I hunted around and was surprised not to find a post about this topic(perhaps I just missed it). I am curious to hear from players who own or have owned (or played) vintage gypsy guitars about what they like or dislike about them, how, if at all, the sound of vintage guitars might be different, care issues, etc. I currently have a Manouche Jazz and a DG-500. I am seriously thinking about buying a less expensive vintage axe, say under $5000, but I realize I can buy a fine modern instrument for that amount.
Vintage guitar prices keep going up, but some are still affordable. Yet it seems most players play newer guitars. I wonder why. I am a single malt and bourbon lover, and have had it demonstrated to me (most enjoyably, I might add!) that virtually any modern bourbon is better than any pre-WWII bourbon, because the craft of making it has improved so much. Is something similar true of gypsy guitars? Is a new Dupont, Park, Collins or other medium-to-high-end hand-made guitar (among others) usually better than an old di Mauro, Patenotte, or Castaluccia (for example)?
I played Alfonso Ponticelli's '40's(?) era Patenotte a couple of weeks ago and loved the feel and vibe of it, but noticed the sound was less rich than many other guitars I have heard. Still, I loved it. It had a voice unlike any other guitar I have personally heard. That got me seriously thinking about going vintage.
There is a vast store of experience and knowledge in this forum and I hope to learn from you. Am I better off staying modern? If I do shop for a vintage axe, what should I be looking/listening for. All my previous vintage experience is with electrics, so I fell ill-prepared for buying an accoustic. Any guidance, including brands to consider, will be appreciated.
I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.