I have been a blues/jazz player for 30 years—strictly amateur.
Recently, I have become interested in Gypsy Jazz and I have been using my Martin 000C-16GTE (a cutaway model and my all-around practice instrument), which has been fine, but it does not have the gypsy tone.
Since I am extremely concerned with tone, most of my guitars are vintage instruments. From instruments to strings to set-up, blues tone is a complex and seemingly life long quest. But now I am starting from scratch seeking the “gypsy tone.”
So, I need an actual gypsy guitar to begin the process.
1) In blues, I feel there is better “blues” tone in vintage instruments. Even though, for example, the new National Resonators are better instruments than say my 1931 Style O, mine has the tone I need. Is this true for Gypsy guitars? Do vintage gypsy guitars have superior tone than new guitars?
2) Is there a place I can find a listing of guitar dealers who specialize in or at least carry new and vintage gypsy guitars in the USA?
The only gypsy guitars dealer I can find so far is Jacques Mazzoleni in Maryland at Gypsyguitars.com.
I have poured over this forum and learned very, very much. If I have missed a section that answers these questions, could you please point me to those posts.