What should I consider buying my first archtop? The goal is to get that sweet warm "neck pickup jazz sound". Main use would be to play solo guitar kind of stuff. Possibility to play acousticly would be a a huge pro. Tonewoods? Laminated or solid? Brands? Old or new? Pickups?
I am tempted to buy a cheap Ibanez or Epiphone to get into this archtop world and if it carries I could buy a better one later when I have some kind of sense about them. On the otherhand I have promised myself to buy only quality and I deffinitely appreciate good workmanship and woods on a instrument.