My band started gigging a few years ago, and I noticed the need for an acoustic in some of our songs. My old trusty Epiphone didn't have a microphone, and I didn't feel like modifying the guitar permanently with some kind of internal microphone system, so I started digging on the Internet for an easier solution. I knew I needed something affordable and something I could attach and detach with ease.
I quickly came across the Dean Markley Pro Mag Plus, and after some closer studying and comparison I ordered one for myself. Initially, I was surprised by the sound quality. When I ran my acoustic through an EQ pedal, I was able to further fine-tune the sound to my taste. The pickup attaches easily, although you should be careful when doing it as you can quite easily chip the edge of the guitar's soundhole. As it turned out, two of my band members bought the same pickup based on my experience. A good product for a really good price.
Bought this because I broke the piezo in my electro-acoustic, taking out the bridge saddle. I have used it for gigs and recording direct into the computer. Putting it in is easy, but the trailing wire is fairly easy to stand on, and although I haven't done it yet I think its only a matter of time until I rip out the cable. I was aware of this before my purchase, so no real complaint, just an observation. My real problem concerns the output. I plugged into my computer and the sound was very, very, quiet, even with the input gain on the interface full up. I had to duplicate the tracks 4 times to get a reasonable output! The sound wasn't bad at all, better than the original piezo pickup to my ears, though a tad less acoustic sounding. I put it through my mixer, but had to max out the output and turn the other channels down to get enough volume. I read somewhere that using a particular kind of string would enhance the output, because bronze doesn't create the necessary changes in the magnetic field of a single coil, to generate a lot of volume. Didn't make a huge difference. Eventually I bought a preamp, not necessarily a bad thing to do, I use it for a condenser mic as well, and a 20dB boost brings it up to what I would think is a regular level. Sounds fine, but needs a preamp, so overall not as good a deal as I thought.
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