I'm afraid this is, for now, the option. I've some Musician's Friend credit from long ago and that's about it, for now. I'd hoped to hold out for an Altamira Md30 from Michael but don't have any liquidity for now to do it and wanted to get going - been trading with my son on his dreadnought (sorry, Michael - when I trade up!).
Rhythm only, is my likely intention. Muscle memory and memory for voicings, etc., feels gone completely and with some issue making play difficult, it wouldn't be the worst to have a short scale with some forgiveness.
Thoughts on a used D500 @ $800, with a couple minor blemishes?
My best friend is a highly skilled luthier (symphonic instruments for the Chicago Symphony orchestra, restoration of a shipwrecked viola de gamba from, I think, 16th century!), and he's willing to set it up. Recommendations on a bridge, anything else, if going with that?
Finally, comparing the Altamira Model MD, with the D500. With the MD at $700 and the D500 at $800. Thanks.