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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.

A great way to get into fretless on a budget.

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
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Stays in tune (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (3)
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    • Experienced (7)

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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4.0

Excellent Acoustic Bass-Especially For The Price

By Mr. Fretless

from Rockford, IL

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Pickup and EQ Aren't of The Highest Quality

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

This is a fun acoustic bass. Please let me disclaim that I have never been much of a fan of Dean instruments, and was very leery about what I would actually be getting. That said, when the instrument arrived, it was playable, but the action was extremely high. A proper setup and intonation to my own personal taste will remedy that. So, it's not an issue. Most people need to get their instruments set up to their particular taste as to what they consider to be playable, anyway.

As would be expected in this price range, the back and sides of the instrument are (Laminate) Mahogany, however the description as to the top of the instrument states that it is Spruce. Although one would consider that, in this price range, this would indicate a (Laminate) top, the appearance of the top of this instrument actually leads me to question if it isn't a solid top (albeit lower-grade of Spruce).

This instrument has a big, clean sound. It wasn't what I had expected, and actually much better. It actually sounds better than a few more expensive acoustic basses that I have owned over the years, and with the proper application of muting techniques, possibly some foam under the strings at the bridge, and crafty finger-style playing it isn't a stretch to say that you can come reasonably close to the sound of an upright bass...

When it comes to the pickup, you really have to gauge your expectation to the price range. It's not very good. That said, if you use a decent microphone to "Mic" the bass, it would sound much better than the pickup through a decent amplifier. Aesthetically, I would have preferred no fret lines, but if I were willing to have spent more money, I could have gotten just that with a better pickup.

That said, especially for the money, this is an instrument whose quality and sound far exceeds it's price point, and I am very happy with my purchase.

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5.0

Best buss for the money

By Ilya

from San Jose, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      This bass has nice factory setup with low action, good sound for acoustic, didn't try plug in sound yet.
      I bought it with open box discount and the promised scratch is not even visible. Best buy for the money.

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      5.0

      Eye Catcher

      By TheBassman

      from Winchester, VA

      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

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        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.

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          3.0

          Not a bad buy for the money

          By Jammer123

          from Richmond, VA

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          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Work in progress

          By guitarman

          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

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          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.

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          (1 of 3 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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