT String Instrument Lubricant here & MusicNomad Guitar Detailer here

KORG Beat Boy - li'l firecracker of a practice tool

KORG Beat Boy - Shop Now

This little red firecracker is not just a metronome, but a drum machine, recorder, and tuner all rolled into one compact package, allowing you to not just practice your playing anywhere, but have FUN while you get your rhythm chops tight. Packed with 100 full-fledged rhythm patterns, the ability to record and playback using the built-in speaker, and a USB port to load your track onto a computer, the Beat Boy will ensure that this year you don't let down the band (or your lion dance troupe), and lay down all those new song ideas.

Also available: KORG BEATLAB mini

Martin 00-28 Reimagined - bring harmony into your home

Martin 00-28 - Shop Now

It's not Lucky Bamboo, but the Full Solid Sitka spruce and East Indian rosewood Martin 00-28 Reimagined similarly looks beautiful, and definitely SOUNDS a whole lot nicer! Its aged-toner finish and dark mahogany neck bring the Feng Shui Wood Element in spades, while it's 00-size ensure great balance to your sound, with natural harmonics blooming whether fingerpicking, strumming or soloing. Did we also mention it's shaped like an 8?

Also: Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Signature Guitar

VOX amPlug 2  - noisy festivities need not interrupt practice

VOX amPlug 2 - Shop Now

So you were planning on using the CNY break to find your sound, and you're not about to let the noisy festivities outside get in the way of practicing? VOX's palm-sized amPlug guitar amp is your fastest ticket to serious guitar sound any time, any place. Simply plug your amPlug directly into your guitar, attach your fave pair of headphones, and you're ready to jam! With up to 17 hours of battery life on two AAA batteries, tell your cousins you'll be a bit late for reunion dinner – 'cos it's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n roll.

Available in: AC30, Clean, Classic Rock, Blues, Lead, Metal, and Bass 

G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow - musical/visual 'gold' sweeter than a kumquat

G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy SH - Shop Now

It may be tradition to exchange a pair of oranges during CNY, but these are two orange beauties from G&L you'd want to hang on to. The Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow guitar with G&L's distinctive twin voice chambers and f-hole, alnico humbucker and Leo Fender-designed single-coil MFD™ bridge pickup delivers harmonics sweeter than a honey tangerine, while the Tribute L-2500 bass' flexible Tri-Tone™ control system helps you find your tone in abundance no matter what the situation calls for. What's more, they come in colours that'll guarantee you'll bring not just musical, but visual, 'gold' into your home/studio this year.

Check out the Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow in Clear Orange here

Check out the Tribute L-2500 Honey Burst here


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