Conti Guitars

Play Them From a Roadhouse to the White House.

(without a mortgage on your house)

Your dream archtop at any budget.

We don’t believe you can find a comparable feature rich guitar at this price anywhere.

The Entrada

$ 1149
00
  • Laminate Maple Top
  • Laminate Maple Back & Sides
  • Wilkinson Imperial Tuners
  • Maple Neck
  • 24 Fret Ebony Fingerboard
  • Ebony Pickguard
  • Kent Armstrong Humbucker
  • Gotoh TOM or Ebony Bridge
  • Floating Ebony Bridge Base
  • Ebony or Gold Finger Tailpiece
  • High Quality Gig Bag

The Heirloom

$ 1849
00
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Solid Maple Back & Sides
  • Grover Imperial Tuners
  • Maple Neck
  • 24 Fret Ebony Fingerboard
  • Ebony Pickguard
  • Kent Armstrong Humbucker
  • TonePros TOM or Ebony Bridge
  • Floating Ebony Bridge Base
  • Ebony or Gold Finger Tailpiece
  • High Quality Gig Bag

Our World Wide Owners

An instant success in 2009, the Conti is the go-to archtop for players around the world. And like our jazz guitar learning resources, we let our patrons do the talking. Take some time to read comments and see photos from a sampling of elated Conti Guitar owners around the world. We hope to see your photo and comments soon.

Paul Swanson with his lefty Entrada

You get what you PLAY for!

“I just got the Conti Entrada Lefty and as I like to say, you get what you play for! And this is definitely a player’s guitar. The fit and finish are superb and the sound is beautiful. Thanks guys, and tell Mr. Conti I’ll definitely take good care of it but it is my baby now!” -Paul Swanson – Milford, CT

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Michel LeGac's Entrada

Really a first class service…

“Watching the video was as opening my presents before Christmas.  But my Entrada is at home now and works very well. It is very light and it changes me from my big Gibsons that tire me. Thank you to the whole team and to Mr Robert Conti spending time for me. It’s really a First Class Service.” -Michel LeGac – Grasse, France

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David Hall with Conti Heirloom Archtop

Fretboard action is silky smooth

This “Heirloom” is quite simply one exquisite modern jazz guitar & I am absolutely delighted with it. Out of the box, having shipped several thousand miles, a slight tweak of the G string tuning was all that was needed as the set up by your guy is perfection. What was quite unexpected however, given the relatively thin body depth, was this instrument’s beautiful acoustic sound — it truly ” sings” with a perfect Jazz voicing. Harmonics ring clear at every harmonic fret & again surprise, given the 24 frets fingerboard, the 23rd & 24th frets rang clear & true across all strings. Fretboard action is silky smooth — I am no “Tal Farlow” & have relatively small hands & fingers but to my delight, I was able to make the “Johnny Smith” 5 fret stretches on the opening chords of “Moonlight in Vermont” seamlessly — something I have always found difficult on a number of guitars. Plugged in , the Kent Armstrong Humbucker is just right presenting a modern version of a true “Johnny Smith” humbucker albeit being slightly sweeter across the pitch range on all strings. I have found that the tone & playability of all the very best

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Dale Polewach with his Conti Entrada Archtop

Looks and value impressed a top professional

“The Conti Entrada is my first electric guitar. My 20 year old Martin acoustic is now gathering dust. The looks and value impressed a top professional, and it’s fun to play!” -Dale Polewach – Loudon, TN (pictured with his Knoxville based group, “The Jazz Suspects”)

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Robert DiNardo with new Conti Entrada Archtop Guitar

Robert “Bobby” DiNardo

“Robert, Thank so much for your video and the kind words! The Entrada is a beautiful instrument that sounds and looks GREAT!! You have great taste. You have touched all the bases with this guitar. I uploaded a song I hope you’ll enjoy. I will try to get a pic as soon as I can. Remember, I’m over 80 yrs old and I don’t have the chops I used to have. I still have fun though. You have certainly come a long way from shining shoes and becoming a fine musician.  If I was in any way an inspiration to you, I’m really flattered. I wish continued success to you. It’s great to see a fellow musician doing so well. God bless and keep in touch.” About Bobby DiNardo In many past decades, the city of Philadelphia has produced a huge and very well documented body of notable virtuoso guitarists. It’s our pleasure to introduce Bobby DiNardo, as he is one of Philly’s very best. Bobby’s career as a working pro began just after high school in 1955, when he began performing with the Herbie Fields Jazz Group for two years, until Herbie passed away. The George Young Revue In

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James Hopkins on the beach with his new Sunburst Conti Entrada Archtop Guitar

