Considering an archtop and have many thoughts. Vintage or new? Brands? All I am thinking at present is acoustic that can be played and sound natural with a pickup, loud, percussive but also good for soloing, no cutaway. Since this would be for a side band that's Americana, I want Maybelle Carter's L5! I obviously have to settle for less. Money is also a concern; isn't it always? I do have a '74 Tele Custom that I can use to finance this but my wife will want some of the profits from that sale!!
I've read a lot about the new vintage Epi's, the Loars, the Godins, Gretsch, etc. All budget models but if they're good, I'm willing.
I've also been watching some guitars on Reverb: vintage Triumphs, Gibson 50's etc.
I've gotten to the point where the more I read, the less I know!