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Dean Markley Artist Pickup

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by mje, Mar 21, 2003.

  1. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Just bought a Dean Markely Artist pickup for $39 from Music123.com. I bought it to see how well it worked on bass, thinking if it didn't work out I could use in on banjo or perhaps guitar.

    It's a wooden disk, about the size o a quarter but perhaps 5/8" thick. INside is a piezo element and a lead disk, which turns it into an accelerometer. It attaches with the usual putty you find with many contact pickups.

    How did it work? Very well. I experimented with various positions on the table above and below the bridge, and found a spot a few inches above the bridge where I got an excellent tone- much better than my Fishman or the K&K I've also used.

    I used it without a preamp, running direct into my AI amp which has a 10Megohm input impedance. I think I'm going to shorten the cable, making it just ling enough to run to the tailpiece where I'll mount a connector and optionally a preamp.

    If you're looking for an inexpensive pickup... do check this one out. Dimarzio makes a very similar model that sells for about $10 more.
  2. Bijoux


    Aug 13, 2001
    how about volume? I tried one of those before and I really liked the tone but I coudn't get enough volume out of it.
  3. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    It does have a relatively low output compared to some pickups, but a preamp takes care of that. I had no problem with my 300 watt amp getting it loud enough ;-)

    In a way I preferred the lower output to some pickups that overloaded the input of my Clarus and drove it into clipping too easily.