Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia debuted a Travis Bean TB500 guitar on December
31, 1976 and used the axe extensively throughout the band's epic year of 1977. Wealthy
Deadheads will have an opportunity to own Jerry's Travis Bean guitar through an auction
by Julien's Auctions that's set to take place on December 6 and 7.
Garcia used the guitar both on stage and during recording sessions, according to a letter
authenticity provided by Jerry's guitar tech, Steve Parish. The axe features Travis Bean's
trademark aluminum neck and employs an onboard effects loop. Parish states in his letter
that the TB500 was Garcia's third most-used guitar behind "Tiger" and "Wolf." A sticker
on the guitar reads "Ass, Grass or Gas/Nobody Rides For Free." Julian's claims the guitar
was used at "approximately 69 concerts in late 1977 alone, including: approximately 35
Grateful Dead concerts, a benefit for Greenpeace, and as he toured around the country with
the Jerry Garcia Band."
The estimate for how much the guitar will bring in? A whopping $150,000 - $200,000. If
happens to be within your price range, head over to Julien's to find out how to bid.
[Published on: 11/19/13]