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Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup

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The Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand is a humbucking acoustic guitar soundhole pickup that has been re-voiced for better string balance, and enhanced low-e...Click To Read More About This Product

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The most popular acoustic pickup is even better!

The Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand is a humbucking acoustic guitar soundhole pickup that has been re-voiced for better string balance, and enhanced low-end, midrange, and highs with sparkling harmonics. Finer winding wire has been used to provide improved magnetics, plus an efficient, low-noise, slim line cable and a solderless, quick-mount jack.


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Dean MarkleyPro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup
 
3.9

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (8)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup

Removed from package
Installed into sound hole of 1968 Gibson Hummingbird-no adjustment required
Plugged cable into amp - clean channel
Set EQ to flat
Set amp to modest volumeRead complete review

Removed from package
Installed into sound hole of 1968 Gibson Hummingbird-no adjustment required
Plugged cable into amp - clean channel
Set EQ to flat
Set amp to modest volume
Strum
Slowly nodded head in an up and down direction while saying " yes, yes, this is exactly what I needed".

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Save Your Money Buy Something Else

This seemed like a great deal when I got it. Little "quacky" but really nice for the money. Then after 2 weeks it just plain stopped working. No sound. ...Read complete review

This seemed like a great deal when I got it. Little "quacky" but really nice for the money. Then after 2 weeks it just plain stopped working. No sound. I read the box instructions for fixing the "solderless jack cable," followed to the letter, and it worked again. I baby it and don't use it much, and today (a year since I bought it) it just plain stopped working again. No sound. I tried the process again to fix the solderless jack cable (supposedly "easy" according to the company) and nothing. I have never put strain on it, kept it stored in the box or a protective bag, have used it for church music maybe 10-12 times and rarely at home. The cable has never been stretched, pulled, strained, nothing. Completely unacceptable. I would not buy this again. I am currently in contact with Markley to get my 5 year warranty honored (NOT a transparent process!).

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup

By Paul S

from Great White North

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • None Yet

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

Removed from package
Installed into sound hole of 1968 Gibson Hummingbird-no adjustment required
Plugged cable into amp - clean channel
Set EQ to flat
Set amp to modest volume
Strum
Slowly nodded head in an up and down direction while saying " yes, yes, this is exactly what I needed".

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Black vs Gold

By david

from Orlando

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    This Pickup had More volume than the more expensive gold model . I run it thru a ZOOM A2 Processor and am able to get a professional quality sound of a Yamaha FG730s running 11-52 Phos Dunlop Strings, which are all I use now .I have 2 of these pick ups and recently bought a Baggs M1 , To my surprise, once processed the Markley holds it's own well ..If some kind of inline preamp or processor is not used, it will definitely not sound as good . Simple is always best in my opinion . I've always liked the sound of the Markley Sound hole pickups, except for the Z-7 which I think they quickly discontinued years earlier .. This is a Quality low priced pick up as I see others prices rising to the hundreds ... pric

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I recommend this pickup to anybody

    By ifihadamilliondollarsidbuyaPRS

    from Nap-Town Indiana

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I used this pickup with my favorite acoustic guitar for years. I played lots of small venue gigs, and the sound from this pickup was always a very nice reproduction of the sound from my guitar. I placed the pickup as high in the tone hole as I could, and the sound was great, without volume problems. I also recorded with this, and had no complaints. It did everything I ever needed it to do. Buy this one (the black colored one, not the natural colored one)!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good live, sucks in the studio.

