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Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass

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The Dean Cutaway EAB 5-String Bass Guitar is a full-sized instrument with 34" scale that produces a deeper, fuller tone than bass guitars costing muc...Click To Read More About This Product

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

The Dean Cutaway EAB 5-String Bass Guitar is a full-sized instrument with 34" scale that produces a deeper, fuller tone than bass guitars costing much more. Select spruce top; mahogany back, sides, and neck; rosewood fingerboard; and die-cast chrome tuners. Cosmetic touches include an abalone soundhole inlay and multi-ply binding.

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FEATURES
Acoustic-electric bass 
Select spruce top
34" scale
1-5/8" nut width
Chrome die-cast tuners
Dean preamp
Mahogany back, sides and neck
Rosewood fingerboard
Abalone soundhole inlay
Multi-ply binding

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

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DeanEABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
3.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An incredible value

A lot of reviews mention the insane amount of fret buzz of the bass. I have experienced the same thing upon receiving mine. This is the bad side of the bass: it has...Read complete review

A lot of reviews mention the insane amount of fret buzz of the bass. I have experienced the same thing upon receiving mine. This is the bad side of the bass: it has a completely wrong factory setup. However, the instrument itself is amazing. There are two things to usually do for the bass to sound good: change the strings, and sometimes give some height to the bridge. Elevating the bridge piece by 1 - 1.5mm will take care of fret buzz on the factory strings. The fact is, however, that they are incredibly zingy. More than d'Addario's bright nickel wounds. Replacing the strings with low-gauge, warmer ones did wonders. I'm posting this review after 2 years of regularly playing with it, and last week a bassist playing a fretless acoustic Godin asked me what my amazing sounding bass was. Maybe I got a good one among average-sounding basses, but I'm under the impression that they are basses with excellent potential, and a very bad factory setup.Another thing to consider is the size. This bass is huge. People expecting an acoustic bass to have the size of a guitar do not take sonic power into account. This bass, contrary to most of those I tried, has the right volume to jam with an acoustic guitar. The Firefly could play loud enough too, but that's about it for the basses I tried.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't do it...

I bought one of these last year with fairly low expectations from a cheap bass. It didn't even meet my low expectations. I had to return it the same night because the neck had...Read complete review

I bought one of these last year with fairly low expectations from a cheap bass. It didn't even meet my low expectations. I had to return it the same night because the neck had twist in it that made it unplayable. GS gave me a new one out of the box. It was a little buzzy but I managed to start playing. Four months later the neck now has a reverse bow in it that can't be flattened by adjusting the truss rod. Dean wants me to send it back to the factory for warranty. What a pain. This bass is huge, poor sounding, and the neck design is just plain crappy. I regret buying it.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An incredible value

By L-A Labadie

from Quebec, Canada

Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

A lot of reviews mention the insane amount of fret buzz of the bass. I have experienced the same thing upon receiving mine. This is the bad side of the bass: it has a completely wrong factory setup. However, the instrument itself is amazing. There are two things to usually do for the bass to sound good: change the strings, and sometimes give some height to the bridge. Elevating the bridge piece by 1 - 1.5mm will take care of fret buzz on the factory strings. The fact is, however, that they are incredibly zingy. More than d'Addario's bright nickel wounds. Replacing the strings with low-gauge, warmer ones did wonders. I'm posting this review after 2 years of regularly playing with it, and last week a bassist playing a fretless acoustic Godin asked me what my amazing sounding bass was. Maybe I got a good one among average-sounding basses, but I'm under the impression that they are basses with excellent potential, and a very bad factory setup.Another thing to consider is the size. This bass is huge. People expecting an acoustic bass to have the size of a guitar do not take sonic power into account. This bass, contrary to most of those I tried, has the right volume to jam with an acoustic guitar. The Firefly could play loud enough too, but that's about it for the basses I tried.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun to have

By Thomas Berak

from Seattle

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Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I mostly play guitar, so I bought this bass guitar about two years ago just to have it, and to mess around with it. That is about all it is good for. I wouldn't recommend this to a gigging or recording musician, but if you want an affordable bass guitar to experiment with (either cosmetically, with upgrades, or musically) this is a good one to get. I've tried plugging it into an 8-track recorder to add a bass line to a few songs, and the result wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. Overall, considering the price and the fun one can have with it, it's a good buy.
The electronics aren't that great.
It looks nice and sounds good unplugged. It doesn't feel cheap.
It's very affordable!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Sounding 5 string !!!

