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Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex  

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  • Quilted ash cutaway body and top
  • Set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Piezo bridge pickup with built-in tuner, Aphex Big Bottom circuitry and EQ
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Great looks and big bottom tone.

The Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Bass has beauty that's more than skin deep. It goes all the way to the tone, with help from built-in Aphex Big Bottom circuitry.

While the ash body and top deliver a crisp low end and the mahogany neck offers stability and responsiveness, there's more going on inside.
Proven Aphex Big Bottom circuitry shapes the input from the piezo pickup to tighten bass articulation and extend low frequencies without the need for more amps or speakers. The result is a deeper, more resonant bass sound.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Quilted ash cutaway body and top
  • Set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Piezo bridge pickup with built-in tuner, Aphex Big Bottom circuitry and EQ
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Sealed tuners
  • Chrome hardware

This acoustic bass has it all. Make it yours today.

 

Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex Specifications:

  • 34" scale length
  • 22 frets
  • 1-3/4" nut
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DeanExotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex
 
4.8

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Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex

I was interested in this bass and found one to play. I love it! Great, responsive neck that made me feel as if I had been playing this bass for years! So I...Read complete review

I was interested in this bass and found one to play. I love it! Great, responsive neck that made me feel as if I had been playing this bass for years! So I bought one right away, I had to!

Great electronics that give good diversity of sound. The neck is better intune and consistant all over than any acoustic electric bass I have every played. I have found that the lower "E" string is easy to control and does not rattle with a strong attack. Being an upright bassist, I tend to play the acoustic electric bass with a strong attack. The Dean is perfect for my style. I have a Michael Kelly Dragonfly, which I like and is more expensive, but not as easy to play, plus the M.K. needed a setup to be able to be played. The Dean Exotica sounded great off the shelve. I believe that this is the best buy on any acoustic bass in it's price range (or several hundred dollars more).

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Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric: Beautiful!...at first

Unfortunately, this was the highest ranked, most praised acoustic bass in its price range, so I am not sure if I will try to replace this one and hope for one that doesn't...Read complete review

Unfortunately, this was the highest ranked, most praised acoustic bass in its price range, so I am not sure if I will try to replace this one and hope for one that doesn't buzz, or give up the idea of playing acoustic bass and stick with my electrics.

Generally, while I appreciate the availability of low-cost instruments, modern, fast production methods and relatively low quality control evident in this Chinese model gives me pause to reflect on whether I want to support this kind of outsourcing in order to go easy on my pocketbook, while my purchase drives hungry, low-income Asian factory workers and adundantly feeds the MF shareholders.
From the lovely packaging in which the Exotica bass ships from Dean (though the UPS guy plunked the clearly marked "THIS END UP" side of the box DOWN onto my porch), the first impression is dazzling. The quilted ash on the "black" model actually looks purple in some light, and that is very cool. The binding is a richly luminescent, gold "tortoise shell" that looks fantastic, and the bridge shape...lovely. Unlike another reviewer, I like the way the tuner works, a fun surprise! I am not crazy about the string spacing at the nut (the E and G could sit out a bit farther to the edges), but that is just my personal preference. However, upon closer inspection, the true colors of this inexpensive bass prove disappointing.
Quality is where the rubber meets the road for a player, no matter how beautiful an instrument may be. The workmanship, overall, is good. And fresh, too: the instrument reeks of polyurethane (a bit too much, really). However, right away I noticed little chips and scratches around the nut...tiny, and by no means fatal. Also, I observed that two of the four chrome tuners have significant scratches on them, also maybe not fatal. But then, as another reviewer observed, I saw that the tuners themselves are positioned as if by a drunkard: they are not evenly spaced or parallel on the otherwise symmetrical headstock. (One would expect the drill operators to use some kind of template here, but apparently not.) This is closer to fatal, but not quite yet.... Fatal is that - no matter what I have done to adjust the neck and bridge - the first two frets on the E and A strings buzz badly with all but very soft plucking; not ok for acoustic, which must be played loudly to be heard. The neck adjusts easily, but to get the buzz out, I had to put so much bow in, the intonation at fret 12 went off. Looks like this one will have to go back.
How can I rank the value then? As an object of beauty, it is worth every penny - if you plan to hang it on the wall. If you intend to play the instrument acoustically...well, I am grateful for Musician's Friend's return policy, which it seems I will need to use here. Too bad, because the instrument really is beautiful and I might keep it, if only it didn't buzz. Maybe this one is a lemon, but I worry about the way the tuners were positioned and fear that a replacement might have similarly haphazard construction. The initialed "inspection" label on the back of the headstock suggests that the inspection process may be a bit lax.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Acoustic Surprise!

