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Iconic Spider Bass
The John Entwistle Bass comes from the iconic spider line, featuring a custom Z-style body shape with an extended cutaway to provide incredible access to the upper frets. This stunning body is crafted from mahogany, with its dense and heavy nature delivering an impressive amount of sustain and resonance. The warm and overall balanced tone of the mahogany ensures players receive plenty of depth, grind, and bite, resulting in an incredibly dynamic sound suitable for a wide range of playing styles. A striking burled redwood top is also added, enhancing its stunning aesthetics while injecting the overall tone with subtle enhances for an improved soundscape.
Powerful EMG Pickups & Versatile Electronics
Featuring a set of powerful EMG Lo Z Pickups, the Entwistle Spider Redwood produces plenty of output for an incredibly punch and dynamic tone, ideal for hard rock playing styles. Players can easily dial in the desired sound with the volume control and 3-band EQ, providing excellent tone shaping capabilities to suit a variety of applications. A unique feature of this Signature Dean Bass is the versatile Aphex Exciter circuit, which allows you to add extra low end punch and growl to create an incredible range of destructive soundscapes.
The addition of a Babicz bridge provides players with an enhanced performance, improving the amount of contact between the strings and body for an increase in sustain and resonance. Jeff Babicz designed this innovative bridge with the intent of gaining the maximum amount of direct string coupling to the instrument's body, with over 50 times more contact surface per saddle compared to conventional saddle designs.
Smooth Mahogany Neck & Ebony Fingerboard
With its mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard, the Signature USA Dean Bass offers an incredibly strong tonal character with dark punchy lows and crisp, sizzling highs. The addition of an ebony fingerboard enhances the natural characteristics of the mahogany, creating plenty of depth and midrange punch to suit a variety of playing styles. The fingerboard is equipped with jumbo frets to make vibrato and string bends easier, while its pearl black widow inlays create a stunning look that adds to the overall aesthetics.
Incorporating a neck-through construction allows the Signature Dean Bass to produce advanced sustain and resonance by optimising the maximum contact between the neck and body joint. This design provides the John Entwistle Bass with superior vibration transfer and sustainability, perfect for times when you need notes to ring out for as long as possible.
Incredibly Stable Performance
Along with its incredible comfort and tonal options, this Dean Bass Guitar features a selection of high-quality hardware to provide an incredibly stable performance. Its Grover tuners and Graph Tech tusq nut ensure the Dead Entwistle Spider remains in tune, even against harsh playing style, while its D’Addario strings provide excellent playing comfort and a long lifespan.
About John Entwistle
Born in 1944, John Entwistle's names is as synonymous to the bass as Jimi Hendrix is to the guitar, with a career spanning over 40 years and being the bassist to one of rock 'n' roll’s most iconic bands, The Who. The English bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film and music producer started his life of music at the young age of 7, taking piano lessons before moving on to the trumpet, then the French horn. It was his second year at school when he met fellow Who guitarist Pete Townsend, and the two ended up forming a trad jazz band together. Not much time after, Entwistle went on to play the bass, mostly due to his large fingers and fondness of the low guitar tones of Duane Eddy, joining the band The Detours which went on to become The Who. Throughout his life, Entwistle's playing style has incorporated fingerstyle, plectrum, tapping, and harmonics, constantly changing techniques between and during songs to create a plethora of sounds. John Entwistle has been nicknamed ''the Ox'' and ''Thunderfingers'' due to the speed of his play, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 alongside The Who.
Established in 1976 in Illinois by Dean Zelinsky, the Dean Guitar Company fast became the ''go to'' manufacturer for hard wearing distinctive guitars. Now synonymous with the rock and metal genres, Dean Guitars have always maintained their position at the forefront of guitar design and technological advancement in the manufacture of quality instruments designed specifically for louder players.
Body & Bridge
- Top: Burled Redwood
- Body: Mahogany
- Contour: Flat Top
- Shape: Custom Z
- Bridge: Babicz
- Construction: Neck-Through
- Finish: Natural
Neck & Fingerboard
- Neck: Maple
- Profile: C
- Scale Length: 34’’
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Frets: 24 Jumbo
- Inlays: Pearl Black Widow
- Nut: Graph Tech TUSQ
- Nut Width: 41mm
Electronics & Hardware
- Bridge Pickup: EMG Lo Z
- Neck Pickup: EMG Lo Z
- Controls: 3-Band Active EQ, Volume
- Special Electronics: Aphex Exciter Circuit
- Tuners: Grover
- Knobs: Dome
- Hardware: Gold
- Strings: D’Addario EXL 170 (.045-.100)
- Case Included: Hardshell Case