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  • Set neck
  • Lined fretless fingerboard
  • Built-in preamp with tuner/EQ
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A great way to get into fretless on a budget.

With its EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass, Dean has put together a topnotch fretless acoustic-electric bass guitar for an incredibly low price. It's just the right instrument if you're been wanting to add a fretless to your arsenal but have a tight budget. The EAB fretless bass has lines to mark fret positions which help you learn to place your fingers correctly. Its 34"-scale neck and large body deliver a deep, full unplugged tone and its preamp with EQ and built-in tuner lets you plug in and dial it up.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Set neck
  • Lined fretless fingerboard
  • Built-in preamp with tuner/EQ
  • 34" scale length
  • Die-cast tuners

Experience a well-crafted acoustic-bass without breaking the piggy bank. Get yours today.

 
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DeanEAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Good feel (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (5)
    • Practicing (5)
    • Small venues (4)
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      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Worth every penny!

    I'm really diggin' this bass, other than a few minor and easily fixable problems it is surprisingly awesome for the price. 2 issues; I wish they would have left the fret markers...Read complete review

    I'm really diggin' this bass, other than a few minor and easily fixable problems it is surprisingly awesome for the price. 2 issues; I wish they would have left the fret markers off, they are made of plastic and are not glued into the fretboard. When my bass arrived every one of them was popping up a bit (I'm assuming due to lack of humidity) causing buzz all up and down the fingerboard. A few I had to remove and glue back in, then I isolated the rest with masking tape and gently sanded them flush to the fingerboard; problem solved! The tuning pegs feel a little wimpy but do stay in tune. You will want to change strings immediately; the roundwounds will very quickly chew up your fingerboard. I replaced with the Fender 9120m tapewound, super quiet and feel great. The electronics are good, I get a balanced response and pleasing tone from all strings. I play mine like an upright, leave it on the stand and sit with it like a cello. I achieve much better tone like this, plus I feel this bass is just too big for me to sit with on my lap. I've only had this for a few days so it's hard to comment on reliability, but it seems to be built very well; top is flat, neck is dead straight... still in awe of the low price, well worth it.

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    My fretless Dean bass

    For the money, it is worth every penny(including the waranty)
    The pick up is insanely sensitive, and picks oup every littl adjustment of your fore arm, if you rest your...Read complete review

    For the money, it is worth every penny(including the waranty)
    The pick up is insanely sensitive, and picks oup every littl adjustment of your fore arm, if you rest your forearm on the bodywhen you play, and I am still experimentin with the built in EQ, but the range of sound is a lot of fun for me...not so much for my neighbors. Ha.
    I should really have titled it my replaced fretless Dean Bass. Thankfully I spent the extra bucks on a waranty, bwcause the first showed up with a back bend in the neck, making the fiorst 5 frets unplayable. I returned it for an exchange, and put a set of flat wound strings on it, and it sounds great. It gives the sound of an old upright bass, wich is what I was hoping for.
    If you are thinking about getting one, by all means, it is worth the extra bucks to buy the replacement waranty.
    I have seen comparable acustic bass guitars for $800.00 in stores.

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    3.0

    Not a bad buy for the money

    By Jammer123

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Fretboard Too Soft
    • Must Have Flatwounds

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    It's a decent instrument for the money and it's fun to play. The most disappointing thing about it has been that when I first bought it I had to change the strings to flatwounds. The string pegs were jammed into the bridge so hard I had to use pliers to yank them out causing damage to the pegs and minor scratching to the bridge. That's probably more Musicians' Friend's fault.

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    2.0

    Work in progress

    By Steve Wanzer

    from Burns, Oregon

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Not Consistent
    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    The first guitar was a beauty, but the bridge was cracked and the fret markers were above the wood and made it buzz. M.F. sold me a 2 year extended warranty, so I returned it and waited a month for a replacement. It plays well, but has cosmetic flaws. I am keeping it for now to see if it is worth keeping. These are on back order and hard to get. I would like to have one that plays right and looks right. I recommend buying the extended warranty on this guitar. Dean needs to step up their game on the quality control. The second guitar I got was re-packed and I think was a re-do from the factory.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Worth every penny!