By MusicMama

from Baton Rouge, LA

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Pros

  • Beautiful wood and finish
  • Consistent
  • Excellent Tonal Quality
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune
  • Warm Rich Woody Sound

Cons

  • Body Strap Peg Is Loose

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    Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

    As a first foray into the acoustic bass world, this was a perfect choice. This bass produces a beautiful, heady, joyful sound.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet looking and sounding

    By SomeDude

    from Midlo IL

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        I've had mine for two years and its my go bass for just sitting around and playing. sounds great even after two years with no string change. unlike other reviews mine has no buzz and the truss is stuck or broken.

        I bought mine used with an older pot style preamp not the slider style Aphex and it sounds great, compaired to the passive preamp on the EABC5 thats not as flexable.

        Great bass for the money and between his and the MK Dragonfly one of the most visually striking acoustic basses on the market under a grand.

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        (19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric: Beautiful!...at first

        By Adam Burke

        from Arizona

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        Unfortunately, this was the highest ranked, most praised acoustic bass in its price range, so I am not sure if I will try to replace this one and hope for one that doesn't buzz, or give up the idea of playing acoustic bass and stick with my electrics.

        Generally, while I appreciate the availability of low-cost instruments, modern, fast production methods and relatively low quality control evident in this Chinese model gives me pause to reflect on whether I want to support this kind of outsourcing in order to go easy on my pocketbook, while my purchase drives hungry, low-income Asian factory workers and adundantly feeds the MF shareholders.
        From the lovely packaging in which the Exotica bass ships from Dean (though the UPS guy plunked the clearly marked "THIS END UP" side of the box DOWN onto my porch), the first impression is dazzling. The quilted ash on the "black" model actually looks purple in some light, and that is very cool. The binding is a richly luminescent, gold "tortoise shell" that looks fantastic, and the bridge shape...lovely. Unlike another reviewer, I like the way the tuner works, a fun surprise! I am not crazy about the string spacing at the nut (the E and G could sit out a bit farther to the edges), but that is just my personal preference. However, upon closer inspection, the true colors of this inexpensive bass prove disappointing.
        Quality is where the rubber meets the road for a player, no matter how beautiful an instrument may be. The workmanship, overall, is good. And fresh, too: the instrument reeks of polyurethane (a bit too much, really). However, right away I noticed little chips and scratches around the nut...tiny, and by no means fatal. Also, I observed that two of the four chrome tuners have significant scratches on them, also maybe not fatal. But then, as another reviewer observed, I saw that the tuners themselves are positioned as if by a drunkard: they are not evenly spaced or parallel on the otherwise symmetrical headstock. (One would expect the drill operators to use some kind of template here, but apparently not.) This is closer to fatal, but not quite yet.... Fatal is that - no matter what I have done to adjust the neck and bridge - the first two frets on the E and A strings buzz badly with all but very soft plucking; not ok for acoustic, which must be played loudly to be heard. The neck adjusts easily, but to get the buzz out, I had to put so much bow in, the intonation at fret 12 went off. Looks like this one will have to go back.
        How can I rank the value then? As an object of beauty, it is worth every penny - if you plan to hang it on the wall. If you intend to play the instrument acoustically...well, I am grateful for Musician's Friend's return policy, which it seems I will need to use here. Too bad, because the instrument really is beautiful and I might keep it, if only it didn't buzz. Maybe this one is a lemon, but I worry about the way the tuners were positioned and fear that a replacement might have similarly haphazard construction. The initialed "inspection" label on the back of the headstock suggests that the inspection process may be a bit lax.

