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Travis Bean TB1000A Guitar

The Travis Bean guitar’s have become very collectible over the years. The idea was to have an all-aluminum path for string vibrations from nut to the bridge. This model is the upscaled “Artist” model with a carved top and block inlays. The aluminum neck prevents warping or shifting of the neck. Players reported that the TB guitars were “lively” and responsive. I’m not sure I’d want to play one on an outdoor gig in temps below 70 degrees, though. According to Travisbeanguitars.com, only 755 of these were built. They are far from cheap, but they are a unique historical example of an innovative period in the instrument’s evolution.