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Database TB1000A #976

Model:   TB1000A
Type:   Artist - Guitar
Body:   Koa
Neck:   Polished Aluminum
Serial:   #976
Date Purchased:   09/15/1976
Date Submitted:   05/06/2005
Last Modified:   05/06/2005

First Name:   Joey
Last Name:   N/A
Country:   N/A

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Description:   1976 Artist. The Bean factory guys were friends of mine. What a ridiculous and wonderful group of guys! I chose the wood for the body and visited often while it was being built. When the factory was about to close, Frankie asked me if I wanted anything done to the electronics. I asked: "Like what?" He said he could put on a new set of 4 conductor pickups with mini-switches for out-of-phase and split. I said "sure!" and he did it. I asked if this electronics mod could be retrofitted onto other Beans, and he said "No - the covers are epoxy-ed on - you can't get them off to modify them." Later I had Mike McGuire at Valley Arts (where I paid for it - no one could buy direct) put a bone nut on it, as he felt it would aid tuning (he thought the brass nut prevented smooth string movement). I didn't like the Gibson ice cube knobs without paint backing, so I painted black backing in the knobs (probably around '77.) It's clean and sweet. Note that the delivery date was promised for Sept. of '76, and the boys pre-matched the serial # (976) to the delivery month/year