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Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup  

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Dean Markley

A single-coil pickup that has bell-like harmonics that sing like no other acoustical pickup.

Dean Markley's ProMag Plus acoustical pickup has become an industry standard. ProMag's perfect balance and maple wood housing give it that smooth, high-end response that you want from an acoustical pickup. ProMag is unsurpassed.

Being a single-coil pickup, the Dean Markley ProMag Plush guitar pickup has bell-like harmonics that sing like no other acoustical pickup. ProMag has gained recognition as the finest sounding acoustic pickup made. ProMag pickup is voiced and balanced at the factory for perfect string balance — treble strings and bass strings will ring out with the same volume.The Dean Markley pickup's award-winning 15-foot low noise, double-shielded cable terminated with a solderless 1/4" nickel jack gives you freedom of movement with no worry of noise or hum.




Plug into the ProMag Plus Pickup and see just how good your acoustic guitar can sound.

 
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Dean MarkleyProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup
 
4.0

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (7)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive

Very good value.
I used this to replace a Fishman Prefix Plus-T unit in a Carvin Cobalt concert acoustic. The Fishman unit just conked out after 5 years. Too bad; it...Read complete review

Very good value.
I used this to replace a Fishman Prefix Plus-T unit in a Carvin Cobalt concert acoustic. The Fishman unit just conked out after 5 years. Too bad; it was a very nice pre-amp.

Surprisingly, I didn't lose any tone at all with the Dean Markley ProMag Plus. This pickup had excellent articulation and clarity across all 6 strings. Very nice, balanced tone. I liked it so much that I hard-wired the pickup to the existing end pin jack and discarded the Fishman unit. Don't get me wrong-the Fishman was great, but it was dead and I didn't feel like shelling out for a replacement. I use an out-board volume and effects pedal anyway, so I can do fine without the expensive bells & whistles on the Fishman.

This is a very fine pickup, and yes, it does say 'Dean Markley' on it, but I note that a lot of guitars say 'Fender' and 'Gibson' on the headstocks. Is that any reason to slam them? Especially if you note that you don't own the pickup, and haven't even used it! Gimme a break...
I use it and highly recommend it.
For the money, it's hard to beat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

ProMag Plus

I used to play guitar in my church's praise team. My grandfather made a guitar on a Martin D-28 without a pickup, so I needed one to make thing easier. I bought...Read complete review

I used to play guitar in my church's praise team. My grandfather made a guitar on a Martin D-28 without a pickup, so I needed one to make thing easier. I bought this on a whim wondering what it would sound like. First off, the pickup didn't really fit well in my sound hole. Because of that, it would slide around in the sound hole and scrape the sides around the pick guard. Second, it didn't have a great sound quality. I really like a pure guitar sound, and this added some reverb that I couldn't really change. It also had some very loud humming when I wasn't playing, which is bad when you're playing in church. Third, when I put the jack on my strap pin, it didn't allow any room for my strap. It met the need, but I should have gone for something better.

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3.0

ProMag Plus

By any_instrument98

from Mooresville, NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

I used to play guitar in my church's praise team. My grandfather made a guitar on a Martin D-28 without a pickup, so I needed one to make thing easier. I bought this on a whim wondering what it would sound like. First off, the pickup didn't really fit well in my sound hole. Because of that, it would slide around in the sound hole and scrape the sides around the pick guard. Second, it didn't have a great sound quality. I really like a pure guitar sound, and this added some reverb that I couldn't really change. It also had some very loud humming when I wasn't playing, which is bad when you're playing in church. Third, when I put the jack on my strap pin, it didn't allow any room for my strap. It met the need, but I should have gone for something better.

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1.0

Do not recommend.

By Zanimal

from New York

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Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I already own a Dean Markley acoustic guitar pickup with a male jack, which I used before buying an acoustic/electric guitar. I bought this one because it had a female jack, which would allow me to use a cable of any length. I thought I could attach it to the strap pin, but when you do that, there is not enough room for the actual strap. There is also an audible hum from the pickup. As far as sound quality, any type of sound hole pickup will make an acoustic sound a little like an electric guitar. But obviously there are situations where you might not have an acoustic/electric available and you can readily take this in your gig bag.

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    5.0

    Would not fit in the sound hole.

    By BEAT

    from Tucson Arizona

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Quality

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

      Sales rep assured me on odering that it would work on my classical guitar..Wrong...

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      4.0

      Good Acoustic Pickup

      By oldguitarpicker

      from Dallas, Texas

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

        It is a good pickup. Works well on my wife's 12-string. Too long for smaller instruments such as my Little Martin, my tenor guitar and my bouzouki. If it were 1/2 to 3/4" shorter it would be great.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Deal

        By DocSmith

        from Michigan

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

          This was exactly what I was looking for. It works great it you wanna just plug in a practice amp and play. Installation was a breeze. Like the other reviews stated, you have to turn up the volume just to overcome the guitar itself, but that's to be expected. All in all, great product for the price

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          4.0

          "Surprisingly pleased"

          By Brother Ron

          from Cleveland, Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Volume Control

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Good For Large Rooms
          • Good For Noisey Rooms

          Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

          I'll admit,I was sceptical,even hesitant about purchasing this product,but I am surprisingly pleased at its performance. There was no-hum or feedback,it fit nicely and looks decent. I would recommend it to anyone looking for this type of pickup.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lots of Bang for the buck

          By Music Lady

          from San Antonio, Tx

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound
          • Very easy to install

          Cons

          • Cord Moves Easily
          • Cord Moves To Easy

          Best Uses

          • Large Church Gatherings

          Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

          Perfect when you need more sound in a crowded hall or church.

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          4.0

          good pickup for the money

          By Old salt

          from Baltimore ,MD

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

          • Low volume

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

          This is my first pickup so I don't have any to compare it too. I purchased it because of it's Price
          I have no complaints so far but only time will tell

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          3.0

          Well...

          By hendrix65

          from PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

          • Quiet

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

          Well, it is easy to use and it goes in fine. But it is REALLY quiet. I almost sent it back because i though it was broken. I guess if you hook it up to a mixer and blast it before putting it into the main amp. Or if you are maybe doing a cheap recording.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly What I Wanted!

          By Chadshue

          from SeaTac, WA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean Markley ProMag Plus XM Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

            I had previously been using a Lawrence pickup for my twelve string guitar and it was functional for the purpose. The biggest drawback was the extra long cable from the pickup to the 1/4" male jack at the other end. I was always tripping over it during performance and pulling it out of the sound hole.

            The Markley pickup provides great tones while having a more practical cord with a 1/4" female connector that attaches to the strap knob at the end of the guitar. While I have had it for just a short time, I am looking forward to many years of continued use.

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