Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass

Play acoustic at home, and plug in at jam time -- the Dean EAB bass sounds great either way! On-board electronics let you tweak your sound for any situation.

If you're new to bass, then the Dean EAB acoustic-electric bass is a great starter instrument to break your fingers in on. A warm mahogany body yields a nice helping of depth for each note, and a comfy and sturdy mahogany neck gives you 24 frets to play with. A smooth rosewood fingerboard invites your fingers for a comfortable walk up and down each fret, and a Dean passive onboard preamp pumps your signal when it's time to plug in. A steal for the price, the Dean EAB is a great bass to get your fingers warmed up before committing to a pricier instrument further down the road.

Finding Your Instrument

If you're just beginning to get your ears and fingers used to the feel of playing bass, then the task of finding the right instrument can at times seem daunting. The Dean EAB acoustic-electric bass is the perfect starter bass guitar for you to work on your chops without breaking your wallet. Acoustic-electric basses are perfect for more intimate performances, and they can be a pleasure to strum unplugged on your own in your room or practice space.

Spruce Top for Bite -- Mahogany Brings the Body

Spruce and mahogany is a classic tonewood pairing for acoustic-electric instruments. The Dean EAB's spruce top offers crisp projection, and an attractive visual aesthetic with its organic grain pattern. Mahogany on the sides and back provides a deep resonance with plenty of body. A hefty dose of the low and middle frequencies makes for a warm tonal experience, unplugged or through read more an amplifier.

Dean Passive Onboard Preamp

The Dean passive onboard preamp takes the reverberation of your Dean EAB acoustic-electric bass' spruce and mahogany body, and gets it ready for articulate amplification. You have a volume and a tone control to tweak your sound to your personal taste.

Mahogany Neck and Rosewood Fingerboard

The mahogany neck on your Dean EAB is topped with a smooth rosewood fingerboard. You have a wide tonal reach of 24 frets to travel up and down. Modest pearl dot fret inlays mark your fret positions, and mahogany helps your strings maintain a pleasant sustain for when you want to let those notes ring out longer in tasteful anticipation.


- Dean EAB acoustic electric bass
- Select spruce top
- Warm mahogany body
- Invitingly smooth ebony fingerboard
- Sturdy yet comfy mahogany neck
- Scale length of 34"
- 24 frets with comfortable action
- Pearl dot fret inlays
- Rosewood bridge
- Clear and articulate Dean/Passive preamp electronics
- Die-cast tuners
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- Select Spruce Top
- Mahogany Body
- 34-inch Scale
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Pearl Dot Inlays
- Die Cast Tuners
- Celluloid Binding/Rosette
- Rosewood Bridge
- Dean/ Passive Preamp Electronics
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 9.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 22 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EAB

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 813-600-3920

Dean EAB Acoustic-Electric Bass

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 onboard 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. Dean is really doin' it right.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (115 ratings)
Submitted February 22, 2011 by a customer from
Dean EAB Acoustic Bass Customer Review
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I think I will get another one in fretless.

Out of the box, the strings on it were way too trebly for this style of instrument. Once I changed them for flatwound strings, the tone was more fitting for an acoustic instrument. THis, plus keeping the action kind of high (via truss rod adjustment) eliminated the fret buzzing that others have reported. It does make it harder to play fast, but most for most players that's not what the acoustic bass is for anyway. After the strings and tweaking, it delivered exactly th ekind of upright-like sound I was after.

This thing feels real solid, and the top is a nice quality spruce. It's unfinished, though, so I don't know how it's going to look after awhile. But I'm not even putting linseed oil on it, because I like the sound the way it is. The pickups are passive, which is fine, but the tone and volume slider pots are a bit rickety.

Ease of Use
Players trained in the soft touch required for the better quality electric basses will have an adjustment period changing to a higher action acoustic, similar to the difference electric guitar players face when they go acoustic. The strings are higher and have to be pushed harder. Finger placement needs to be precise. I am thinking I will try the fretless version. This instrument is suitable for beginners, and intermediates like me can have a lot of fun with it. But I don't see it being read more used in a professoinal setting. It is a little rough.

For the money you will never beat this quality. It feels solid and dependable, stays in tune, and sounds great. It needs to have a strap pin on the body, and some better pots would help, but even with those reservations this gets a 10 because it is equal or better in quality to instruments costing double or triple.

Superior value to any other acoustic bass. If you want to play acoustic professionally, you will need one that costs in four digits. The ones in the 400-800 range are not much, if any, better than this one.

Manufacturer Support
no experience with support. that's a good thing.

The Wow Factor
I love this bass. It's always ready to pick up and play, sounds great unplugged, good enough for jams or casual gigs amplified.

Musical Background:
30 years not professional

Musical Style:
rock country jazz reggae
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