Conti Guitars

Play Them From a Roadhouse to the White House.

(without a mortgage on your house)

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

" Three Conti " Club

Dr. Gary C Smith

"I want to thank Robert Conti for his excellent products! The guitars (I have 3! 2 Equity Models and now an Entrada) amps(I have a Henriksen) and the educational materials! I brought my Equity models to a well known guitar technician in Southern California and he said, “I’ve never worked on finer guitars!!. He sets up guitars for all the studio pros in LA. My Entrada came out of the box and played perfectly, as did the 2 Equity models. I have all Conti’s educational materials and am looking forward to more. Thanks again."

Michael Simoni

"Wanted to let you know that I'm excited to be the owner of THREE of your guitars. The Conti Guitars make a great addition to my collection. Played them through all of my jazz amps, and the sound is incredible, no matter which one I played through! Couldn't have asked for anything more - and yes, the wife loves them too!!!"

" Two Conti " Club

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!

Paul Getty with his Twin Pickup Blonde Entrada Archtop

New Blonde in the Neighborhood

“Since laying my hands on this Conti Entrada a few weeks ago, it has quickly become my “go-to” guitar. It is not only a pleasure to play due to its flawless out-of-the-box set-up that allows fast, effortless playing, but it also sounds terrific through my large collection of amps, pedals, and computer modeling software. I have about 25 guitars in my collection ranging from a Gibson L5, Super 400., Les Paul Custom, PRS, Fender Strat, – most of the classics. The Conti Entrada not only stands up to head-to-head comparisons with these great guitars, it goes beyond in many respects as a very easy to play guitar that delivers a very wide range of sounds from jazz to blues and rock. It is also very comfortable and relatively light weight yet delivers a very creamy and full big-box sound. If this is your first guitar or your 20th guitar, you won’t be disappointed. This instrument is very likely to take your playing to a new level. Highly recommended.” -Paul Getty – San Francisco, CA Former Motown Player and Sideman for Stevie Wonder

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Gabriel Anfosso, Blonde Heirloom Archtop

Best guitar I’ve ever owned!

“Oh please let me say a few words….I’m SO happy because of you, you are like a father, it’s a real present, a real chance to know you. I don’t want people think I exaggerate. I’m a Professional jazz player and singer, one year and a half I began to work on your material, more and more…..and more. A private Lesson with you, a real gift, hours of pleasure and joyfulness. I work and I work again, my buddy players: “oh you play so nice things now it’s incredible.” To thank you and because I knew it would be great, I decided to purchase a Conti Heirloom Blonde…the best guitar I’ve ever owned!  (I played Gibson 175, Ibanez JP 20, for years, an excellent Epiphone emperor too.)  Photo of me here in December, sound check of a great private gig in Paris). So I’m so happy with what I learn with you (I will work again and again) I play on a fantastic guitar, I’ll have two private lessons with you in 2019, what more? BOB YOU ARE GREAT YOUR CREW IS GREAT HAPPY NEW YEAR HOPE I CAN SEE YOU AGAIN THANK YOU AND THANK YOU AGAIN!” -Gabriel Anfosso

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Harry Trombley with Natural Blonde Conti Heirloom Archtop Guitar

Plays and feels as good as it looks…

“My Heirloom has arrived and acclimatized to its new environment here in Canada. It plays and feels as good as it looks. The shipping experience was excellent; no problems. I want to thank all of you at Conti Guitars for all the help and service that made my purchase flawless. I would recommend you to anyone who asks.” Harry Trombley – Richmond, BC, Canada

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Tony Periera performs with his Conti Entrada Archtop

Nothing better than a guitar designed by a player

“Loving the new ax haven’t put it down! It arrived in perfect shape and plays like a dream. The sound is amazing. Nothing better than a guitar designed by a player. The photo of me in action with the Entrada was taken at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas. The guitar played like butter and people loved the sound of the ax. One person said it played itself! On keys is Joey Melotti (Barry Manilow’s MD), Blaise Sison (Family Stone MD) on bass, and Jimmy Racey on Drums. Irina Nero is singing.” Tony Pereira – Las Vegas, Nevada    

Read More »

This guitar is the greatest

“Just got my Entrada and wow the guitar is SUPER EXCELLENT. I have owned many brands of guitars and this guitar is the greatest, best playing, and best sounding guitar that I have ever owned. Conti guitars, state of the art. Thank you for making a superb instrument.” -Jerry McKinnon – New Braunfels, TX

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Robert Gardner, Left Handed Heirloom Archtop

