Dean ML Metalman 4-String Bass Guitar


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Dean ML Metalman Bass
Dean ML Metalman Bass

Gearank Recommendation

The ML Metalman appeared on our recommended list for Bass Guitars Under $300 from September 2016 until February 2019.


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.

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.


  • 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.