I'm heading back to San Fransisco and Portland next Feb/March for 10 days to visit family and holiday (I live in New Zealand) and I'm intending on purchasing my first Sel-Mac style guitar.
The Latcho Drom have caught my interest, but I was wondering what else people could recommend in the $1000-$2000US range (with good amplification as extra) oval hole. I'm not looking for a pure entry level as I'm not going to get a chance to purchase a Sel-Mac for another few years overseas. We can get Gitane's here, but they price about $1000US. The other brand is Vintage which I can't find any information on.
Any recommendations on purchase would be highly welcome. I hope to see some gigs with my wife while over as well.