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I am new to the world of gypsy jazz. I’m primarily a classical guitar player and i dabble in flamenco and folk. I only play nylon string guitars these days, although 20 years ago i played funk, rock, jazz on steel strings.
I have recently been listening to and playing more jazz, mostly chord-melody (in the style of Ted Greene) and also gypsy jazz.
I currently play jazz on my flamenco guitar, but I can see myself getting a dedicated jazz guitar soon. I’d like to stick with nylon strings and wide string spacing because this feels like “home” to me. I seem to prefer the tone of nylon gypsy guitar over nylon archtops for jazz, plus i think they would be a versatile guitar that could crossover many styles.
I’ve heard some nylon gj guitars sound fairly similar to other nylon string guitars, but this nylon string seems to have a distinct gypsy vibe to it:
Given my inexperience in this area, i would appreciate this forums feedback on some questions re nylon string gypsy jazz guitars:
Given my circumstances described above, would a nylon string gypsy jazz guitar make sense?
How different is the feel / setup of a nylon string gysy jazz guitar versus a flamenco / classical?
Can a nylon gj guitar play chord-melody jazz? I am a little concerned about fast decay.
What type of soundboard bracing do these guitars have? Classical fan vs ladder vs other?
Do the nylon gj guitars have the bent soundboard like the typical floating-bridge steel string gjg? Or are they flat-tops like a flamenco / classical?
How common and well regarded are nylon gj guitars in the gj universe?