Legend has it, that in 1974, machinist and luthier Travis Bean partnered with Marc McElwee and Gary Kramer (who left in 1975 to start Kramer guitars). Travis Bean Guitars had a solidarity goal to focus on high-end electric guitars and basses constructed with machined-aluminum necks rather than wood.
The company was active between 1974 and 1979 and only constructed roughly 3600 guitars and basses. However, even though the company had a relatively short life, Travis Bean guitars were used by some of the biggest names in rock, particularly these TB1000 models. Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Brain Robertson, and even Jerry Garcia played Travis Bean guitars.
This guitar is a TB1000. Its double-cutaway koa body has a natural finish and is connected to a aluminum neck with four machine screws. The patented aluminum neck-to-bridge design is what gave Travis Bean’s guitars their incomparable tone and seemingly endless sustain.
However, all the innovation in this guitar does come at a cost. This aluminum-wood hybrid still weighs in at nearly 10 pounds. Other features include a rosewood fret-board with large, pearl-dot inlays, original custom humbuckers and original hardware, tuners, pots, and capacitors.
Recently this guitar was professionally setup, cleaned and bench tested by our in-house luthier.
8/10 (excellent) 1970s Made in the USA.
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