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Dean's basses are known for their outlandish designs and body shapes. Especially when we're discussing entry level models. No matter how quirky they look, these axes are pretty decent when push comes to shove. Dean knows how to wrap everything in a way that offers a balance of price, performance, and aesthetics.
The Dean E09M Edge is definitely one of their more toned down creations. This bass guitar brings a rather conservative aesthetic that fits in just about any personal style. Compared to other guitars in the sub $200 price range, this Dean definitely brings a more unique package.
The tonewood Dean went with for this particular model is basswood. That is to be expected considering that this bass guitar is heavily on the cheaper side of things, even in the affordable price range. The finish is a nice satin natural layer that really gives the Edge a more stylish look. The neck is made of maple, and it's pretty fast. Dean applied their unique asymmetrical bolt pattern and trademark neck joint, which allows you to go pretty far up the neck without sacrificing any functionality.
When it comes to hardware, the situation is pretty usual. You have that standard vintage style bridge with four fully adjustable saddles and a set of die-cast tuning machines on the headstock. With that said, these come in all black color, which adds a nice touch to the overall design of the bass. In terms of performance, the hardware is pretty decent, although you might need to check intonation straight out of the box. Considering that this bass is so affordable, having to tune it up upon purchase is completely acceptable.
Why Dean chose to go with a single soapbar pickup is not really clear. However, this design has brought a breath of fresh air in the segment of the market where Jazz Bass configuration is dominating left and right. The pickup itself is pretty decent, and manages to cover the entire range quite nicely. As you could imagine, the controls are quite rudimentary, and come in form of a volume and treble controls. That's more than enough to wrangle this bass guitar.
Pure performance of Dean E09M Edge is where most users hold their breath. Fortunately for us, everything is better than expected. That single pickup has enough punch to keep up with just about anything you can come up with, and it's really smooth. While you might not want to play a lot of metal on this particular bass, something like rock or blues would be a perfect fit.
All things considered, Dean E09M Edge is a true bang for the buck bass guitar. They went and stripped everything that could bring the cost of production up while maintaining that core performance. If you are on a really tight budget, this Dean is about as good as it gets. On the other hand, this is also a great practice bass for those who need an inexpensive setup aside from their main rig. That feel and feedback is there and will satisfy even the most conservative bass players.