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Breathtaking Design. Maximum Playability.

Entrada in Port Wine
Heirloom in Blonde
Heirloom in Ruby Red

Savings Opportunity

We are able to offer fully featured Conti Guitars at value pricing as they are only available direct from Conti Guitars. If our guitars were offered through the typical distributor/dealer network, the price would assuredly double, and in some cases actually triple. However, even at our value pricing, the cost may sometimes exceed one’s budget. To that end, we make efforts to discount guitars when certain events allow us to do so. On a random timetable, new guitars are played by Robert or one of his assistants at a variety of events such as:

  • trade shows,
  • educational videos, or
  • selected live performances

Although we exercise great care in handling our instruments, they sometimes incur minor cosmetic surface scratches that are usually imperceptible after buffing. As a matter of common business ethics: 

  1. Although demo instruments are essentially still new, we do not return those instruments into inventory as “brand new.”
  2. Although the subject instruments may have been played for only an hour or two, we always advise every potential purchaser of any scratches, nicks, etc.

Making our demo instruments available at a substantial price reduction (when we are able to do so) provides folks an opportunity to acquire a high quality instrument at great savings. These instruments receive the same quality control as new instruments, including a  full pre-shipping inspection and set-up, and our signature personalized “owner introduction video” wherein Robert Conti actually plays and introduces you to your new instrument!

No Middle Men

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 Worldwide 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 worldwide. We hope to see your photo here soon!

Photo of Harrison Root with his natural blonde Conti Entrada Archtop Guitar

Wonderful instrument at an affordable price

“Just wanted to give you guys an update about what I think about the guitar! Straight out of the box it plays and sounds great! It is set up perfectly and plays wonderfully. I could not believe the difference in tone it had compared to my other guitars! I have played it every day since I received it. Thank you guys very much for producing such a wonderful instrument at an affordable price!” -Harrison Root – Ph.D. Candidate, The Sessler Group – Austin, Texas, USA

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John McCarty with his Conti Heirloom Archtop Guitar

Playability is of the greatest ease…

“Here I am with my new Conti Heirloom guitar! It is of very high quality, beauty and value. She arrived perfectly set up and intonated with Conti strings, which I’d already been using on two of my guitars. Other features include a 24 fret neck and the front strap button factory installed, both highly unusual with archtops. The playability is of the greatest ease! The sound is warm and lovely, even when played acoustically. Finally, customer service was friendly, helpful, and super professional. And what a pleasure to view the video of Robert Conti performing with my actual guitar and pointing out her many features!” John McCarty – North Kingstown, RI

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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 (2,8 kg) for long gig or rehearsals even longer, and it changes me from my big Gibsons that tire me. From Wes to Santana, a must. Thank you to the whole team and to Mr Robert Conti spending time for me. It’s really a First Class Service.” -Michel Le Gac – Grasse, France

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Paul Swanson with new Gold Finger Tailpiece

You get what you PLAY for!

Oct 13th Update! Paul has added the beautiful Gold Finger tailpiece to his Entrada archtop guitar and sent an updated photo to us, it’s gorgeous! “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 This is Paul’s guitar with the original Ebony tailpiece:

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It’s very pleasant to play!

“Hello Mr. Conti and a big thank you for this video presentation, it’s very nice of you. I get the guitar after tomorrow and you will share my impression of receipt. My son who resides in the USA (SF) arrives at home on Wednesday and will be able to translate me to the best your video or I only understood “Philippe” “Hello and thank you”: o)))))) Guitar well received and very well packaged ~ Thank you ~ The box was in good condition 👍 First impression, the potentiometers I like a lot, they are very pleasant to use. Normally, I would do the adjustment of the harmonics but apparently the bridge did not move because the strings have maintained the whole. 👍 The guitar is very good I am satisfied. I am even surprised by the height of the string E at the fret 12 which does not buzz. It’s very pleasant to play! You can rest assured that I would be doing a very favorable promotion to Conti Guitars on French sites and forums 👍👍 🙂 For a long time I lived in Paris but now I am in the countryside in deep France so I only have internet

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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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Photo of Harrison Root with his natural blonde Conti Entrada Archtop Guitar

Wonderful instrument at an affordable price

“Just wanted to give you guys an update about what I think about the guitar! Straight out of the box it plays and sounds great! It is set up perfectly and plays wonderfully. I could not believe the difference in tone it had compared to my other guitars! I have played it every day since I received it. Thank you guys very much for producing such a wonderful instrument at an affordable price!” -Harrison Root – Ph.D. Candidate, The Sessler Group – Austin, Texas, USA

Read More »
John McCarty with his Conti Heirloom Archtop Guitar

Playability is of the greatest ease…

“Here I am with my new Conti Heirloom guitar! It is of very high quality, beauty and value. She arrived perfectly set up and intonated with Conti strings, which I’d already been using on two of my guitars. Other features include a 24 fret neck and the front strap button factory installed, both highly unusual with archtops. The playability is of the greatest ease! The sound is warm and lovely, even when played acoustically. Finally, customer service was friendly, helpful, and super professional. And what a pleasure to view the video of Robert Conti performing with my actual guitar and pointing out her many features!” John McCarty – North Kingstown, RI

Read More »

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 (2,8 kg) for long gig or rehearsals even longer, and it changes me from my big Gibsons that tire me. From Wes to Santana, a must. Thank you to the whole team and to Mr Robert Conti spending time for me. It’s really a First Class Service.” -Michel Le Gac – Grasse, France

Read More »
Paul Swanson with new Gold Finger Tailpiece

You get what you PLAY for!

Oct 13th Update! Paul has added the beautiful Gold Finger tailpiece to his Entrada archtop guitar and sent an updated photo to us, it’s gorgeous! “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 This is Paul’s guitar with the original Ebony tailpiece:

Read More »

It’s very pleasant to play!

“Hello Mr. Conti and a big thank you for this video presentation, it’s very nice of you. I get the guitar after tomorrow and you will share my impression of receipt. My son who resides in the USA (SF) arrives at home on Wednesday and will be able to translate me to the best your video or I only understood “Philippe” “Hello and thank you”: o)))))) Guitar well received and very well packaged ~ Thank you ~ The box was in good condition 👍 First impression, the potentiometers I like a lot, they are very pleasant to use. Normally, I would do the adjustment of the harmonics but apparently the bridge did not move because the strings have maintained the whole. 👍 The guitar is very good I am satisfied. I am even surprised by the height of the string E at the fret 12 which does not buzz. It’s very pleasant to play! You can rest assured that I would be doing a very favorable promotion to Conti Guitars on French sites and forums 👍👍 🙂 For a long time I lived in Paris but now I am in the countryside in deep France so I only have internet

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 – a truly, memorable and unparalleled service in the guitar industry.

Only 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!)