Solid Spruce Top
Unlike a non-responsive laminated top, a Solid Spruce Top has greater response to vibration thereby allowing the use of lighter string gauges with no loss of tone.
In my opinion, a beautiful quality instrument should be well-dressed with the rich look and exquisite feel of Ebony, rather than Rosewood.
A High Quality well made pick-up is essential to great tone.
24 Fret Fingerboard
Rather than the common 20 or 22 fret arrangement that greatly restricts access to the upper register. A Full Two Octave 24 Fret Neck with a Wide Florentine Cutaway allows easier access to notes in the upper register - a very desirable attribute for a wide variety of players.
With rare exception, thinline guitars employ laminated tops, which are
unacceptable to the great majority of seasoned veteran jazz guitarists.
The Solid Spruce Top on this instrument produces a full “big box” jazz sound with a design that is light and comfortably held.
adjustable bridge allows for precise intonation adjustment for each string.
Solid Bone Nut
Rather than a plastic nut which frequently causes string snag in the string trough.
Thinner Neck Depth
A desirable shape combined with a low and fast action set-up is very comfortable, thereby requiring much less effort from the player, especially during the execution of high speed lines.
The Evolution Of The Conti Guitar
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 and 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, I compiled a group of the most desirable specifications and features as those are critical to achieve outstanding tone, playability and beauty.
After much searching at several trade shows, I was simply unable to locate a high quality instrument with all the most desirable features and at a reasonable price level. At that point in time, I decided to redirect my search toward locating a quality manufacturer who could produce such a guitar for me with an emphasis on high quality workmanship, desirable features - and a price point that most folks could afford.
While attending the 2007 NAMM Expo, I had the extremely good fortune to locate an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) who could actually build this “Dream Guitar” for me. I commissioned Peerless Guitars to build a prototype which I received in the early spring of 2007. The first unexpected surprise was the “take it to the bandstand” playability right out of the box with nothing more than minor adjustment of the bridge and tuning the strings. At that point, there was no doubt that I had received a very special instrument.
However, as I am still a working musician, the real test of quality and
durability was still to come. For the remainder of 2007, 2008 and
into 2009, I played the prototype every day for many hours, either on
a bandstand, or in front of a video camera. As you may be aware, I
used this guitar on six DVDs in the Source Code series, along with the
first two volumes of Ticket To Improv. In addition, there are numerous
videos on YouTube, MySpace and the Just Jazz Guitar Magazine website.
Through all of the above mentioned usage, this instrument has continuously performed to my highest expectations. Without doubt, I can’t imagine any other test of quality and durability other than playing an instrument on a daily basis for over two years. As a personal testimonial to the quality of this instrument, my name is on the head stock. I chose “Equity” as the model name, as I firmly believe your instrument will deliver excellent service and value for many years into the future.
Rather than omitting any feature(s) in favor of greater profit, this instrument embodies all the previously referenced desirable features- functional and aesthetic.
For instance, every working guitarist I know has had the annoyance of a
suit being ruined by the usual placement of the input jack on the
lower side of the
Every pro guitarist that I know owns at least one and very often, several very high priced instruments. However, those guitarists always fear taking those instruments outside of their homes to avoid the effects of inclement cold/hot weather, smoke, coastal climates with saline atmosphere, high humidity, theft etc.
This instrument provides an excellent solution for pro level guitarists who require a high quality “working instrument” that is a pleasure to play, with a great sound and accessible at a reasonable price. Moreover, the attractive pricing also enables aspiring jazz guitar students to acquire a great instrument that will deliver years of service. I sincerely believe this instrument is a “win - win” for players at every skill level.
During the production stage, much thought was also given to the choice of case for this instrument. Musicians often joke that they are paid to move gear instead of playing music, as every working musician dreads toting gear in and out of hotel meeting facilities, restaurants etc. At a recent NAMM Expo, while perusing the new models of amplifiers, a friend made the following comment to me: “Conti, you won’t be happy until you find an amp that you can carry in your pocket.”
In my observation, the majority of working guitarists (including myself) prefer a lightweight gig bag rather than a much heavier and bulkier hard shell case. Therefore, I opted to include at no extra charge, a quality gig bag for your new instrument. The complimentary gig bag will also keep shipping weight/cost at a minimum and if you desire, you can select an aftermarket hard shell case of your preference at your convenience.