By Folksey

from Zanesville, Ohio

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Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

This is a great playing and sounding acoustic 5 string bass! The size is perfect for carrying those low tones . The electronics section could really use a boost, I suggest using a nice preamp if you decide to amplify but it's best played just as it is designed.... ACOUSTICALLY. I've read some reviews about having fret buzz, but I have no issues, because mine doesn't ! Also the fret tapered ends are a little rough and could use a little filing. I recommend this bass to anyone looking for that great acoustic 5 string bass sound !

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bass Unplugged Value

By Marc-OpWnu

from Brooklyn, NY

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Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

I wanted to buy a bass guitar that I didn't have to plug in, yet I have never really been impressed with acoustic flat-top basses (not very loud unplugged.) I picked the Dean, because it looked beautiful and had a bigger body for better tone. Smart choice. I didn't have the setup problems others have had, so I'm lucky. Fairly loud, gets the job done, and is extremely fun to play. Only downside? The electronics aren't too good, but eh. I have my trusty Fender Jazz to plug in if I wanna play amplified. I'm very happy with this bass.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pros and cons...

By Lurch1977

from Ohio

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Construction

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Amazing acoustic for the money, but be prepared to put some work in! The strings will need changed ASAP, the frets need filing (primarily edges for comfort) and the truss rod will need adjusting. I put on some custom D'Addario's (I run a low tuning, so I have phosphor bronze 50-135 bought individually at the local Guitar Center, but standard tuning would work well with the .045-.130 set) and filed down the edges at a rounded 45 degree angle. The truss rod is another issue. If you aren't comfortable tweaking then hit your local guitar shop, because this is going to take some cranking!!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Don't do it...

    By DanTheMan-ceqM6

    from San Diego

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I bought one of these last year with fairly low expectations from a cheap bass. It didn't even meet my low expectations. I had to return it the same night because the neck had twist in it that made it unplayable. GS gave me a new one out of the box. It was a little buzzy but I managed to start playing. Four months later the neck now has a reverse bow in it that can't be flattened by adjusting the truss rod. Dean wants me to send it back to the factory for warranty. What a pain. This bass is huge, poor sounding, and the neck design is just plain crappy. I regret buying it.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Disappointing

    By schecterlover

    from Oregon

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    When I say "I own it" that's in the past tense because I returned it. Why? I read some negative and semipositive reviews about this bass, but still decided to try it for the price and amount of use I would give it. After recieving it, I realized that many negative reviewers were right about the poor,weak preamp. That in itself is not a deal breaker, but add in very unbalanced output between strings, noisy, and the fact that it just generally did not perform well within our system was enough to send it back.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Fine for the price

    By SomeDude

    from Midlo IL

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    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    Cons

    • Poor Hand Finish

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I'll start by saying that its a fine bass and its built solid but the fact that its a cheaply made version of the nicer exoctic wood Deans is noticeable right away. The frets were SHARP! After a small amount of playing my index finger was like sandpaper, The finish on the neck was very rough. not even close to levle but nothing sandpaper didnt fix. The "stain" on the neck is really brown clearcoat over the clear sealer on the wood. After a fret dress and a lil sanding on the neck its smoth as silk.

    One thing i found odd was it shipped with electric strings insted of phosphor bronze strings, i plan to switch anyways but my four string Dean exoctica came with proper acoustic strings.

    All in all this is well worth the money even if its a bit rough around the edges.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    bad outweighs good

    By That Guy From That Place

    from Pingree Grove

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I saw a few mentions about fret buzz on this bass, but it honestly wasn't a problem for me. What was a problem was the huge, HUGE size of this thing that made it difficult to comfortably hold, misaligned strings on the fretboard, muddy B string sound, lack of a top strap peg and the awful sound you get when plugging it in (I ran it through a bass POD and had to crank the drive, compression and volume and it was still too quiet). Min even had a chunk missing from the tail bridge. The E A D & G strings however sound great, very clear, bright and loud thanks to the sturdy neck & full 34" scale. If you're only concerned with a clean acoustic 4 string sound, go for it - otherwise, keep in mind this is an instrument that carries a few compromises.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Poor factory setup. Weak neck

    By jemason

    from Oregon

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I have had this bass for over a year. Lots of fret buzzzzzz. Finally got it back from the luthier today. It sounds a lot better. Hope the warp in the neck will stay away so I can enjoy its good tone.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Be Careful

    By Rooster-6aEPM

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I bought this bass on sale. The set up was fine out of the box. It does have 2 frets that buzz, but there are so close to the body I never play them anyway. The acoustic sound is fine. However, the electric sound is horible! By itself, it has almost no volume and you have to turn the tone down all the way to stop the fret noise. I bought a bass equalizer foot pedal and that took care of the fret noise and volume problem. This is the bass I use weekly at gigs. Everyone tells me how impressed they are by the looks and sound. Like any lady...you have to know how to treat her to bring out all of her beauty.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dean EABC 5-String Acoustic Bass

