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Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Stays in tune (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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.

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    5.0

    Eye Catcher

    By Bassman150

    from Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nice Tone
    • Rich Sound
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      Fantastic Bass! I was looking to transition over to fretless and this bass is exactly what I was looking for! When unplugged it has a deep tone that blends well with acoustic guitars. I did have to change the tuning pegs because I stripped the gear on the D strings peg. Other than that I love this Bass and it has gradually become my workhorse.

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      4.0

      great for learning fretless

      By Gary

      from Laguna Vista, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

        Good tone and adequate unplugged volume. Replaced strings immediately with nylon wrapped flatwounds to get upright tone. G-string volume, when plugged in, required tech work to correct and jack failed during first few gigs, requiring replacement. But... for the money it has been great. I have played it in lots of gigs and sessions.

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

        Comment on this review

         
        2.0

        Work in progress

        By Steve Wanzer

        from Burns, Oregon

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (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.

        Comment on this review

         
        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

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (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.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A real bass

            By Lpstd

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            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

            Ask me a question

            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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