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Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass   

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The Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass is a full-sized bass guitar that produces a deeper, fuller tone than basses costing much more. 34" scale, easy-pl...Read More

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A phenomenal value on a sweet-toned, easy-playing bass!

The Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass is a full-sized bass guitar that produces a deeper, fuller tone than basses costing much more. 34" scale, easy-playing neck. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Select Spruce Top
  • Mahogany Body
  • 34" Scale
  • 1-5/8" Nut
  • Set Mahogany C Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Pearl Dot Inlays
  • Sealed Die Cast Tuners
  • Celluloid Binding / Rosette
  • Rosewood Bridge

The Dean Bass is easy to own and easy to play. Order now with the assurance of our dual guarantees.

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DeanEAB Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
4.2

(based on 234 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (127)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (19)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (32)
  • Stays in tune (31)
  • Good audio (30)
  • Good feel (29)
  • Consistent (20)

Cons

  • Poor quality (9)
  • Requires constant tuning (6)
  • Flat sound (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (38)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Recording (8)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (9), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dean EAB Bass: too legit to quit

This is a great bass for the price. sounds awesome acoustically and plugged in. The satin finish looks very natural (wood isn't naturally shiny) The tone of this bass is great and it...Read complete review

This is a great bass for the price. sounds awesome acoustically and plugged in. The satin finish looks very natural (wood isn't naturally shiny) The tone of this bass is great and it even sounds good when playing slap bass.
my electric bass is fretless and i use fender tapewounds so this bass was a completely new experience. the action is high, but not unplayably high, and the strings are roundwounds, not as finger friendly as tapewounds, but expected.
This bass plays very well and is a joy to own. acoustically it is fairly loud, although you might have to use a pick (I know a lot of pick haters out there would disagree) but it is sometimes necessary to cut through the sound of other instruments. This bass won't out-play any other acoustic instruments but it is able to play with them. Electrically this bass is a little weak, it has alot of finger noise but if the tone is turned all the way down it sounds almost the same through the amp as it does acoustically.
This bass does great when jamming with an acoustic guitar or two and even a cajon (box drum) or other slightly quiet percussion.
Overall this is an amazing acoustic bass that is fun to play and is loud enough to be used as it is intended; Acoustically
good tuners, straight neck, well dressed frets, no buzzing when fretted with enough pressure, and nice finish. The only complaint I have is the one strap button (common with acoustic guitars) so i just use string to tie my strap to the headstock. still an awesome bass nonetheless
best value as far as acoustic basses go. This thing rocks and its cheap too. You can get that acoustic bass sound you've been looking for without breaking the bank.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great value but bridge glue failed

My son has this bass. For the money, it's unbeatable. It sounds and plays as well as instruments over twice the price.

The pickup is inexpensive so don't expect pro quality...Read complete review

My son has this bass. For the money, it's unbeatable. It sounds and plays as well as instruments over twice the price.

The pickup is inexpensive so don't expect pro quality sound from it. It's fine for plugging into a little bass amp and playing with friends.

It sounds considerably better played acoustically (which is true of all acoustic bass guitars, but moreso for the Dean.)

The only issue was the bridge separated from the body, behind the bridge. I think it may be a design flaw as the bump on the fancy shape makes a narrower point which will get more stress. Therefore I recommend against medium or heavy strings (unfortunately).

We'll have a luthier glue it back down and hopefully it's not a design flaw but just a bad glue job, and won't fail again. Even including the repair cost, it's still a good value, if it doesn't fail again and need a complete new bridge.

If not for the bridge issue, I'd give it 5 stars based on value.

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5.0

Not sure how they feel such a quality bass at this price

By TonyK

from Erie, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      So I bought this so I could practice without plugging in and I liked it right away. Now I'm playing in an amplified acoustic band and I run it through the same rig as I run my ric thru. tuner, noise suppressor, chorus and sans amp. I don't carry an amp and just go direct. Honestly the guys say "jeez it sounds just like the ric!" I'm sure that has something to do with my setup and how I play but this thing is a really nice guitar. Had to add a sound hole plug and modify it so i could slap and so on but it plays and feels great. Our drummer uses electronic drums and our guitar player is acoustic as well.

      I find myself at times playing it more like a guitar with a pic and open string chords and it adds so much to our three piece sound. At times the dynamics are a little wild but we're still tweaking our sounds and I'm sure that over time I'll be wailing away at this thing however I want. Now they just need to build an 8 string acoustic bass which would be really cool.

