Time Tested Instruments That You Can Play

From A Roadhouse - To The Whitehouse,

Without Another Mortgage On Your House

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The Entrada

Laminate Maple Top
Laminate Maple Back & Sides

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The Salita

Laminate Maple Top
Laminate Maple Back & Sides

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The Heirloom

Solid Spruce Top
Solid Maple Back & Sides

The Conti Archtop Jazz Guitar is the result of 55 years of on the bandstand playing experience. 

The Journey

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. . .

Yes, We Really Mean 55 Years

(and still going strong!)

The Most Desirable Features

We introduced the first generation Conti Guitar to be the most affordable, feature rich archtop on the market today. 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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Ebony Fingerboard

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!

Low Action

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.

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.

Bob Cefala – South Elgin, IL

"The quality of Robert Conti's superior lesson material convinced me to take a chance and buy a guitar without playing it...

Compare The Specs, Do The Math

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 like greased lightning.
When you  need a neck like greased lightning, 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 kid who doesn't know the first thing about fine archtop guitars.  Each guitar is set up to Robert's exact specifications and fully inspected.

(Try getting that kind of treatment from the big online catalog sites)