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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 bridge with a special adhesive. The adhesive allow... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

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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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Pickups - 5 year warranty. Replacement warranty for defective clothing and strings, at the discretion of manufacturer.


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Dean MarkleyArtist Transducer
 
3.9

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (6)
  • Functional (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

watch out for the goo!!!!!!

Dean Markley says they haven't had a complaint about any part of this system for 17 years. Well, here's the first. The pickup really does sound very good for what it is....Read complete review

Dean Markley says they haven't had a complaint about any part of this system for 17 years. Well, here's the first. The pickup really does sound very good for what it is. However, the adhesive is very sticky and almost impossible to get off of your guitar. I'm playing a vintage classical worth about 300-400$. Now I have an ugly, sticky, white mess on my bridge. I only had the pickup mounted for about an hour- that stuff just won't come off. Be CAREFUL!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent product for mandolins!

A drawback of transducer pickups is they have a tendency to emphasize a particular frequency range and with a guitar where the character and complexity is in the resonant lows and the upper harmonics or...Read complete review

A drawback of transducer pickups is they have a tendency to emphasize a particular frequency range and with a guitar where the character and complexity is in the resonant lows and the upper harmonics or presence, you loose a lot because the pickup targets the middle. Well guess what, for a mandolin, that pickup frequency profile is perfect! The mandolin's emphasis is in the middle and upper middle frequencies and this pickup reproduces them very well. I recommend mounting it right up against the bridge as you'll get much more brightness and the ""plink"" of the mandolin.

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(14 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

watch out for the goo!!!!!!

By sad

from colorado

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

Dean Markley says they haven't had a complaint about any part of this system for 17 years. Well, here's the first. The pickup really does sound very good for what it is. However, the adhesive is very sticky and almost impossible to get off of your guitar. I'm playing a vintage classical worth about 300-400$. Now I have an ugly, sticky, white mess on my bridge. I only had the pickup mounted for about an hour- that stuff just won't come off. Be CAREFUL!!!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Dean Markley Artist Transducer

By Pablo

from Glendale, CA

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

You just stick it onto the body of your guitar and it picks up the sound. It is useful and even a conversation starter, but I prefer pickups that you put in the sound hole. This one sounds decent to good, but sometimes can be tricky to find a good place for the best sound.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not a bad pickup.

By John710

from Los angeles, CA

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

I Have this pickup on a dell arte gypsy jazz guitar, Sticks right on with the clay right near the bridge and has a very true crisp tone. And it is also removable. Only thing is, if your too close to the speaker (or too loud of an environment) You will get alot of feedback and you'll have to push down the transducer. For the price you cant beat it! It has a great tone.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

satisfied

By jason

from Medford, NJ

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

this is great for someone who doesnt need something professional and top-of-the-line. i havent used it on an acoustic guitar but on a mandolin it sounds crisp and bright. a good buy for the cheap price tag.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Cheaply made.

By Barry Goldwater

from New York, NY

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

It is made in the stile of the super cheap junky guitar to amp cables that always lose the connection and have to be re-soldered or replaced. Basically, it is a cheaply made waste of money. I would not recommend it to anyone.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Dean Markley Artist Transducer

By Jon

from dfw tx

Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

Sound is pretty good, However if you plan to use any effects pedals with an acoustic you will need to purchase a preamp. The sticky stuff is not suited for old classic guitars it will leave a grease spot and it will pull traces of finish when it is removed.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Doesn't Stick

By Yuke Man

from Roy, Utah

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      The puddy did not stick the pickup to my instrument and it left a gummy mess on it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Excellent product for mandolins!

      By Charles

      from Billerica, MA

      Site Member

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      A drawback of transducer pickups is they have a tendency to emphasize a particular frequency range and with a guitar where the character and complexity is in the resonant lows and the upper harmonics or presence, you loose a lot because the pickup targets the middle. Well guess what, for a mandolin, that pickup frequency profile is perfect! The mandolin's emphasis is in the middle and upper middle frequencies and this pickup reproduces them very well. I recommend mounting it right up against the bridge as you'll get much more brightness and the ""plink"" of the mandolin.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Sound

      By Kevin

      from Lockport Il

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      I received this as a gift from a friend. Since I have electronics on my acoustic guitars, I was a little skeptical about putting this on my ukulele. I was wrong. It picks up the vibrations well. The sound is clear and strong and it sounds like a nylon string ukulele. However, it can sound a bit fuzzy at times, but its still worth it and its great for ukuleles!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      It is what it is and is good for the money.

