REVIEW: Dean Markley Helix Pure Nickel Strings

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 …

Dean Markley USA Debuts Helix Pure Nickel Guitar Strings

jpegPRESS RELEASE: Dean Markley USA introduces the addition of new pure nickel guitar strings to the Helix line. Helix strings are made with a new patented hyper-elliptical winding technique, creating a tighter wrap and more mass, which seals the strings without the need for coating.  By using pure nickel, the strings will offer a warmer, clearer tone all while extending the life of the string. Pure nickel strings have long been sought after by guitarists in pursuit of the ultimate tone.  But manufacturers have stopped manufacturing or limit their production due to the high cost.  The Dean Markley team takes a different approach and firmly believes in giving the musician every tool they need to achieve their goals.  Pure nickel strings immediately start out with a warm tone and keep their tone much longer than strings using other materials.  Besides being easier on the frets and gentler to the touch, pure nickel creates less distortion allowing tone aficionados to clearly distinguish notes within chords and high speed run-throughs of scales and arpeggios.   Read More …

Nikki Sixx and Dean Markley Announce Online Trivia Contest

crueGLENDALE, AZ SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 –– To celebrate and kick off their new residency “Mötley Crüe Invites You To An Intimate Evening In Hell” at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Dean Markley is teaming up with Nikki Sixx for an online trivia contest.  The contest runs now through October 15, 2013 with prize packages that include a Nikki Sixx Signature Series bass from Schecter Guitars, an autographed drumhead signed by all four member of Mötley Crüe, an autographed copy of Mötley Crüe‘s Greatest Hits CD, Nikki’s Signature Series set of bass strings from Dean Markley and much more. Fans can enter by visiting  Read More …

SUMMER NAMM 2012: Dean Markley Carl Verheyen strings

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.

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NAMM 2012: Love Potion #9 returns

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.

Falling In Love with Dean Markley All Over Again

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA JANUARY 10, 2012 – Dean Markley announced today the reintroduction of their original guitar care polish, Love Potion #9.  The polish is available to all retailers and distributors worldwide and will be officially launched during the 2012 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show January 19 in Anaheim, California.
Gentle enough for daily use, Love Potion #9 is a simple, efficient way to care for all wood-crafted instruments. Applied daily, the concentrated formula provides streak-free luster and shine and extends the life of the instrument.
Love Potion #9  3 oz. $5.95 MSRP
Visit us at NAMM Booth #5710
About Dean Markley
Established in 1972, the Dean Markley company is recognized as an innovator and leader in the world of musical instrument strings.  Over the years, the company has expanded its product line to include guitar amplifiers, pickups and accessories.  Celebrated by retailers for their sales performance and endorsed by an elite caliber of musicians, Dean Markley products are the smart choice.  and

NAMM 2012: Dean Markley Commemorative 40th Anniversary Acoustic Guitars

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA DECEMBER 13, 2011 – In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Dean Markley is issuing a limited-edition run of acoustic guitars. Nine models are now available, with 25 guitars in each series. These finely crafted instruments are made of solid wood, with bookmatched backs, sides and tops, ebony fretboards and bridges, and gold plated hardware.   Distributors and retailers can place their orders now and all models will be on display during the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show January 19 in Anaheim, California.
All limited-edition Dean Markley acoustic guitars have a five-ply hardshell cases with plush interior. Cases retail for $200 MSRP.
Dean Markley Talks about the Dean Markley Limited-Edition Acoustic Guitars:
“The original model DM-41 is a sight to behold, and even more to play and hear. Gloss finish, bookmatched Indian rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, one-piece mahogany neck. Gold tuning pegs with tortoise-style buttons with an 18-1 ratio. Abalone purfling with maple outer edging, maple-strip ‘neck’ and ‘back’ outer-edge binding. Abalone fingerboard inlay, 24kt gold-plated stereo end pin jack, ready to accept any two pickups and come out in stereo. Compare this to the competition: the DM-41 sounds better, feels better and looks better.”  $4,950 MSRP
“This is the same guitar as the DM-41. The name was changed because there were a couple of minor bracing movements and a thinner finish than the DM-41 giving it a beautiful and rich sounding. This particular run of DM-41N’s features beautiful three-piece necks for super stability.” $4950 MSRP

NEWS: Musicorp Goes South by Southwest

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.

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