Looking for Coupons?Call us 800-449-9128 Hablamos Español
Accessories Sale -Final Day - 15% off qualifying orders $25 or more
Dean Markley Logo
SKU 
304005 000000000

Dean Markley Artist Transducer

  • Write a Review

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

In Stock & Ready To Ship

  • Shipping (48 Contiguous U.S. States)
    FREE
  • Your Price :
    $2333.00
  Add to Cart
Add to Wish List

Earn up to 184 reward points.

See All Dean Markley Acoustic Guitar Pickups

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.

FEATURES
    Reviews
    Loading....

    Review Snapshot

    by PowerReviews
    Dean MarkleyArtist Transducer
     
    3.5

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (10)

    76%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Functional (15)
    • Good quality (12)
    • Improves sound (8)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Concerts (8)
    • Back-up (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (14), Professional musician (4), 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.

    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.

    Reviewed by 50 customers

    Displaying reviews 1-20

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    The Big Muddy

    By Uncle Don

    from String Tinkers, CT

    See all my reviews

    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

    See all my reviews

    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

    See all my reviews

    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

    See all my reviews

    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

    See all my reviews

    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

    See all my reviews

    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

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Ask me a question

    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.

    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.

      (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

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome little pickup

      By Brian Blackaby

      from Oklahoma City, OK

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      i just got this thing and tried it on my mandolin, 12 string acoustic guitar and even on my son's Dean junior acoustic and was amazed at the sound quality it produced. i didn't even need to use a feedback buster. this thing rocks!!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better Than Expected

      By Southern Boomer

      from Lufkin,Texas

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      I confess that I ordered this because it was inexpensive, but I got a much better pickup than I expected.I stuck this thing on my acoustic mandolin (down below the floating bridge), jacked it into a Danelectro 7 band equalizer(to use as a preamp) and finally into my Behringer GMX212 amp.I am impressed with the results...especially given the small cash outlay I've put into this project.The pickup is responsive,simple, and foolproof.My mando never sounded so good, or so big.I,m ordering another for some other projects I have in mind.Use this for any acoustic instrument, it's a good value.Keep in mind that it is a PIEZO..so take measures against unwanted feedback.Simple,functional,cheap...can't go wrong with that!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ..have yet to find a better transducer

      By harpstudent

      from Kutztown, PA

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      I've used a Dean Markley transducer for almost 2 years and haven't had any problems with it. The chord is still strong and the connections have not come loose in the least. Maybe I'm just too easy on it? I've actually pulled on the chord though, to check its continuity before I use it. Still tight! Yes, the chord does pick up noise and if your running through a guitar amp with the volume turned up you should probably consider using a preamp. For the price, its a fine piece of equipment. I'm considering buying a second transducer for my harp. I use it on my classical guitar and my violin. At church I use my acoustic guitar with the transducer on the bridge and a mic placed in front of the sound hole. The sound is excellent. I've also found that if you need to replace the sticky stuff, I use poster putty. It rubs off clean and doesn't mar the finish. Happy Playing!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Nice Sound But Does Not Stick to Guitar

      By Sharkbait0509

      from Hamptons, NY

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

          The pickup works well, but does not stay on my guitar without tape. Therefore, i wouldn't recommend it for anything other than practicing at home.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Putty a problem

          By dobroz

          from Miles City, MT

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • had to use much more putty than expected

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

          needs a fairly substantial amount of putty to stay attached. Good quality though compared to a similar model of another brand.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dean Markley transducer - works like a charm!

          By nancy

          from massachusetts

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Nice long cord

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

            But...I am using it on my harp and I place the bead between the pins for the levers for two reasons...it won't fall off if the sticky isn't sticky enough AND I don't want sticky stuff on my soundboard anyway so it works well for my purpose.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works great with my home made string instruments.

            By Dulcitars by Dale

            from Morgantown, IN

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

              I use this with my little "Honey Tone" belt amp. It works great and is a lot of fun. I make 3 string instruments I call "Dulcitar" aka strumstick. The sound reproduction is identical.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fast service, good product

              By Janet B

              from Smartsville, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts

                Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Mountain Dulcimer

                By Ragmop

                from Tucson, AZ

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                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.

                  (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.

                  Displaying reviews 1-20

                  Back to top

                  Previous | Next »

                  You are changing the Ship-To country.

                  Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.