Travis Bean Basses, who owns one?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blazer, Dec 26, 2004.


  1. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    Well every once in a while we get a customer in the Knooren workshop with something rare for us to fix up and last week we once again had one such occurence.

    There was this man coming in with a Travis Bean bass for an electronics clean up. And boy what a beautiful looking and highly unusual bass that was. It looked similar to the one pictured.

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    The body was made of this STUNNING piece of Koa wood and has a bolt on solid ALUMINIUM neck, it feels kinda odd at first but the slim profile and wide string spacing made for an eccelent playability.

    This thing has a monstrous SUSTAIN, it sounds like a bell. (Make that the Tsar Colocol, the biggest bell ever made)


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    So who of you has a Travis Bean and likes to share their experiences about them?
     
  2. troll

    troll

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    http://mochunk.net/music/gfx/kramerbean.jpg

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    Picked it up on ebay for not too much... turned out to have cracks in the body at the neck joint, as well as a hole in the neck stripped. All repairable I suppose, but I haven't gotten around to it. The bit I played it before taking it apart, sounded amazing. I can't wait to fix it and gig with it. But I bet my back can. It weighs a ton. More than my maple cirrus 5 by a considerable amount.

    Someone buy my for sale stuff so I can afford to fix it! :D

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  3. andysvec

    andysvec Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Guam
    I got a similar Kramer to yours, here's my XL24:
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    I bought this new in 1980(?), my first real bass. Had the kahler installed mid 80s, and I finally found a schaller tuning key for the broken one in the pic.
     
  4. jondog

    jondog

    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I tried an original Bean once, aren't they neck-thru aluminum? I loved the clear tone and sustain and it motivated me to buy a Vaccaro which was the new generation of Kramers. My singer knocked it over and snapped off the headstock :bawl: I've heard that a weak headstock/neck joint is a flaw on the Vaccaro/Hartke aluminum necks, and I guess it's true. I will get an old Kramer someday, and maybe a Bean when I am rich.
     
  5. troll

    troll

    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    Thats awesome with the trem. That bass always screamed for one. Now I REALLY want to get it fixed.

    I can't believe how heavy that body is. Solid maple I think? With mahagony stripes.

    Mines not in the best of conditions. The clear is peeling in a few spots on the neck. Some divots, and well, the body cracking. But once it's fixed, I think it will still be worth the cash I'll have into it.

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  6. Funky-Wunky

    Funky-Wunky

    Jun 15, 2004
    Maryland
    I bought a travis bean which is solid koa a long time ago. I had to sell my Fender mustang at the time to help pay for it. The bass never goes out of tune. Sounds good and has a clear, deep tone. It has 2 volume and two tone controls. I used a few different basses when I played with this one band. The guitarist always said "I like that bass since it is the only one that I can feel with my feet".

    The only thing which is a drawback is it is very heavy, makes for a sore shoulder at the end of 4 sets. The serial number is 566. I wonder how many were made?
     
  7. hlava

    hlava

    Jan 22, 2010

    you can check here:

    www.travisbeanguitars.com

    yours is not listed.
     
  8. straightedge79

    straightedge79

    Jun 25, 2006
    Sweden
    1033 were made, i got #515 and it´s awesome! (and a bit heavy...)
     
  9. Quimbymeat

    Quimbymeat

    Jul 23, 2010
    Two basses
    891 and 994