#1
Hey guys (And girls), I'm looking for a flat top guitar (size isn't important) that'd be suited to big band era jazz music. . .I'm located in exeter in the U.K., And Have a budget of upto £350 but would prefer cheaper. Thanks in advance
#2
Interesting question - flattops aren't usually associated with jazz.

Could you explain your reasoning? The guys I know would be using inexpensive electric archtops or semihollows. Something like these:

http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/electric_guitars_detail.asp?stock=13120714180658

http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk/electric_guitars_detail.asp?stock=13120714185658
#3
Main reason is purely because i prefer the look of flat tops, Which is a rather stupid reason but most archtops and semihollows just don't do it for me for neither sound or feel.
#4
Quote by JoeyPsycho
Main reason is purely because i prefer the look of flat tops, Which is a rather stupid reason but most archtops and semihollows just don't do it for me for neither sound or feel.

That's fine, many jazz greats like Django Reinhardt, Charlie Byrd and Pat Metheny have used flat tops from time to time. I would look into Gretsch guitars personally.
#6
^^^^ That's true, but they weren't big band players - which is why I was wondering.

I would be looking at a cutaway classical, which is what some of the trad jazz guys around here are using. The couple of Katohs I tried were very good. The Cordoba Fusion series are also good, eg this:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/12Natural

They have a narrower radiused fretboard, which is easier if you are used to a steel string.
#7
Quote by JoeyPsycho
Hey guys (And girls), I'm looking for a flat top guitar (size isn't important) that'd be suited to big band era jazz music. . . .


Any really. There is no such thing as a "jazz guitar" per se. The types of guitars that are usually associated with jazz - archtops,etc - are just the instruments that were emerging at the time when jazz was becoming popular..

If you want a "warmer" sound from a flat top guitar use electric guitar strings on it - especially flatwound ones. Several string makers do "Jazz" sets.
#8
Quote by JoeyPsycho
Any certain models you'd suggest?


I'm American, so I think these are in your price range...
Take a look at the Cordoba above.

Heres a nice Gretsch flattop:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gretsch-guitars-jim-dandy-flat-top-acoustic-guitar?rNtt=flat top guitar&index=1

Here's a Dreadnought:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gretsch-guitars-g5024e-rancher-dreadnought-acoustic-electric-guitar

Honestly if I were you, I'd rethink getting a semi-hollow or an Archtop. It'll amplify your sound and give you more of a jazz sound. But, by all means, it's your decision.

Semi-Hollow Archtop: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gretsch-guitars-g9550-new-yorker-archtop-acoustic-guitar?pfm=rv
#10
Most of the folks I see playing acoustic jazz (usually in small ensembles) play small-medium sized OM or OOO guitars. The Martins are quite popular.....But pricey.
Generally, in such a situation you don't need a big, boomy dread or jumbo because you won't be playing that many bass notes.....Provided you have a bass player.
If so, you'll likely be doing rhythm comping with mostly 4-note chords, and occasional solos if you have the chops.
I was playing a lot of this type of stuff on my GS Mini, but I'm a fingerstyle player and the steel strings are just too hard on the nails.....So I went electric. Flatwounds on an Ibanez semi-hollow.

If you play with a pick...No worries.

Personally, I really like this type of music and if my weird schedule allowed my to work with other musicians that's what I'd be doing.....Acoustic small-ensemble jazz.

We have several local groups that are very good.
Last edited by Bikewer at Jul 18, 2015,
#11
Quote by JoeyPsycho
Ooooh, That Gretsch G9550 New Yorker looks pretty good o.o

That one is a jazz classic. I recommend it. Although, it is not amplified.
Last edited by sovaso at Jul 18, 2015,