Hello folks. I have recently gotten into playing some gypsy jazz and I am really wanting to get my hands on a guitar that has that Django sound. I work and teach in a music store in South Carolina, but my boss knows nothing about them nor where to find them. Working in a music store, I know the importance of getting to actually play before you pay...so I would love to find a dealer here in the Southeast that carries these guitars. For my price range, I am really likeing the Manouche Latcho Drom guitars. Having much experience with Martin's and Taylors, I know the importance of solid woods for those guitars but I'm finding that the general consensus around here is that solid to laminate isnt that big of a deal. It's still hard for me to drop more than a grand for a laminate guitar...but if the sound is there, I wouldnt mind it one bit.
So, to the real reason for this post- does anyone know of any dealers or anywhere that I can get my hands on one of these guitar. I don't know if anyone carries the Manouche Latcho Drom guitars (I am especially loving the AM-200 Soild African Mahogany) around here but they would be my first choice. If not, the Gitanes, Dell' Arte, or anything below $2,000 would be fantastic. I would be willing to drive to Atlanta, Columbia or Charlotte if I have to. I would also like to hear from anyone in the Southeast about findng guitars, other gypsy jazzers to play with and such.
I look foreward to hearing from you all.