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Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup

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The Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup is great for hearty strumming, delicate finger-style chording, and articulate single note runs. No bat...Click To Read More About This Product

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Just pop it in and you're ready to go.

The Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup is great for hearty strumming, delicate finger-style chording, and articulate single note runs. No battery required. This soundhole pickup's tone is natural and transparent. Double potting makes the Maverick extremely feedback resistant. Fits all standard-size acoustic soundholes between 3-4/5" and 4-1/5". Duncan Performer includes a high-quality cable with standard 1/4" plug wth your Maverick pickup.

FEATURES
Simple installation ” just pop it in and go
Natural and transparent tone
No battery required
Double potting makes it extremely feedback resistant
Fits all standard-size acoustic soundholes between 3-4/5" and 4-1/5"
Includes high-quality cable with standard 1/4" plug

Make that acoustic as loud as those electrics. Order your Performer Maverick today.

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Duncan PerformerMaverick Soundhole Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Functional (17)
  • Good quality (16)
  • Improves sound (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (7), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

a good bargain pickup

I agree with the other reviews here, I just want to add that if you have the proper expectations, then this is a good product. Firstly, you do not want to use this...Read complete review

I agree with the other reviews here, I just want to add that if you have the proper expectations, then this is a good product. Firstly, you do not want to use this on a 12 string guitar because the span of the strings is too wide for the low and high E's to be picked up. Secondly, you do not want this to be your only sound source. An inexpensive sound hole pickup just isn't going to capture the brilliance and the body of your guitar.

To get the best sound from this bargain pickup, I recommend that you run it through a pedal that can boost and equalize the signal prior to amplification. Selective frequency cutting can take out the metalicness and restore the warmth. In fact, the result can be more natural sounding than bridge pickups which tend to be cold and sharp sounding.

Ideally you should use this pickup in cooperation with a microphone, with a 50/50 mix, so that you can get the volume you want without loosing the natural character.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't waste your money.

Got this hoping for a cheap solution to plus in to a PA for open mics and shows. Sound guys will want to slap you for using this pickup. It is very quiet....Read complete review

Got this hoping for a cheap solution to plus in to a PA for open mics and shows. Sound guys will want to slap you for using this pickup. It is very quiet. You have to crank the volume on the amp/PA and even then there is no way you're gonna be heard if you're playing with other people. It produces thin, chintzy tone that just makes you look like a joke. Also, the foam that secures it in to the soundhole wore out after about 2 months. Do not get this product.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

a good bargain pickup

By Charles Spencer

from Billerica, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Not powerful
  • Only for 6-string

Best Uses

  • Recording demos
  • Small venu

Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

I agree with the other reviews here, I just want to add that if you have the proper expectations, then this is a good product. Firstly, you do not want to use this on a 12 string guitar because the span of the strings is too wide for the low and high E's to be picked up. Secondly, you do not want this to be your only sound source. An inexpensive sound hole pickup just isn't going to capture the brilliance and the body of your guitar.

To get the best sound from this bargain pickup, I recommend that you run it through a pedal that can boost and equalize the signal prior to amplification. Selective frequency cutting can take out the metalicness and restore the warmth. In fact, the result can be more natural sounding than bridge pickups which tend to be cold and sharp sounding.

Ideally you should use this pickup in cooperation with a microphone, with a 50/50 mix, so that you can get the volume you want without loosing the natural character.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's wonderful!

