Travis Bean TB Series

Travis Bean TB series started in 1974.

For bass models see the Travis Bean TB Bass series.

Travis Bean TB1000A

The Travis Bean TB1000A (Artist) was a fancier version of the TB1000S (Standard). It had a carved book-matched Koa body, block position markers and an optional ebony fingerboard. The Artist model had natural, single color or pearl finish options. This guitar had the Travis Bean aluminum neck - which came in 2 width options. There were 755 TB1000A guitars produced in total.

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Travis Bean TB1000S

The Travis Bean TB1000 came in standard (TB1000S) and artist (TB1000A) versions. The key feature of this guitar is the aluminum neck - which came in 2 width options. The later catalogs refer to this as just "The Standard Guitar" - without the TB1000 model number. There were 1422 TB1000S guitars produced in total.

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Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)

The Travis Bean TB3000 is a rare Travis Bean electric guitar. It was the most expensive instrument in the Travis Bean range and had a carved wedge-shaped Koa body and block position markers. The TB3000 model had natural, single color or pearl finish options. This guitar had the Travis Bean 6061 grade aluminum neck - which came in 2 width options. There were 45 TB3000 guitars produced in total.

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Travis Bean TB500

The Travis Bean TB500 was their most affordable model. The TB500 had an offset double cutaway body with two high gain single coil pickups and a white pickguard. There were 351 TB500s made.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
black finish, natural finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
black finish, natural finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
black finish, natural finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finishUSA6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
ModelNumber of control knobsPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
4 control knobs3-way selector switch2 tone controls2 volume controls
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
4 control knobs3-way selector switch2 tone controls2 volume controls
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
4 control knobs3-way selector switch2 tone controls2 volume controls
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
2 control knobs3-way selector switch1 tone control1 volume control
ModelPickups configuration
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
2 humbucker pickups
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
2 humbucker pickups
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
2 humbucker pickups
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
2 single coil pickups
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresPickguard materialBody style
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
koa bodycarved top, double cutawaystainless steel-
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
koa bodydouble cutawaystainless steel-
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
koa bodycarved top-wedge shaped body
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
koa bodydouble cutawaywhite pickguard-
ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialebony fingerboard, rosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboardblock fingerboard position markers
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
mother of pearl fingerboard inlay materialrosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
ModelNeck jointNeck materialNeck widthNumber of fretsNutPeghead (headstock)Tuner layout
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
bolt on neckaluminum neck1.5 inches wide at nut, 1.75 inches wide at nut22 fretaluminum nutcut-out headstockthree-each-side
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
bolt on neckaluminum neck1.5 inches wide at nut, 1.75 inches wide at nut22 fretaluminum nutcut-out headstockthree-each-side
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
bolt on neckaluminum neck1.5 inches wide at nut, 1.75 inches wide at nut22 fretbrass nutcut-out headstockthree-each-side
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
bolt on neckaluminum neck1.5 inches wide at nut, 1.75 inches wide at nut22 fret-cut-out headstockthree-each-side
ModelTuners
Travis Bean TB1000A
1974 to 1979
Schaller tuners
Travis Bean TB1000S
1974 to 1979
Schaller tuners
Travis Bean TB3000 (Wedge)
1974 to 1979
Schaller tuners
Travis Bean TB500
1974 to 1979
Schaller tuners