Published On: Mon, Jul 25th, 2011

Travis Bean R.I.P.

Guitar innovator Travis Bean has died at 63 years old after a long battle with cancer

Pioneering American luthier Travis Bean sold guitars for his eponymous company in the 1970s and was particularly known for the innovative aluminium-necked guitar he developed with business partners Marc McElwee and Gary Kramer who went on to set up Kramer guitars.

The company made around 4,000 guitars in their short existence and they were used by members of the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones to name a few – they are now highly collectible.

Guitar expert Jim Washburn told the LA Times: '"He came along when there was not much of anything in terms of fresh ideas when it came to making guitars, then he revolutionized things a bit."

Bean died from lymphatic cancer on July 17th.

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