Get The Tone
Traditionally a hollow bodied archtop guitar with f-holes is the chosen instrument for jazz rhythm, the principle advantage being that you can turn the volume down and blend the amp sound with the acoustic tone of the instrument itself. Your primary effect should be your volume control, and strings can be either flatwound or roundwound (or indeed a nice middle way, ‘ground wound’). A wound third string is common although by no means essential, and you can also get great results from a solidbody. We’re after a natural clean and warm amp tone so go easy on the treble and reverb and you’re ready to comp.