By O K

from Arizona

Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

It's a wonderful buy, with unmatched sound and capabilities. I've seen complaints of it falling out while playing. You just have to crank it on there. (Don't worry, there's ample padding). The only thing wrong with it is that on my Epiphone DR-212 (12 string), the two low E's aren't as loud as the others. Quick and easy fix, just raise it or put it on at an angle, and that problem disappears. I have yet to hear a better pickup in this category. In fact, this pickup is in it's OWN category, nothing else comes close.
Pros - It fits on almost any acoustic guitar, 6 or 12 string.
Cons - On some 12-string guitars, the two low strings (Low and Mid E) don't play nearly as loud as the other 10 (mine included). This is easily fixed by adding extra padding underneath to raise the pickup, or put it on at an angle.
This is an AMAZING pickup and it rivals (in my opinion) my Les Paul's. It also shocks people when i tell them I got a Seymour Duncan for such a low price. It's a pretty good feeling, believe me.
Amazing value. It captures the same sound of more expensive Fishmans for less than a sixth of the price. That's IT!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a nice pickup

By Alanbama

from Birmingham, Al.

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Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

I needed a pickup quick. And I didn't want to spend a lot of money yet. So I thought I would get this pickup now and upgrade later to a "better" pickup. Well theres no need. For me the sound is my guitar amplified. I love this thing. I've been playing 30 years and I put the pickup in my Seagul Artist Mosaic an excellent guitar and I am very pleased. Thanks Mr Duncan for such a great low priced solution to my needs.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Good Value, Good Sound, Good Price

By Musicman

from Sacramento

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Pros

  • Good Highs And Lows
  • Sounds Very Good

Cons

  • Cord Storage

Best Uses

  • Use For Live Sound
  • Use On Multiple Guitars

Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

This pickup has good sound. The highs are clear and the lows are good, too. I've read other reviews about this being "tinny" sounding. I disagree with this assessment, and suspect that "tinny" sound other(s) have heard, is due to the amp that they are using. I put this through a Roland cube, and play jazz through it. It sounds beautiful. If you're thinking of getting one of these, do it. I've worked with lots of different pickups. This one is definitely worth the money. I recommend this pickup.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After 5 years STILL the one to beat!

By Smurf

from Ohio

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

      I have had this PU for well over 5 years, and in that time it has never gave me one problem. NEVER had any volume issues with it, it has driving every amp-DI-recording interface-snake with no problem.

      It is now in my Seagull Folk, complimenting my JJB (K&K style) SBP, and it flat out ROCKS in this combination. I went ahead and hard-wired it to a stereo jack and now have a fantastic sounding "plug & play" setup.

      I have also used it in my Dean EAB with GREAT results, and now that I have a JJB installed in it also it is time to order another one of these. This JJB-Maverick combo is my studio secret...

      You can NOT get a better deal IMHO!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Maverick Soundhold Pickup

      By 276446860

      from Texas

      Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

      I purchased the pickup to install in my Ventura 12 string which I purchased in the late 60's. No problem with installation. Installed with strings still on. Has a good quality sound. The only drawback is there is no volumn control. This can be eliminated with a pedal. Since the guitar already had a jack to plug a cord in from a previous pickup, I was able to install it with plug in. You don't have to cut the cord to do this. Very good product for price. Better than buying a new guitar.
      Easy Installation
      Well made
      Good quality for price

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Maverick soundhole pickup

      By Jguitarist

      from Bowling Green, KY

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

        Works well for my purpose. Like others have said they are not very loud (no preamp), but work fine with the amp turned up.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Fought it since day 1

        By Dave M.

        from Gillette, WY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Poor Quality

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

        Sure, easy to install, but I had it going through a direct box, through a 100 ft. snake into a mixer panel and I received a horrible hum through the main system. Even without the snake and using different direct boxes it hummed. Not good for performance. You get cheap... expect cheap.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        long time owner

        By C-ville Brent

        from SE Ohio

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Compliment
          • Practicing

          Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

          I bought this in 2005 (I actually have 3 of them, 2 unused back ups) and installed in a Martin D-15. I was playing regularly in a smaller venue and using a fender passport 250. It made tuning easier (no more trips outside or the rr). The guitar ran about half from the Maverick and half from an EV mic. The sound of the pickup itself is not perfect, but worked as a nice supplement in dealing with feedback. It has been very durable and I feel that it is a very good value for my purpose.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Surprised me!

