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Hello , I am new to this forum. I have some basic questions that maybe someone can answer. Sorry if they sound silly ... But you know you'll start from 101, isn't it.
Some background: I play jazz (standards) on a Gibson ES 335 and I have just started looking into Gipsy Jazz materials. I am curious about the guitars used in Gipsy Jazz. I know about the two main different designs, D-hole and oval-hole, the historical development and the motivations. But I have some curiosities. How those guitars sound with other styles. Fingerpicking for instance. How can be compared to a flat top guitar. Can I use any other acoustic guitar, i.e. my Gibson L-00 Studio for instance or my electric ? It's only a matter of technique or the guitar is actually an essential / non-negotiable part of this style ?
Unfortunately it is impossible to find a store where you can test one of these guitars so just listening on YouTube or records you can't really have a more precise idea about playability, sounds, comparisons, etc. I have a very precise idea about a classical guitars (I have played many before buying one) or flat top of different brands, but these guitars are not really common, they are not manufactured in series or they are not coming from traditional brands with high reputation and history (Martin, Gibson for instance). It looks like when you buy a strings instrument like a violin a cello or bass.
In fact, besides guitar, I play double bass (in a symphonic orchestra). The first bass I purchased (long time ago) was a cheap instrument, nonetheless I have tested several of them in the store before selecting one. The current bass I use, took me months of testing on multiple instruments before buying the one I liked (and could afford). I have tested dozens of different bows before selecting the one I am using now. It looks like that these guitars require a similar approach.
Any suggestion? Are there any stores somewhere near NYC ? (obviously we need to wait when they reopen).