Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic Bass Review – Getting Started


Dean`s fretless acoustic bass is the great device to start getting acquainted with fretless guitars. It comes at a great price and has all the balance in the World. Check out the article to learn more about this guitar.

Dean Guitars

Dean Guitars is an American manufacturer of musical instruments. Although the company is comparatively young (it was founded in the 70s), it is already recognizable and respectable.

The main idea that Dean had had back in the days was to create the guitars playable for everyone, that would have an original design as well. Dean managed to reach his target, as he created lots of fresh guitars, including his famous fretless acoustic bass.

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1Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic Bass 434”1

2Gold Tone Electric Bass Guitar 432”2

3Gold Tone M-Bass Guitar 423”3

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Dean EAB Fretless Acoustic Bass
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Number of strings4
Scale length34”
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Gold Tone Electric Bass Guitar
Rating
Number of strings4
Scale length32”
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Gold Tone M-Bass Guitar
Rating
Number of strings4
Scale length23”
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Technical Parameters

Let us start the review of this item with taking a look at its` technical characteristics. First things to check are the materials, the dimensions and the strings.

MaterialDean EAB has fretless body made out of mahogany. The neck is mahogany as well, while the top is spruce and the fretboard is performed of rosewood. This set of materials is really great. Mahogany is really durable material, that at the same times sits in hands in a really comfortable way.
DimensionsThis is a full-sized guitar. It has 34’’*14’’*1,6’’ (which is 863*356*41 in millimeters) dimensions. Body shape is original, so it does sit in hands in a bit unusual but a really comfortable way. The guitar will be comfortable for adult players and teenagers, but children may struggle to handle playing it.
StringsThe guitar comes with casual metal strings. They are tunable and stay tuned for a long time. They provide nice and sonant sound, but if you are a first time player you`ll for sure have a bit of a trouble with fingertips. It`s OK if you can handle it, but if you can`t replace the original strings with nylon-ones.

Dean EAB fretless is only available in a right-handed version. So, this is more or a less classical budget guitar. It is for sure “bang-for-a-buck” as the materials are really of high quality and the device is balanced overall and has solid construction.

Finally in this paragraph I should mention that EAB in the name stands for electro-acoustic bass. This means that guitar can be played in two modes: the classical acoustic one and electric. Let us go to the second part to find out how it sounds in both of them.

Pros
Durability
Affordable
Strings are tunable and stay tuned for a long time
Nice and sonant sound
Good beginner’s instrument
It is really well-built
Cons
Economy finish
Economy purfling
A lot of light between the strings

Sound Test

So, the guitar was tested in two modes. Here is what the results were.

  • Acoustic mode. Dean EAB Fretless has been really good in acoustic mode. In fact, it is able to outperform more expensive guitars easily. The bass, the balance, the volume of the sound – all the parameters are just spectacular. The sound was clean and nice;
  • Plugged-in mode. Well, honestly it wasn`t equally as good in this mode. Although everything seemed normal, there was nothing outstanding. While being played in electric mode it sounded as a casual budget device.

Dean EAB Fretless should be considered as an acoustic guitar firstly. There is the possibility to start learning some electric guitar basics as well, but classical potential is much bigger.


Worthy Opponents

Although Dean EAB is a decent guitar, there is a lot of other guitars in this price category that are worth considering as well. Here are some of them.

Gold Tone Electric Bass Guitar


The Gold Tone PBB is a great alternative instrument for bass players, this resonator has a remarkably similiar tone to an upright bass. Designed totally by Paul Beard, it features a 32″ scale, humbucking pickup, and a tone and volume control. Assembled in USA, we use Paul’s cone and spider and set up every instrument with the lowest possible striing action for quick, up the neck playing.

While Dean`s item is electro-acoustic-bass this one is strictly electric-bass guitar. This means that Dean is more suitable for people who have not decided what they want yet, while Gold Tone is better for those, who have already decided to play bass guitars.

  • 32 inch scale
  • Humbucking pickup
  • Volume tone control
  • Chrome plated
Pros
Affordable
Well-built
Cons
Quality of strings

Gold Tone M-Bass Guitar


This yet another Gold Tone product, that belongs to more expensive series. It is a decent guitar, really durable and solid, but again it is strict bass.

The MicroBass, or M-Bass, is a 23″ short-scaled acoustic/electric bass guitar that utilizes a dedicated synthetic string made by the Aquila company and a piezo transducer pickup that deceivingly packs far more of a wallop than what meets the eye. The extended scale length greatly improves intonation over similar models and allows for an acoustic volume loud enough to enjoy without plugging into an amplifier. The sloped ergo-glide top makes this instrument extremely comfortable to hold.

  • Fretted Neck
  • 23″ Scale Length
  • Standard EADG Bass Guitar Tuning
  • Rubber Strings made by Aquila
Pros
Good feel
Consistent
Cons
Flat sound
Maybe: requires constant tuning

Dean`s electro-acoustic bass guitars are more suitable for the beginners, who already know something about music, but are not yet confident what exactly they want to play. They come at an affordable cost and will serve for a long period of time.

What is important as well is that this guitars are saving their value for a long time, so even when you decide to upgrade, it is likely that you`ll be able to re-sell your guitar for decent amount of money.

Bassically, this fretless acoustic bass, at the price I purchased ($208) is a steal. I’m a trombonist, looking to dive into other genres and learn new instruments. I decided a fretless bass would be the “closest” string instrument to my “fretless” horn. I nearly bought some more expensive basses from music stores, but am happy I researched on Amazon first. This bass is BIG, with a 34 inch neck. That, with the larger body, gives this bass a nice broad sound, perfect for playing at acoustic jams, for bonfires, or of course, plugged in for the electro-acoustic dealeo. The tuner isn’t “amazingly” precise, but it does a fine job. The strings buzzed a bit when I got it; luckily it came with an allen-wrench, so I quickly taught myself how easy it is to adjust a truss rod.
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Summing Things Up

So, making a conclusion I would like to say, that Dean EAB fretless acoustic bass is a bang for a buck for sure.

  • It is really well-built (in fact, material is the that is used while manufacturing professional guitars), it has multiple modes to play, so you`ll be able to pick the style you`d like to develop your skills in.
  • However, there is a huge amount of other decent budget guitars for beginners as well, so be careful while making a pick. Dean will be a nice choice if you are not confident about yourself yet, but there might be some better options if you already found your style.
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