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The Dean Markley Artist Transducer is simple and effective. A small transducer, housed in a maple disk, sticks to the surface of your guitar near the bridge with a special adhesive. The adhesive allows the Dean Markley transducer to be removed and re-stuck many times without affecting your guitar's finish. This Dean Markley pickup also works great on violins, cellos, mandolins, pianos, even horns.

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Dean MarkleyArtist Transducer
 
3.5

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
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      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Product for the price

    I bought this to use on my bouzouki. It sounds great and it's really sensitive. That means it has a really good output. The tone is clean and clear with a slight midrange...Read complete review

    I bought this to use on my bouzouki. It sounds great and it's really sensitive. That means it has a really good output. The tone is clean and clear with a slight midrange bump.

    I have a 7 string acoustic guitar. The under saddle piezos only have six elements, so the volume of each string is not even. I've never been able to use the electronics on my guitar for this reason. A pickup like this eliminates this problem. I'm getting my second one these to use on my acoustic guitar.
    It's a piezo biscuit. What features do you need?
    Sounds great. Clean and clear with a slight midrange bump.
    You won't find a pickup, that works this good, for this price.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The Big Muddy

    If you're looking for a temporary, stick-on sound reinforcement system for your guitar, mandolin, ukulele, or banjo the Dean Markley Artist Transducer is certainly an affordable choice. It's sturdy and made for...Read complete review

    If you're looking for a temporary, stick-on sound reinforcement system for your guitar, mandolin, ukulele, or banjo the Dean Markley Artist Transducer is certainly an affordable choice. It's sturdy and made for ease of set up. It probably takes 15 seconds to stick on and plug in.
    If you're concerned about the quality of the sound you are reinforcing, Horseman, Ride by!
    We are building home-made stringed instruments and are experimenting with different pick up configurations. The Dean Markley Artist Transducer comes with a sturdy, lengthy cord making it easy to use for the gigging musician. Stick the transducer onto your guitar and plug in!!

    The problem, we found, was the sound. We didn't move the transducer around much, so we can't vouch for the entire range of possibilities. When compared to a very affordable piezo+jack configuration the Markley sounded muddy and dull, like the sound was coming through a wall. The inexpensive piezo was bright and clear from the start. So we coiled up the Dean Markley and put it back in the box. No contest.
    This is not a straight apples to apples comparison. The Dean Markley is a rugged, gig-friendly set-up. The piezo+jack is for internal, permanent placement. It is a fragile set up. However, the price difference combined with the sound value makes the Dean Markley a terrible value.

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    5.0

    Good stuff

    By dclark5150

    from CA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      It worked as advertised. Money well spent. Works great with my CBG.

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      4.0

      Good Value!

      By Capt. Awesome

      from Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

          Easy to install and remove, works well with acoustic guitars and bass.

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Stick-on pup

          By Smokey in MN

          from Minnesota

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

            This pickup works well enough for the money, a good value. There are certainly better solutions out there, if you want to spend a lot more cash. The tones of your guitar are reasonably accurate, only louder.

            I bought this pup for my Selmer-style Gitane, a tough guitar to amplify, other than using a microphone, which can be feedback-prone. So far, I am satisfied with the Markley pickup. I will most-likely buy a few more for my odd instruments: autoharp, mountain dulcimer, uke, banjo, piano, & mandolin. Kalimba, anyone?

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            5.0

            Great Sound!

            By B/rad

            from Carterville Mo.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Nursing Home

              Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

              I have an inexpensive Takamine classical guitar so I don't mind using a little electricians tape on the bottom of the guitar to hold the cord from pulling on the pickup adhesion, (self adhesive) tape which is ready to stick on,(easy). I understand if you have an expensive guitar you may think lowly of me for the tape, but for my circumstances the (Great sound) is what I need.

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              4.0

              Mountain Dulcimer

              By Ragmop

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Functional

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts

                Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                I needed a way to amplify a mountain dulcimer in the church choir. The Dean Markley Artist Transducer fit the bill nicely. I'm running it through an L.R. Baggs Para Acoustic D.I. into a Peavey Studio 40 amp.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                save it for the bedroom

                By Wicker

                from Lafayette, LA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Easy to install

                Cons

                • Falls Off Guitar Easily
                • Feedback Prone
                • Short Cable

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Practicing Alone

                Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                I wanted to use this with my band and had no luck. When I am just playing it alone, the volume i can get without feedback isn't much louder than the actual guitar.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                great for violin

                By fatherof6

                from fl

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                  Works as advertised. Easy to use.

                  Comment on this review

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  The Big Muddy

                  By Uncle Don

                  from String Tinkers, CT

                  Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                  If you're looking for a temporary, stick-on sound reinforcement system for your guitar, mandolin, ukulele, or banjo the Dean Markley Artist Transducer is certainly an affordable choice. It's sturdy and made for ease of set up. It probably takes 15 seconds to stick on and plug in.
                  If you're concerned about the quality of the sound you are reinforcing, Horseman, Ride by!
                  We are building home-made stringed instruments and are experimenting with different pick up configurations. The Dean Markley Artist Transducer comes with a sturdy, lengthy cord making it easy to use for the gigging musician. Stick the transducer onto your guitar and plug in!!

                  The problem, we found, was the sound. We didn't move the transducer around much, so we can't vouch for the entire range of possibilities. When compared to a very affordable piezo+jack configuration the Markley sounded muddy and dull, like the sound was coming through a wall. The inexpensive piezo was bright and clear from the start. So we coiled up the Dean Markley and put it back in the box. No contest.
                  This is not a straight apples to apples comparison. The Dean Markley is a rugged, gig-friendly set-up. The piezo+jack is for internal, permanent placement. It is a fragile set up. However, the price difference combined with the sound value makes the Dean Markley a terrible value.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Does not work well for ukulele

                  By sendintheclowns

                  from Alabama

                  Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                  I needed a pickup for my tenor uke and I didn't want to drill a hole, so I figured I'd give this one a shot. Unfortunately it did not work well. The pickup did not stick well and kept falling off. One of the problems, of course, is that the ukulele doesn't use a strap that can hold the cable in place, so that the whole weight of the cable pulls on the pickup. It also left a blue residue that was impossible to remove completely, probably since the uke wood is not lacquered. Finally, when it DID work, the sound was not good, being tinny and unpleasant, completely unlike the warm tone of the instrument itself. I will probably just use a microphone instead.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Product for the price

                  By Septemfluous

                  from Norman, OK

                  Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                  I bought this to use on my bouzouki. It sounds great and it's really sensitive. That means it has a really good output. The tone is clean and clear with a slight midrange bump.

                  I have a 7 string acoustic guitar. The under saddle piezos only have six elements, so the volume of each string is not even. I've never been able to use the electronics on my guitar for this reason. A pickup like this eliminates this problem. I'm getting my second one these to use on my acoustic guitar.
                  It's a piezo biscuit. What features do you need?
                  Sounds great. Clean and clear with a slight midrange bump.
                  You won't find a pickup, that works this good, for this price.

                  Comment on this review

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