I recently played an ERG Yaakov Hoter guitar with a surprisingly sweet tone I'll describe as dry with a very quick decay, unlike any gypsy guitar I've played. It also had really nice volume because of the larger body size slightly over 16". It had some odd design and structural components, including a wood shim under the fretboard extension to accommodate the neck angle. The top had settled in a weird way under the bridge so the tailpiece was only about a 1/16 inch above the top, like an unintentional reverse pliage the way the bridge shifted the top over time. Although it seemed really stable as the guitar was almost 10 years old.
I've played and owned several gypsy jazz guitars and really don't like most of them. I'm very picky, obviously. Many of them seem to sound really "modern" with too much sustain which I despise.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but gypsy jazz guitars aren't supposed to have a nice sustain, which many people seems to illustrate on their instrument description?
Does anyone know what other guitars have have a dry tone with a quick decay?
Any current builders who nail this "traditional" sound, if that's what you call it?
Also, I'm not interested in old/vintage instruments with astronomical prices and no truss rods.
I searched other threads but couldn't find any specific one about this topic, except for Duponts perhaps. I owned a Dupont MD60 with a horrible sympathetic vibration that could not be diagnosed and fixed that makes me very skeptical about their guitars now. Also it was really quiet. Although I'm sure there's some really great Duponts out there.