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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.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.