I've been learning Gypsy Jazz music on my Taylor acoustic guitar for a few years and finally decided it was time to buy a guitar that is made for this style.
After some research on this site I've decided that the Altamira M30 is what I want to go for since it offers great tone for the price, and I'd plan to keep this guitar for a long time. (solid woods will only sound better over time) I plan to use this guitar mostly for recording and playing at home, but eventually I'd consider playing out with it. I play other styles of music with a band now, but would like to develop my skills in Gypsy Jazz and start adding this sound to my music eventually.
I was looking at the options for the M30 and I see that there is a setup special offered which includes fret dressing, upgraded bridge, etc. ($215) This seems to be a worthwhile option since it could only help the tone and playability.
I was also considering getting a pickup for it although I won't be needing this right away.
Is it better to go ahead and buy a pickup and have it installed with the purchase rather than buy one later and hire a local luthier to install it? My only concern is that the local luthiers may not be as familiar with this style of guitar and how they should sound. Any recommendations on the various pickup options offered would be greatly appreciated. Which one is the best for the money, and for the overall tone? (probably separate choices for each of these criteria, but would be nice to know)
Any feedback on these questions is much appreciated!
I do believe the Altamira's are good for price. Nomade would be better.
I also think you might outgrow the Altamira pretty quickly.
I have K & K Definity pickups on both my guitars and play live with drum, bass, and violin. Love them!
I bought my DuPont sight unseen based on Michaels description and it was as described.
I have used mics for my guitars and even though my DuPont came with a pickup I much prefer the sound of a good mic. The mic vs pickup issue is a personal preference re convenience vs sound feedback problems can be more prevalent though lots of guys play large venues with mics. Takes more skill in knowing what mics and how to control feedback and sound levels.
It isn't a lot more to have one installed after the fact if there is someone in your area who can do the work.
Welcome to the forum.
"I bought my DuPont sight unseen based on Michaels description and it was as described."
No setup needed on any DuPonts. Also probably come with case. Better resale or trade value if you want to upgrade.
K&K Definity is very easy to install and temporary so can be undone simply. I like the sound better than Bigtones.
If you can afford to move up its something worth giving serious thought to.
For a pickup, go with a clip on mike (the best sound for a Gypsy guitar) if you do not need to be very loud or a Krivo stick-on if you will be playing in a noisy room (The most cost effective solution for loud rooms).
For a large bodied instrument I use a switchcraft switchjack at the endpin (except on the bass of course). For the violin, I use a screw-in jack (strap groove works great for the tail gut) as there is no way to get the switchjack inside those f-holes.