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Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup  

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Dean Markley pickups are the number one choice of many top performing acoustic guitarists. The single coil Pro Mag SC-1 delivers responsive, warm tone with crystal-clear highs; natural sounding midran... Read More

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Dean Markley pickups are the number one choice of many top performing acoustic guitarists. The single coil Pro Mag SC-1 delivers responsive, warm tone with crystal-clear highs; natural sounding midrange; and smooth, round bass. Natural curly maple design enhances any acoustic guitar. Handmade in the USA

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Dean MarkleyPro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pick up this pick up

I bought this pick up to mic my acoustic guitar. I made numerous recordings using this pick up and really loved the sound it produced. The best part about this pick up is that...Read complete review

I bought this pick up to mic my acoustic guitar. I made numerous recordings using this pick up and really loved the sound it produced. The best part about this pick up is that it doesn't require any modification to your current guitar (drilling/holes/ect).

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Mediocre

Bought this to amplify my first acoustic which didn't have electronics. It's pretty straight forward to use, although it won't fit all sound holes, I had to file the edges down to get...Read complete review

Bought this to amplify my first acoustic which didn't have electronics. It's pretty straight forward to use, although it won't fit all sound holes, I had to file the edges down to get it to fit in mine. It doesn't have any bells and whistles, and it's passive, so no batteries are needed, both of which are plusses in my book. The sound was never all quite there though, especially on the B and high E strings, they just didn't come through very clearly. As far as reliability, I'd have to rate it pretty low. The 1/4 jack to plug into the amp once just detached and got stuck in my amp's input, and I had to get some needle nose pliers to pull it out and then re attach it. I've been using my onboard electronics now that I have them, but I went to give this another try the other day after a good half year of not touching it, only to find that the cable no longer works at all and all I could get was a crackling sound. The cord just looks weak so I was always in fear of breaking it. It's also a little obtrusive to play with...gets in the way of picking and whatnot. Not to be too negative, though, the overall sound that it gets is actually pretty good. Very strummy sounding, and it catches left hand technique like hammer ons and pull offs a lot better than a piezo does. I would say that if you are on a budget but need to get louder, and you're the type of person who can be very careful and gentle with it, it will get you by for a while at least. The only other reason to buy it would be if you rarely need to amplify your acoustic and only plan on using it from time to time. If you're actively playing out and need something great sounding and dependable night after night, look elsewhere.

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5.0

Great buy

By Woodsy

from Ozarks

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    Can't believe all of the "noisy" complaints. If you have a properly grounded system and a decent amp you won't have noise problems. This pickup is probably not your problem. For the money, it works great.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Mediocre

    By Asa Brown

    from Ann Arbor, MI

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    Bought this to amplify my first acoustic which didn't have electronics. It's pretty straight forward to use, although it won't fit all sound holes, I had to file the edges down to get it to fit in mine. It doesn't have any bells and whistles, and it's passive, so no batteries are needed, both of which are plusses in my book. The sound was never all quite there though, especially on the B and high E strings, they just didn't come through very clearly. As far as reliability, I'd have to rate it pretty low. The 1/4 jack to plug into the amp once just detached and got stuck in my amp's input, and I had to get some needle nose pliers to pull it out and then re attach it. I've been using my onboard electronics now that I have them, but I went to give this another try the other day after a good half year of not touching it, only to find that the cable no longer works at all and all I could get was a crackling sound. The cord just looks weak so I was always in fear of breaking it. It's also a little obtrusive to play with...gets in the way of picking and whatnot. Not to be too negative, though, the overall sound that it gets is actually pretty good. Very strummy sounding, and it catches left hand technique like hammer ons and pull offs a lot better than a piezo does. I would say that if you are on a budget but need to get louder, and you're the type of person who can be very careful and gentle with it, it will get you by for a while at least. The only other reason to buy it would be if you rarely need to amplify your acoustic and only plan on using it from time to time. If you're actively playing out and need something great sounding and dependable night after night, look elsewhere.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great pickup that is ready for work

