Travis Bean :: TB500
TB500
 
Score: 7   10/23/2006 at 8:17 PM
by MATT
 
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Purchased New:   no
Date Acquired:   2001
Price:   1700
Name:   MATT
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  Style of Music: N/A

Comments: These guitars are smooth as milk to play, but keep in mind that they were TB's "budget" model. I feel like the thing is going to break in my hands when i play it- never seen one without stress cracks at the neck joint. Overall, the Artists and Standars are much higher quality instruments, but the 500 is so damn comfortable, thin, and has single coils. Ultra rare, and probably not worth the 5000 that they are pulling on ebay, but if you ever play one you will be quite tempted to place a bid.
About 90 percent of these guitars have a black paint coating on the neck which is quite annoying. Apparently Mr. Bean did this to cut the "cold" feel of the aluminum. I find the coating to be a bit sticky, and no where near as smooth as the aluminum, but the near perfect action and dimensions of the neck make up for it.
In terms of sound, they are quite twangy with the stock pick-ups.
overall, highly recomended if you have the cash, and do not care about durability.


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