I'm thinking about getting a new guitar and for years and years I've wanted an archtop with the pretty f-holes and a tailpiece. I've got about $1000 to spend and I'm looking for just the guitar: no electronics. I figure I can add a piezo or floating humbucker later.
What can I expect for this price? Will I find a carved top or am I still in laminated land? Do I have to choose between a gorgeous tobacco-sunburst and a nice clear tone?