TRAVIS BEAN ARTIST (RED)
   
Used by Lee: 1990-1999

  • 1990 -- GGDDD#D# (Kill Yr Idols, Brother James)
  • 1991 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Kool Thing)
  • 1992 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Kool Thing, 100%)
  • 1993 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Kool Thing, 100%)
  • 1995 -- AF#EF#EB (Washing Machine, Saucer-Like, Becuz, Panty Lies, Skip Tracer, 100%)
  • 1996 -- AF#EF#EB (Washing Machine, Saucer-Like, Becuz, Panty Lies, Skip Tracer)
  • 1998 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Death Valley '69)
  • 1999 -- F#F#F#F#EB (Death Valley '69)

    NOTES:

  • One of several Travis Bean Artist guitars favored by Lee, this was his main one, dedicated to F# tunings and used extensively on "Washing Machine". It was stolen in July 1999, but found its way home in 2005, in less than desirable condition. It's not clear whether this guitar will be playable again, and may be donated for artistic preservation.
  • At the 07/28/09 Portland, OR show, this guitar was hiding in a case of reserve guitars, looking quite pretty compared to the last time I saw it, shortly after its recovery. It will likely not be used, though.
  • Gauges: .046 .046 .026 .026 .020 .020
  • Red body
  • 2 pick-ups
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 1 toggle switch
  • 4 knobs originally, 2 when stolen
  • Aluminum neck
  • Target sticker
  • Serial # -- 375
  • Listed as "T" on '95 set lists.
  • Listed as "TRAVIS" on '99 set lists.

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  • THE GUITAR AFTER IT WAS RECOVERED...

    CLOSER LOOKS OF RECOVERED GTR: close-up of body, close-up of rear cavity, close-up of rear cavity

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