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Joefish

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PostPosted: 12/11/2008 at 10:26 PM    Post subject: Lunch with Travis link

Hi, I wanted to say hi and tell you my Travis story. In 1979 I was 21 and went to the NAMM show in Chicago. To make a long story short, I got to meet Travis and somehow managed to have lunch with him. (... he could not have been cooler to me) Fast forward to 1988 ... I walked into Benny's in Philly and on the wall was Wedge #29. I told Benny I was getting married in a week and did not have the cash ... Benny asked me what ya got (what guitar will you trade) ... so, Wedge #29 cost me my Randy Rhoades Les Paul and pedal board.



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KoaGod

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PostPosted: 12/12/2008 at 3:36 PM    Post subject: RE:Lunch with Travis link

So how did you end up having lunch with him?? What was he like?
KG

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Joefish

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PostPosted: 12/13/2008 at 4:05 PM    Post subject: RE:Lunch with Travis link

Hey KG, After I did that post, I realized it was the 78 NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants). That means that Travis was still in business.

I grew up with the West Coast Rothchild Rep who was working that show …he introduced me to Travis at the booth … and lunch just kind of happened … this was just a quick convention lunch … we grabbed something to eat and sat down at a table … talked … and that was it … he was very cool … just small talk … guitars … music … that was it

It was cool meeting him, but the entire day was culture shock/surreal … getting to chat with Bob Weir … being two feet away from Steve Miller while he was playing … getting my picture taken with George Benson (my friend found it a year later in a Japanese magazine) .. it was just one thing after another … it was a peak life experience …

With regard to the Rothchild thing … that was Rothchild as in Paul Rothchild the record producer (Doors … Janis Joplin) I believe his brother ran it … it was a marketing company for high end stuff … Travis, Bartolini/Hi-A pick ups, Furman Parametric EQs and some other stuff that I do not remember ..

BTW, thanks Mr. Admin for this site … after I got the Wedge on the database … I wanted to find out about the pickups …for the longest time, I thought the Wedge had Bartolini's … I'm still not sure what they are ...

Joe

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KoaGod

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PostPosted: 12/14/2008 at 9:01 AM    Post subject: RE:Lunch with Travis link

Hey There

What a great NAMM experience!

KG

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