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar, especially for the money!!

      By Sammy DeVere

      from Longview, Wa.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Electronics are simple, Volume and Tone sliders

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      Got mine at a pawn shop with the box it came in. It had a couple little chips on the edge of the headstock from shipping I suppose, but no other blemishes or damage at all. Sounds great acoustic, and I haven't even changed the strings yet. Holds tune well, probably because the strings were wound correctly by whoever put them on at the factory. I use it for a travel bass and for acoustic open mike night type jams. Works very well for that level of volume, but it is an ACOUSTIC guitar with just enough electronics to be able to plug in. It is still a beginner level guitar so don't think you couldn't find something bigger for more money.
      For the money, I would certainly buy this guitar again. Great value,makes a great beginner/student guitar since you don't have to have an amp to hear it in an apartment.

       
      4.0

      Pretty good but some workmanship defects

      By Bass Dude

      from Media, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

      • Frets Improperly Dressed

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      The bass is very nice and came with a good setup, however, some of the frets had sharp edges sticking out the sides. I had to spend about an hour dressing them with a flat file and emory board before the bass was comfortably playable. Now that the frets are all smooth on the sides, it plays great for the money.

       
      5.0

      Great for the money

      By Basil Man

      from Boise ID

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        There are some bad reviews on here. I don't doubt that they have some duds on the production line, but I have TWO of these basses. One is a Dean and one is a playmate. The pickup is garbage, but it's acoustic so I don't mind. I'll probably get a Dean Markley acoustic pickup to double as a thumb rest (needs one badly). Yeah, there are some buzzy frets but only high on the neck (15th fret and up). I plan on ripping the frets off of one.

         
        5.0

        Go for it!

        By Big Red

        from Southern California

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Nice Sound
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acoustic Jams
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

          Reading all the reviews on every site I could find, I decided to try one of these. Maybe I just got a good one, but seriously, for the price it's pretty amazing. The truss rod was loose and the action a little high when I got it. I adjusted the neck, it plays sweet with no buzzing and stays in tune. I've played the Martin, Breedlove, Ibanez etc. I think there is something not 100% right with every one I've played. For the price, the quality is very good, I mean seriously, for the price, it's a good bass with a great sound. I suggest using a preamp if amplifying, if you do, the sound is adjustable and fine. I play it through a PA with compression, reverb and EQ pedals. This is a gem. I have many fine instruments and this fits in the arsenal just fine.

           
          4.0

          I like this bass

          By Bass Dude

          from Media, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

            This bass sounds great and needed no setup as delivered, BUT, some of the frets had sharp edges sticking out along the sides of the fretboard. A little bit of masking tape, a small file, and I had it perfect. This kind of thing is to be expected at this price point I guess, but someone should probably have run their hand along the side of the fretboard and caught this.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Near perfect.

            By Stoneys48

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

              The fit and finish on this was near flawless. I did not have any issues with set-up as did others. Played good right out of the box. Surprised by the quality of this at this price, I don't care where it's made, whoever can deliver this quality at this price gets my money, no regrets.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Great Instrument at a Great Price!

              By Carl

              from undisclosed

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                I go this as a practice instrument mainly. I like to just pick it up and start playing without any need for an amp or headphones. I can play it quietly in my house and can still hear it clearly without waking everybody up at night.Since it is a little harder to play than my electric bass, it is helping me build up my left hand wrist and fingers giving me better technique when I do play the electric. Someday, I hope to play with acoustic guitars in an unplugged setting and I think this would work well.

                 
                5.0

                I like it very much I would recommend to a friend.

                By Mandolinman

                from Nashville, GA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • have not found any yet

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                Have been using it at Church wanted something a little easier to tote around sometimes instead of the big doghouse.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good But Will Need Complete Set-up

                By Bleikr

                from West Virginia

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                • Requires Set-up

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass:

                Purchased as 'minor scratched' for acoustic use mainly. The thing to remember when purchasing less expensive guitars is that most will need a set-up. This can cost almost as much as the instrument itself, but anyone can learn to do this with substantial savings. After set-up and a string change, I found this bass to be a pretty good deal. The electronics / pickup seems a bit weak, and if you are buying strictly for amplification I would look elsewhere. The acoustic sound is quite nice, even though it won't compare well with an expensive model constructed with choice materials.

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