          By Blueswailer

          from New Hope AL

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

              I installed this pickup and plugged it into my big 100 watt Peavey, which is solid state, and it sounds really good! Clean, good tone, good sound.
              I would certainly recommend one. For the money, I think you will be happy. Didn't sound too good through my Fender tube amp, kind of muddys it.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Working Man's Solution

              By Kevn0

              from Moberly Mo

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              Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

              This is actually the second of these that I purchased. I gave the first one to my father, who liked it so well he permanently mounted it in his Blueridge BR-60. I bought the replacement without hesitation. It sounds fine to me, and I have a hard time imagining that the pickups that cost 2-10 times as much can be 2-10 times as good. Simple, basic, effective and affordable. You can't ask for much else.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              What you get for the money is well worth it...

              By 160367777

              from Attleboro, MA

              Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

              Buy it, you won't be sorry.....
              I read a few short reviews on this pickup and thought why not take the risk. I am very happy I did.
              The pickup does have a warm quality. Having owned a few wood block soundhole pickups I sort of knew what to expect. I have to say I was pleasently suprised. I am using the pickup on al old Epiphone acoustic I have had for over 20 years, still one of my favorites. About 6 years ago I installed a Fishman undersaddle pickup and preamp. The last 3 shows I did the undersaddle would work when it wanted to so I decided to make a switch. I bought the Maverick because of the price and style and wired it into my Fishman preamp for EQ. IT IS AMAZING...I am not saying the pickup required a preamp but the addition didn't hert.
              For the dollars you can't beat this pickup...looks good, easy to install and sounds as good as it's hundred dollar compeditors.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Pickup

              By Wanna-be-rockstar

              from Northern CA

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              Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

              Sounds great. I hooked it up to my Epiphone AJ and it sounds amazing. A lot cheaper than buying a new guitar.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Maverick Pickup

              By MS865091334

              from Georgia

              Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

              I would not recommend this model for a 12 string guitar.
              Installation was easy and it plays well through a 10 watt practice amp.
              No problem with the quality of the pickup. It does not pickup the sound from the 1st and 6th strings on my12 string Harmony as well as I would like, but all in all, it is adequate. Raising the pickup to bring it closer to the strings helped.
              Very good sound quality for the price.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great piece of equipment

              By Wannabe

              from Maple Valley, WA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

                Perfect for what I needed

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice pickup for the price

                By David Garrett

                from Arizona

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

                  I have had this pickup for about three years. It sounds good on my Ibanez 12 string. The only thing is I got sick of dragging the cord around. I tried Velcro wraps, it kept dropping out and dragging. I finally cut the cord about 18" from the pickup and mounted a 1/4" jack in my guitar for a permanent set up. Took about 15 minutes and it works great.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  awesome

                  By chief

                  from Alabama

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

                  Great sound. Easy to use

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Kelly Rowden

                  By William Rowden

                  from Arizona

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                  Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

                  I bought this pickup to replace one that I had given away to my son to use at his gigs. I play flat top on just a few songs per gig, so I didn't need anything really expensive.

                  The pickup is nice and clean but lacks volume. I recommend running the signal through a pre-amp. I ran mine through a BBE Sonic Stomp and it works just fine.

                  If you just need to amplify your flat top occasionnaly, this is a good value.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  grayjay

                  By Grayjay61

                  from Oregon

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                  Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

                  Bought it used because I needed a second acoustic pickup. I put it in my Martin D-15. I run it through a Behringer 7 band equalizer. It works beautifully. It makes no noise and I couldn't be more pleased. Well worth the price.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not Loud Enough

                  By Wanna-be-rockstar

                  from Northern CA

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                  Comments about Duncan Performer Maverick Soundhole Pickup:

                  I got this pick up expecting a loud and rich tone and I can barely get anything out of it. When I record with it the gain is all the way up and its still not very loud. If I plug it into a PA system it has to be turned up almost all the way to even hear it. I was expecting more out of it.

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