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 Opportunities

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Port Wine Entrada - Prototype

One of several prototypes that was created during the production of the Entrada model. It features a slightly different cutaway that makes it a one of a kind instrument. Featuring the Gold Finger Tailpiece and Gold Gotoh Tune-o-Matic Bridge, this Entrada will suit you well if you prefer the look of a slightly deeper cutaway with more curve. Own her for only $989 including gig bag + shipping (Save $160)

Sunburst Heirloom - Display Model

Finally, an Heirloom Savings Opportunity is here! This gorgeous Sunburst Heirloom is in absolutely pristine – presented as a display instrument and for photography purposes. This beauty features the Gold TonePros Tune-o-Matic Bridge as well as finished Ebony Tailpiece. An absolute steal for the new year at $1,664 including gig bag + shipping (Save $185)

Sunburst Entrada - Studio Usage

This Entrada was played only by Robert Conti during various 1 on 1 private lessons via webcam. A beautiful sunburst finish, accented by the Gold Finger Tailpiece and Gold Gotoh Tune-o-Matic Bridge. Available this week for $989 including gig bag + shipping (Save $160)

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Port Wine Entrada - Cosmetic Blems.

Perfect for a working pro who doesn’t mind a few costmetic blemishes that don’t affect playability. Always a winning combination, this Entrada features the Gold Finger Tailpiece and Gold TonePros Tune-o-Matic Bridge. Regularly priced at $1,149, you can own this beautiful archtop for $949 including gig bag + shipping. (Save $200)

Timing Not Right?

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!

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    

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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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Robin Masters with 2 Entrada Archtop Guitars

Quickly became my go-to guitar…

“I bought my first Entrada (Ruby) in October 2017, and it quickly became my go-to guitar.  It’s such a beauty with a nice round mellow tone, and a build quality I would’ve expected to pay a lot more for.  Its focus on playability is of the highest standard. On arrival, the setup was perfect after such a long journey, and it merely needed tweaking back in tune. It’s such a pleasure to play, with its low and light action.  It spent most of the year sat on its stand beside my chair where I could pick it up at will, and it often demands I do that. When I saw the launch video for the second generation Entradas, with their refinements, I knew I had to have one, and so I bought my second in October of this year (Port Wine), and I couldn’t be more pleased.  The Kent Armstrong Vintage 57 pickup, The Imperial style tuners and the extra fingerboard binding are welcome refinements to an already perfect instrument. Both models have far exceeded all my expectations of an entry level instrument. Thank you Robert for all your efforts and to all at Pinnacle for your professionalism and for making the purchase so easy” -Robin Masters – Swansea, United

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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

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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

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 »
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

Read More »
Robin Masters with 2 Entrada Archtop Guitars

Quickly became my go-to guitar…

“I bought my first Entrada (Ruby) in October 2017, and it quickly became my go-to guitar.  It’s such a beauty with a nice round mellow tone, and a build quality I would’ve expected to pay a lot more for.  Its focus on playability is of the highest standard. On arrival, the setup was perfect after such a long journey, and it merely needed tweaking back in tune. It’s such a pleasure to play, with its low and light action.  It spent most of the year sat on its stand beside my chair where I could pick it up at will, and it often demands I do that. When I saw the launch video for the second generation Entradas, with their refinements, I knew I had to have one, and so I bought my second in October of this year (Port Wine), and I couldn’t be more pleased.  The Kent Armstrong Vintage 57 pickup, The Imperial style tuners and the extra fingerboard binding are welcome refinements to an already perfect instrument. Both models have far exceeded all my expectations of an entry level instrument. Thank you Robert for all your efforts and to all at Pinnacle for your professionalism and for making the purchase so easy” -Robin Masters – Swansea, United

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!)