Citron AE5-Swallow

It’s easy to be cynical about signature basses. A manufacturer slaps a publicity-hungry artist’s name on a production model, tweaks it superficially, and calls it “custom.” While this may happen occasionally, it doesn’t describe the origination of the Citron AE5-Swallow bass. As I mentioned in my May ’06 feature on Steve Swallow, the partnership between the jazz great and New York-builder Harvey Citron is among the industry’s most collaborative, and the resulting instrument speaks to its success.
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