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Altamira m01 or gitane dg250m

Altamira m01 or gitane dg250m? what is the better choice in your opinion for lead guitar?


  • vanmalmsteenvanmalmsteen Cameron Park ,CANew DiMaruro, Paris swing, Altamira m30d
    edited October 30
    Try the Gitane 250m first. The One that I had years ago, had almost an electric guitar neck on it, very thin .
  • Feruza2134Feruza2134 The NetherlandsNew Phoenix D hole guitar
    I have played on a Gitane dg250m, i really liked it but a lot of people are saying altamira is better
  • I had a Gitane DG 250M and it's an ok starter. Nice thin neck as mentioned. Lots of folks would suggest Altimira or even the Ciganos over that one tho.
  • jeffmatzjeffmatz ChicagoNew
    This guitar just got mentioned in another thread--but if you want a thin, "electric" feeling neck, the Gitane Lulo Reinhardt (the steel string oval hole model) has a very thin profile, very fast neck.
  • Chris MartinChris Martin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Petrarca Modèle Chorus, Di Mauro Modèle Django, Gitane DG-250M, Favino Model 5A, Bucolo 'petite bouche', Hoyer & Framus Archtops, and a few electrics.
    edited October 30
    The same old questions keep coming up and as I always say you have to try for yourself to decide.
    One player's preference will be criticised by another in favour of another brand; this debate always goes that way.
    For myself, I have a Gitane DG250M and have been pleasantly surprised by the volume and tone, but despite being made in large numbers, it seems the factory mass produced brands like Gitane and Altamira are not consistently all the same according to the many previous posts about this subject.
    So although I like my Gitane, I would never recommend someone buys one on my recommendation, try one yes, but part with cash for one untried?
    Unfortunately everyone has an opinion and many come on here to voice theirs without seriously considering the consequences for the enquirer.

    Or, on the other hand, if you subscribe to my belief (see another recent post) that most of the sound produced comes from the player's fingers, NOT the guitar, then go with whatever looks good to you and get playing and ignore the label on the headstock.
  • I used to have the 250m. It's fine as a lead guitar - and importantly, looks fantastic as well. I don't think there is a better looking budget gypsy guitar. I've never played an Altamira that I liked, but I've heard they have to be set up properly and are rubbish out of the box, so that might be something worth considering. I agree with Chris that it's always best to play a guitar first - these kind of questions can be a bit like asking whether a Strat or a Les Paul is better. There's no right answer. But I appreciate that with these guitars trying is not always an option. Let me put it this way: I've never met an owner of either of these guitars who was unhappy with it. You will get the Django tone you are after out of both of them.
    Chris Martin
  • If I were you, and not in a tremendous hurry, I might be tempted to wait a month and try out an Eastman. I have an AR610 and know lots of people with other models, from flat tops to archtops and even mandos, and unanimously, they love their instruments.
  • guitarnowskiguitarnowski Peru, ILNew Gitane, etc., etc.,
    I have a DG250 I bought used almost some years ago that I have always been pleased with. Gypsy jazz is only one type of music I play (and it gets short-changed due to lack of playing partners these days, among other excuses) but, speaking as a guy who is primarily an electric player, I found the neck super comfortable and fast right off the bat. And yeah, it looks pretty sweet too!
  • jcaznap1218jcaznap1218 New Jersey, USANew Altamira M01 Antique
    I got my Altamira m01 used about a year ago and I really like it. That being said, I think some earlier posters are correct about the varying quality of the mass produced guitars. I either got lucky and snagged a good one, or they just need significant break-in time.

    Depending on your budget though, I would probably follow rgrice's advice and wait for the Eastman model. I've never had a bad experience with their instruments.
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