It is a dream to play…

“I really love this new guitar, it is a dream to play, the ebony fret board is so smooth and the low action really helps me when playing some of the harder piano style voicings built in thirds. I love the gold hardware with the sunburst effect, combined with the dark ebony fret board, it looks so classy. I’m destined for beautiful jazz when playing this amazing Conti guitar. I took it to the local technician to adjust the action slightly due to a little bit of fret buzz, caused by the long journey here. When I collected it, we were right next to the beach so we took a photo of the guitar here in the middle of the English summer. I then put it back in the case, and went home. I have been playing this guitar, and ONLY this guitar ever since. Thank you so much for the free DVDs and booklets too, I’ll be working on them for a long time to come.” -James Hopkins – Brighton, United Kingdom

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Paul Swanson with his lefty Entrada

You get what you PLAY for!

“I just got the Conti Entrada Lefty and as I like to say, you get what you play for! And this is definitely a player’s guitar. The fit and finish are superb and the sound is beautiful. Thanks guys, and tell Mr. Conti I’ll definitely take good care of it but it is my baby now!” -Paul Swanson – Milford, CT

Read More »
Michel LeGac's Entrada

Really a first class service…

“Watching the video was as opening my presents before Christmas.  But my Entrada is at home now and works very well. It is very light and it changes me from my big Gibsons that tire me. Thank you to the whole team and to Mr Robert Conti spending time for me. It’s really a First Class Service.” -Michel LeGac – Grasse, France

Read More »
David Hall with Conti Heirloom Archtop

Fretboard action is silky smooth

This “Heirloom” is quite simply one exquisite modern jazz guitar & I am absolutely delighted with it. Out of the box, having shipped several thousand miles, a slight tweak of the G string tuning was all that was needed as the set up by your guy is perfection. What was quite unexpected however, given the relatively thin body depth, was this instrument’s beautiful acoustic sound — it truly ” sings” with a perfect Jazz voicing. Harmonics ring clear at every harmonic fret & again surprise, given the 24 frets fingerboard, the 23rd & 24th frets rang clear & true across all strings. Fretboard action is silky smooth — I am no “Tal Farlow” & have relatively small hands & fingers but to my delight, I was able to make the “Johnny Smith” 5 fret stretches on the opening chords of “Moonlight in Vermont” seamlessly — something I have always found difficult on a number of guitars. Plugged in , the Kent Armstrong Humbucker is just right presenting a modern version of a true “Johnny Smith” humbucker albeit being slightly sweeter across the pitch range on all strings. I have found that the tone & playability of all the very best

Read More »
Dale Polewach with his Conti Entrada Archtop

Looks and value impressed a top professional

“The Conti Entrada is my first electric guitar. My 20 year old Martin acoustic is now gathering dust. The looks and value impressed a top professional, and it’s fun to play!” -Dale Polewach – Loudon, TN (pictured with his Knoxville based group, “The Jazz Suspects”)

Read More »
Robert DiNardo with new Conti Entrada Archtop Guitar

Robert “Bobby” DiNardo

“Robert, Thank so much for your video and the kind words! The Entrada is a beautiful instrument that sounds and looks GREAT!! You have great taste. You have touched all the bases with this guitar. I uploaded a song I hope you’ll enjoy. I will try to get a pic as soon as I can. Remember, I’m over 80 yrs old and I don’t have the chops I used to have. I still have fun though. You have certainly come a long way from shining shoes and becoming a fine musician.  If I was in any way an inspiration to you, I’m really flattered. I wish continued success to you. It’s great to see a fellow musician doing so well. God bless and keep in touch.” About Bobby DiNardo In many past decades, the city of Philadelphia has produced a huge and very well documented body of notable virtuoso guitarists. It’s our pleasure to introduce Bobby DiNardo, as he is one of Philly’s very best. Bobby’s career as a working pro began just after high school in 1955, when he began performing with the Herbie Fields Jazz Group for two years, until Herbie passed away. The George Young Revue In

Read More »

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. Each instrument is set up to Robert’s specifications and fully inspected.

Personalized Pre-Shipping Video Intro

As an integral part of our First Class Owner Service, before your guitar is shipped, you will receive a personalized high quality video, wherein Robert Conti plays and introduces you to your new guitar.

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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Ebony Fingerboard

Not only richer looking, but feels great under the fingers allowing you to execute those burnin' Conti lines with precision and ease.

MOP & Real Abalone

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 you're 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 - so now can you.

Low Playing 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 Conti has tried every string that exists. While strings are a personal preference, we believe you’ll enjoy the balance achieved by his pre-configured gauges.

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. . .

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!)