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Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar - Natural


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  • 34-inch mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and pearl dot inlays
  • Dean passive preamp with volume and treble controls
  • Celluloid rosette and body binding
  • Diecast Dean tuners
  • Mahogany body with Spruce top
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Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar - Natural + Dean Playmate EAB Gig Bag + Protec Guitar Strap with Leather Ends and Pick Pocket, Black
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002CZZNI
  • Item model number: EAB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,570 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Here's a versatile acoustic-electric bass from Dean. It's perfect for a beginner looking to enjoy some acoustic, living-room jams, but still features a Dean preamp for plugging into your favorite bass amp or recording gear. The EAB features a spruce top, mahogany body, rosewood bridge and fretboard, pearl dot inlays, and legendary Dean construction and playability, at an affordable price.

Dean EAB


EAB Bass Specs

  • Top: Select Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Scale: 34"
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Pearl Dot
  • Tuners: Die Cast
  • Binding/Rosette: Celluloid
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Electronics: Dean / Passive Preamp
  • Finish: Satin Natural


Dean EAB Preamp

Built-in Dean passive preamp with Tone and Volume controls

Dean EAB Rosette

Celluloid rosette and binding complete the look.



Mahogany Body With Spruce Top
The Mahogany/Spruce combo is a pretty common choice in acoustic tonewoods, whether for basses or guitars. Mahogany boasts a wide dynamic range, perfect for ampifying your nuance and still sounding good when you lay into it.

The spruce accentuates the bass and treble end of things. It also just looks great, with the deep brown mahogany contrasting the satin-finish spruce.

34-Inch Mahogany Neck
The EAB features a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, and classic pearl dot inlays. It boasts a rosewood bridge to match, with a contemporary "sliver" shape that's all Dean.

Celluloid Binding and Rosette
Speaking of looks, the EAB has plenty, enhanced by the celluloid rosette and body binding.

Dean Tuners
Dean diecast tuners complete the hardware ensemble, ensuring you stay in tune even when you're plugged in and rocking out.

Dean Passive Preamp
The EAB sounds great on its own, but sometimes you want to turn things up a bit (or plug into an audio interface for recording, perhaps).

The onboard Dean preamp offers basic volume and tone controls to dial in just the sound you need.

