So I'm extremely excited to say that I'm ready to start thinking about buying my first gypsy jazz guitar! I've just moved to Montreal, and it seems that the style is pretty popular here (at least in comparison to what I found in NJ/NYC). I know that I want a D-hole, because the oval shape seems too bright for me - plus, I'm going more towards rhythm. My hands are not even close to being fast enough for lead
I've narrowed it down to the GJ-15, and the D-500; from what I've found (and from a very helpful email from the guys here at DjangoBooks) the main difference is the quality of the woods + the thicker neck. I'd be getting the "Set Up Special: Fret Level, Custom Bridge, and Tailpiece Leather (Set Up is Free!!)" option either way, to make sure that I have a guitar that lasts. Going along with that thought, I'm not afraid to spend the extra money for the D-500 if it's worth it. What do you guys think? Any other suggestions? Things I should know before I buy?
Also, on a side note, does anyone happen to know about teachers in Montreal? I saw the Ecole Jazz Manouche de Montreal has pretty good rates, I'm thinking about going there.