    By riqjames

    from Minneapolis

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Needs A Little Work

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I'm really diggin' this bass, other than a few minor and easily fixable problems it is surprisingly awesome for the price. 2 issues; I wish they would have left the fret markers off, they are made of plastic and are not glued into the fretboard. When my bass arrived every one of them was popping up a bit (I'm assuming due to lack of humidity) causing buzz all up and down the fingerboard. A few I had to remove and glue back in, then I isolated the rest with masking tape and gently sanded them flush to the fingerboard; problem solved! The tuning pegs feel a little wimpy but do stay in tune. You will want to change strings immediately; the roundwounds will very quickly chew up your fingerboard. I replaced with the Fender 9120m tapewound, super quiet and feel great. The electronics are good, I get a balanced response and pleasing tone from all strings. I play mine like an upright, leave it on the stand and sit with it like a cello. I achieve much better tone like this, plus I feel this bass is just too big for me to sit with on my lap. I've only had this for a few days so it's hard to comment on reliability, but it seems to be built very well; top is flat, neck is dead straight... still in awe of the low price, well worth it.

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    5.0

    Great Bass!replaced my Fender in BG band

    By WyldMann

    from Jackson, MS

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing Bluegrass
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Great Bass for the money! I own the 5 string model and now the 4 string.

    Comment on this review

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Save your time

    By NickyT

    from CT

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Poor Construction
    • Poor Quality Control

    Best Uses

    • Decorative Wall Hanging

    Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    GORGEOUS INSTRUMENT!

    Unfortunately, the first one I got was PERFECT! EXCEPT there was no battery compartment cover, so I couldn't use or even test the electronics.

    Second one - face of instrument so SEVERELY warped, bridge tilted down toward sound hole. EASILY visible warpage - don't see how this could possibly have been missed before packaging at manufacturer.

    THIRD one - neck warped severely on one side- first string unplayable at octave and above. Also slight warpage of face (detectible with straightedge).

    Returned for credit.

    MF customer service was excellent (as always)- they arranged UPS pickup prepaid for all three, and credited me 10.00 for future purchases for each mishap.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like new used

    By R-von

    from NC/VA state line

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        If they told me it was new, I would have believed it. The strings were still like new but I switched over to the Fender nylon strings to get the sound I am looking for. Playing through an old Gorilla 30watt amp and really enjoying the results.
        Holding this big body acoustic bass still seems awkward but with more practice and playing time, I am sure it will start to feel more comfortable.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A real bass

        By Lpstd

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • It's very big
        • Requires a battery

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Big body = big acoustic sound. Most acoustic basses sound very lame unplugged. This one and the Tacoma Thunderchief are the exceptions that I have found. Good quality, nice fretless tone, an overall well made instrument for much less cash than just about anything else out there.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dean's BIG acoustic-electric

        By Lpstd

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Incredible value on a fine instrument. This bass is quite large, but to get a good acoustic bass sound a large body it is needed. Dean has a winner here.
        Built in tuner is extremely handy. Nice deep acoustic tone.
        Well built instrument. Nice finish. Plays great but I had to change to flatwounds - roundwounds on a fretless will chew up the fretboard.
        No better value on this type of acoustic that I was able to locate.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        My fretless Dean bass

        By Rob Rogers

        from Georgia

        Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        For the money, it is worth every penny(including the waranty)
        The pick up is insanely sensitive, and picks oup every littl adjustment of your fore arm, if you rest your forearm on the bodywhen you play, and I am still experimentin with the built in EQ, but the range of sound is a lot of fun for me...not so much for my neighbors. Ha.
        I should really have titled it my replaced fretless Dean Bass. Thankfully I spent the extra bucks on a waranty, bwcause the first showed up with a back bend in the neck, making the fiorst 5 frets unplayable. I returned it for an exchange, and put a set of flat wound strings on it, and it sounds great. It gives the sound of an old upright bass, wich is what I was hoping for.
        If you are thinking about getting one, by all means, it is worth the extra bucks to buy the replacement waranty.
        I have seen comparable acustic bass guitars for $800.00 in stores.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great bass for price

        Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        It did come very clean with out nicks even thou box had a big dent.

        But G string sounded dead even after replacing strings. Finaly, on recomendation of local guitar shop, I took sadle off and pulled pick up wire all the way across. I saved myself an expense and agravation of return...

        Neck might be little thin, compared to my elctrics and I still playing a little with adjustment to get clean sound. Acousticlaly it sound fantastic and even amplified I can get sufficient power with out feedback for little jamming.

        Nice fun bass. BTW it is much bigger than you might think!
        only because of pickup, see below

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