Travis Bean TB1000S 1970s Natural

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Travis Bean started producing innovative aluminum neck guitars in 1974. By combining a solid wood bodies with a metal neck and centerpiece, Bean hoped to avoid the instability and warping that sometimes came with conventional metal guitars.  Bean produced around 3,600 instruments until 1979, which have since become highly prized by a variety of players including noise rock titans like Steve Albini. The TB1000S was the standard model of Travis Bean guitar, and the one with the highest production numbers. 

Years of Production: 1975 - 1979

Body Style: Double cutaway solidbody 

Composition: Koa body, Aluminum neck

Notable Trave Bean Players: Steve Albini, Jerry Garcia, Duane Denison   

Note: Pictured example is from 1978.

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