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Articles by Dean Farley

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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Play Your Guitars, Train Your Brain

November 11, 2008
Spread the love to all of your guitars - it''s good for your brain.
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The Well-Tempered Ear

October 13, 2008
How’s everybody doing? It dawned on me that there might be a few readers who feel some of the topics discussed in this column are a bit unorthodox. To be
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Making Those Halftime Adjustments

September 9, 2008
Improving your strat''s current flavor never seemed so easy
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And Now For Something Completely Different...

August 15, 2008
Biasing amps "by ear" to get the perfect tone.
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Over, Under, Sideways, Down

July 10, 2008
I’ve been noticing some disturbing trends as of late. Many of my customers have been experiencing problems with their wrists and hands, and it was originally quite perplexing. Players
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Acoustic Guitar Tonal Magic

June 10, 2008
Considering this month’s acoustic theme, I thought I could offer up some interesting ways to improve your acoustic guitar’s sound. To get you up to speed, we’ve previously touched
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She Put the Whammy on Me, Pt. 2

May 12, 2008
Dean Farley wraps up his discussion of the effect of vibrato tailpieces on the tone of famous guitarists.
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She Put the Whammy on Me

April 9, 2008
--> A Gibson ES-355 TDC Since last month’s installment I’ve been watching YouTube in a quest for some insightful angles (and some not-so-obvious answers) as to what really makes
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Playing Tone Hide and Seek

March 11, 2008
Have any of you noticed lately that there has been an awful lot of chatter everywhere from message boards to guitar shops about how critically important components on your
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Don’t Break the Chain(s)

February 8, 2008
Greetings, everyone! Before we meander down the signal chain any further, I thought that it would be a good idea to talk briefly about maintaining your chain and keeping
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