According to [Guitar Aficionado's](http://www.guitaraficionado.com/how-jerry-garcia-revolutionized-the-custom-guitar-industry-in-his-pursuit-of-excellence.html) article about Jerry's guitars, Garcia picked up a Travis Bean while his custom Irwin guitar Wolf was being repaired. The TB500 was one he purchased later. In 1976, while Wolf was being repaired, he discovered a new company making guitars in the San Francisco Bay Area: Travis Bean, named after its main luthier and founder. Garcia initially mocked the aluminum necks featured on Travis Bean’s guitars, but he was pleasantly surprised after trying one and eventually added two Travis Bean models — a TB1000A with humbuckers and a TB500 with single-coil pickups — to his arsenal. Garcia performed with these guitars often during the late Seventies and even had the TB500 modified with the same buffered effect loop installed in Wolf as well as a unity-gain buffer made by John Cutler.more
This image was tweeted September 30, 2014 on Moon Taxi's official Twitter. It clearly shows a Travis Bean guitar, but the model doesn't match any of Travis Bean's standard guitars. After some research, this appears to be a prototype (#12) that Travis Bean made for Jerry Garcia. This prototype was based on the TB500.more
With an Equipboard account you can rate this item, add it to your collection, submit a review to discuss what you like and dislike about it, and associate Travis Bean TB500 to artists that use it. Create an account!