Just getting into GJ and I have a chance to get a silly price on a used D-500, cheaper than a new CJ-10.
Is it better to get the used Gitane? As a jazz and rock player I play both rhythm and lead, and a lot I've seen and read seems to point in the direction of a 14 fret oval, not the 12 fret D shape.
Out here there aren't many choices for guitars, so I would appreciate any advice. I have played them both, and I found the Cigano nicer in my hand. It had stock strings, but it did have a nice vibe. The D-500 I played was nice too, I reckon I was convincing myself that the Selmer style is what I wanted. But the price of the Gitane is half the price of what one costs here new, and that has got me thinking...
What is a newbie to do?
After many years I'm very happy with mine, but maybe n° 504 is just a lucky number!
I agree. If the price is really low, go for it.
I thought that n° 2501 was the lucky number!
Do you have any specs on what the new Cigano top arch and neck angle are compared to the old Gitane?
Maybe if Josh has time he can measure both and compare. But it's pretty obvious just looking at them that the Cigano has more neck angle and top arch.
Really? Last time I looked at a GJ-10 it had a much taller bridge then the D-500.
The cigano GJ-10 is a 14 fret oval hole with a very steep neck angle and pronounced top arch...lots of clearance but has a kinda skinny neck.....just like the gitane 255.
The cigano GJ-15 is the 12 fret D hole model.....shallow neck angle with marginal clearance for a stimer.....very light guitar with a great full neck like the D-500 Gitane.
I've owned all of these models except the gitane 255....but i've played many of them.
my personal favorite by far was the Cigano GJ-15 Dhole.....a real cannon.
i actually gigged with mine right out of the box for a full month last summer (10-15 gigs) and it sounded and played great !