I've been learning Gypsy Jazz music on my Taylor acoustic guitar for a few years and finally decided it was time to buy a guitar that is made for this style.
After some research on this site I've decided that the Altamira M30 is what I want to go for since it offers great tone for the price, and I'd plan to keep this guitar for a long time. (solid woods will only sound better over time) I plan to use this guitar mostly for recording and playing at home, but eventually I'd consider playing out with it. I play other styles of music with a band now, but would like to develop my skills in Gypsy Jazz and start adding this sound to my music eventually.
I was looking at the options for the M30 and I see that there is a setup special offered which includes fret dressing, upgraded bridge, etc. ($215) This seems to be a worthwhile option since it could only help the tone and playability.
I was also considering getting a pickup for it although I won't be needing this right away.
Is it better to go ahead and buy a pickup and have it installed with the purchase rather than buy one later and hire a local luthier to install it? My only concern is that the local luthiers may not be as familiar with this style of guitar and how they should sound. Any recommendations on the various pickup options offered would be greatly appreciated. Which one is the best for the money, and for the overall tone? (probably separate choices for each of these criteria, but would be nice to know)
Any feedback on these questions is much appreciated!