Dean Markley Returns to Dean Markley Strings as CEO

Dean Markley, founder of Santa Clara, California-based Dean Markley Strings, has returned to the company as its CEO. Markley retired from the company's day-to-day operations in 2002.

The announcement comes as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Markley started out as a music-store owner who eventually developed and sold cryogenically frozen Blue Steel strings, which became the world's biggest-selling strings. He also created the Voice Box effect pedal used by Peter Frampton in the 1970s.

For more about Dean Markley Strings, visit the company's website.

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Damian Fanelli
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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.