      By John Huggins

      from Warrenton, VA

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      Don't expect this thing to make your acoustic sound, well, acoustic through a PA or Mixer. Also understand it provides a relatively weak signal that will ask much of your gain controls. That said, this is about as simple a pickup there is and it does work. The goo should be kept away from older finishes like others have mentioned. All my guitars from 1980 forward have no problem with this sticky stuff. I have always pressed it on my bridge (never elsewhere). It's kind of like a thicker version of Silly Putty and it is just the right consistency to hold fast, provide flexibility and remove. The construction is quite sound and the cable/connector combination is holding up well. Routing the cable through the strap makes for an okay setup... nothing great. If I am not in the mood for the electric sound, I just mic my guitar with a studio model on stage. It works quite well. I am in the market for a better pickup solution, but I have to admit, the low price and ten year lifespan (so far) makes this thing a superb value. If you buy it and upgrade later, put this in your bag for "emergency pickup needs" for you or others. There is better, but this is unique, its a good value and it works.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good buy for the money

      By Sanford Bath

      from Shallotte, NC

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      The Dean Markley Transducer Acoustic pickup has a really good sound. I like being able to move it around on the guitar to emphasize different tones. I put it on a Fretlight acoustic guitar to run to Amplitube so I could use effects while learning new songs. It did leave spots on the finish when I moved it, but as this is a guitar I use just for learning songs, that doesn't really bother me. I don't know if the spots are appearing because of the light finish that Fretlight uses or the adhesive on the pickup; I won't put it on my other guitars, though, just in case. Other than that, the only drawback is that the pickup is very sensitive, so it picks up a lot of squeaking when my hands slide up and down the strings. Moving the pickup away from the bridge helps that somewhat, but then the tone becomes a little muddier than I like. All in all, I'm very happy with this pickup. For the price I'd say it can't be beat. My only suggestion is to test the adhesive on your guitar to make sure it isn't going to spot.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dean Markley Artist Transducer is a sound producer!

      By Charles

      from Charlotte, NC

      Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

      Read the reviews, only a 4 of 5 star overall, but figured I'd give it a chance. I knew fairly well before I got it where I wanted to put it on my guitar to get the sound I wanted. Sure enough, when I got it, Dean has an insert in the box that describes the sound and place to put it for the sound. Attached the pick up where I wanted, plugged it in and lo and behold, the sound I wanted. I think it is awesome for the price.

       
      5.0

      Perfect for what I need it for.

      By syML

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

        Tried it on my uke, mandolin and dulcimer and It was easy to use, did as advertised.

         
        5.0

        May get another

        By Sandi

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

        Works as expected on my mandolin!

         
        4.0

        Thi was a good purchase.

        By Jean

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

        I use this with my Concert ukulele and it works well.

         
        5.0

        Exactly what I wanted for recording my classical guitar

        By Vanya the Sniper. Colibri Studio

        from The wild west.

        About Me Experienced

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

            I prefer to remove when not in use which is cumbersome but not insurmountable. I will eventually install inside with a plug and jack to more easily facilitate this action. Sound quality is exactly what I wanted.

             
            3.0

            I would not buy this product again

            By Willis

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

            Great sound, but the adhesive stops holding it on after a number of uses.

             
            5.0

            Product works great, has good sound.

            By J

            from San Francisco

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                Use this mic for an acoustic intstrument from cuba called a marimbula, and it works great for amplifying the sound, allowing it to played with other amplified instruments.

                 
                4.0

                great pick up for the price

                By Roadkill

                from gold beach, or.

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • cord is too short

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                purchased this pick up for our mandolin player. it really made it clear and bright. and it sounds great in our mix of guitars(all acoustic). we use a Yamaha emx 5014 mixer/amp and have no trouble hearing the mandolin. the sticky back is a bit tacky(no pun intended) but it can be over looked when you figure in what it does for the mix. over all we are happy with the purchase.

                 
                3.0

                waited 2 months for shipping

                By rs

                from Midlothian, va

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • ship time was over 2 months, due to back order,

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dean Markley Artist Transducer:

                  works fine

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