Travis Bean Guitars - Unofficial Guitar Resource - Header




» Home
» About
» Blog
» Donate
» Database
» Videos
» Market
» Classifieds
» FAQ
» History
» Photo Gallery
» Repair
» Join
» Contact
» MySpace
» FaceBook



» Join
» Login



» General Discussion
» Beans For Sale
» Mods/Repairs
» Website Discussion
» Forum Rules



»  RE:My Bean is for sale
    by ArnaudM
»  RE:My Bean is for sale
    by creek
»  RE:My Bean is for sale
    by ArnaudM
»  RE:Veleno information - help !
    by artwar
»  RE:Veleno information - help !
    by toby2



»  Mark Manley
»  bbigpigg
»  Sons And Daughters
»  The Cardigans
»  The Runaways
»  View All Bands

TravisBeanGuitars.com
Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions
© 2001 - 2019


 
Forum :: General Discussion

What was your first Bean sighting?


  Return to forum index


 Author  Message
admin

Joined:
01 Jun 2001
Posts: 1266
PostPosted: 05/02/2010 at 7:29 PM    Post subject: What was your first Bean sighting? link

Curious, what was/when/where the first time you saw a Travis Bean.. and it had an impact for you. I know I've seen Garcia footage in the past.. or Heart, etc. But I never took note.

For me.. Shellac of North America / 1996ish? / The Moose Lodge, Missoula, MT

h

Back to top

View Member Profile

Disclosure: Any links to eBay or Amazon.com are affiliate links. Affiliate links may provide commission payments to the site based on purchases.

1uncertain3

Joined:
02 Aug 2007
Posts: 77
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 8:57 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Sunn O)))

I am sad to say that I was, "late to the game" as they say...because it wasn't until I had seen Stephen O'Malley play his Bean that these amazing instruments pop on my guitar radar; I'm glad they did regardless of the time frame.


Back to top

View Member Profile

1uncertain3

Joined:
02 Aug 2007
Posts: 77
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 8:58 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Oh, I forgot to mention that it was in 2006.

Back to top

View Member Profile

JLH75

Joined:
02 Feb 2009
Posts: 6
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 10:10 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Godspeed You! Black Emperor. I think it was '99/'00. I also saw the same guitarist play one in Fly Pan Am in (I think) 2001.

I had no idea what kind of guitar it was at the time, I just thought it sounded amazing and the T headstock was cool.

I eventually found out what kind of guitar it was when I saw another Bean being played with Sunn 0))) a few years later. A friend of mine at the gig was like "Did you see that Travis Bean??"

Ah hah!

I now own two.

JH

Back to top

View Member Profile

Bastin

Joined:
18 Aug 2008
Posts: 31
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 10:35 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Criteria in Columbus, 2004.

That show technically accounts for my first AND second Bean sightings. Both guitarists were playing Beans; one white Standard and one cream Artist.

I guess you could say that was a turning point for me.

And, Hank, that was also the first time that I had ever seen a Rivera Knucklehead. The other amplifier on stage was a Framus Dragon. Lots of TONE that night!

Fun fact: my first Bean was formerly owned by a member of Godspeed...



Back to top

View Member Profile

theNewTerritories

Joined:
13 May 2008
Posts: 34
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 11:20 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Just to elaborate on Bastin's fun fact- that was the same exact guitar that JLH75 saw- in fact, I also saw it being played in Fly Pan Am (Fall of 2002) - it was the first Travis bean guitar I had ever seen in person and now actually own that guitar. (Thanks again, Matt! Still playing it every day)

The first Bean I ever saw was a TB 2000, when I saw Low in 2002.
This was at the Echo in Los Angeles.
Before they started, it was leaning against the amp- I had seen a picture of a Travis Bean before, I can't remember where- it might have been a picture of Keith Levene in PIL- but I remember thinking to myself, wow! It's one of those cool guitars with a T in the headstock and was amazed by its beauty in real life.
The tone floored me.

Back to top

View Member Profile

Disclosure: Any links to eBay or Amazon.com are affiliate links. Affiliate links may provide commission payments to the site based on purchases.

JLH75

Joined:
02 Feb 2009
Posts: 6
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 1:01 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

I've heard that Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) bought his TB from a member of Godspeed... as well. It is possible that the same Bean I saw Gy!be play is the same guitar that Sunn O))) uses. I know that there are/were a few Beans owned by Gy!be anyway.

Neither of my Beans were owned by Gy!be as far as I know.

JH

Back to top

View Member Profile

theNewTerritories

Joined:
13 May 2008
Posts: 34
PostPosted: 05/03/2010 at 6:34 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

As far as I know- two of the guitarists in Godspeed had Travis Beans. (one also had a Kramer)

A Standard -
http://brainwashed.com/go.....s/020403-NYC/bowery07.jpg
http://brainwashed.com/go.....403-Brooklyn/warsaw01.jpg

and an Artist (this is the guitar that belonged to Bastin that I now own)
http://brainwashed.com/go.....403-Brooklyn/warsaw06.jpg
http://brainwashed.com/go.....s/020403-NYC/bowery04.jpg

hope that helps.

