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V's and other strange shapes

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edp242

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PostPosted: 04/02/2009 at 11:11 AM    Post subject: V's and other strange shapes link

Hi all,

there is picture in the photo gallery of a wonderful bean collection that has a few unique looking ones, including a flying v and some other stuff.

Anyone know the history here? were these custom jobs that Bean did? are there any records out there of how many unique beans (non S,A,B, wedge) there are out there?

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Tim

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rlrlrl

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PostPosted: 04/02/2009 at 11:42 AM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Tim - consensus is that those are not original from the factory. I don't believe there were any custom shapes at all. Anyone know otherwise?

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PostPosted: 04/02/2009 at 11:57 AM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Hello Tim

rlrlrl is correct. There were no custom shapes that left the factory. Travis was pretty strict about keeping a production 'style' to avoid custom orders and confusion in the market place. The photo I think you're referring to is the Kaman collection shot, where there are a couple of Vs and a U.S. shaped guitar (Good lord..). I know that those were done post-TBG-factory days.

I know that Travis was offered several times to create one-offs, etc and turned them down. There were some special guitars that did leave the factory non-spec, though, but were still based on production model style/shape. Those are the double neck wedge, and the double neck artist. Also non-traditional paint jobs were rarely done (Joe Perry's silver), also a few sunburst paint jobs (but were done for employees).

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edp242

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PostPosted: 04/02/2009 at 12:37 PM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Thanks very much for the replies.

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Tim

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rlrlrl

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PostPosted: 04/02/2009 at 9:10 PM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Are there any pictures of the sunburst ones? I hadn't heard of that.

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PostPosted: 04/02/2009 at 9:37 PM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Look at TB500 #48 in the database.

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PostPosted: 04/03/2009 at 1:20 AM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Hi, I own the V shape pictured in ┬┤other misc. model┬┤. it has a 500 neck and 1000 humbuckers.

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edp242

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PostPosted: 04/03/2009 at 6:23 AM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Hi Humbuck - i'm kind of curious as to how it sounds. also, did you build it? it looks like koa from the pic, is that correct?

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Tim

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humbuck

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PostPosted: 04/03/2009 at 12:29 PM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

I bought te guitar from a guy in Hollywood, also it has been for sale at a Vinatge gear shop in the same place for over 10 years, to me it sounds like a tb1000. I have some documentation but am not sure if there is koa used for the body. (it is not the one in the same photo with the US shaped body)

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edp242

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PostPosted: 04/04/2009 at 10:09 AM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Humbuck - i didnt understant your last post - you've had that V for sale for the last 10 years in a guitar shop and no one has bought it?!

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humbuck

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PostPosted: 04/04/2009 at 10:44 AM    Post subject: RE:V's and other strange shapes link

Ok, let me refine this: The guitar was for sale for like 10 years, then someone bought it and a year later I bought it from this person. Hmmmm, hope this is clear now.

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