October 2016

Articles by Dean Farley

Signal Chain: Going Au Natural

March 15, 2011
It is quite amazing how unique we are as guitarists. If 10 players were to play the same instrument with the identical setup, each would sound very different from the
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Signal Chain: The Evolution of The Twang Bar

February 15, 2011
Going back to the different styles tied to different tremolo bars
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Encounters With The Mad Professor

January 17, 2011
It’s amazing how unusual circumstances can connect players with great guitar equipment.
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The Jim Kelley FACS - AKA "The Other Dumble"

December 21, 2010
The Kelley FACS (Foot Activated Channel Switching) amplifier runs four 6V6s in its output tube section and is known for its extremely high plate voltages— 485 volts!
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Digging into Fast-Response Amps

November 16, 2010
Fast response amps of yesterday and today: Vox AC30 and Mad Professor CS-40 are compared
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Listening Like a Microphone, Part 2

October 20, 2010
Favorite ribbon microphones, new and old
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Listening Like a Microphone, Part 1

September 21, 2010
The art of listening
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Mo’ Watts—A Nostalgic Look at Hiwatt

August 17, 2010
HiWatt - where they came from, and the tones they''re known for.
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Fast (and Faster)

July 20, 2010
What does it really mean when an amp is "fast" or "slow"?
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The House Where Dumble Built

June 16, 2010
Dean Farley recounts his first meeting with Alexander Dumble
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Topsy-Turvy Tones

May 18, 2010
How flipping your guitar can open up new sounds to you
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Picky, Picky, Picky

April 15, 2010
Popular picks from the ''60s to today, and what they do for your sound.
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The Art of Pickup Adjustment

February 11, 2010
Why pickup adjustment is so important, and how you can use it to your advantage
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Let's Get Small: Low-Power Vintage Amps

July 22, 2009
Three small amps from the ''60s remind us that sometimes monster tone can come in a little package.
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Pulp Fiction, Pulp Fact: Celestion Blues

June 17, 2009
Does the length of wood fibers in Celestion Blue original and reissue speaker cones make all the difference?
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Sounding Analog in a Digital World

April 21, 2009
A look at how to maintain that analog recording sound when recording through digital software
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The Importance of the Microphone Preamp

February 16, 2009
Why you might want a preamp, and a few quality ones to check out.
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Which Tubes Are For You?

January 15, 2009
Some unconventional advice on picking tubes
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The Tone (and Order) of Tubes

December 16, 2008
Dean Farley talks tweaking tubes for your desired tone.
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