Ended listing banner

Anyone can sell on Reverb

List your item today to get it in front of thousands of eyes, quickly and easily. Learn more on the Seller Hub.

Similar Listings

Travis Bean TB500 1978 White Pearl

+ $150 Shipping
Listing Ended
If you watch the listing, we'll notify you if it becomes available again.
Shipped From
Denver, CO, United States
Joined Reverb

About This Listing

1978 Travis Bean TB500 model serial #67 in its' original white pearl finish which has yellowed with age.   The guitar shows honest play wear with nicks and dings here and there, noticeably on the headstock, and the bottom of the guitar near the strap button, input jack and regrettably, a previous owner drilled a hole for another strap pin on the upper horn.  The guitar is beautifully beat up, with no other remarkable damage beyond the very typical stress cracks where the body and neck joint, which is seen on nearly every example of vintage 500's.   This 500 appears to have only one of these cracks as shown. The neck has a nice round profile with a few nicks in the imron finish to the metal.  The fretboard is rosewood and the frets have a good amount of life left in them.  The case is the original and it's in very good condition with working hardware.  100% original vintage 500!  

All plastic parts will be removed and securely stored inside the case pocket, and the strings will be detuned for shipping.

General information below is copied from travisbeanguitars.com
General Information
On the 500s 11-19 were a "squarer" body shape with the waist being parallel to each other and the strings and 90º to the center line. The bottom was an equal curve. From 20 on, the bottom was eggshaped and the waist was offset the bass side being further forward than the treble side. The pickguard was also a more streamlined shape. The first 10 were produces in '77 just before the layoff. The rest started in June of '78. The majority of the 500s had magnolia bodies but there were some made from poplar. Mark Macleway had one of the first made in KOA.

The pickups on the 500 were single coil with the pole pieces exposed until serial number 291. Then they were full plastic covers that said Travis Bean (guitar 290 has pole pieces, 294 is the covered style).

Machine heads were Schaller or Grover and alternated with no pattern. Towards the end, Gotoh keys were used particularily on the 500s.

Knobs - The original knobs were black speed nobs... bought from Gibson. When Gibson shut TB off, they went to clear speed knobs. Toward the end they used black make knobs that they called "Sansui Knobs".

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Reviews of this Shop


Product Specs

Listeda year ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
Neck Material
Pickup Configuration
Body Shape
Right / Left Handed
Number of Strings
Wood Top Style
Body Type
Neck Construction
Offset Body
Body Material
Bridge/Tailpiece Type

Reverb Gives

Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

Carbon-Offset Shipping

Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments.

iOS app store button
Android play store button
The Apple logo and the App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.
Oops, looks like you forgot something. Please check the fields highlighted in red.