Guitar Aficionado

Travis Bean 1947-2011

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Legendary luthier Travis Bean passed away this past Sunday, July 10, at age 64 after a long battle with cancer.

Bean was known for producing guitars with a distinct sound, thanks to their aluminum necks, which allowed for a much longer sustain that most wooden necks.

Bean's instruments were played by many well-known guitarists, including Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Jerry Garcia, Keith Levene (Public Image Ltd.), Slash, Ron Wood and Keith Richards.

"It didn't hurt that a player I very much admired -- Jerry Garcia -- played them for awhile, either," said Ranaldo in an interview with earlier this week.

Here's some great video footage of Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo putting a Beam through its paces.