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Adam Mandel

PostPosted: 07/01/2002 at 8:30 PM    Post subject: Garcia Beans link

Hey there, I am on the almighty search for a Garcia Bean 1000A/S or 500. I have seen pics with Jerry playin all three. If you know anything i would realy appreciate the help. Remeber comes a time when the blind man takes your hand say's don't ya see

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Ezra

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PostPosted: 07/09/2002 at 8:58 AM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

I assume you don't mean the origionals :^) His 500 was one of the first 10 produced. They were thicker than the regular production 500's. The body was also more symetrical and I think they may have been Painted Koa without the imron coating on the neck. Jerry also had 3 single coils in his, I remember one with 3 Pup's came up on ebay about a year ago, it had a sunburst finish. His 1000A was an early serial number. It would thicker than the late production Artists. It most likely was painted Koa and it also didn't have the imron coating. Anything under serial number 900ish should be close. I havent seen any pic's of Jerry with a Standard. But of my 3 beans my late serial number standard get the closest to the tone from the Don't let go recording. Its the thinner beans with a magnolia body. So if your looking for that tone, I don't think you necessarily have to get the exact same production run. Also with the 500'sthey are so rare (only 350 producted total) you really can't be to choosy. Also all his beans were white. Good Luck

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Jack Jones

PostPosted: 07/09/2002 at 4:47 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

And keep in mind the single coil vs. humbucker issue! Jerry's "sound" is usually sought out by using a single coil in the middle position, but when he was using the 1000 model (75-76) he of course couldn't. Listen for the difference between the that sound and the sound he got from the 3-single coil pickup 500 model he used thru most of 77. I've heard 10.16.77 was his last show with a Bean. I believe he had on/off switches for each of the pickups on the 500, btw. He also had a sticker that read "The Enemy is Listening" on the 500 where the Tiger/Rosebud image would appear on his later guitars.

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Adam Mandel

PostPosted: 07/25/2002 at 10:21 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

Hey Jack, Thanks for the info! I presently own a natural koa #415. Thus far in the last year it is the nicest I have ever seen, less this sweet 1000a made for Jon Hall and autographed by travis. Both mine and the Jon Hall have the nicest flame I have ever seen. If intrested i will mail you a pic. dinner ready, more to come......

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Jack Jones

PostPosted: 07/26/2002 at 2:31 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

Hey Adam, I've got a Koa Artist, up in the 1300's, and the grain is supernatural! It's got the Imron coating, which I really like! It's been modded out with coil tapped DiMarzio humbuckers; a very odd arrangement of switches, but I like it. I'm looking to pop in a middle position single coil someday...

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Mickey Adams

PostPosted: 07/30/2002 at 2:12 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

In the last few months that Jerry was playing one of the 1000As, he had actually modified the pickup to single coil config by mounting it in a holder that would fit inside and mount to the neck assembly like the original humbucker. This I think he tinkered with but in the end really didnt like the tone. My stock 1000A (1028) see photo I dont think could be improved upon...it just sounds that good.....

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Jack Jones

PostPosted: 07/30/2002 at 6:24 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

That Jerry; always tinkering. Thanks for the info! I didn't know that. I guess he put the metal p/u cover back on. I'm still amazed that doesn't impair the signal being transmitted.

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Adam Mandel

PostPosted: 08/12/2002 at 4:31 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

Wow, Travis Bean guitars, bringing Dead Heads closer together since 1974!...lol...Hey a giant thanks to all for the info. However back to my original message which spoke of my quest for Jerry's own Beans. I know they are out there and someone has them in there hott little hands. All though i am sure they aint selln. Still, it would be very intresting to know where they are. If any and I am sure most of you saw Tiger and wolf go up on e-bay, then you saw the 850,000 and 700,000 dollar prices they went for so even if i ever found Jerry's own personnal beans they still wouldn't be in my $$ range...pipe dream! But dreams truly are sweet.~! Once again thanks to all for you info and i learned alot....Thanks in particular to Jack...Also I am in the midst of aquiring a new 1000's in the 400 serial range white and from it';s original owner 9.5 out of 10... Yahoooooooooo

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Jack Jones

PostPosted: 09/10/2002 at 12:02 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

Yeah! I like to tell people Jerry "personally" introduced me to Travis Beans! I've acquired a 500 and a 1000A that are both in the 9 out of 10 range; they must have been sitting untouched for a decade or two! Gotta love that. Best of luck!

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che

PostPosted: 03/10/2003 at 5:09 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

Jerry's 500 is in excellent condition, and also has more balls than any guitar I have ever played, I believe Jerry felt the same also....

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che

PostPosted: 03/17/2003 at 9:20 PM    Post subject: RE:Garcia Beans link

sorry, my mistake i meant the tb1000 a

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