I am looking to get my first gypsy jazz guitar and have quite a good idea of which guitar I will be getting. First being interested in the Cigano and Gitane guitars I've switched up my interest for the Geronimo Mateus Jazz B (Oval). The reasoning for this is about the tone and price. While a Cigano would be much cheaper, it doesn't nearly live up to the tone in my opinion and I feel like I could continue with my western guitar basically. Having spent a few weeks now listening on the guitars on DjangoBooks (mainly) the Geronimo took me by storm by it's rich tone and soul. Then of course if you compare it to the orginal Selmer Michael played on, it's a completely different story. However 2000$ is way above my original budget, but if it gives me something that much better than a 1000$ guitar, then I can motivate myself to getting this one in a lifetime guitar.
Now that I've given some background info, I have some questions that I have a hard time answering by myself.
D-Hole vs Oval Hole. - I know there are a lot of different threads about this. My main takeaways are how the neck are built differently for their different purposes (rythm vs lead), the hole sound capabilities (d hole sounding more for the rythm player, not having to play as loud) and the fret length (usually).
Now, for me the sound of the guitar when playing rythm is the most important for me, and this is where I feel the Geronimo Mateo Oval shines, while the D one feels a bit dry. So what I am basically wondering is how I should reason when deciding one the Oval. If the sound sounds great to me, is that what I should go for? Or are the designed features I wrote about earlier more important?
Lastly, not being able to try the guitar out in a store is something that makes me a bit nervous about doing such a big purchase. There are stores that have them, just not close to where I live. This being my first gypzy guitar I am aware that the guitars are designed differently than regular western guitars, which makes me wonder a bit how the playability will work with me. The sound of course is something I can't be completely sure by looking at videos of hearing it play, but it should probably give me quite the hint.
I am just curious on how your reasoning for this would be? Would you perhaps try to look for any model and try it out and see how it feels or maybe travel to a place that sells the guitar you're looking for and give it a spin and see if it's for you. The latter feels quite like a gamble, if it's not nice than that trip maybe wasn't worth it, unless you have bigger plans with the trip of course!
If you read through all of this, thank you! And thanks in advance for any recommendations!