I have the Dean. For the money it is a very good bass. Since this was my first 6-string I did not want to spend a lot of money on something I might not use often. I must say though it is a great sounding bass. The construction was also very good for a bass in this price range. The neck is comfortable and the bass is very well balanced. The only down side is the string spacing is a bit tight. I found it very hard to slap on this bass.
Recently I picked up a Carvin LB76A. I found the Carvin had perfect string spacing for a 6, so I had no reason to keep the Dean. I tried to sell it but I had no takers and someone was selling new ones on Ebay for really cheap, so that did not help.
So I decided to keep it......but had the frets removed and converted it to fretless. Since I play finger style on fretless, the string spacing issue is no longer a problem. I'll tell you, it was a good move. As good as the Dean sounded with frets, it sounds great as a fretless.
Another big plus about the Dean is the twin truss rods. Not only does it add extra strengh to the neck (6 strings...lots of tension), but it makes it easier to tweek the neck. With two rods you can not only adjust the bow, but also the twist of the neck. Handy if you have a buzz just on one side. This is a great feature, in fact my Alembic has two rods as well.....
Here is a pic of mine before I took the frets off.