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As far as gypsy guitars go, I went to onw shop and all the way on the third floor I found a few nice Duponts one of which was a nice Vielle Reserve that I was able to jam on for a long time.
Live life and play music like it's your last day on earth. One day you'll be right- Russel Malone
There a cafe in the Ginza district of Tokyo called "Cafe Django" but I think it is only a django themed place-- (no live music, but you never know...)
Also in Ginza appears to be a place called "Live Rocky" and either the Swing Niglots or the Yellow Django Revival play there ocassionally (check the bands link or the schedule--from the main page, click the right side "enter" link to go to the info pages)
Good luck and stay cool! (It is tough to stand the heat in Japan this time of year)
How funny, I was just in Tokyo as well (got back Sunday) and I played those same Duponts. I was amazed that there were Duponts in any guitar store, much less 3 of them! In fact, I took a picture of them:
The guitar district in Ochanomizu is amazing. They love their guitars there. Any one of those countless guitar stores smokes Guitar Center any day.
I am seconding the weather recommendations. Don't bother packing anything warm. It's insanely hot there right now.
As for gypsy jazz, you should email Nobutake Ito from Note Noires directly, as trying to find shows in the area is really hard if you don't read Japanese. He'll let you know if anything is going on in the area.
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Also, the following link might be helpful:
One shop had a thoroughly splendid used Eastman 805, totally acoustic, non-cutaway that was HUGE sounding, even withold, dead nickel strings on it. Throw on a set of phosphor bronzes and it would have been incredible. I am sorely tempted to go back and take that one home with me, but I have no idea what I would have to pay in duty to get it into the US.
Anyway, it was a fun 90 minutes and well worth the side trip. Again, many thanks for the useful recommendations.
I've never heard Django play a note without commitment.
Where in Tokyo is the music store you're shown in that picture? Is it in Ochanomizu?