    By Ray Lawrence Jr.

    from Machessney Park, IL

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    If you are a working musician on a tight budget you will want to get this pickup get 2 so you will have a backup in case you snap a chord off. It is a really good quick fix for a guitar that has no pickup. I tour with mine and have been cross country several times and I have played several types of venues and a couple festivals. This is a great pickup. I sometimes use a direct box on large stages and you may want to get one of those too if you play big stage shows. It just makes it easier for the sound guy if you have all this stuff or just let the sound man do it. When you are done it goes in the case and off to the next gig. The cool thing is the price and ease of use. This pickup is a keeper and if it keeps you working it is a good thing. If you need a great pickup that will not break the bank , this is it.

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    2.0

    bzzzzzzz

    By Kurt Rosenbaum

    from San Diego, CA

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    this things buzzed like a beehive!!! i know it's a single coil, but man, it was noisy. took it back and upped to the Pro Mag Deluxe. that blew too (see other review)

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    2.0

    WAAAAAAY too noisy

    By Kurt Rosenbaum

    from San Diego CA

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    sounds good i guess. but man, it is NOISY!!! im a single coil p/u kinda guy when it comes to electrics. this was just too much. im takin it back and getting the DM Humbucker or another brand.

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    5.0

    Great Pickup

    By Shane

    from Grand Rapids MI

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I play a Washburn Acoustic and I usually play to smaller crowds of just friends or at a small get together. Recently just got a little more popular and am starting to play some small shows. So I went out to get an acoustic pick up to play to some larger venues. Picked this up today and I really have no regrets. It is perfect. Slides right in without causing any damage to your guitar and it produces a nice clean tone. You may get some feedback if too close to some electronics or something, but that is expected. I know when I played too close to my computer, the pick up picked up some pretty interesting noises. All in all, you cannot go wrong with this especially if you are on a budget.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Captures natural sound but has bad Hummmm

    By Bill See

    from Catoosa, OK

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I play vintage instruments live. So I usually mic them in order to get the natural sound and nuances of the vintage guitars. However, I occasionally need to have an acoustic electric. I was advised to get the DM Pro Mag. I got the single coil at first. I was very impressed with its ability to make a vintage acoustic guitar sound like a vintage acoustic. However the constant Hummmmmmm made it unusable for a performance. I returned it and got a humbucking version (which I should have done from the get go). The humbucking version works perfectly and is silent. Spend a few more dollars and get the humbucking version like Pro Mag Grand or the Pro Mag Grand.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Soundind Pickup

    By Ben

    from Strongsville, OH

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I just bought this pick up yesterday and this thing is awsome. At the stroe, i compared it side by side with a fishman and this one sounded better! I would recomend it to any acoustic player looking for a great sound and a good price from a trusted brand.

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    5.0

    Not so sure about this one...

    By Big Jim

    from Tulsa, OK

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I bought one of these for a 1979 Takamine 12 string I play that I don't care to carve up to install the connector end of a piezo. Two issues - the signal level out of it is very low, especially compared to the piezo outputs in my other acoustics. The other is that it sounds like it is distorted or trying to break up when driven the least little bit a bit (like it might with 12 strings driving it, rather than 6...). It's so-so through an amp, and bad on the recorder. Too bad, because the guitar sounds like sweet nectar through a mic. Its probably on its way back to Guitar Center this week for an exchange of some kind. The only plus is - no batteries required... I am not impressed with this unit.

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    5.0

    AMAZING

    By ZEPPELIN 4 life23

    from newark,new jersey

    Comments about Dean Markley Pro Mag SC-1 Acoustic Guitar Pickup:

    I just got this pickup for christmas and it is amazing! I play it with a epiphone dr-150 throught a line 6 amp and there is very low feedback and it sounds pefect!

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