Review: Dean Zelinsky Guitars Mule Bass

The Workhorse With Exciting New Features…

The is the latest Bass Guitar from Dean Zelinsky, and it’s got some very nice NEW extra features.

The Mule is a very affordable bass guitar, and even though some of the new features might not be for everyone, it could make the life of a bass player so much easier. Read the article below to find out more about the Mule.

Bass guitars from are worth keeping an eye out for, if for nothing else, then at least for the new features that just might create a small revolution for bass players.


Dean Zelinsky’s impact on guitar design is undisputed. He’s created instruments for rock royalty, from Dimebag Darrell’s ML guitar to the outrageous fur axes spun by Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill. Now the founder of Dean Guitars has a new venture: Dean Zelinsky Guitars. The line includes the Mule, a unique new take on J-style designs.

Mule School
Like its equine namesake, the Mule 4-string is a hybrid. It melds traditional J-style construction with Zelinsky innovations. Our test model’s vintage white finish gives the basswood body a pleasingly classic look. (The Mule is also available in classic black, transparent amber, and burst finishes.) A rosewood fretboard caps the bolt-on maple neck. (Maple fretboards are also available.) The Mule also comes in a 5-string version.

Zelinsky tweaked tradition by shaping the neck with a medium-thin, soft “C” shape, but he preserves the past with a 12″ fretboard radius.Meanwhile, his open-gear tuners give a classic look a contemporary twist while offering pinpoint accuracy. The Mule is devoid of 60-cycle hum thanks to a pair of DZPLG active humbuckers. A 9V battery powers both the pickups and a preamp with 2-band EQ.

The engraved pattern of the Z-Glide on the neck’s rear side reduces the surface area by 70 percent, allowing air to pass under the thumb.

Two striking enhancements make the Mule stand out from the herd: Zelinsky contours the upper body with what he calls a “Thumb-Rail” design. (Many bassists who regularly shift their plucking-hand position for varied tones will appreciate this supportive thumb rest across most of the body’s length.) But the pièce de résistance resides on the bass’s rear side: the patented Z-Glide reduced-friction neck. The engraved pattern of the Z-Glide reduces the surface area by 70 percent, allowing air to pass under the thumb. This helps keep the fretting hand dry and alleviates the sticky feel of some glossy and satin-finished necks. (For a slight upcharge, players can request a personalized Z-Glide neck with their name engraved.)

Take A Walk On Z-Glide Side
I experienced a touch of neck dive with the bass strapped while standing. My balance concerns were even more pronounced while sitting down with the bass’s body on my thigh. But positioning the bass between my legs, classical guitar-style, let me explore the neck without any balance issues.

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