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Designed by one of the world's greatest electric bassists.
The Jeff Berlin Basic Player Bass Guitar was built for Jeff Berlin by Dean according to his electric bass vision. The Jeff Berlin bass has a 34" scale length and a thin neck with low action to facilitate his savant-style bass playing. Dean passive pickups provide a broad range of tonality from warm bass to treble tones with a lot of power. This bass can do it all from cool jazz to hot rock. All of Jeff Berlin's solo CDs were recorded on just one bass guitar, his Jeff Berlin model instrument.
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Basically the whole selling point of this bass is its alleged fast neck that "plays like a dream." I was looking for something like that, even if I knew the hardware and electronics were sub-par. I wanted playability. Unfortunately, this bass did not deliver it. It had a few nasty buzzes that only diminished slightly with intense work on the truss rod and bridge saddles. And by "work" I mean RAISING the action to a rather uncomfortable level. If you're a slapper, stay away from this bass. The neck pickup is so close to the neck that it will get in your way. The bass felt chunky and weird, even using my premium padded Fender strap. The sound was good. Very aggressive and bright. It also looks pretty nice. Other than that, it was a complete disaster. Sorry, Jeff. At least he's admitted that this cheaper version is obviously not even close to the bass he plays, and that it does need work. But, if it's going to need a pro setup just to play acceptably, and a replacement of the bridge and electronics (as he suggested to me in his reply to a myspace message I sent him), you're better off buying a different bass. I got me an Aria IGB-49 and it is MILES above this thing, for only a few bucks more. Jeff Berlin is still one of the greatest bassists ever, and this shouldn't reflect badly on him. I'm sure Dean Guitars just made some choices over which he had probably little to no control.
I just purchased this bass from an online retailer. It arrived, and it was beautiful. Great neck, gorgeous details... Then I plugged it in. POP! POP! Apparently the inspection process missed the bare wires inside that were shorting out.Once I moved/secured the wires to no longer short, the hiss stuck out. Just to make sure it wasn't the amp or cable, I plugged in my 9 year old ibanez. No hiss.By the way, when messing with the knobs, it became apparent that the volume knob was much more loose feeling than the rest.Maybe I can hang it on the wall...