A Jerry Garcia electric guitar by Travis Bean, circa 197??
Lot 19W
A Jerry Garcia electric guitar by Travis Bean, circa 1975
Sold for US$ 300,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
A Jerry Garcia electric guitar by Travis Bean, circa 1975
The body made of koa painted a crème color, two black plastic pick-ups noting "Travis Bean," a silver metal pickguard; the neck made of silver metal, the fretboard made of ebony with ten iridescent mother-of-pearl rectangular-shaped inlays; the headstock silver metal with a pressed-stamp reading "715." Included is the custom-made black leather case (that only a TB1000 guitar fits in), with some of Garcia's items still inside: his guitar strings, a tuning fork, a string winder, and an unopened pack of his non-filtered Camel cigarettes. (Please note this guitar shows signs of wear and age as Garcia played it for a number of years.)
Length: 39in

Footnotes

  • One of the most well known of the Garcia guitars, he played it during some of The Dead’s and The Jerry Garcia Band’s most famous shows. Garcia owned three Travis Bean guitars; two TB500s and one TB1000 Artist. The TB1000 Artist (which this one in Lot 19 is), was a top-of-the-line instrument and only 755 were ever made. Garcia owned only this one. Seen in countless photos, this was one of his all-time favorite guitars. He played it at the Golden Gate Park show in 1975, the Orpheum Theatre show on May 21, 1976 (with The Jerry Garcia Band), and the other Orpheum Theatre show on July 12, 1976 (as well as at that show’s soundcheck). Additionally, he played this guitar during the recordings of the "Steal Your Face" album and "Terrapin Station" album. It is also the same guitar he was holding on the covers of the recently released albums titled "Don't Let Go" and "Grateful Dead: Live At The Cow Palace, New Years Eve, 1976." Included are two printed images of Garcia with this guitar, a CD of "Don't Let Go," and a DVD of the soundcheck from the Orpheum Theatre where he can be seen playing this instrument.

    A photograph of Garcia holding this guitar appears in the book by Jerilyn Brandelius, Grateful Dead Family Album, (New York: Warner Books, 1989), p. 79.
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