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  • AndyW 3:13PM
  • nomadgtr 3:12PM

A selmer style guitar

bigericbigeric Las Vegas Nevada USANew
I would like to say hello to everyone. My name is Eric Walters. I am new to this forum. I have been playing guitar for 40 years or so. I have always been interested in swing guitar. It certainly seems to be more popular than ever. I am going to buy a guitar. Some recommendations please. $1000.00 budget.
I spoke with Michael and he mentioned the Gitane 330. Thanks



  • Bob HoloBob Holo Moderator
    Posts: 1,252
    In that price range - yes, that would be a hard guitar to beat for a kilobuck. Get Josh to do a fret & action setup on it - you'll still be under $1,000 and you'll be playing the rig Jorgenson tours with - and probably setup better than Jorgensons rig too ;)

    Also get a couple of sets of Argentine 10's & Argentine 11's (strings) and a decent pick - Wegen 3.5mm Gypsy pick is the standard - for strings - some people like 11's, some like 10's - if you've never played this type of instrument and you're used to flat-tops with 14's... it might take you a bit of getting used to but you'll love it.

    Welcome to it.
    You get one chance to enjoy this day, but if you're doing it right, that's enough.
  • bigericbigeric Las Vegas Nevada USANew
    Posts: 51
    I got a cigano today. I went to gitane dealer about a 90 minute drive for me.
    It's a GJ -10. The dealer had 5-6 Gitanes. I did not care for the Jorgenesen.
    He had the Lolo Reinhardt model which played and sounded very good. It had a slimmer neck profile. Then I tried the Cigano. This guitar was just delivered a few days ago. The Cigano fretwork was better the guitar had a stronger voice as well. It was less than half the price as well. To me it had a much better feel and voice than the Gitane guitars. The Gitanes are really nice guitars. Well built and play really nice. Oh well I jumped in the water and now its time to swim!
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