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Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar  

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The Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Bass has beauty that's more than skin deep. It goes all the way to the tone. While the ash body and top deliver a crisp low end and the mahogany neck offers stability and ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Dean Exotica Quilted Ash Bass has beauty that's more than skin deep. It goes all the way to the tone. 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.

Case sold separately.

Features Body
  • Body type:Dreadnought
  • Cutaway:Single cutaway
  • Top wood:QuiltedAsh
  • Back & sides:QuiltedAsh
  • Bracing pattern:Info not available
  • Body finish: High Gloss Natural
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape:D
  • Nut width:1.6" (41mm)
  • Fingerboard:Rosewood
  • Neck wood:Mahogany
  • Scale length:34"
  • Number of frets:21
  • Neck finish: High Gloss Natural
  • Electronics
  • Pickup/preamp:Yes
  • Brand:DMT
  • Configuration:Soundhole mounted preamp
  • Preamp EQ:4-band
  • Feedback filter:Phase
  • Tuner:Yes
  • Other
  • Headstock overlay:None
  • Tuning machines:Die-castSealed
  • Bridge:Rosewood
  • Saddle & nut:Daeil Chemical (Plastic)
  • Number of strings:6-string
  • Special features:Tonewoods
  • Case:Sold separately
  • Accessories:None
  • Country of origin:Info not available
Specifications
  • 34" scale length
    22 frets
    1-3/4" nut
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5 year parts and labor warranty against defects.


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DeanExotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

Excellent.

By TBone

from Kansas City Kansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      Thanks.

       
      5.0

      Big bang for little bucks!

      By Chris "Thunder Thumbs" Steiner

      from Baltimore, MD

      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 Exotica Quilted Ash Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

        After playing Martins, Hohners, Taylor AB series, Ibanez, Tacoma Thunder Chief, and every other brand acoustic bass I saw, I found this beauty hanging on the wall at Guitar Center and couldn't resist picking it up and giving it a tickle. Best money I've ever invested in a musical instrument. This bass sounds fabulous plugged in and projects enough bass tone unplugged for bonfire jams and beach jams with other acoustic instruments and hand percussion. The pre-amp, on board tuner and equalization controls allow for quite a wide variety of usable tones and the bass is light and relatively comfortable to play. Nice job Dean!

         
        5.0

        Worth the money.

        By Wil

        from Lake Alfred, Fl

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording

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

          This bass is all I have been looking for in a acoustic bass and a little extra. Excelente for jamming and recording. Well contructed and has a beautiful finish.

           
          4.0

          Dean bass

          By Vedo

          from Boise Id

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

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

            I like everything about this bass except feedback. During my jam sessions I am getting constant feedback and it is getting very annoying. I am going to try using compressor pedal to see if I can stop it, otherwise this bass is very fun to play and sounds pretty good. This is my first acoustic bass that I am using in my acoustic band, I'd really hate to go back to an electric one. I am also getting sound hole plug but only if compressor does not fix the feedback.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excellent Acoustic Bass

            By Mike

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

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

              I'm just a guitar player who like to occasionally play the bass, and do home recording. This is a great bass for the money.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Acoustic Surprise!

              By MusicMama

              from Baton Rouge, LA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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

              Best Uses

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

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

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sweet looking and sounding

                By SomeDude

                from Midlo IL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    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.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very nice looking bass

                    By Jeffrey Baker

                    from Phoenix, AZ

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

                    I have owned it for 5 days. i love it. It hits every note up and down the fretboard. It has a nice tone. It is staying in tune very well. This bass is much more pleasing than I thought it would be. I am not going to adjust anything. It works fine the way it is. The only complaint is that it only has one hook for the strap. You will need to get a quick release strap to hook the other end of your strap on. The battery in it was dead when I got it home. I had to run to the store to get one.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very pleasantly surprised!

                    By Chris Steiner

                    from Baltimore, Maryland

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

                    I have been playing a KONA brand acoustic electric bass for years, at bonfire partys, the beach, anywhere that an acoustic jam might break out and it played well and sounded pretty darn good even unplugged. That said, this new Dean simply blows the 'ole KONA away. The fit and finish is excellent, it plays very nicely, the action and feel is comparable to my Fender American Jazz Deluxe bass and it is one of the most visually striking guitars I have seen. The quilted ash top is perfectly bookmatched and the binding Dean chose is a beautiful compliment to the body woods. Add the built in tuner and the Dean pre-amp and now I'm wondering how they can sell this beaut' for less than $400!!! Two output jacks, a standard 1/4" plug and also an XLR (mic' cable) jack are also standard. Kudos to Dean for building such an awesome acoustic bass and making it affordable for just about any budget!

                    (23 of 25 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:

                    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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