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Just coming back after many years away, with some significant medical issues that were the reason for my leaving initially having progressed. Just to say, it's more challenging now than before.
I'm sorry for what may be the millionth thread on this, but I don't know if I've seen quite this question, so here goes.
Looking for a GJ guitar again because playing my son's dreadnought is, well, his, and he can kick my butt, anymore.
Last time, I think, after playing on my existing dreadnought for a bit I jumped in on a DG-300 pretty quickly as I got a fantastic deal on E-Bay. Stayed with that a year or two then jumped in with a Shopis, which I still miss like hell.
I'm tempted to stay away from the Cigano's, even if just getting wet again, and considering the $1000 range for a Gitane or Altamira, etc. I'm still hopeful of earning the right to play a Shopis again (also love Mazauds, or who knows - but dream of it, however it pans out).
I can't even remember what the 300 was like, except it was loud, and fairly dry. Jam mates were complimentary, but not sure if they were just being nice.
I've had no experience with the Cigano line. I don't know what the market is any longer, but I'm seeing $650 for the CG15. Is that in market range? I can get a DG-300 for $800, shipped, too. But having done some more reading here, considering others in the general area - Altamira, or Manouche (by what I've seen recommended - but wondering - is Manouche out of business?).
So, long winded way of asking for some advice for a guy who used to play, was progressing, but has a lousy memory and muscle memory may or may not be stodgy too as I pick it up.
-advise, get a cheap starter that at least has some of the feel of a GJ guitar and sound (although I think someone in my jam group may have had a Cigano at one point - if so, I remember it sounded surprisingly dry and light, but the neck was, for me, way too small. I liked the fatness of the 300). So, get this entry level and play, and save, and acquire the guitar I can truly love, later? or
-or, something in this mid-range I have almost no real comparative knowledge to work with. Heard good and bad about the D-500, some negative comments on the JJ 300, and don't know the makes otherwise, hovering from 1$K to a more serious Dell Arte; Presume a better resale value, sell the instrument, and get that luthier guitar. I think this is what I did when I sold my JJ to buy the Shopis.
Probably clear as mud. Any guidance to a new-old guy, very much appreciated.