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Chris Martin wrote: »
Many folks on here will have all kinds of opinions but first it would help if you explained what you want to play, just Gypsy Jazz or other styles, electric or acoustic, band or solo.
The Ibanez is probably a good all-rounder and usually (hopefully) cheap.
A Di Mauro Chorus will be expensive, unless you are referring to one of the many copies available like the Altamira.
The 'Chorus' style guitar, while it looks great will probably not do much more than your oval hole, unless you are so good a player that you can exploit the finer nuances of tone, in which case you do not need our advice anyway.
Lango-Django wrote: »
Hello from Canada, Elroy. I just googled your AFJ81 Ibanez guitar because I’d never heard of them before.
I doubt that it is all that great as an authentic GJ guitar for playing GJ, but who cares?
Its lovely looking,and probably great for the very kind of stuff I like to play on electric guitar, which is sort of George Barnes-ish.
So my advice is—— HELL, YES! BUY THE M———F———!!!!!!!!!!!
A couple of weeks ago I bought a burgundy red Gretsch Streamliner used and Ive been having way more than $500 ($400 US) worth of fun playing it!
Electric guitar is so EASY after playing acoustically for the previous 50 years! Its like you just have to THINK the note... plus now my wife thinks I sound ‘cool’...
Good luck! Have fun!
AndyW wrote: »
I practice a lot on my Ibanez AF151 archtop and I see Ninine Garcia gigging on a AF155, the two pickup equivalent.
I've even done a couple of small "Gypsy-ish'" gigs on it.
A nice guitar, and a WHOLE lot cheaper than a Di Mauro Swing Chorus (which is perhaps my dream Gypsy guitar)