Back to top

View Member Profile

pbeekman

Joined:
18 Sep 2001
Posts: 65
PostPosted: 05/20/2010 at 2:17 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

The Jesus Lizard, at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia 1998 - Duane Dennison was playing a strange green guitar with what I thought looked like a neck coated in aluminium or wrapped in some sort of foil. I don't think it was too long after that that my brother and me went on our hunt for a TB1000. The first one I ever bought was a fantastic artist in pearl blue (from the U.S.). But even more bizarrely, about a year later my brother found a red Wedge sitting in a humble inner city guitar store in Melbourne for $1300.00 (which was equivalent to $US 700 at the time). I don't think we even realised how unlikely that discovery was at the time. It was probably the only Wedge ever to come to Australia. Those were the days!

Back to top

View Member Profile

turn

Joined:
12 Jan 2006
Posts: 35
PostPosted: 05/20/2010 at 3:07 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

like theNewTerritories the first bean i saw was zak sally's tb2000 - but this was when low played the knitting factory in los angeles in 2004 (they played 'turn' from long division that night!). i kept thinking it was made by some texan guy or something with that big open T headstock .. it looked like a branding iron or something to me. did some googly searches the next day and eventually figured out it was a travis bean.

Back to top

View Member Profile

PeteDavis

Joined:
31 May 2010
Posts: 1
PostPosted: 05/31/2010 at 7:05 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link


Capital Centre 9-25-76

You can get a CD of it now.

A great show for the Dead, they were reviving and changing before the drugs and burnout began doing them in a few years later.

Garcia played a TB500-otherworldly and too cool!

PD



Back to top

View Member Profile

Disclosure: Any links to eBay or Amazon.com are affiliate links. Affiliate links may provide commission payments to the site based on purchases.

miketeachesclass

Joined:
01 Jul 2005
Posts: 5
PostPosted: 06/01/2010 at 7:16 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Criteria, Sokol Underground, Omaha, NE, 2004.

It only took about 2 weeks for me to become totally obsessed and another 2 months to buy a bean, standard #1711. Fantastic instrument.

Unfortunately, I sold it to make rent a couple of years ago. I'll buy another someday.

Back to top

View Member Profile

mcorlett

Joined:
16 Jul 2009
Posts: 41
PostPosted: 06/08/2010 at 10:35 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Can't remember the year but it was early to mid 90's in Vancouver at an intimate venue called the Starfish Room. I had never heard of them but Silkworm was opening for another band... Can't remember the other band, that's how much Silkworm blew my mind.

My friend and I had never seen or heard of Travis Bean guitars before either. We were both in awe at the force, tone and sound... Later that year I heard Shellac for the first time too...

As chance had it probably a decade later that guitar ended up in my hands! It is no collector's guitar that's for sure, but still making great sounds :)

Back to top

View Member Profile

BoulderBean

Joined:
04 Feb 2004
Posts: 303
PostPosted: 06/09/2010 at 3:57 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

Folk Arts Music, Boulder, CO - 1978ish
I took guitar lessons in the basement of this music shop. They had a koa 1000S in the shop one day and even though I was only 14 at the time they let me try it out briefly.

Back to top

View Member Profile

dawmuppet

Joined:
14 Jun 2001
Posts: 7
PostPosted: 10/20/2010 at 3:45 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

I saw my first Bean in 1992, Slash was playing it for "Bad Obsession", and that guitar tone ripped my face off! Since that day I wish i had one, but it's very difficult to get a TB here in Italy...

Back to top

View Member Profile

shinkiro

Joined:
17 Oct 2008
Posts: 24
PostPosted: 10/21/2010 at 3:53 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

My first sighting was in a shop years ago, it was a 500 and I thought it looked wierd it cost about 200, but I wanted a Jaguar so popped an extra 250 for that.

Epic fail.

Back to top

View Member Profile

rick

Joined:
19 Nov 2010
Posts: 8
PostPosted: 02/04/2011 at 11:42 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

i saw my first bean right after i got my les paul. the other guitar player in the band was jealous and went out and bought a bean. this was in 1979. i played it for about 2 minutes and hated it. the neck was cold and fatter than my LP. now he's passed away and willed it to me. so now after about 20 hours of playing it i'm singing a differant tune. once that neck warms up it plays great. some of the hottest pickups i've used. the bite is incredible but i don't see where it has any more sustain that the les paul.

Back to top

View Member Profile

holmes

Joined:
29 Feb 2008
Posts: 182
PostPosted: 02/11/2011 at 6:51 AM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

ive never heard of these things - what do they do?

Back to top

View Member Profile

babar111

Joined:
06 Mar 2011
Posts: 1
PostPosted: 03/06/2011 at 11:52 PM    Post subject: RE:What was your first Bean sighting? link

My first sighting was a picture in the gatefold album "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been". I think I was 10. I knew all the Teles, Strats, & Les Pauls, but couldn't figure out what the cool guitar was that Jerry was holding. I thought it was the coolest. The flowery Ibanez Weir had & crazy knobbed Alembic of Phil's weren't nearly as interesting as the Bean... The search began then (I'm guessing that was 1982?).

Back to top

View Member Profile

Save Up to $75 Instantly at MusiciansFriend.com

  Return to forum index