Guitar strings are a tricky thing. They can be very personal. What’s deliciously bendable for one player is too slick for another. And that’s kinda what makes string shopping so much fun. If all strings were the same, what would be the point? Dean Markley offer many kinds of string at all sorts of price points and for all sorts of applications. And their Helix Pure Nickel electric guitar strings feature an added twist every bit as cool as their revolutionary Blue Steels cryogenically treated strings. The trick to the Helix strings is that they feature a patent-pending Elliptical Winding process: the nickel core is bound up by wire that’s elliptical in shape rather than round, which means the strings feel smoother, there’s less space for gunk to intrude, and they’re easier on your frets and fingertips. Read More …
If you’re a Stratocaster user, you’ve probably seen that video above by Carl Verheyen. It’s been passed around on forums for a few years, and it explains how to perfectly balance the string tension and spring tension of your Stratocaster so that when you float the bridge you can achieve specific intervals by bending the bar up, and so you can maintain better return to pitch and some rather nice vibrato sounds as well.
Now Carl has teamed up with Dean Markley to create what appears to be the ultimate set of Strat-friendly strings for players who prefer this type of setup. Check it out! He explains it even further in this new video:
Dean Markley and Carl Verheyen Tame the Strat
SANTA CLARA, CA – July 10, 2012 – Dean Markley today announces the release of the new Carl Verheyen Balanced Bridge Helix Electric strings. This partnership brings a unique string set intended to balance the six screw and two screw Strat-style bridges. The new string set features a unique blend of gauges and features the new Helix patent-pending hyper-elliptical windings.
Dean Markley is reintroducing Love Potion #9, their original guitar polish. The press release is below. Ironically, reading about this fills my head with the song “Champagne” by Paul Gilbert rather than the much more obvious “Love Potion Number 9” written by Leiber and Stoller. Funny how that works.
Here’s a press release from Musicorp about their display at South By Southwest. Nice pic! Aaah, Dean Markley. Just a glance at their logo makes me all nostalgic for Dean Markley Blue Steels ads from the early 90s. They had a great one with Marty Friedman that I thought was ultra-cool back in the day. You can see it at the end of this post. At the time (I was about 14) I wished I had hair like that. Now I’m not so sure. All I know is that to this day my guitar case still sports the Blue Steels sticker from the very set of strings that I raced out to buy after seeing that ad.
Charleston, SC, March 23, 2011 – Musicorp, a leading distributor and manufacturer of musical instruments, lighting products and accessories, participated for the third year in a row at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival in Austin, TX.
Musicorp exhibited key product offerings such as Sierra Guitars, Lanikai Ukes, Dean Markley strings, Snark tuners, and BBE pedals, from March 18-19 in the Austin Convention Center during the 25th annual SXSW convention. The 2011 convention shaped up to be one of the biggest and best yet with over 13,000 music industry professionals pouring into Austin from all over the world.