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Database TB1000S #1394

Model:   TB1000S
Type:   Standard - Guitar
Body:   Koa
Neck:   Polished Aluminum
Serial:   #1394
Date Purchased:   11/13/2004
Date Submitted:   11/25/2004
Last Modified:   06/07/2007

First Name:   John
Last Name:   Banfield
Country:   UK

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Description:   1978 LEFT HANDED TB1000 Standard.

Completely original with no modifications whatsoever and in its original TB issue blue interior tolex covered hard case. Fitted with Grover tuners and black Gibson type knobs.
In excellent overall condition, with a couple of very tiny marks in the natural Koa finish. The neck and fretboard are perfect.

This guitar is believed to be one of just two TB1000 Standards made as left handers in 1978 (the other is that with the next serial number (#1395) and is apparently identical to this guitar, with the exception of the inscription on the back of the neck to Travis Bean’s wife, for whom it was a gift).

My guitar also previously belonged to vintage guitar expert Mac Yasuda and later on C. William (Bill) Kaman II, renowned Travis Bean collector and historian. It later joined a fantastic collection of left handed instruments in mainland Europe before I purchased it in November 2004.

It’s a beautiful Bean and a great player with amazing tone – it has the classic Travis Bean sound with loads of sustain from the thick Koa body.

I am not sure who the original owner / orderer of this guitar was, but would certainly like to find out…