This year I've started learning Gypsy Jazz. I just returned from Djangofest Northwest 2011, and it looks like I should loose the Guild I've been playing for thirty years and switch to the obligatory Selmer-Maccaferri style guitar if I'm to join the crowd. Here are my criteria.
1) I'm only interested in rhythm right now. I don't know if this is all that important, but I suppose all other things being equal, a D Hole would be the the more appropriate variety, from what I understand.
2) I'm able to pay up to $2,200.
3) I have some nerve issues on the tips of a couple of my left-hand fingers as the result of playing with poor technique on a guitar with bad action a long time ago. I have no problem if play with good technique on a guitar with easy action. But if the strings are heavy and high off the fingerboard, well, that is something I need to avoid. This is my most important criterion.
There is no guitar store in L.A. that carries much of a selection of GJ guitars. (I know: I should have tried a bunch at Djangofest. But I didn't, and I can't wait till another comes around, so...) All I can do is pre-pay and order one, try it out and return it within the allotted time if I don't like it. I can only do that so many times, so I need to have a few very likely candidates before I start.