The attraction of an acoustic bass guitar lies within its use in the world of blues, jazz and bluegrass, but it also lies within the novelty of the guitar’s sound. Unfortunately, as it is to be expected, such an acoustic bass guitar can rarely handle the noise of a large hall without some kind of amplification. Fortunately there are acoustic electric bass guitars out there as well, combining the best of both worlds. The Dean EAB FL Acoustic-Electric Bass is one of the most affordable quality models of such. Let us take a closer look.
Don’t fix it if its not broken is the motto of many a manufacturer in the 21st century, and honestly there is nothing wrong with that. This motto is what has allowed for a steady supply of acoustic bass guitars that are both affordable and sound great. The grand concert guitar shape allows the instrument to produce powerful low tone sound without the booming sound issues that come with the very popular dreadnought shape. The recognizable, humble and yet beautiful shape of the grand concert guitar make it a classy instrument to have, and one to enjoy looking at.
The body of the guitar is built out of a combination of spruce and mahogany, which is always a nice thing to see, especially in an acoustic bass guitar. The spruce top of the guitar provides the instrument with a nice resonance towards the high and midtones that you might attempt with your bass guitar. The mahogany on the other hand resonates powerfully with the much more prevalent low tones of the bass guitar, producing, as a result, a very powerful, deep and full tone. The sound of the guitar is well rounded as a result of this equation. Add in the extra sturdiness and a nice light frame, and you get a guitar that is incredible in many ways.
The neck of the guitar is made out of a less traditional, but no less useful, mahogany hardwood. This tonewood provides a nice, persistent resonance, a little less noticeable than the body does, but resulting in a deep, enjoyable tone. The sturdiness of the mahogany is a legendary quality of the hardwood that works very well as a neck of the guitar. Sturdy and warp resistant, the mahogany neck feels a little heavier than it should, but it is nothing to cry about. The neck is set through the body, as it should be in an acoustic guitar. The fretboard of the guitar is made out of the very respectable and very loved rosewood.
The guitar comes with a standard rosewood bridge. The bridge itself looks decent with the rest of the guitar. It provides a nice string stability and the action you get out of it is lovely. The best quality of the bridge is the additional low tone resonance it adds to the guitar.
The nut of the guitar is made out of a cheapish synthetic material. This means the guitar will have to have the nut replaced sooner rather than later, while the sound of the guitar has a bit of a buzz in it.
The tuning machine of the guitar is a little bit disappointing. Though with cheap models like this is to be expected, the tuning stability of the bass guitar is sub standard.
The instrument comes with a dean passive preamp, which provides a nice little boost to the voice of the bass guitar. While nothing magnificent, the instrument is still capable of impressive feats.
The guitar has a powerful sound that is well balanced overall. The grand concert shape of the guitar provides the instrument with a nice projection power, which is further enhanced by the presence of a passive preamp in the guitar. The low tones are well pronounced and powerful, while the high and midtones are expressive and interesting.
The guitar is an incredibly affordable acoustic bass guitar, that comes with a bonus passive preamp system. You don’t see this too often on the market so I highly recommend that you consider buying this.