Gibson president Stanley Rendell as a jazz style archtop guitar. In 1969 it sold for $2500, which was more than twice as much as the next most expensive model, The Super 400CESN, which was selling for $1275. The least expensive model was the single pickup Melody Maker ($179.50).
|1981 Gibson Citation|
All models were registered and could have the owners name engraved on the truss rod cover, if they desired. The Citation had a 17” full-depth body with figured maple back and sides. The top was either carved maple or spruce.
The 5 piece neck had the little peak at its end.
The headstock was also bound and a fleur d’lis design was inlaid on the front and back of the headstock. The design could be in pearloid, gold pearloid or abalone. “The Gibson” logo was done in script that matched the choice of the owner.
On some models the logo was on the front and back of the headstock. "Gibson" was inlaid on the head stock. An ovular metal plaque on the back had the registration number engrave on it.
All hardware was gold plated. Tuning keys were fancy Klusons. The gold-plated tune-o-matic bridge saddle stood astride a rosewood or ebony archtop bridge or you could order with a wooden saddle.
|1997 Gibson Citation|
|1996 Gibson Citation|
|1981 Kalamazoo Award|
|1978 Kalamazoo Award|
Fuller did this with a small rubber mallet. He would carve wood off the top, back and bracing until he heard the right tone. He had to take the guitar apart and put it back together until he was satisfied.
|1980 Kalamazoo Award|
If you find one expect to pay upward of $18,000. They are rare, handcrafted and works of art.