    By BassDude-KFV3U

    from Fredericksburg, VA

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I bought this bass because I play bass in an acoustic country group and wanted the versatility of the 5-string. I decided on the Dean because of the reviews it had received on several different sites. When I got it, I was extremely pleased. The setup was great - low action, no fret buzz at all, good tone out of the natural "no-finish" wood. Fit and finish are excellent, frets excellent, tuners are smooth. I tuned it when I first received it 2 1/2 weeks ago and haven't had to retune it yet. My previous acoustic bass had an active pickup system which gives it more volume, but the tone was more of a soft electric bass. This one sounds much more acoustic, but could use a stronger pickup for volume. However the pickup does reproduce the acoustic tone so I'm thinking a simple preamp will do awesome for what I need. Overall, an excellent instrument and for the money it is an unbelievable buy in my opinion.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Needs a little help but worth it!

    By Blackstein

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Yes it needed to be set up. I filed the fret ends and had to adjust the nut height on one string, but I have played new Fender Basses that were just as bad. The pickup is very thin sounding so I added two sound hole pickups and ran them to an end pin jack. Plays well and sounds really good now. It is massive and that helps the bass resonance. It's not for everybody but the price can't be beat.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Eh...

    By Gary Dennison

    from Maine

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I bought it expecting what I got. For the price you cant expect an AMAZING bass but if your on a low/med. budget than this is for you. The first 5 seconds of having it I noticed all of the strings were resting on the fretboard so you get NO sound except for a ting, Easily fixable with a gauge change. Anyway id give this a 7 out of 10. Good buy overall.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for beginners and andvanced players

    By AtomicSheepdog

    from Chatsworth, GA

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I've recently made the switch from guitar to bass playing and this is and excellent bass if you're looking to learn or if you just need something quiet to keep the nieghbors off your back. Initially the strings were set a little too close to the frets, but a small adjustment to the truss rod solved the buzz problem. This will not be the choice bass for plugging in, since the pickup is not the greatest. But all in all, you can't beat this one for price and quality construction.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    What...It costs less!

    By mike-rgUjy

    from columbus, OH

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    This thing is freakin huge. Look at the picture. The bridge is in the middle of the guiutar. It should be way further back. Its like holding a Fat girl. When I got it, it had a fret buzz from hell. All over the place. I relieved the neck (a lot), and its 95% good. I broke the piezo (being stupid) and dean replaced it with no questions asked. Mad ups for them.The preamp consists of a volume you place on max and a tone that you place flat. Otherwise is sounds like the frets are exploding. Acoustically, It sounds great out of the box and warms up when the strings start to go flat. It stays in tune, even after a week on the guitar stand. Once the strings were stretched I only had to make minor adustments. Its 230 bucks. Were you expecting a Gibson? Put a new preamp in it, or better yet, theres room for an actual pickup. Just put one of those in it, and its still cheaper than everything else.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Bass for the Money

    By Big Bass Brian

    from Vacaville, CA

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    Good for the money I guess, you get what you pay for. The body feels thin to me. I had a problem with the pick up, it would not send a strong signal to my amp, so I pulled it out and took off the bottom panel and it worked better. The neck is LONG and the overall length is about.....HUGE. Other then that I enjoy picking it up and playing it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Change the stock preamp and its sweet!

    By Bassguitarist1985

    from Naugatuck, CT

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    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    The stock passive preamp sucks big time! The new electronics from ARTEC is unbelieveable, what a difference in sound!The magnetic pickup available however is specifically designed for acoustic guitar. It will amplifiy the EAD strings but the B and G strings are slightly more quite than the others however the piezo makes up for the difference in volume. A great buy for the price! Great company to deal with. They got other systems that will work just as well! Why spend 600 on an acoustic bass when youc an buy this one at a steal and upgrade the preamp, you got one hell of an acoustic that can hold its own!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Total Piece

    By Ben-HTQrH

    from Oklahoma

    Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

    I bought this bass less than a year ago and am already trying to sell it. Its got some wicked rattle on every string. Also, on the G string frets twelve through fifteen were straight up dead from the day I received it.

     
    4.0

    Very Satisfied

    By Talos

    from Beavercreek, Oregon

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass:

      Purchased this as a practice bass so I could work on songs without plugging in. Very good rehearsal bass, no major issues with tuning or adjusting, but any bass you purchase online should be adjusted once it's done being transported.

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