Citation is a vintage-styled guitar made by Gibson Custom. It is a full-sized jazz guitar with a hollow body and solid neck. Body of this model is single cut and made of maple back and sides with spruce sound board. Top panel is decorated with splendid abalone binding, which contrasts the natural color scheme of the entire body. Finish over the body is gloss. Top panel also features a raised pickguard and bound "f" holes. Bridge section is a vintage one, as it features a fixed bridge in the front and a trapezoid tailpiece in the back. Pickups department on this model is equipped with a single minibucker in the neck position. Neck on this model is set in, made of maple and equipped with C contour. It is topped with a 20-fret ebony fingerboard.

Citation Full Specs

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Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape L5S
Fingerboard Inlays Cloud
Scale Length 25-1/2"
Number of Strings 6
Nut Width 1.6875" (1-11/16")
Number of Pickups 1
Neck Pickup Type Humbucker
Pickguard Yes
Hardware Gold
Body Wood Maple
Body Top Wood Spruce
Controls Volume
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Bridge Stoptail
Number of Frets 20
Neck Wood Maple
Neck Shape C-shaped neck
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Body Type
Body Shape
Les Paul Double Cut
Fingerboard Inlays
Pearl Dot
Scale Length
Number of Strings
Nut Width
1.6875" (1-11/16")
Number of Pickups
Neck Pickup Type
Body Wood
Body Top Wood
Fingerboard Material
Number of Frets
Neck Wood
Neck Shape
C-shaped neck
2 User Reviews

themadcynic on 2017-09-22 17:04:55

My disclaimer: I bought mine slightly used at a fair discount. I have an ES I use for jazz and never spent cash on an L5 or 400, etc so I’m not able to compare. I’m not super anal about every small flaw and am simply focused on tone and playability. Most pro guitar people know this guitar so I’m writing this review for newer guitarists and enthusiasts. First off, the case feels like 40 pounds. It’s heavy! I have over 30 guitars in my collection and none have a case this heavy. It’s more akin to a coffin for the Citation than a case. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very nice, but if you’re working you need something else anyway. This is a studio guitar. This guitar does one thing and it is the master at what it does. You get a volume control and a mini pickup attached to pick guard (floating). You can play it plugged or unplugged. That’s it. No other bells and whistles to tweak tone on the fly. But the tone you get is deep, and warm. To my ears, it nails the quintessential tone heard in the best studio recordings of some of your favorite jazz, r&b masters. My Citation is in Vanderbilt Rose. To me, this is one of the best aesthetically pleasing colors in the line. Abalone everywhere and is so gorgeous. The woods are hand selected and finish is perfect. I’ve played models from 1981-2015. I see zero quality concerns to date on any. I can’t speak to the handful made after 2015, however. Playability and tone, limited production along with the build puts this guitar in an elite category. My fingers slide with ease over the fretboard and of my 35 year playing experience, I’ve never come across another as refined. If you’re serious about buying one, get a model between 90s and 15 and pay or trade 20k or less in value. Then keep it. There’s just not that many around and that along with the quality makes the guitar not just an amazing recording piece, but an investment heirloom as well.

Gibson Custom Citation 3.22 out of 5 based on 6 ratings


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