    By Ronan

    from San Jose, CA

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I bought this at a local store, and it sounds great live. It sounds amazing, even. But I bought it in order to record at home, and for recording, it is ridiculously horrible. It is really muddy sounding, and I went through a preamp, as well as an EQ. Even with EQ's, it sounded like a badly recorded electric guitar. Also, when recording it pickups a lot of background noise. I'm taking it back tomorrow and getting my money back. But again, I can't stress, live it sounds amazing. I have no clue what the deal is, but thats it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    impressive

    By peripheral vision-fNs8T

    from illinois

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    i got this pick up today because the store i went to didn't have the one i origianlly wanted so i had to settle for this one. it is a sweet pickup and will fit just about any guitar. i love the low end on this thing cause i play on a seagull s6 and it really shows the guitars true colors. it isn't very loud by itself but if you plug it into a preamp it will give you all you need and more. i'm still messing with my mixer trying to get that perfect blend of high and low yeah it doesn't come perfect outta the box. if you're not using a mixer or a pa with a good equalizer the this thing might not be for you cause it does have some balance issues but nothing that can't be taken care of.-Peace

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Pickup

    By Tomas Mitchell

    from Salt Lake City Ut

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I just bought this today and right off the bat love it. For those of you who can't get sound out of it read the instructions. Raise it up closer to the strings. It is that simple. I play through an Acoustic AG60 and all my guitars sound awsome with this picup.

    I would have liked a volume dial but this is a passive pickup and I can live with that. I think many issues people are having with this have to do with the solderless jack, if your sound is week or cutting out adjust the jack as the instructions say.
    Cable isn't as big a gage as I would like.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great pickup for the price

    By Spike586

    from Ohio

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    When my main guitar was in the shop, I needed a decent, easy-to-use acoustic pickup for my backup guitar. The Markley ProMag Grand exactly fit the bill. Easy to install, w/good balanced sound. Used with LR Baggs Gigpro preamp to boost volume and minor EQ tweak. I had no trouble with the low E-string as some have reported. Played through a Marshall AS-50R and my church?s soundboard/PA and sounded fine on both.Pros: Humbucker eliminated hum I got with Markley?s single-pole pickup. Ease of install. Decent balanced sound for the price. Can move to other guitars if needed.Cons: Low output level?easy to correct with preamp. Slightly lower volume on bass strings?again, easy to correct by raising pickup on bass side while leave treble side lowered?all explained in the instructions.Recommendation: If you?re looking for a relatively inexpensive, decent sounding, easy-to-use pickup, buy it! I am very happy with it and would absolutely buy it again.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Better Option

    By Part time Strummer

    from El Rio Ca.

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Readjustments

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I use this on my 2 acoustics. EJ-200 and Yamaha 730. I didn't want to buy an acoustic/electric, even though I really would like to. This is a more cost effective option. The only problem is readjusting it with different amps. No EQ onboard
    I use my guitars for around the campfire and when the campfire is bigger, I use this. The first one I received stopped working after 2 hours. Sent it back, one week later, got the new one. Don't know and don't care what the cause was. MF made good on the purchase. So I waited a week before writing a review. So far, so good. Enjoy

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Of Both Worlds!

    By WildcatVince

    from Detroit, baby!

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    Overall, this is my first acoustic pickup, and this is the first time I've been able to plug in one of my acoustics (Washburn D100DL). I bought it yesterday to prepare for a gig that I have tomorrow. I brought it home and plugged it in through my GDEC 3, and it blew me away. Why spend extra on an acoustic-electric when you can get the guitar you want and use this? It's the best of both worlds.
    Not many features, but I like how you can customize your sound.
    Wish the cable was thicker and longer, but overall, the rest of it is awesome.
    Now I wish I bought it at Musician's Friend...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not a bad Pick-up

    By Bass'n Pete22

    from Ipswich, Ma

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I got this pickup to use overdrive on my accoustic and it does it well. It does not make a huge sound difference but it makes an acoustic sound really cool! Over all I like it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not the best not the worst. Just what i need.

    By Guitarkid--eyrK

    from Silver spring MD.

