Dean ML Metalman 4-String Bass Guitar


90 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

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Dean ML Metalman Bass
Dean ML Metalman Bass

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Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 80+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

When I first set out researching for top rated bass guitars in the entry level price range, I did not expect to see Dean Guitars doing well in the bass market. But the ratings speak for themselves, their ML Metalman Bass is a great example of how they get good feedback with their appeal to metalheads.

There's nothing unique about this instrument's specs, following the standard basswood body and maple neck configuration, as well as the 34" scale length and 1.5" nut width neck.

But what sets it apart is its unique Dean ML shape (as popularized by Dimebag Darrell) and its stripped down solo humbucker pickup, which gives this bass the look and sound suitable for metal music.


  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Maple (Bolt-on)
  • Neck Profile: C Shape Low Profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.5"
  • Fingerboard Radius: 16"
  • Frets: 22
  • Bridge Pickup: Dean Humbucker
  • Controls: Tone and Volume
  • Bridge: DieCast
  • Tuners: Sealed Diecast
  • Weight: 12 lbs.


Although everyone words it differently, many Dean ML Metalman bass users simply find this instrument to be fun to play with. Obviously, the edgy look plays a big part in its overall appeal, but the sound also got a lot of positive reactions, with many finding the beefier sound of the humbucker to be better than the usual single-coil equipped basses, especially when playing modern rock and metal songs. Another commonly mentioned trait of this bass among reviewers is its impressive value for money, considering its unique shape, sound quality and build.


Interestingly, there's not many complaints about this bass guitar's tuning machines and fret buzz, but there were a few who complained about the plastic nut, and the lack of a second pickup.


If you're in the market for an affordable rock and metal specific bass guitar, then your best bet is the Dean ML Metalman Bass. This only slightly missed being included on our recommended list during our February 2019 revision of bass guitars under $300, so if you're interested you can see our top recommendations in out guide to The Best Bass Guitars Under $300.