Purchase date very much an approximation; I'm the second owner, bought it over 30 years ago for $500 from an expectant father guitar teacher at the now defunct Allentown PA store which had the Travis Bean franchise. My simple criteria was the reputation for reliability which has certainly proved well-earned. This guitar is that and so much more. Really, it's even proven magical from time to time over the course of its cherished yet hard-working life. Is it Magnolia? Must be Poplar. I was told, Ash; one thing, it is heavy! Quite the guitar synth platform, too.
Ugly and mean, I travel a ways and then stay put awhile.