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