I'm considering buying this guitar although I haven't played it yet. There's no shops nearby that have it in stock, but I will travel a bit further to one to try it out before I'm really going to buy it.
Now, I've seen Jimmy Rosenberg play this guitar a lot, which I think is strange. On almost every recent performance he has used this guitar, even though he has his own signature model with Dell'Arte (which, I might add, goes for about $5000 if I'm not mistaking). That is a little weird to me. There's a video of him playing with Robin Nolan on Youtube where he has his signature model and another guitar laying behind him, but he's playing the Gitane! I've also seen his brother Nomy play multiple times and he uses this guitar too. Picture:
I assume Jimmy Rosenberg has some more very fine guitars. Yet he consistently performs with this Chinese factory instrument. I figured if it's good enough for him, it MUST be good enough for me.
But that's not really important. I was looking at the 255 first, but I think the 300 has a much nicer finnish. And it fits inside my budget.
Ofcourse though, I don't want to spend too much money. I'm a university student and these are my savings.. So I wonder if anyone can tell me: how does the 300 compare to the 255 in sound, playability, material?
And about the price: here in Holland, the 255 goes for €800, the 300 goes for €1200. That is $1,015.92 (255) and $1,523.88 (300). I've checked with a lot of music stores and this is as cheap as it gets. The websites don't say it includes a case (which I need), so I guess they're not included.
On this website it's 250 ($665) and 300($976) and that's including a case. So including a case I'm paying about 600 dollars more for the 300 than Americans (not including shipping). What's the deal? I know there's price differences with a lot of music instruments, but paying 50% more sounds crazy to me.
So let's say I was to buy this 300, would I be better off ordering it here and having it shipped to Europe? And what would that cost, and would it be recommendable (considering damage that may occur, or service)?
And last, is it a good idea at all to be looking at Gitane's, considering my budget is between €500 and €1500?
Thanks in advance,