I purchased a Gitane DG 500 to start out with because I thought it might be good for that crucial Gypsy Jazz Rhythm. (i.e. Barking) After practicing with the John Jorgeson Video where he play a Selmer and other gypsy guitars, I came to understand just how dry & scratchy sounding the DG 500 sounds with rhythm. I altered the bridge height & and string gauges (Dell Arte & D' Addarios) up and down with only minimal changes in the rhythm tone and little improvement. I tried various gypsy jazz picks and changing my attack, but to no avail.
Then I recently read on the Forum, the newer Gitane DG 370 (unlike other Gitanes) has more of the tradtional Selmer Rhythm "Bark".
Since I am on a budget (per wife) I need to know if this is true before possibly purchasing. What about the Gitane DG 350 for good Rhythm Barks?
What about other lower priced D holes gypsy guitars such as lower priced Dell Artes and Duponts or Patenottes. What would I have to spend to get away from dry and scratchy.