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I just got this and I do like the sound it gives off. Only problem is I play through a line 6 spider II 210 combo with a boss acoustic simulator. Which shockingly it sounds like an acoustic. For all those people who hate the sound through a acoustic amp try to add the acoustic simulator. It changes the tone ALOT.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works, but could be better

    By iamdeadsexy

    from Harrisonburg, VA

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    When you place the pickup in the hole for your acoustic guitar, it easily picks up any sound you make playing a string on the guitar. I stress string because if you are tapping on the body, it won't pick that up. There are only two qualms I have with the pickup; the volume must be turned up pretty loud which produces a fuzz in the background, and the tone comes off as a bit electric guitarish. It's worth the buy if you are going to do small shows and such, but not if you are looking to go pro.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Avoid this pickup

    By Wasteofpaint

    from Detroit Mi

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    Do not buy this pickup if you plan on using it for anything more than at home practice. First, to be able to hear your guitar through the amp, it must be cranked waaaaaaay up. Now you can hear your guitar, amidst a lot of fuzz and unnessesary noise. The bass and trebel adjustment is nice, but if you are planning on jamming with other instruments or a drummer, avoid this pickup like the plague.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    If its 2 loud you are 2 old!!! Rocker...

    By Still Rockin The Right Way

    from AW Minnesota

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    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    Coupling this pickup with my Taylor 12, is one of the best things I could have done. Anyone bashing this product really must not know much about the acoustic environment or the instrument they play. Some Taylors do sound like crap when amped, because most of the sound is generated by the body of the guitar not the sound hole itself. Wierd string harmonic points at the sound hole can cause little to no string vibration at the apex of the pickups range, that is why some guys have no volume. Try different guage strings....Boneheads.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sound - Plenty of Juice

    By Ibanez 6

    from Myrtle Beach

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    For those who are experiencing "weak output", raise the pickup so it is closer to your strings. If it is flush to the soundboard you won't hear a thing. Mine sounds great! I am trying to figure out a mod so I can adjust the height more acurately but I would recommend this product.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    works well live - clean and clear

    By cowboyd

    from Baton Rouge, LA

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    When I place it even with the sound hole on my 1985 Ibanez v302 12 string strung with 6 strings it is very clear, sounds as if mic'd, very clean sound. My Yamaha 2006 FG 700S for some reason doesn't sound as clear, for some reason. Both guitars have an excellent acoustic tone on their own.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pickup

    By ChaosZeppelin21

    from VALPARAISO, IN

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I just bought this a couple of days ago and I have to say it is really nice. I didn't want to buy an acoustic/electric because I found this really nice Martin I wanted to buy, so I bought the guitar and the pickup and it works great.

     
    5.0

    Great choice when looking to keep that acoustic sound.

    By Hylander

    from PA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

      I had to purchase another Dean Markley pickup recently because the one I have been using for over 30 years finally failed. There was no thought in choosing the Dean Markley pickup once again, especially if this Dean Markley performs for me as well over the next 30 years like my old one did. Sounds great and keeps that acoustic sound quality that I love so much.

       
      4.0

      Working as advertised

      By Bassman10

      from Seeley Lake MT

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live Performance
        • Practicing
        • Small venue

        Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

        Added it to Acoustic bass for better overall sound. Works perfectly

         
        1.0

        Save Your Money Buy Something Else

        By David Ayers

        from Grove City, Pennsylvania

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Not Functional
        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag Grand Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

        This seemed like a great deal when I got it. Little "quacky" but really nice for the money. Then after 2 weeks it just plain stopped working. No sound. I read the box instructions for fixing the "solderless jack cable," followed to the letter, and it worked again. I baby it and don't use it much, and today (a year since I bought it) it just plain stopped working again. No sound. I tried the process again to fix the solderless jack cable (supposedly "easy" according to the company) and nothing. I have never put strain on it, kept it stored in the box or a protective bag, have used it for church music maybe 10-12 times and rarely at home. The cable has never been stretched, pulled, strained, nothing. Completely unacceptable. I would not buy this again. I am currently in contact with Markley to get my 5 year warranty honored (NOT a transparent process!).

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