Rare Jerry Garcia guitar goes to auction

Jerry Garcia’s Travis Bean TB500 electric guitar, serial number 12. The guitar, designed and built by Travis Bean Inc., was played by Garcia on stage and in recording sessions. Featuring an aluminum neck – a design pioneered by Travis Bean, three single coil pick up configuration and Garcia’s Onboard Effects Loop. This guitar was the first to employ the Onboard Effects Loop, which was then incorporated into all of Garcia’s electric guitars.

The opening bid is $75,000—the guitar is expected to fetch between 100k-200k.



  • Brian Dunning

    True fact: A few weeks after Jerry died, a friend and I saw him driving around Irvine in a VW bus.

  • http://www.theuniversalsteve.com SSteve

    I say it’s going to go closer to half a million.