1976 Travis Bean TB-2000

Travis Bean instruments were built in California in the mid to late 1970s. The company’s design centred around a machined aluminum neck that continued through the body’s center and served to anchor the bridge and pickups as well. The body was milled to occlude perfectly with the body stick and was bolted together through the bridge and pickup mounts. A total of some 3600 instruments were built during the company’s short run, of which about 1000 were TB-2000 basses like this one.

Travis Bean guitars and bases enjoy a niche-like cult following as they look, feel, and sound significantly different than most anything else out there. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones played this particular model, and was one of the many notable Travis Bean players out there.

This example has just been through our shop for set up and plays well. It is original but for replaced control knobs and is in good condition, but does have an extra half-dozen strap button screw holes in various places on the body.

The aluminum neck has a scale length of 33.25” and a nut width of 1-5/8”. First fret neck depth is .871” and 12th fret depth is .910”. The pickups both measure just under 6kOhm, and the bass weighs in at 10.6 lbs.

With original hardshell case