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Dean Markley Artist Transducer 

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Functional (14)
  • Good quality (11)
  • Improves sound (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Concerts (8)
  • Back-up (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fast service, good product

I needed this pickup for rehearsals and had ordered one from another company. It didn't work and after over a month I'm still waiting on them to send me another. Musicians Friend had the...Read complete review

I needed this pickup for rehearsals and had ordered one from another company. It didn't work and after over a month I'm still waiting on them to send me another. Musicians Friend had the product in stock and sent it immediately.

My first Markley pickup lasted over 20 years. It would have kept working, but the putty finally dried out. I place it on the top of the banjo head and it does the job when I need more than just an acoustic sound.

Thanks, Musicians Friend, for helping me out.

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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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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

The Big Muddy

By Uncle Don

from String Tinkers, CT

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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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

One word says it all, Noisy!

By Skydogv

from South East Texas

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Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

I owned one of these stick on pickups years ago to use with my dobro. It worked ok. Well, a couple of days ago I got another one for a travel guitar. Dreadful noise. Noise when you accidently tapped the cable. Noise from my watch gently bumping the little acoustic I was playing. Static and feedback galore. It's going back Monday for sure. I dont know how anyone could get get sound out of this, it amplifies everything, and I mean everything.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not A Winner!

By TommyCaster

from Michigan

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Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

I purchased the Dean Markley Artist transducer to amplify my acoustic guitar. It's provided with instructions to install inside the guitar. But the wiring instructions are too vague. The pickup itself sounds OK, but it's a nightmare to install. The endpin jack provided has no flat sides for a wrench, or slots for a screwdriver, to aid tightening, as other brands do. This causes you to twist the wire, and break solder connections. The adhesive sticks well, but don't try to move it! I called the manufacturer, and they were polite, and accepted my return for an equal dollar value in merchandise. (I chose strings). I purchased a Barcus-Berry "Insider" for a few dollars more, and it installed easily and works great. They also make an "Outsider" for temporary applications. I've had formal Electronics training, and have wired many pickups, and electric guitars, so I know what I'm doing. Do yourself a big favor, and spend about ten extra dollars for the Barcus-Berry. This one is NOT worth the frustration!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Does not work well for ukulele

By Stratman

from Birmingham, AL

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Buy it!

By INTHEDR

from AZ

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Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

This is the best peice of equipment for the price. The sound, when recorded, is way better than mic'ing or di from acoustic electric, and it's a lot less hassle. All you have to do is play with it for a few minutes to find the ideal placement for the sound you want. It sounds great! If you're at all debating it... just buy it you won't regret it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product for the price

By Septemfluous

from Norman, OK

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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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Barely works

By dajomo

from Raeford, NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Won't Pick Up Talking

Cons

  • Bad Adhesive
  • Poor Quality
  • Poor Tone

Best Uses

  • Emergency Only
  • Practicing

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

Oh, it works, just not well.

Purchased this about ten years ago for use on a mountain dulcimer. Since then it's also been used for a viola.

Not matter the placement, it would not pick up the character of the instruments, but every unwanted bump or knock would come though like a clap of thunder.

Adhesive would not hold transducer securely. it constantly came loose on both instruments. How it fell off a mountain dulcimer laying flat is beyond me.

Also the adhesive ruined the finish in the spots where it was mounted to the instruments. It just will not completely come off.

Best thing to be said, our viola play never stops talking, even during a performance. Thankfully, this wouldn't pick up "Jabber Jaws".

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound!

By B/rad

from Carterville Mo.

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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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Classicalman

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

    Not a pick up! I just bought it for a classical solo gig that I had to do. My playing area would be very cramped and I didn't have enough room for a mic/stand...I was also tiring of my clip-on-guitar mic so I tried this little beauty. My Ramirez 4E sounded very good using this pick up run through my Fender Acoustasonic 30. For the price, I would try it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    great sound but very breakable

    By Walnuts

    from Salem, MA

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    Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

    I use this for a classical. sound is very balanced, decent volume but could be better. I like how you can adjust the tone by varying the pickup placement on the top or bridge of the guitar. very noisy if you touch the cord - picks up any vibration. If you break the cord from the transducer you are done for unless you feel gung ho enough to pry the transducer out of the maple wood case, CAREFULLY work all the glue off with a small screwdriver, restrip the wire and solder the positive into the side hole and the negative to the top center of the disk, try to fit the thing back into the case and then worry about how to keep the innards protected again either with a new glue coat or something makeshift (I placed a pick on the top and wrapped the whole thing with electrical tape. Now works as good as new, looks terrible!!! But I like the sound and saved myself from shelling out another 50 bucks. Basically, the cord could be a lot stronger and the thing needs a preamp. But the sound is very nice for what it is. A natural tone. Hard to fix once broken.

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