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Dean EABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass  

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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 much more. Select spruce top; mahogany back, sides, an... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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.

Case sold separately.

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
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DeanEABC 5-String Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Bass
 
3.7

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great sounding acoustic bass

Great sounding acoustic five string bass. Tuned right up and has decent action. Some may want their strings a bit lower on the frets and it is an easy adjustment for those qualified with...Read complete review

Great sounding acoustic five string bass. Tuned right up and has decent action. Some may want their strings a bit lower on the frets and it is an easy adjustment for those qualified with the right wrench. This bass is nice and loud for acoustic jam sessions with multiple players and instruments. Awesome price point for the low end Dean playmate series and with five strings!

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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.

     
    4.0

    Fun bass, DON'T USE PLUGGED IN!!

    By Bass Man

    from New Jersey

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      Nice looking bass. You'll need a mic or a new pick up if you are planning to play this electrically. The pick ups are pretty much worthless. other than that, fun bass especially for a 5 string.

       
      4.0

      Good for the Money

      By Bass Man

      from New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backyard Jams
        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        Great sounding acoustic bass. I was looking for a 5-string acoustic. Found this one. Good for the money. Very large body and scale. Recieved it with electric strings. Recommend a setup as well as acoustic strings when you first recieve it. Fun to play, and if you get it with seperate Dean case, good little package.

         
        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Generally Satisfied

          By Robert

          from Washington, DC

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

          I've had this bass now for a few weeks and have been pretty satisfied with it so far, based on my expectations. This is my second acoustic bass, but my first five-string, so I was looking for a relatively inexpensive 5-string on which to learn and play around with "unplugged". So far, this bass works admirably for that purpose. Out of the box, it is nicely playable, with a decently low action, so I haven't felt the need to tinker with setup yet. I expect that will occur when I eventually change the strings out for ones with a warmer tone. I have done a little testing with this bass plugged into my 200 Watt amp, and while it is certainly quieter than my mainstay electric at the same volume setting, that has also been my experience with my 4-string acoustic. Right now, I've got plenty of wattage for most purposes, so turning it up is my answer, but I don't know yet how well it will work with my 25 Watt practice amp that I carry around when practicing at other locations. That could possibly push me into putting in a new pickup, but at the roughly $200 or so purchase price of the bass, it still seems to me like a pretty good value and I don't think that I'll mind adding some custom improvements like that over time. I didn't detect any of the static problems that I've seen mentioned in other reviews, but I haven't played it extensively plugged-in yet, either.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          one of the best!

          By Ryan Wellings

          from California

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

          I got this for Christmas after wanting an Acoustic bass for a long time after selling my Washburn several years back. I must say that this one does NOT disappoint AT ALL!! This sounds GREAT unplugged and plugged in. I had to make NO adjustments at all other than a quick tuning. I would reccommend this one if your looking for an acoustic bass!!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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!!!

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Fine for the price

            By SomeDude

            from Midlo IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Take the word "electric" from the description

            By Peter Kamenakis

            from Carneys Point, NJ

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

            I ordered the bass from the store, and it arrived exactly when the rep told me it would. I played it unplugged at first and I was impressed. My band does both electric and acoustic gigs, but the acoustic gigs still run through a PA so I need that acoustic sound but plugged in. Anyway, the sound was rich, and full. The action on the neck was great, and even the B string was not muddy. Everything was clear, and I was impressed. Then I plugged it in. OMG. Snap, crackle, and pop - just like Rice Krispies. The sound was so annoying I couldn't take minute of that noise. The Dean guitar company could sell many of these basses if they remove the word "electric" and rip out the electronics on this bass and sell it as a straight acoustic bass. Acoustic - good. Electric - HORRIBLE!

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