December 2016

Articles by Dean Farley

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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Rub a dub dub...Record in the Tub

January 9, 2008
I’m sure that at one point in your life, you have asked yourself, “How come every time I plug into my analog or digital multitrack recorder my tones really
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It’s All in the Hands

December 11, 2007
Yeah, I know – you’ve most likely read the above claim in any number of player interviews and guitar magazines. Or perhaps you have heard this oft-repeated maxim from
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Track You Down

November 9, 2007
This month I’ve decided to take a crucial side trip into an area that is extremely useful for discovering exactly how you sound to both yourself and your respective
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Electric Fingerland, Pt. 3

October 10, 2007
I hope by now you’re all experimenting with anything and everything that comes to mind when it comes to “honing your tone!” This month, we’re going to jump into
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Electric Fingerland, Pt. 2

September 10, 2007
This month we’re going to take a deeper look at the connections between the guitarist and the amplifier he/she is using. Last month, we began simplifying the signal chain
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Electric Fingerland, Pt. 1

August 8, 2007
Fingers and strings, the first step in the chain.
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Heads Up

June 12, 2007
I gotta tell you that some of the things we did to our guitars when I was younger were not the best ideas at the end of the day.
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Don’t Fret

May 14, 2007
Anytime you increase the fret size, the tone of your instrument will be altered– keep in mind that this might not be a bad alteration
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Super String Theory

April 12, 2007
Now that we’ve discussed some general concepts on adjusting and fine-tuning humbucking pickups, let’s examine yet another huge tonal (and magnetic) variable – string choice. What you use here
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The Great ‘70s String Switchover

March 19, 2007
Hi everybody. This month we''re going to talk about some issues that have caused even more disturbance in the signal chain. A good friend of mine from New York
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