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Dean Club!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tom once dead, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. FollowMeDown


    Feb 8, 2019
    View attachment 3452097 My first 5-string was a Dean DB95 about 20(?) years ago (in the UK). I remember it as being incredibly comfortable and fast to play. My memory of it may be incorrect but I think it had an unusually small string spacing, and also a thin neck. It may also have been a short scale?

    I'd like to try and find another bass with similar dimensions, so would love to know what the DB95's string spacing, scale length etc actually were. Does anyone happen to know this info or can even just for sure confirm it really did have a smaller string spacing, neck thickness and/or scale than standard on most basses?
    Thanks guys.

    Edit: Reposted pic I found somewhere (maybe here) of identical bass but not mine. Image credits are also not mine.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
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  2. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Info is a bit difficult to find on these, but not impossible. They were 34" scale.
    This is when 'Tropical Music' owned them before Elliot 'Dean' Rubinson bought Dean.

    From Wikipedia

    Dean Guitars started in 1976 and gained worldwide recognition by being used by bands such as Heart, Kansas, The Cars, Molly Hatchet, Triumph and ZZ Top.

    With the advent of the superstrat and grunge music, Dean Zelinsky sold the business to Oscar Medeiros of Tropical Music, who gained ownership of the brand from 1986, and until 1995 focused on selling to Latin bands overseas. The company had all but disappeared from the American market at this point.

    There's a couple of the DB series posted here.

    Dean Club!!! page 32

    Dean Club!!! page 25

    Any Dean aficionado's? A little help...

    And elsewhere

    Dean bass

    Dean DB95 1991 red | Maximum Gear

    Dean DB95 1994 Black | Reclaimed instruments
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2019
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  4. FollowMeDown


    Feb 8, 2019
    Great reply! Thanks!
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  5. McDean


    Oct 15, 2018
    I named mine "Baby" because she can be fussy and colicky at times and my sweet little angel...if she feels like it. LOL!!!
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  6. bonin in the boneyard

    bonin in the boneyard Supporting Member

    Ha ha :D

    "Lisa" is a character from an LL Cool J song. ;)
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  7. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    @bstringrandy do you still have this?

    Just asking as I bought one used about 8 or 9 months ago and it is stringed EADGC and I wondered if that is how they were sold from Dean brand new.

    The catalogs I have don’t elaborate on this.
  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Your 10 string has different pups
    It has double row poles in each pup housing

    IIRC you sold this

    Here’s a pic of mine

    Did you change the pups on yours or did you buy it like that new or used?
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Here’s another one from page 6
    Dean Club!!!page 6
  10. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    I bought this new and it was completely stock, as far as I know. Funny that this pops up now, I just happen to be in the market to find another one.
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  11. Johnston


    Jun 5, 2010
    N. Ireland

    I have a 91 to go with it now too, keep missing the 95's on Ebay or they are Collection only and too far away.
  12. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Good luck! They’re hard to find!
  13. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

  14. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    not affiliated with this sale in any manor.
    on Reverb now

    One of the most beautiful Dean basses made.
    5 string Dean Euro Edge Improv 5 1999

    E I overall. E I 4 Flame Nat Oil. E I 5 Flame Honey Burst.
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  15. bstringrandy

    bstringrandy Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2004
    Jacksonville, FL
    I sold it awhile ago. I do remember it being strung BEADG.

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  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Picked this up on June 21, 2019
    Thought I'd post it here since my NBD post died down. :)

    Active with Dean J style pups which are on the hot side. Trans Black. Neck is really nice, no sharp ends, narrow, thin and satin back. Nice and fast. Gotta get me a Tort PG

    [​IMG] IMG_3688 protect.
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    • Flame Maple Top
    • Basswood Body
    • 34" Scale
    • Bolt-On Maple C Neck
    • Maple Fingerboard
    • 22 frets
    • Black Dot Inlays
    • White Pearloid Pickguard
    • Die-Cast Tuners
    • Chrome Hardware
    • Die-Cast Bridge
    • Dean Jazz Active EQ Pickups
    • Trans Black
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019 at 4:52 PM
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  17. McDean


    Oct 15, 2018
    Just picked up this little sweet heart. '94 Korean Edge fretless. Love the way it feels and plays. The previous owner removed the pre-amp so it's currently passive. Was Dean using the EMG pups in '04. Just wondering if I should change them out for something with a little more hind-end.

    Attached Files:

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  18. B-Mac

    B-Mac Sorting Things Out Supporting Member

    Nice! Real Nice! These are real sleepers and quite comfortable to play.
    This particular bass was similar to your Edge 5Q, but all non-'Q' Edge (non-Quilt) basses had Dean DMT pups and Dean preamps. The Edge 4Q, which you have hanging on the wall was a step up, with EMG-HZ, followed by the Edge 4QB which was another step up with the Barts.
    This is not a '94 by the way. :)
    In '94 they were still being made by Tropical Music and had a different look.
    Elliot 'Dean' Rubinson didn't buy them until '97
    Please provide a photo of the serial number. Looks like a 2004 (which you typed later so I'm guessing the '94 is a typo?)
    I have a 5 string fretless that is similar to yours strung E,A,D,G,C
    Here's a pick of mine which is a 2011 model for comparison
    They used Dean pups on these with Dean active preamp
    Unfortunately, I currently do not have a 2004 catalog. :(
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    2001 catalog page (Dean pups on the Fretless) 2001 p39.
    2003 catalog page (Dean pups on the Fretless)
    Dean_2003_catalog 35.
    2007/2008 catalog page (Dean pups on the Fretless)
    Dean_0708_catalog 37.


    I think these would be great on your bass!

    EMG Pickups / 35CS / 4-STRING / Soapbars / Bass / Electric Guitar Pickups, Bass Guitar Pickups, Acoustic Guitar Pickups

    Active with active preamp


    Or these
    EMG Pickups / 35HZ / Passive / Soapbars / Bass / Electric Guitar Pickups, Bass Guitar Pickups, Acoustic Guitar Pickups
    Passive with active preamp
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019 at 7:47 AM
  19. Shaggai


    May 7, 2018
    Any love in this group for the Metalman V. In light of developments from the evil empire I though I would show my affiliation by picking one up (also they seem to be dirt cheap, dollar value-wise). Zzounds show them OOS until September though. Maybe I should hunt used since they might go for just a song, no dance needed. I have played a Steinberger Spirit XT so used to a non-standard bass design, although never even touched a V since my pre-high school band days (lead Guitarist played a Kramer I think).
  20. McDean


    Oct 15, 2018
    Thanks a ton!!! I almost didn't buy it because the previous owner had messed with the guts. However, it has a much darker sound than my Q5. They're both strung with LaBalla LT's.
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