Jun
24
0

New magazine article

guitarplayer_esoterica_newsI was asked to write a debut article for a new section called Esoterica in Guitar Player magazine. Check it out in the press section now:

Guitar Player, February 2013
Esoterica: Reimagining the ’Bird

I went to the Blue Note in New York City last night to hear the John Scofield Trio. I was eager to hear Steve Swallow playing the latest bass I built for him, a Citron AE5 Swallow Signature custom prototype. This bass varies from the earlier models in that this bass is 4″ thick, the body is 2″ longer and also a bit wider than previous instruments. The top is cedar, the neck is a lamination of Honduras Mahogany/East indian Rosewood/Honduras Mahogany. This one is finished in Nitro Cellulose lacquer. In this bass Steve and I noticed the most significant change that has occurred in the development of this instrument. Even John Scofield told me that he noticed a big change. This model has always been warm and deep in tone, but the new one is even more commanding.


John Scofield strikes a pose

Sep
4
0

Two new magazine articles

I have two great new magazine articles about me and my guitars featured in the press section—both with new photos.
Check them out:

Ulster Magazine, July/August 2012
Twice bitten by the bug: Harvey Citron & Harvey Citron Guitars
By Jason Upchurch / Photos by Michael Bloom

Premier Guitar, August 2012
Builder Profile: Citron Guitars and Basses
By Rich Osweiler

Jul
29
4

Citron AE5/Swallow Signature Prototype 6.5

My relationship with Steve Swallow as a builder has been our search for a bass that is warmer, richer, deeper sounding than the last. This new bass is the 6th and a half that I’ve built for Steve. I had built him a new neck for his last bass (Bass #5)- a 3-piece lamination of Honduras Mahogany/East Indian Rosewood/Honduras Mahogany with an oil finish. Once there were enough ideas for a new bass I made a drawing and discussed details with Steve. The new bass body would be wider, 2 inches longer, and 1 inch deeper (4 inches deep total) than the last. It would have a cedar top, and be finished in satin nitro cellulose lacquer with an oil finish on the neck.

Here are some photos of Steve with the new bass in progress.

Steve checking out the new body with a template of the previous shape on top to illustrate the difference in size.


Upon completion this bass exceeded all our expectations. It is profoundly deep, and commanding.

Steve with his latest AE5/Swallow Signature bass

Jul
29
0

Steve Swallow at Rosendale Cafe- June, 2012

What a treat to get to hear Steve with his new ensemble- the Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor, Adam Nussbaum Trio, at an intimate local venue, the Rosendale Cafe, Rosendale, NY. The house was packed with all the great musicians from my area- a great night. Steve is playing his Citron AE5 Swallow Signature bass.

Jun
29
0

Montreal Guitar Show

I arrived yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Montreal, QC, and set up my guitars in the Electric luthiers room at the Montreal Guitar Show.


My table at the show with (l-r) AE5 Swallow, AEG, Baritone, NT4.


Me with my old friend luthier Sheldon Dingwall, and luthiers Michael Spalt and Andreas Neubauer.

Jun
25
3

Montreal Guitar Show

I am going to be exhibiting some of my guitars and basses for the first time at the Montreal Guitar Show, being held at the Hyatt Regency, Montreal June 29- July 1. I hear it is a fabulous event. I will be performing a mini-concert with my good friend and amazing guitarist, Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne), on Saturday at 5 PM. I am so looking forward to this event.
Montreal Guitar show
The photos below are of the instruments I will be exhibiting (AE5 Swallow, NT4, Baritone, and AEG)

AE5 Swallow 5-string Acoustic/Electric Bass

NT4 4-string neck through, solid body Bass

Baritone 6-string guitar tuned down a fourth (B-B)

AEG 6-string Acoustic/Electric guitar

Dec
3
0

Guitar Collection Book Release Party

The Guitar Collection, a fabulous new book showcasing the most beautiful guitars in history has just been released. This book includes photos of my Veillette-Citron guitar #6 from 1977. It was part of the first batch of guitars and basses we built back on Quentin Road, in Brooklyn, NY. The book comes in a small guitar case, with a smaller book inside, and weighs in at about 40 pounds. The photos are absolutely gorgeous.

The party was held at John Varvatos in Soho, NYC. GE Smith and his band performed and were a wonderful addition to the festivities.

Dec
3
0

Bass Musician Magazine

I am going to be writing for a new on-line publication, Bass Musician Magazine. The first article is an introduction- my history as a luthier- how I started and what led to my current work. Future articles will deal with issues such as setup, shielding…..You will be able to comment, ask questions.

My first contribution to the magazine came out yesterday- check it out.

Nov
28
0

Capital District Bass Hang photos

It was my great pleasure to be asked by Michael Dimin, bass educator, and pro bassist, to be the featured Luthier at the Capital District Bass Players Hang #2, held on Monday 11/21/11 at Parkway Music, Clifton Park, NY. There was a wonderful turnout. I brought 8 of my instruments- all different bass models. I spoke about how I got in to building guitars and basses, and described the evolution of my hollow AE series instruments, and in particular my work with Steve Swallow to produce the model that bears his name and that he plays exclusively.

There was a brief question and answer period, and then all got a chance to play my basses and jam with each other. There was also a demonstration/performance by another fine bassist from that area. There were some pretty great bass players that showed up at this event.