Dean Club!!!

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  1. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    That 'repair' seems to 'blend' right in! Sometimes some creative thinking can work at low expense! Good Job!
    These are the Indonesian made Edge 4 Select which are different than the Edge 4 made in Korea which was last made in 2018.
    I believe you're the first to post one here on Dean Club!!! and I'd really like to hear/read a detailed review from you when you have spent time with this model. Good snatch! I am a fan of their thin narrow necks and overall neck profile, though I have no idea if these changed at all with the Indonesian made models.
     
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  2. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Oh, and Welcome to Dean Club!!!

    @Bob T

    Welcome to Dean Club!!!

    You have been issued member No. 229 :hyper:
     
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  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

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  4. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Back in February I succumbed to G.A.S. I had for a while on the Dean Edge Flame 4 bass. They were discontinued in 2019 to make way for the new Edge Select 4 basses made in Indonesia.

    Originally introduced in 2016 in 4 and 5 string versions they expanded them to include a 4 string fretless and a 6 string in 2018 for their last year. Also in 2018 they changed all the FB's to Pau Ferro instead of Rosewood as the 2016 and 2017 models were.

    Musician's Friend had these on sale over the President's Day Holiday for $399 so I made the jump as these were usually priced at $499 and sometimes at $449.

    Mine is the 2018 model with the Pau Ferro FB. It is the last year made in Korea at the WK (World) Factory. In fact I believe the only Dean bass still made at this factory is the 12 string Rhapsody, all other Asian Dean basses now being made in Indonesia or China.

    Flame Maple Top
    Mahogany Body
    Maple Neck
    Pau Ferro FB
    DMT pups
    Active 3-way EQ with mid switch (only Edge with a mid switch 2016-2018 Edge Flame 4, 5, 6 and fretless)
    Abalone dot inlays
    High Mass Bridge
    Tusq nut

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    2016 specs when introduced Dean_2016_Catalog_Web 11 edge flame 4.jpg
    2018 specs last year Document1 2018 specs last year.jpg

    2018 is also the last year for the Korean Edge Pro Neck Thru
    The 2019 Edge Pro is Indonesian made and bolt-on
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2021
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  5. Bob T

    Bob T

    May 26, 2016
    Rhode Island
    That's a Stealthy looking bass for sure!
     
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  6. Did they switch to the pau ferro FB because of the rosewood ban? So many basses got held up on impost a couple of years back because of the rosewood issue.
     
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  7. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I would have to agree.
     
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  8. Bob T

    Bob T

    May 26, 2016
    Rhode Island
    I'm just an amateur that jams with a few other old guys occasionally, so I'm not sure what my opinion is worth... This bass definitely has an Ibanez feel to it. The neck is narrow and exceptionally thin. I find the back of it has sort of a flat contour in the center, feels like a "thin C". Sound-wise, it has sort of a mid to dark tone, and needs the amp EQ to clean it up. Strong clear low end though. 4 bolt neck, decent tuners, nice quality pots with strong detents at center and useable tapers. I really like the three band EQ it's not overpowering like some are. Really nice bridge too. I'd say overall quality is close to the MIM Fenders. It had medium weight with good balance. Hope that covers it short of recording something which I've never done but maybe I can try!
     
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Nice review! :thumbsup: They had some of these at a M & P shop near me that is also a Dean dealer, but they were all 5 string so I didn't try any of them out.
    Thanks for the review.:) Of course your opinion matters!;)
    Would love to hear a recording sample.:hyper:
     
  10. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Notice anything familiar?
    schecter-stiletto-studio-5-black-satin-14485246378054_2048x.jpg schecter-stiletto-studio-5-black-satin-14485246345286_2048x.jpg schecter-stiletto-studio-5-black-satin-14485246181446_2048x MARKUP.jpg IMG_5746.JPEG IMG_5748.JPEG IMG_5759 MARK UP.jpg
    From same Factory
    World Factory Korea made both of these and notice some of the finish similarities.
    Obviously not the same bass.
    Schecter and Dean both contracted basses with World Korea.
    Dean no longer has the Edge basses made at this factory.
    Dean only has the 12 string Rhapsody made at this factory.
    All other Dean basses are either made in Indonesia of China.
     
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  11. FugaziBomb

    FugaziBomb

    Jun 5, 2017
    Yeah, I've got a Schecter Stiletto from World Factory Korea and it's a great bass.
     
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  12. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Delivered yesterday. I already have one, but I couldn't pass it up. I was low bid on eBay.
    Dean Edge Q4B (2007) bolt-on active Bartolini pups used 34" bolt-on MIK
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  13. Portamenti

    Portamenti

    Jan 2, 2021
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  14. ivrogne

    ivrogne

    Feb 14, 2013
    Hi everybody! I'm looking at a Dean Demonator bass, but those, that I see for sale are rather cheap for such respectable brand and claimed to be produced in China. Are Chinese Deans any good, or better look for a Korean one?
    Maybe somebody has some original specs or catalogue details for them for check and comparison? I'm a newbie in a Dean world, sorry!
     
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  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I’d look for an older Korean model.
    There’s some nice ones out there
    @armyadarkness has a really cool limited run model.

    Check out these previous posts

    Dean Club!!! @BamaBird
    Dean Club!!! @armyadarkness
    Dean Club!!! @barclaybass
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2021
  16. Portamenti

    Portamenti

    Jan 2, 2021
    If anyone’s ever selling a Rhapsody Semi-hollow - hit me up svp. Mine is my fave out of my rapidly growing collection
     
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  17. HorusLupercal

    HorusLupercal

    Mar 18, 2021
    Posting at the encouragement of B-Mac, I didn’t realise a Dean Club existed! I recently picked up an Edge 6 for a very low price, it’s a project piece for me I think - I am not a fan of the stock bridge and the neck pickup has a nasty buzz, so in the long term I’ll probably overhaul all of the hardware and electrics and make it unique.
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  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Very nice. Any chance you take a pic of the back of the headstock or at least tel me the letter(s) and first few numbers of the S/N please.
     
  19. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Here are some catalog pages with info of your bass.
    2001
    2001 p38.jpg
    2003

    Dean_2003_catalog 36.jpg
    2005
    dean 2005 30.jpg
    2007/2008
    Dean_0708catalog 34.png
    2008
    DeanGuitars2008 35.png
    2014
    dean_2014_catalog_web 51.jpg
    2018
    Dean_Catalog_2018_Mobile 22.jpg

    Yours looks to be a 2015 model.
    Basswood body trans black finish and DMT pups.
    The Edge 6 Q had a Basswood body with a quilt maple top and EMG pups.

    Your bass also came in a fretless version
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2021
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  20. HorusLupercal

    HorusLupercal

    Mar 18, 2021
    No problem
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