I am coming from a jump blues and American swing background and feel that it's time to employ some gypsy into my playing. That being said I'm looking at buying a Cigano GJ-10 as a budget way of approximating the gypsy sounds. I'm not looking at spending a lot of money a the reviews of the Cigano seem to reflect it's a decently authentic guitar for the price--maybe undervalued from some reviews I've read.
My question is, is the setup worth the current $215.00? Of course a good setup is always a good thing, but do these guitar play mostly really well out of the box? The setup includes complete fret level/dress and bridge work. While adjusting action with the bridge is something I can and have done (on archtops and electrics), the fret work is beyond my ability. For those who have experience with the guitar how did it play without the setup work?
While the cost of the setup is within my reach, I'm just trying to dip my toes into this style and wanting the keep the cost down.