Hello...I am a new member and really appreciate this site and all of its contributers.
I have been playing guitar for a while now, mostly jazz on a D'Angelico re-issue and want to explore GJ more authentically now. Really love the passion of this music.
I need a guitar (and case) and am ready to settle with a new one along the lines of the Draelon Samois (http://www.gypsyjazzguitars.com/guitar/ ... amois.html
). I want it to be a looker and a player without it costing more than $3,000. I don't want to have to get the bridge replaced, new tuners, action re-adjusted, or any other inconvienences for it not being an entry level instrument. I see some posts here that offer advice for getting better action or taking care of a reverb issue, et al.
I want an authentic sound, great projection and perhaps re-sale value that can hold well. Also, it should really respond well to what you put into it across the range of the instrument.
Can someone sell me an instrument from a US distributer? I live in CA near San Francisco (Menlo Park).
thanks for your help.
If you need a gypsy guitar with adjustable height, it makes more sense to carry multiple bridges with you. Swapping bridges, or shimming with dense wood, is easy.
If you want to buy a nicer gypsy guitar, I would recommend having cash available and then go to a Djangofest and try every guitar you see and when you find the "used" guitar that you think is perfect, then get that one.
Later on, when you know exactly what you like in terms of gypsy guitars, you could buy a new one from a luthier like Shelley Park(my personal fav), Dell Arte, Michael Collins, or Leo Eimers.
I was recently a dealer for Manouche but got into a cash crunch and had to bail on that and an on-line guitar site.....www.jazzboxes.com
for photos or email me at <!-- e --><a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a><!-- e --> for photos.
GRANDE BOUHCE 14 FRET GUITAR WITH HISCOX HARDSHELL CASE
OVAL HOLE HOMMAGE GUITAR (USED - MINT CONDITION) WITH GIG BAG
Never seen this guitar in real life, so I might be wrong here, but... based on the specs and pics this looks to me to be more of an arch-top (with oval hole) than a Selmer copy: x-bracing and a heavy adjustable bridge, no separate moustaches, wooden tailpiece etc.
And as they say in the site you mentioned: Marrying the dry
crispness of the Selmer with the sweet power of the American
archtop. Completely hand carved.
I suppose it means carved, not bent (top). Wouldn't keep my hopes high, but as I started: I haven't actually seen one.
The MD-50B goes for $3750 now, and they are rare. You can allways ask Jacques to order one for you if you don't mind waiting and paying full pop for it. Used Duponts don't turn up very often, and when they do they get snapped up pretty fast.
If your planning to spend more than that I would highly recommend playing the guitar in person and buying it face to face. Sometimes, although not very often, an old guitar is every bit as good as a new one. I would say not all DuPonts are exactly the same and so you want to be careful if you are going to pay higher prices. Also, I personally think a BigTone pickup is a nice thing to have on a DuPont.
If money is no object, and you want the best, I would buy Ted Gottsegens DuPont for $6500 although I am sure he will want it to go to a good home, with a player who is truly a gypsy jazz player.