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Hillsboro J Bass Guitar

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The Dean Hillsboro J Bass represents a new spin on the classic J bass style and includes active electronics for maximum tonal control.

The basswood body is light with modern curves and fe... Read More

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The Dean Hillsboro J Bass represents a new spin on the classic J bass style and includes active electronics for maximum tonal control.

The basswood body is light with modern curves and features a flamed maple top. The maple neck and fingerboard are solid-feeling and comfortable to play.

The pickups feature active EQ that can shape the Hillsboro's tone to match any style of music.

  • Basswood body with flamed-maple top
  • Maple neck and fingerboard
  • Flame Maple Top
  • Basswood Body
  • 34" Scale
  • Bolt-On Maple C Neck
  • Maple Fingerboard
  • Black Dot Inlays
  • Die-Cast Tuners
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Die-Cast Bridge
  • Dean Jazz Active EQ Pickups
  • Finishes: Trans Black, Trans Blue
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Good Sound & Playable But Beware

By Steve Brueggeman

from Quincy Illinois

Received this bass as a Christmas gift. It's a backup to my main (only) bass of 25 years. Pros: - Plays nice and sounds good. - Low cost. - Good tone network. - Nice finish. Cons: - Needed a truss rod adjustment. - Fret edges are sharp and will cut you. You'll need to file them down to avoid bloodshed. - Can't control mix of front and rear pickups, there's only one volume control for both. - String anchor only seats properly one way in the bridge saddle. If you get it wrong it will wedge itself in place and is a bear to get out. - Made In China.

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Well worth it!

By Eric Stratton

from Westerville, OH

I was originally looking to buy an Epiphone Thunderbird, but I saw this one in a catalog and I loved the look of it and the fact that it has active pickups. I went in when I finally saved up enough money for it, and I got it on sale for $200. Just got around to putting flatwounds on it. Man am I glad I did! Being a great jazz bass, it kept the punchy characteristics, and added some more low end to it. The neck is flawless, and no sharp edges. I'm a big fan of maple necks and fretboards, and the neck itself is quite round, which I really like. I don't really care much for slim necks, so this is perfect for me. Oh, and the flamed maple top is beautiful. Buy it just to look at it! I can't seem to adjust the pickup height, but maybe there's something I haven't yet discovered about it. I guess they're somewhat rare to actually find in stores, because I haven't seen one there since I bought it. Don't let anyone try to tell you that this is a cheap bass, and the price is very inviting. One more thing: it's practically built like a tank, and I can't seem to scratch the finish(not that I've tried).

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Proof you don't always need a fortune for good sound.

By Joe Kinsey

from Maryland

Like most, I was skeptical due to the 300 dollar price tag but lemme tell you this thing sounds like it's got a 1000 dollar tag. It has crazy awesome control and I feel it would be great for a beginner. There's no restraint when it comes to genre either. The reason I didn't give it a full 5 is because the strings that come on it are god awful and the knobs on mine have gotten all loose a lot but that's pretty small and those things are easily replaced. The neck and head seem kinda cheap too but the sound isn't effected at all. I've had it for a little less then a year and I still can't believe I only shelled out 300 for this sound. I mean this isn't like, "For 300 it has an awesome sound.". It has an awesome sound period. Dean was usually not my first choice but they really hit it outta the park with this thing.

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The best bass I have ever owned

By Kevin

from Philadelphia, PA

I've owned Spector, Warwick, Fender, Carvin and several other "high end" brands. This bass is phenomenal!(and so is the price!) My girlfriend picked this up for me as a surprise birthday present and it's legitimately the best bass I have ever played or owned. A new set of strings, a slight action adjustment and it'll be the best playing bass you've ever had the pleasure of owning.

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Awesome spin on a Jazz Bass

By Kent Cole

from Lithia Springs, Georgia

I got mine for a great discount because Dean left some sharp fret edges. Nothing that a little TLC with a fret file won't handle. The bass has a wonderfully unique look( tired of the P and Jazz bass bodies, but also don't want a bass that looks like a razor blade)The neck and action are awesome! Nice slim neck, with fast maple fretboard. The finish is beautiful(Trans Black).The thing I like the most is the sound. The tones that this bass produces totally blow away any other bass with a J-Bass configuration in its price range. This bass also has a little "heft" to it, which I think really helps it deliver tonally. Also love the High Mass bridge . I have never been a Jazz Bass fan, but I am thrilled with my Hillsboro!

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Worth the money

By Dick Milewski

from Lancaster, NY

I found this bass on line but I was skeptical that a $299 bass could be very good. I went to my local GC and tried on out. I was pleasantly surprised! First of all, I love the looks. Secondly, it has active pickups. I also like the feel of the satin finished neck. The strings have to go. Not surprising - most factory strings are garbage. Just a few minutes with a screwdriver and an allen wrench to adjust the action and intonation and a set of flatwounds and presto! A decent bass that won't break the bank.

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Solid Bass...

By Joe Voodoo

from Sacramento, CA

I am a guitarist and throwing myself into the bass to play with other bands and be the Bass dude. So after choosing the Fender 350 rumble I tried out some Basses at my local G.C. I had a price range and with those I tried this one just seemed right. Sounded great acoustically, playability was good and plugged in sounded big. I had to do some minor neck adjustment and intonation and was easy to adjust. Feels like a big ol baseball bat in my hands and I love it. Looks are cool, like a four string hot wheel from the 70's! In the end, solid feel, great looks, various tones, great price and a big bass sound.

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