Vintage Guitar - June 2018 - open - 45
Travis Bean ads from 1976 and '99.
Kramer's exit and the formation of Kramer
guitars in '76, based on a similar concept.
How Travis Bean was subsequently structured or financed remains to be learned,
but it soldiered on.
By January of '76, the Bean line included
the down-scale, offset-double-cut magnolia
TB500, the trapezoidal/carved-top TB3000
Wedge ($1,295), and similar TB4000 Wedge
bass ($1,095). Color options were natural,
black, white, red, and (for the Artist and
Travis' interests soon began to wander;
production ceased in June of '79 with total
output of 1,422 Standards, 755 Artists, 351
500s, 1,020 TB2000s, 45 Wedge guitars, and
36 Wedge basses. Travis Bean announced
a come-back in 1999, but only about 10
Many pros appreciated their Travis Beans,
including Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards,
Bill Wyman, Joe Perry, Roger Fisher, and,
later, Stanley Jordan. A better idea that was
reincarnated by Kramer, Kramer co-founder
Henry Vaccaro on his own aluminumnecks, and perhaps...