Dean EAB 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass

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3.6

(8 reviews)

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Select tonewoods including a genuine Mahogany body topped with select Spruce, give the Playmate AE its fine acoustic tone. It comes with a special-design passive Dean preamp for great amplified tone. A Mahogany neck is paired with a bound, 24-fret tight-grain Rosewood fingerboard. Features die-cast tuners, celluloid binding, pearl dot inlays and a natural satin finish. Case not included.

Features:

  • Select Spruce Top
  • Mahogany Body
  • 34" Scale
  • 1-5/8" Nut
  • Set Mahogany C Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Pearl Dot Inlays
  • Sealed Die Cast Tuners
  • Celluloid Binding / Rosette
  • Rosewood Bridge
  • Dean Passive Preamp
  • Case Not Included


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Things You Will Get:

  • Bass Guitar
Series Playmate Series
Other Features Dean/Passive Preamp
Model Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass

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DeanPlaymate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural)
 
3.6

(based on 8 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)

Reviewed by 8 customers

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Value Item

By 

from Chicago, IL

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good intonation
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

This is a great value item for the price. Arrived completely set up, no complaints at all. If you're looking for an affordable acoustic bass to jam with friends, play at you're leisure or even practice, I recommend this guitar. I can't stress enough the value that I got at such a low price; plays great.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Super Great Bass @ SUPER GREAT PRICE!

By 

from Harrison, AR.

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

    The thing is, for an acoustic bass this one is really NICE. A lot of folks have given good reviews of the acoustic side of the bass but bad reviews for the electric aspect.

    It's simple.

    Get a preamp.

    It makes all the difference in the world and then there is no reason not to use this bass just as you would use one that costs 10 times the amount.

    It was perfect right out of the box, I didn't experience any sour notes and the action was set great!

    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    The worst guitar I ever bought

    By 

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Intermediate Player

    Pros

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

        I just received my guitar in the mail today and was extremely disappointed. There was so much fret buzz that I could not even play and hear a note anywhere before the ninth fret. On top of that, a string snapped while I was trying to tune the guitar. Also, the pick-up is pretty bad. I had my amp turned up all the way, but still couldn't hear much. I was suprisingly disappointed since I played the same model in store and it didn't perform so bad.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not Bad

        By 

        from Boston

        Pros

        • You get what you pay for

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

        Not a bad axe for the price. Picking up a little fret buzz with the stock strings, just upgraded them and it helped. A little action adjustment should help. Solid build to jam with.[...]

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Bass for the Price

        By 

        from Wilmington, DE

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Beginners
        • Jamming

        Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

        [...] The first thing I had to do was adjust the truss rod because the strings were pretty much flat against the neck. Kind of a hassle but no big deal.After that, the bass sounded great. You can tell the strings are cheap, but even with them, the guitar gives off a great tone which I'm sure will be better later today when I pick up a nice new set of strings.I plugged it in and was not impressed, the sound was flat and sounded like it could use maybe a good preamp. Overall the bass is great for the price. If you wanna jam acoustically with some people and have a good sound, this is perfect. I've played some more expensive basses and the sound between them and this is hardly different (except when plugged in). After the neck adjustment, the bass was very easy to play but had a few buzzing spots (which is normal for an acoustic bass). I'm a guitar player so it was great to find an affordable acoustic bass to have around for those late night jam sessions with your friends.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nothing compares

        By 

        from Albuquerque, NM

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Performance

          Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

          Just got this thing [...] yesterday and played it for about 2 hours. [...]. It was playable out of the box and sounds great. I played about 10 different acoustic basses and they all sound the same to me. Action is great and plays very nicely. The 8th fret on my A string buzzes, but there are ways to play the note on a different string so no biggie. Finish is ok, but it doesn't have a clear coat so it is scratchable. It is a major pain to get the guitar in the Dean gig bag because of its massive size. I read that the pickup is awful, but I haven't tried it myself and I didn't buy it to plug in. This is the best buy I have made as far as guitars go and it exceeded my expectations.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Sounding - Great Deal

          By 

          from Novato, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Pick Up and Play

            Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

            I own this guitar. I wanted something I could just pickup and play anytime without having to plug-in. I tried a number of acoustic-electrics at local music shops. I liked the Michael Kelly's a lot, but they were expensive. Other guitars at around 3-400 just didn't sound that good. So I decided to buy something very cheap, just to have around. I read the reviews on this guitar and most were very complimentary. More revealing, however, were the bad reviews. They complained that the neck was too long and the body was too big. Guess what - this is a BASS guitar - those are good things. So I gave it a try. Really, this sounds as good [...] I really couldn't believe my luck - I just didn't expect such good tone from an inexpensive guitar.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            love it.

            By 

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Dean Playmate AE 4 String Acoustic Electric Bass (Natural):

            great bang for the buck. considering the cost this instrument far exceeded my expectations. the only caveat; it's scale length make it a little too long to fit in a standard hard case or gig bag.

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            EAB 4-String Acoustic-Electric Bass

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