Now that I´ve started playing this style I´ve been considering getting my hand on a gypsy guitar. I´ve been playing my wee 12 fret mahogany martin which actually sounds quite nice for rhythm. It obviously doesn´t have a gypsy sound and it suffers a bit with a real heavy pick.
I´m unsure if its money well spent on a guitar like the manouche, or if I should start on something a wee bit more humble like a gitane. It´s unfortunate that I don´t have the opportunity to try these guitars. I did try a gitane 250-M a few months ago which didn´t impress me too much. Probably poor technique of course.
What´s the general consensus?. Do I hack away on the Martin until I have an opportunity to get over to England and play a few guitars or do I lose my inhibitions and order a guitar online. I am of course, as a Scotsman very wary of spending around 1000 pounds without being sure I´ll be 100 % satisfied.
All the best from a poor bewildered Scot.