In the search for my first gypsy jazz guitar, which I will be using mainly for rhythm playing, I have the choice of either an Asian made Dell Arte Homage or the ubiquitous Gitane D500.
I will not be able to try either guitar before I buy, so I'm looking for opinions on tone, playability and build quality.
I don't have the largest hands in the world, so fretboard wideness could be an issue.
I tried a friend's Gitane D500 and the thickness of the neck was very nice, how does the Dell Arte compare to this.
From what I gather the Dell Arte Homage is sized a bit larger than usual Selmacs style guitars. Will it be a problem finding a case that fits?
I think the bigger problem will be finding the guitar! They've been on order in the States for almost a full year...are they available in Denmark already?
The neck on the Hommage should be smaller than most D-500s. In fact, I'm surprised you mention liking the D-500 neck, as most people with smaller hands seem to think it's too big, wide, and classical-like. If you like the neck on the Dell'Arte I think that would be a better option; a friend of mine has one of the prototypes from the Music Link series and it sounds better than most of the Gitanes I've heard.
I like the thickness (back of neck) compared to the 255's I've played, they almost feel like some of the metal guitar's of the 80's.
I found an online dealer who lists the Hommage along with the other 3 Music Link Dell' Artes but they have yet to answer my mails about them being in stock.
guitar24 has not replied yet but I just recieved a mail from martinsmusikkiste.de saying that it is not clear when they will be available in Germany.
I guess I'll have to go for the D-500 unless I'm willing to wait for an indefinite amount of time.