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Altamira M01 vs Gitane DG-300

Hi everyone:

I'm sorry if this has been covered before, but I can't seem to find much info on how these two models would compare to each other. I've been playing guitars for quite awhile and I just started on playing Gypsy style. I wanna get an affordable Gypsy guitar so I can get used to the different scale length and techniques. I narrowed down my choice to these two models, Altamira M01 and Gitane DG-300.

I'd watched the demonstration videos from Michael on youtube but I still can't decide which one to get. Most people said that the Altamira is the best Asian made Gypsy guitar but I can't help to notice that the DG-300 has the slightly arched top (Pliage??) which should sound closer to the original Selmer. From the photos, I really like the way the Altamira was put together, for the Gitane, I really dislike the tortoise binding on the DG-300.

My plan for both guitars is to upgrade the original bridge to a Dupont. So I guess my ultimate question is, which one of these guitars, with the Dupont bridge, would sound better or closer to the traditional Gypsy sound?

Cheers,
Oscar

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  • pickitjohnpickitjohn South Texas Corpus, San Antonio, AustinVirtuoso Patenotte 260
    Posts: 936
    @Bluesbox I don't believe that you can have every DG-300 or M01 come out the same sound wise. I think if there were 5 to try, you would be happier with one, over the other four. I would definitely call Michael, I believe he has some Altamira's in stock right now, not sure if his sitting on any DG-300, however I would trust his knowledge and ear.
    I just passed my DG-300 on to a friend, and it was replace with a Gitane DG-250 it doesn't have the LOOKS of the Jorgenson but sound wise
    it's the one I PREFER. I also have a M01D that was my "go to guitar" until the DG-250 showed up. I did put a Dupont bridge and new tuners on the M01D

    There's an interesting thread post this morning with John Jorgenson and Patrus where he has an Altamira in hand. think you would enjoy the second video.
    http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/discussion/12785/django-reinhardt-on-bbc-tv/p2

    pick on

    pickitjohn
    Buco
  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,764
    Bluesbox wrote: »

    I'd watched the demonstration videos from Michael on youtube but I still can't decide which one to get. Most people said that the Altamira is the best Asian made Gypsy guitar but I can't help to notice that the DG-300 has the slightly arched top (Pliage??) which should sound closer to the original Selmer.

    @Bluesbox actually, it's quite the opposite. The Altamiras have a more traditional top arch while the Gitanes are much flatter. The result is the Gitanes sound more bass heavy, and flatop like whereas the Altamiras sound like a real Gypsy guitar with snappy highs and tons of volume. Despite his endorsement deal with Gitane, John Jorgenson has played an Altamira for all his live shows for years. They're that good!



  • anthon_74anthon_74 Marin county, CA✭✭✭✭ Alta Mira M 01
    Posts: 560
    I own both guitars. The alta mira is leaps and bounds better than the DG 300. It sounds far superior. It's louder. It has the nasal-y mids that characterize selmers. The neck is nice hybrid of the old U shapes with the newer C shapes, so you get the best of both worlds. The DG 300 has an extremely thick neck, which is nice if you want the feel of an old selmer, but can be difficult to get used to (and caused me wrist tendinitis once upon a time).

    Get yourself an M01 and at some point, put some schaller enclosed tuners on it and enjoy.
    pickitjohn
  • BluesboxBluesbox
    Posts: 3
    Thanks everyone for the comments, I think we have a winner, M01 it is.

    Stuart: Yes, the antique finish looks very good. My plan for the future was to refinish the soundboard in amber shellac, to enhance the look and hopefully the sound as well.

    Michael: I didn't know the Altamira have an arch on the top, maybe you can put that in the info section. ;)

    anthon_74: Thanks for the comparison. I have small hands, maybe the hybrid shape is more suitable.

  • MichaelHorowitzMichaelHorowitz SeattleAdministrator
    Posts: 5,764
    @stuart Yes, the antique is a one of a kind!
  • MandobartMandobart ✭✭ Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Mandocello, Fiddles
    Posts: 96
    I just picked up an Altamira M20D (from Michael) after trying out a few different models. I'm still brand new to GJ, but I can say that after trying the Altamira and Gitane side by side I prefer the sound and playability of the Altamira.
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