An Attractive, Affordable Alternative
Set Up To Stringent Specifications
When you're Robert Conti, you play a lot of notes.
When you play a lot of notes, you need a neck that plays like butter.
When you need a neck that plays like butter, you better have a good luthier.
Prior to shipment, every Conti Guitar is scrutinized by a highly qualified luthier with 30+ years of experience - not your typical music store punk who doesn't know the first thing about fine archtops. Each instrument is set up to Robert's specifications and fully inspected.
(Try getting that kind of treatment from the online catalog sites)
The Most Desirable Features
We introduced the first generation Conti Guitar to be the most affordable, feature rich archtop on the market. However, we certainly understand that the solid wood model may still be out of reach for some aspiring jazz guitar students. As such, the laminate model is by no means stripped down. See info below for what we believe are the most important features that you'll find on both the solid and laminate models.
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Not only richer looking, but feels great under the fingers allowing you to execute those burnin’ Conti lines with precision.
Real Abalone & MOP
The colorful luster of the inlays contrast beautifully with the bold ebony fingerboard. Don't settle for a plain, unattractive guitar when you can have a well dressed instrument sure to impress any audience.
Output Jack Placement
Logically positioned output jack 4" from end pin. This saves your pants from fraying when playing in a sitting position.
Shallow Florentine Cutaway
What good are 24 frets if the cutaway hinders you from accessing the entire fingerboard? If you've seen Conti perform, you know he makes use of each and every one of those 24 frets - now you can too!
You don’t want your axe fighting you with every note you play. The long slim neck on all Conti Guitars allows the lowest action possible, which creates that “plays like butter feel” for hours of playing enjoyment without fatigue.
Preferred Gauge Strings
Having played jazz guitar for 5+ decades, you can imagine that Robert has tried just about every string that exists. While strings are a personal preference, we believe you’ll enjoy the balance achieved by his pre-configured gauges.
Through the course of many prior years, numerous guitarists have solicited my advice on how to find a great sounding jazz guitar with excellent playability at an affordable price. I’ve observed many aspiring jazz guitarists who have unknowingly limited their potential by playing an inferior instrument, almost always due to the constraint of high prices. On the other hand, I have also seen dramatic improvements in skill levels even when entry level guitarists begin using a quality instrument that is set-up to play easily. In 2006. . .
The Conti Archtop Jazz Guitar is the result of 55 years of on the bandstand playing experience.
Yes, We Really Mean 55 Years
(and still going strong!)
Our World Wide Owners
An instant success in 2009, the Conti Guitar is the go to archtop for players both amateur and professional around the world. As with our learning resources, we let our patrons do the talking. Take some time to read commentaries from a sampling of Conti Guitar owners around the world.
Owned many guitars since I started playing in 1972. My new blonde Conti Heirloom is by far the finest. -David Leaptrott, Winder, GA
“The quality of Robert Conti’s superior lesson material convinced me to take a chance and buy a guitar without playing it first. It is one of the best decisions I ever made as the Heirloom Guitar is a truly outstanding musical instrument. While the looks and finish are stunningly beautiful, the sound satisfies even the most avid … Read more…
Just received my new Conti Heirloom archtop jazz guitar today. I am very impressed with it. Really a great looking instrument with excellent craftsmanship that plays incredibly well. Very fast action. I love the fact that it has a large radius fretboard which feels flat – it seems easier to play that way. And the … Read more…
Just received my Heirloom guitar in Ruby Red. First, I have never purchased a guitar that I haven’t played before purchase. The Conti guitar met and exceeded my expectations! The neck is superb, the fit and finish are top notch. This is the quality you get when the Kwisatz Haderach of guitarists specs an instrument. … Read more…