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid and very playable

        By William Seamans

        from Alexandria, LA

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        After much research, I chose this Dean acoustic bass because the reviews were all positive and were higher than for many other more expensive ones. I concur. This bass does not disappoint.
        I bought this bass guitar for its acoustic value, not electric. But the body is big and it definitely has some volume unplugged.
        The construction is very solid. The E string had a bit of buzz out of the box, but tuning it up took care of that. As shipped, the neck is in perfect position, so the strings sound the way they're supposed to when playing the upper frets.
        For the price, this bass has as much, or more, to offer than many other more expensive acoustic basses.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Looks great, plays & sounds even better.

        By Scot Kaeff

        from Kentucky

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        Superb bass for the price - couldn't be happier. My bandmates even said it could/should easily be an option for non-acoustic playing/shows due to the overall sound of it.
        Onboard preamp is exceptional. Wide range of tones available, easily shaped for both finger playing and pick playing. Dislike the Dean onboard tuner - a little flakey. Woods are beautiful and unplugged it'll stand up with an acoustic guitar or two, has a very deep yet tight resonance seldom found in acoustic basses. For a coffeeshop gig, you'll need an amp, obviously, but the sound carries over when plugged in.
        No complaints thus far, beautiful woods and well-crafted.
        Bar none, this is the best acoustic bass I've ever played for sheer sound and playability. I shopped at several local chain and mom & pop guitar shops prior to buying and when placed up against Fenders and Washburns and various other acoustic basses, both on looks and sound, not to mention electronics (except that darned tuner), the Dean beat them all. After that, the price just seems like a total and utter steal.

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex

        By OB Bruce

        from San Diego

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        I was interested in this bass and found one to play. I love it! Great, responsive neck that made me feel as if I had been playing this bass for years! So I bought one right away, I had to!

        Great electronics that give good diversity of sound. The neck is better intune and consistant all over than any acoustic electric bass I have every played. I have found that the lower "E" string is easy to control and does not rattle with a strong attack. Being an upright bassist, I tend to play the acoustic electric bass with a strong attack. The Dean is perfect for my style. I have a Michael Kelly Dragonfly, which I like and is more expensive, but not as easy to play, plus the M.K. needed a setup to be able to be played. The Dean Exotica sounded great off the shelve. I believe that this is the best buy on any acoustic bass in it's price range (or several hundred dollars more).

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        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Same thing happened to me.

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        worth every penny
        I too have been playing bass for over 30 years. I went into the local music store to buy a new amp head and while they were working up a price I stumbled upon the Exotica Ash Acoustic Bass hanging on the wall. It is a beautiful guitar. We hooked it up to a floor amp and I instantly feel in love with it. I immediately took it to the counter and added to my purchase. The hard case that came with it was beautiful too. I keep the bass in a guitar stand at home just so I can look at it or pick it up and play it whenever I want.

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome

        By paul jackson

        from Rhode Isaland

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        I played this Dean bass once, and bought it within 15 minutes. I sounds great, feels great, and I wanted to own it right away. I have been playing for 30 years, and this bass is worth twice what I paid.

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        sounds as good as it looks

        By paul jackson

        from Rhode Isaland

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        I bought this bass after playing it for 5 minutes. I was nervous someone else was going to put the bite on it as soon as i put it down. It was the nicest acoustic bass I ever saw, and only after playing it did I realize it plays as good as it looks. Excellent tones, remarkable action.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dean Exotica Acoustic Bass

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar with Aphex:

        I bought this bass around a year ago just to have something to play around on while i was in my dorm. This bass has a great sound and a beautiful body. The pre-amp is decent, and the neck is a bit long, but it is a good bass for the money. The only thing i didn't like about this bass is the width and thickness of the neck. I usually olay Ibanez basses with fast, thin necks, so this just wasn't my cup of tea, but other than that it is a great bass!

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