So so easy to play…

The Search For A Lefty Begins… La Palma, Canary Islands I’m a left hander, and only other left handers will understand how difficult and frustrating it is to try and find a shop that actually has some you can try, lots of famous makes dont supply them. The island I live on in the Canary Islands (La Palma) has one guitar shop, and I’ve seen one lefty there in fourteen years. This year on a trip back to the United Kingdom, I went around central London. I couldn’t find one single lefty archtop. Sure, they advertise them online, but they never have them in stock. They are as rare as Hens Teeth! I really didn’t want to spend a couple of thousand dollars on a guitar without trying it first. It would be crazy, wouldn’t it? But when you’ve been looking for over a year, you are left with no alternative and have to take a chance. So how do you decide? Discovering The Heirloom I surfed the internet for left-handers and eventually found the Conti Heirloom archtop guitar. I checked the specification, read the reviews, looked at discussion forums, etc. The clincher that really made me decide on a

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Paul Getty with his Twin Pickup Blonde Entrada Archtop

New Blonde in the Neighborhood

“Since laying my hands on this Conti Entrada a few weeks ago, it has quickly become my “go-to” guitar. It is not only a pleasure to play due to its flawless out-of-the-box set-up that allows fast, effortless playing, but it also sounds terrific through my large collection of amps, pedals, and computer modeling software. I have about 25 guitars in my collection ranging from a Gibson L5, Super 400., Les Paul Custom, PRS, Fender Strat, – most of the classics. The Conti Entrada not only stands up to head-to-head comparisons with these great guitars, it goes beyond in many respects as a very easy to play guitar that delivers a very wide range of sounds from jazz to blues and rock. It is also very comfortable and relatively light weight yet delivers a very creamy and full big-box sound. If this is your first guitar or your 20th guitar, you won’t be disappointed. This instrument is very likely to take your playing to a new level. Highly recommended.” -Paul Getty – San Francisco, CA Former Motown Player and Sideman for Stevie Wonder

Read More »
Gabriel Anfosso, Blonde Heirloom Archtop

Best guitar I’ve ever owned!

“Oh please let me say a few words….I’m SO happy because of you, you are like a father, it’s a real present, a real chance to know you. I don’t want people think I exaggerate. I’m a Professional jazz player and singer, one year and a half I began to work on your material, more and more…..and more. A private Lesson with you, a real gift, hours of pleasure and joyfulness. I work and I work again, my buddy players: “oh you play so nice things now it’s incredible.” To thank you and because I knew it would be great, I decided to purchase a Conti Heirloom Blonde…the best guitar I’ve ever owned!  (I played Gibson 175, Ibanez JP 20, for years, an excellent Epiphone emperor too.)  Photo of me here in December, sound check of a great private gig in Paris). So I’m so happy with what I learn with you (I will work again and again) I play on a fantastic guitar, I’ll have two private lessons with you in 2019, what more? BOB YOU ARE GREAT YOUR CREW IS GREAT HAPPY NEW YEAR HOPE I CAN SEE YOU AGAIN THANK YOU AND THANK YOU AGAIN!” -Gabriel Anfosso

Read More »
Harry Trombley with Natural Blonde Conti Heirloom Archtop Guitar

Plays and feels as good as it looks…

“My Heirloom has arrived and acclimatized to its new environment here in Canada. It plays and feels as good as it looks. The shipping experience was excellent; no problems. I want to thank all of you at Conti Guitars for all the help and service that made my purchase flawless. I would recommend you to anyone who asks.” Harry Trombley – Richmond, BC, Canada

Read More »
Tony Periera performs with his Conti Entrada Archtop

Nothing better than a guitar designed by a player

“Loving the new ax haven’t put it down! It arrived in perfect shape and plays like a dream. The sound is amazing. Nothing better than a guitar designed by a player. The photo of me in action with the Entrada was taken at the Italian American Club in Las Vegas. The guitar played like butter and people loved the sound of the ax. One person said it played itself! On keys is Joey Melotti (Barry Manilow’s MD), Blaise Sison (Family Stone MD) on bass, and Jimmy Racey on Drums. Irina Nero is singing.” Tony Pereira – Las Vegas, Nevada    

Read More »

This guitar is the greatest

“Just got my Entrada and wow the guitar is SUPER EXCELLENT. I have owned many brands of guitars and this guitar is the greatest, best playing, and best sounding guitar that I have ever owned. Conti guitars, state of the art. Thank you for making a superb instrument.” -Jerry McKinnon – New Braunfels, TX

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!)

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