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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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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.
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.
EAB Bass Specs
Built-in Dean passive preamp with Tone and Volume controls
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 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.
Top customer reviews
I knew full well what I was getting into so it's no small miracle that I actually bought it. I've been playing bass for over 32 years and I've had my share of super expensive and ridiculously cheap instruments in my time. I bought this mainly in the event an acoustic only gig came my way. In the 1500 gigs so far, this has never come up. It will live in my basement and probably never see the light of day. Dean was, back in the 1970's, a quality product. Sprinkle in a little import crappyness and we have the Dean we all know today. Considering this basses point if origin, I can leave about 50% of this review to sloppy untrained poorly paid "gun to the head" labor. It did arrive double boxed and no shipping damage to report.
PROS: No glue on the exterior. Yes that's been a problem for all imports. It actually arrived in tune.....yes in tune. Frets are fine for this price point and so far it's pretty straight all around. The binding isn't bad and no typical Dean saw blade style fret ends to worry about. They're near perfect. The bridge and pins are fine as is the nut. The truss rod works but took a few extra turns to get it where I like it. When it's not 'on', it's dead quiet. I'm happy for all of this because that's about all the PROS I can think of.
CONS: To start, the finish was applied with a dirty spray gun. Lots of uneven layers and considerable saw dust in the final attempt of getting a decent applied finish. Plenty of places where the spray wasn't able to reach. Lots of saw dust and wood chunks inside the bass too. Greasy fingerprints that I'll never get out but no serious dents but plenty of scratches all around. The tuners are junk but can be replaced if I ever decide to do any upgrading. The passive controls are OK as far as passive controls go. The volume is decent but the tone added a lot of typical acoustic hiss. It actually sounds better when it's off. The OFF tone doesn't sound too bad. I won't be upgrading this because a new preamp costs more than the bass.
Some frets, although straight and even are actually twisted. The ends look as though they went through sudden jolt when being pressed in. The last two frets had some fingerboard chunks taken out but that's just cosmetic but with no QC what do you expect. I was able to get lower than expected action but the truss rod (also easily accessable) took more turns than I was expecting to get it where I want.
Personally I don't like the input jack all the way on the bottom bout but that's not the worst thing.
So.....would I recommend this. Yes and no. Yes because for anyone like me who didn't have an AEB before, I needed to have 'something' in case it ever comes up. By not committing to serious money for a bass I'll probably never use live I can live with all of these Dean-esque issues. I could have bought a $700 - $1500 bass but why, it'll just sit around as much as this POS will.
I would not recommend it because for anyone looking to make this instrument a part of their regular rotation I would suggest you look elsewhere. Too many quality control problems that could be diverted with just a little training and oversight. Look at other basses first and get a better idea of how a little QC can go a long way.
For the price - The quality and sound of this bass is very good. I'm saying 'for the price' because people can't easily articulate the specific differences between a $170 dollar bass and a $600+ bass in a couple sentences. Why? It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and it's a lot of details that are easier to see and hear, rather than describe. You'll have to research it if that's what you're trying to determine (should I spend more money?). Go check them out in person first. Most players get into some really funky non-specific descriptions... Don't listen to those. If they're not using specific details, they're not providing relevant information. Yes - it is not a top of the line bass. That does not mean it's not good, it is great for what it is. It requires more research that I'm going to get into. The short story is that it has to do with EVERY detail. Quality of materials / construction, overall feel / play-ability, electronics, and finally tone. Yes, there are differences in tone, but it's not as drastic as you may imagine. There is also an element of personal preference. Plus - tone can be 90% on the player. I've heard some guys make cheap guitars scream. The bottom line is that a more expensive bass will not make you play better or sound better.
You "may" have to make some adjustments, but it's not that big of a deal. If you've been playing for a while - it's very easy to do. Look it up online. My bass had no fret buzz straight out of the box. Don't take this review comment too seriously. It could be the guitar (needs minor adjustments) or it could be the player.
Worst case scenario if you run into fret buzz. Take it to a local shop with a decent reputation and it could cost you $30 to $50 - IF, you're not comfortable with doing it yourself. I have also read that flat-wound strings help with the overall tone - which I agree with.
I'm only giving this 4/5 because 5/5 would mean that it blew my mind all over my face it's so awesome. It is simply and accurately "very good".
If you're new to bass - I highly recommend researching the music you want to play. It's a tough choice between a 4-string and a 5-string. Can you play the same things? Yes and no. You can, but obviously the instruments range is different. You can transcribe between a 4 and a 5 - but its kind of time consuming and annoying sometimes.
BOTTOM LINE: The bass is good. You may have to send one back. You may have to make some minor adjustments. Think about whether you want a 4-string or a 5-string. A more expensive bass will not make you sound better.
The guitars are not packaged well for transit (this goes for guitars in general). Guitars are exposed to high temperatures and humidity while in transit... In addition to the manhandling from UPS/USPS - you are running the risk of having to send one back. It's not a big deal, Amazon is very good about returning products. I recommend selecting "UPS Pickup" and you can just leave it outside the next day.
*Note - A review of an item should never be based on your shipping experience. It should be about the item.
I am very disappointed with this guitar and I will be returning it immediately. I have no plans to purchases a Dean guitar again.