Product Description

The Dean EAB Electric Acoustic Bass is the perfect starter bass guitar for the beginning bass player. Now you can play bass with or without an amp! This is a comfortable bass that's loud enough for jam sessions with acoustic guitar players, and has the on-board electronics to let you take it right up on stage. For home recording, an acoustic bass is absolutely perfect because you get an incredible sound and you don't have to spend time finding the sweet spot miking up a speaker cabinet. Features include a select spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a passive piezo pickup system. Dean is really doin' it right with the Electric Acoustic Bass.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I'm 5'9" and I felt dwarfed by the size of this bad boy.
BK
Mine came with a little fret buzz on the A string, but a small adjustment of the truss rod fixed it right up (only 1/8th turn).
D
He was wanting a Acoustic Bass guitar for awhile, he was very pleased as the guitar have a good sound, a deep echo.
Fredi Tal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By P. Ort on August 18, 2005
I don't usually write these little review things on websites, but I am extremely pleased with this purchase. I bought this bass solely for the purpose of quiet practicing/jamming in my apartment, where an amplified electric bass would not be welcomed with open arms. If you're considering it for this purpose you'll be completely satisfied. For the cash spent, it doesn't get much better than this. This is a sturdy instrument that you won't have to worry about being too 'careful' with. I've found myself hauling this thing around to friends houses, get-togethers, etc. with no case and having a blast with it. The finish and general appearance are nothing fancy at all, but if your about the music, you won't even notice. It has a different feel and requires a slightly different playing style than electric bass (just as an acoustic guitar differs from electric) but I found myself adjusting quite easily. I highly suggest changing the stock strings to flatwounds, which are smooth as silk on this thing, because this instrument tends to create a bit of finger noise with the roundwounds. I've been playing guitar/bass for 16 years and own several expensive instruments and this well built, inexpensive gem has no problem keeping up. Overall: A ton of fun and a unique playing experience!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Angus Barrs on September 18, 2007
I have the 5 string model and have played the 4s at stores. I'm very impressed with this instrument for the price! The quality is excellent, the bass itself plays well - my only issue is while the action sits quite low and the instrument is very playable, the string noise with the roundwounds is annoying. I believe I will try some flats or coated strings, because I wouldn't want the action higher on the bass. I haven't had much chance to plug it in, but that is because my huge Ampeg cab is at the rehearsal space. This is my jump-in-the-car and go jam bass, and it suits that purpose fine.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Stikmanz on August 26, 2005
Each time I pick up this bass I'm impressed with how fine an instrument it is for the price. My entire technique is improving as I have to rise to meet the clarity of sound my Playmate provides. The craft of its manufacture is high, the tone is clear and volume good, and the price is spectacular. My first worry was that this would be a dumbed down, inferior version of the Dean Performer EAB. That fear didn't materialize. The same Dean attention to quality has gone into this instrument as into the higher end Performer. Note: My Playmate has a cutout body for reaching the entire fingerboard...and I didn't buy through Amazon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By frankp93 VINE VOICE on October 23, 2008
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I've wanted an acoustic bass guitar for years but don't play it enough to justify the prices I've seen. I couldn't resist the Dean at under [...] and I wasn't disappointed. This instrument feels quite light for its size yet the neck feels very solid with a large round shape to it. I never expect an instrument to be playable out of the box and, sure enough, I had to loosen up the truss rod (with the included Allen wrench).

I'm not sure if the strings it came with were Rotosound or ordinary phosphor-bronze, but that's not the sound I'm after. I agree with another reviewer who opted for flatwound strings (which are hard to find for acoustics, but a set of Fender electrics, 9050M's, gave it a kind of smooth, "upright-like" tone once you find the right touch. I mentioned the truss rod and, to be honest, the neck has a bit of a hump on the high string side, resulting in some buzzing on the G and D strings around the 9th-10th frets. I'm still in the setup stage and I like to tinker so I hope to tweak the saddle and nut and possible shave the frets/fingerboard if I can't get rid of that buzz.

Cosmetically, the satin finish and detail are very impressive. For this price I expect imperfections and there is a dark blemish on the soundboard where a tiny bit of what I suspect is painted-on purfling bled, possibly while the finish was being sprayed (it is a Chinese-made instrument and I've seen it on cheap violins). There's also a tiny half-grain-of-rice-sized chip in the neck finish that I hope a furniture pen and a little lacquer will take care of.

Other than that, it looks great, plays well and has a nice woody tone. If I saw this instrument "on the rack" I would have guessed it was at least twice the price if not more. I haven't even tried the electronics; I bought it to record acoustically and use my electric for amp-time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By swanny on January 2, 2011
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Adjusted Truss Rod w/ supplied tool. Changed strings. This is a solid acoustic Bass. Electonic pickup is really not very good. Played some Elec Acoustic basses at the music store and none were acoustically better than this with the new strings...at 3X's the price. I used the Light D'A and love the sound. If you want to run through amp it will work but the low end sucks. A $20.00 in hole pickup will do the trick.

I just ordered another one for my brother....what can I say....I love my brother :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Son of Barra on November 27, 2013
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Good beginner bass. I had to adjust the neck using an Allen Wrench. If you can't follow a YouTube video on how to do this or don't know what an Allen Wrench is, save yourself the heartache and go to your local music store and get one there. If your learning bass or as in my case gave it as a gift to a budding bassist this is a great guitar. It has good town and once the action is set it stays in place. I haven't run it through an amp yet so I can't comment on the quality of the pickups and built in pre-amp. This bass will be useful combined with RockSmith 2014 to learn some bass.
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