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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...Read More

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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

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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4.0

Very Satisfied

By Talos

from Beavercreek, OR

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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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    5.0

    love this bass!!!

    By DaveBass

    from Tx

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Comes with electric strings not bronze

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

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

    This bass definitely has the biggest bang for your buck! The only thing I didn't like was that it came from the manufacturer with the wrong type of strings on it.With the electric strings on it sounds of very quiet and week but as soon as I put the correct strings on it sounds great no complaints other than the strings they came with it.

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    5.0

    Wow!

    By t91wheeler

    from Claremont, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      Excellent buy. I own an expensive Fender (maybe 800) and an innovative Olympia acoustic bass, and this bass compares favorably with either one of these for much less money- plus adds the low B. Obviously the expensive Fender uses much nicer solid wood/abalone inlay and has fancy Hip-Shot tuners.

      I own several jumbo guitars and the aforementioned acoustic basses and this thing dwarfs any of them in body volume. I expected the low B to be weak and/or "boomy", but it is actually balanced well with the other strings and I attribute this to the massive body volume. You will end up using the low B quite a bit because the sound fits in very naturally.

      The top is spruce veneer plywood. Cheap but maybe a good choice for this monster since plywood tends to be stronger and more durable. It does look very attractive and I like the thin satin finish all over. I think a thin finish contributes to a good sound. The body wood I guess is mahogany or something that looks similar. Looks fine- assume it is also plywood in all likelihood for this price. I didn't have any problem with the fret dressing, truss rod, or overall setup. Works fine for me right out of the box. I have been playing classical guitar seriously for a long time so I do have a strong technique.

      Yes the pickup is weak in output (passive- at least it doesn't require a battery). However, if your amp has enough volume knob travel or you have a preamp like I do (Fishman), shouldn't be a problem to get enough volume to jam with other acoustic instruments. The strings look like electric strings and I suppose the sound quality will improve with phosphor bronze, but I won't bother changing them for a while if at all.

      I didn't buy this for serious gigging, but rather have around for jamming and fooling around. However, if a gig came up that called for an acoustic bass, I wouldn't hesitate to use this even in a professional setting. It is a good enough tool to get the job done. Outstanding value.

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      1.0

      This bass was one of the worst purchases ever made.

      By Mike

      from Texas

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • No pros found yet

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

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

        This bass needs adjustments done before you can play it.The strings were to high,the neck had to be adjusted after tuning it .The neck looked like a water ski after it was tuned.Bad set up all around.

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        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.

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        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!!!

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          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.

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          (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 !

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fun to have

          By Thomas Berak

          from Seattle

          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!

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          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.

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