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Hi guys. 1°GJ guitar

edited September 2014 in Welcome Posts: 13
Hello guys. After christmas i'll buy my first GJ guitar but i cannot choose one in particular.
I like the altamira m01 and the gitane dg250m, which are very similar in price.
After seeing some youtube videos i started to like the sound of altamira more. I have to say that i never tried those guitars. This is why i ask your personal opinions about it.
I won't upgrade anything.. so, consider the basic hardware of those guitars.


  • bopsterbopster St. Louis, MOProdigy Altamira M30, Wide Sky PL-1, 1940? French mystery guitar
    Posts: 462
    There are many owners of both guitars here on the forum. Someone will chime in with their experience!
  • VeedonFleeceVeedonFleece London✭✭ Altamira M01D
    Posts: 13
    Hi Roberto,
    I would say that if you have the opportunity, then go with the Altamira. I have the Gitane DG-500 and the Altamira M01-D, so effectively the D hole versions of the ones you are considering. The Gitane is a good guitar and served me very well when I was starting out learning gypsy picking style. I have found it a lot of hard work to keep it in good playing order -- but some of this is no doubt due to the extreme conditions it has been kept in (mostly not climate-controlled rooms in the Eastern Mediterranean -- acoustic guitar hell!). It is loud and does have a reasonably close version of the 'gypsy sound'.

    But the Altamira is a clear step above -- it is truly a lovely guitar, both to look at and to play. It's really got the dry, French sound and projects wonderfully. I usually have very impressed looks from audience members who tend to think it is worth orders of magnitude above what I paid for it. If I wasn't a terminal sufferer from GAS, I would probably be quite happy to keep this as my main guitar for years and years to come.

    Having said this, I bought the Gitane about 7 years ago and since then I have tried some newer ones and they have impressed me greatly (so much so that I was asking myself did I really buy an actual Gitane all those years ago, or some strange knock-off). At the same time, when I bought my Altamira, I played another M01-D that was hanging right next to mine but with different wood (and cost about £100 more) that I honestly would not have paid even half the asking price for -- it sounded very dead and characterless. So, I guess the lesson here is very much -- play before you buy!

    But my Altamira is wonderful.

    Hope this helps.

  • JSantaJSanta NY✭✭✭ Eastman DM1
    Posts: 125
    I had a DG250 before I purchased my Altamira MO1 and to me there is no comparison. The Altamira is a far nicer guitar with a more authentic tone. The neck is a bigger C profile which I love, it's more in line with the archtops I'm used to playing rather than the thinner C on the Gitane.

    Having owned both, the answer is without a doubt the Altamira. Make sure you get the proper setup as well.
  • edited September 2014 Posts: 3,707
    While it is always best to try before you buy if you recollection of comments here is that you would have a better chance of getting a good guitar with an Altamira.

    There seem to be a few decent used ones that come up here from guys upgrading to a custom guitar.

    If you get one that isn't quite what it should be, a little TLC on the bridge can make a pretty big difference.
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • DragonPLDragonPL Maryland✭✭ Dupont MD 50-XL (Favino), Castelluccia Tears, Gitane DG-250M and DG-250
    edited September 2014 Posts: 125
    I had a bad experience with a really crappy Altamira, which was almost like a kid guitar that you can get for a $100 (but it cost 10x more) . I have both the DG 250 and 250M and love them, and play them a lot. I'd consider the Gitanes, especially now that as you can see on this site, their prices went down. (Hopefully not the quality, I got mine used, which is something you can consider too)
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