Time Tested Archtops by Conti

Entrada Featuring TOM Bridge and Gold Finger Tailpiece Upgrades

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. Like 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.

Gary Keniston with 2 Conti Guitars

Knew I had to have another…

“After purchasing my Ruby Red “Conti Salita” model guitar in May of 2017, it was obvious I had finally found the perfect Jazz guitar for me. I never wanted to be without it and I knew I had to have another. I wondered that if I was so impressed with the mid-priced Salita model, what would the top of the line Heirloom model be like? So I ordered one and I am SO glad I did! My new Antique Sunburst “Conti Heirloom” model guitar exceeds all expectations for a pro level Jazz guitar! The superior build quality and attention to detail is second to none. The finish is stunning, but most of all, it plays like an absolute dream and sounds fantastic! It arrived perfectly set up with super low action, so all I had to do was tune it and play. Since the Salita model I previously purchased and the Heirloom model share the same specs, the new Heirloom model felt comfortably familiar in my hands. I have bought and sold many guitars over the past 45 years, but my new “Conti” guitars are keepers and I’ll never part with them. Again I have to thank Mr. Conti and

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Amy Ferman – Cambridge, MN

“Just thought I would let you know that I love my new guitar!! I will send you a photo and hopefully also a video.  It plays perfectly right out of the box. I have been getting acquainted with her for the last couple of hours. 🙂 And thank you so much for the tuner and the awesome customer service. I loved the video!” – Amy Ferman, Cambridge, MN

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Dr. Paul Vinger – Walnut, CA

“The Salita guitar I received is beautiful, great-sounding, and easy to play—but it never will be played as well as by Robert Conti in the video he made, and sent me, testing the guitar before it was shipped. The care and expertise that went into making it is obvious—thanks to Mike and the crew for a great job. It is a rare treat to have true professionals share what they know and produce in such an outgoing, caring, and sincere manner. I appreciate the teaching enthusiasm and skill Robert Conti has shared with me over the years. I primarily play the piano and have learned a great deal about harmony and music lines from him. Robert’s desire—and skill—at presenting his ideas and philosophy in a clear and entertaining manner is inspiring.”

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Bob Roetker with Conti Heirloom Guitar

Plays as smooth as glass.

Photo with my new Heirloom model! Looking forward to trying this beauty on a gig. The sound acoustically is wonderful and it plays as smooth as glass. Hoping to send a video soon. Best Regards, Bob Roetker http://www.bobroetker.com/

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Finest guitar I have ever owned, period!

“The new Conti Salita model is truly an amazing guitar! I should know as I am now the lucky owner of the exact guitar Mr. Conti is playing in the new Salita video demo. Thanks to Mr. Conti and Mike in the sales office for making this possible. I received the guitar on the date scheduled in excellent condition. I was in total awe when I pulled it from the deluxe gig bag. The new Conti Gold Finger tailpiece upgrade was worth every penny as this guitar is drop dead gorgeous! It was set-up perfectly. All I had to do was tweak the tuning and play. The thin lightweight body resonates surprisingly well and the ebony fingerboard and slim neck makes playing this guitar almost effortless. Suddenly those difficult jazz chord grips were now easy. In my 38 years of playing guitar professionally, and having owned over 200 guitars, some costing 3-4 times what the Salita sales for, I honestly have to say this is the finest guitar I have ever owned period! Give this baby a try. You will not regret it.” -Gary Keniston, Fleming Island, FL, USA

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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)

Personalized Pre-Shipping Video Intro

As an integral part of our First Class Customer 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.

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.

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!)