Ok, so I'm a singer songwriter/guitar fan/novice picker with limited means.
A few months ago I was killing time in Guitar Center when I saw the weirdest looking guitar I had ever seen! It had a huge D shaped hole and a weird fingerboard, and a classical style headstock with steel strings! Of course I picked it up and started playing, and was immediately intrigued. I went home and did a little research, and discovered that it was a Gitane d-500e and it was the style that Gypsy Jazz players used. Of course I had heard of Django, and I had even seen Frank Vignola's "Hot Club USA" live as a teenager and bought their album (and listened to it regularly), but I had no idea that this style of guitar existed!! I don't remember Vignola playing this type of guitar, seemed that he had a standard acoustic style... at least to my untrained eye.
In any case let's just say I was in love!! I couldn't get the tone out of my head, and the next day went back to guitar center when they opened to hopefully put a deposit down. I was only working part time and had just lined up a new full time job, but had been out of work for a few months and was really short on cash. The guitar was only $199!!! and in great shape!! I tried to put a deposit down but they said they didn't accept them on used gear. I convinced the salesman to hide it behind the counter and told him I'd be back on Saturday when I cashed my paycheck.
On Saturday I went back as soon as they opened..... and it had been sold! They took down my number just in case the guy brought it back, but I knew that wouldn't happen......
Now what do I do? I can't afford $600 for a guitar right now, should I go for one of the $350 student models or will I be disappointed? I've been scouring ebay but nothing close to that deal has come up.... those "sx" models just seem sketchy. Any advice appreciated, I won't give up until I find that sound again!!!