Designed by Clifford Travis Bean, Marc McElwee & Gary Kramer (who went on to form Kramer guitars in 1975). These guitars featured Koa wood 'wings' with a machined alumnum neck that ran right through the body. Humbucker pickups were mounted to/in the aluminum. As I mentioned above, the issue with these guitars was that the aluminum neck was horrible for touring musicians and didn't handle the cold temperatures very well.more
In this Instagram photo of Yannis holding up two of his new guitars, the one on the right (in his left hand) is a Travis Bean TB-1000s. The Instagram photo is dated May 2014. In this [article](http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2013-02/07/foals-holy-fire-interview) from *GQ Magazine*, Yannis says "I bought quite a few Travis Bean guitars that were made in the Seventies". In the [2019 guitar.com interview](https://guitar.com/features/interviews/foals-everything-not-saved-will-be-lost-part-2-interview/), Yannis is briefly discussing his relationship with Travis Bean models, saying, “I like the fact that you feel like it’s playing you and not the other way around,” he says of his many Beans. “I like the weight of them and I like the fact that it feels like a commitment – and it doesn’t feel like a toy. It’s something that is crafted. It’s like, what’s the difference between using heavy metal cutlery and plastic? Well, I’d rather use heavy metal cutlery! It feels like that. Not in any kind of cold way, but it is definitely different. And I feel like it’s a kind of a potent guitar, y’know? It’s a commitment to play it. I like the fact that it’s ‘other’ as well, that it is different and rare. And they come from this particular era when it was viewed as being the next great evolution in guitar making and then, for whatever reason, they were kind of frozen in that time and every time you buy one, you’re essentially dipping back into that mindset of guitar playing in the 70s when they were viewed as being this futuristic evolution. So I like the romance around them as well, I guess.”more
Up until the Tin Drium album Mick Marn played a fretless Travis Bean TB1000 bass. The first one he had was serial number 002. That was stolen at a gig in the UK in 1978. This was replaced by Serial number 492. THe reason he switched to the Wal was during the recording of the song Canton the neck kept heating up and going out of tune.more
Recently Eric has been seen playing this black Travis Bean aluminum-necked guitar with Mom Jeans.
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