Conti Guitar Worldwide Owner Comments

Enjoy this sampling of photos and commentaries from owners of Conti Guitars around the world. 

Layout and playability are first rate… (video)

“I purchased my Conti Entrada used about a year ago. I was looking for a smaller body archtop, and it fit the bill. I quickly discovered what an excellent guitar they are to play. In addition to being so ergonomically copasetic, with a 16″ shallow body, the layout and playability are first rate. Perhaps the best aspect is the tone. While a thinner body obviously won’t deliver the same degree of low end as a deeper body, you don’t miss it. It has enhanced clarity across all frequencies without sacrificing warmth. They sound even better plugged in – where the tone really comes to life. They are easy to play and exceptionally responsive instruments, as well as well built and pleasing to the eye. All this at a remarkably low price, given what you get. I will be experimenting with the ebony bridge, but can definitely commend the balanced projection

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Tony Drake, Las Vegas, NV (R.I.P.)

A 2024 Birthday Wish from Tony’s Wife, Lisa Gay To the Sweetest Man I have ever known, “Happy Heavenly Birthday to my Tony Drake”! Yes!! Not to mention one of thee most respected Session and Touring Guitarists in our Music Business for 54 years!! Tony was the driving force for me to return to my singing and record our debut CD “Watch What Happens” with Mark Cargill and Greg Cook that took us on a journey that has me “Smilin” and so Grateful to this Day! Whether you knew him as Family, Acquaintance, Friend, “Fishing Buddy”, Brother, fellow “Musician Cat”, or simply enjoyed listening to his Special Style of playing Classic R&B, Jazz, Blues, Pop n’ Rock on recordings or Live, you can be assured that “Mr. Big Stuff” is watching from above while eating his “Popcorn” and cheering us all on with the Best that is yet to come:-)I

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A smiling James Burke with his twin Kent Armstrong pickup Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar in the beautiful Port Wine finish, featuring the Midnight Package upgrade

Plays so smoothly…Outstanding Customer Service

My Conti Entrada plays so smoothly and is so BEAUTIFUL too. Thank you for providing outstanding customer service. Including the personalized video of Robert Conti playing my actual guitar was so SPECIAL. No other guitar company has ever provided this HIGHLY INDIVIDUALIZED customer service. This was one of the best online guitar purchases that I’ve ever made. Thanks Mike for answering all of my questions and assisting with my patience during the building and processing period. I am now a PROUD owner of a CONTI GUITAR!! James P. Burke III Accokeek, Maryland, USA

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Protean purchased 3 Conti archtops since 2009!

A much-needed dream come true…

2024 – 2 Entrada Archtop Guitars Wonderful guitars. I call them my “fraternal twins”. Both of my Robert Conti designed guitars play magnificently, and carry the sound of a full size electrified arch top with the amazing dual Kent Armstrong pickups, Fantastic workmanship. They are both stunning beauties. One cannot go wrong with purchasing such a guitar that is in the superlative. The best design of a guitar that has ever existed, a much-needed dream come true for the working, professional guitarist, or hobbyist. A special thank-you goes out to Robert Conti, for the videos showing these guitars in action, as well as Mike, and Steve for all their help and correspondence regarding my purchases of these very fine guitars. Plus, all the course materials that I have purchased over the years are available on the site to all who want to improve their improvisational skills. 2009 – Equity Model

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Steve Scheller with his natural blonde Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar

Love the guitar and its playability…

Buyer Assurance Video Let me just say, wow. I knew that I was going to receive a personalized video, but I must say that I am very impressed with the care and time put into this, as well as the values and integrity that Bob and the company have shown toward delivering this instrument to me. For him to refer to my prior emails, many of which were years ago, was very kind and considerate and relevant. I was grinning ear to ear watching the video of Bob playing what was his guitar and what will soon be mine when it arrives tomorrow. It’s a pure delight to hear Bob play. As I mentioned, in a prior email, I played an Entrada last week, and I was amazed at how well it played. I was visiting a buddy in Minnesota and we saw one used in a store. I was

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Howard Jao sits with his new Conti Entrada in Port Wine, 15 inch body

Gorgeous and comfortable to play…

I’ve already got my new Entrada Guitar (15 inch) I love it, it’s gorgeous and comfortable to play I love the Port Wine color with gold finger tailpiece. Also I want to thank your Support and Service Staff; they are great, always informing me of the status of my purchase. When I saw your Entrada guitar demo in Youtube, I said I gotta have one.  Also I’m amazed seeing you play those lines; it’s heavy stuff and watching your other videos I become interested when you said you can learn jazz by playing jazz, no modes and scales. And that’s why I also purchase some of your book and DVD products. I have a lot of jazz instructional books and DVDs that I purchase until now, I don’t know how to apply it in jazz songs. Base on my experience studying the Robert Conti books and DVDs, (although I’m still

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Mr. Vaugn with his gently used first generation Conti Equity archtop!

This IS the guitar of one’s dreams…

First, the punch line: After a month I’ve concluded that this guitar is not a substitute, surrogate, or compromise for that more expensive jazz box that one longs for and cannot afford. This IS the guitar of one’s dreams. I’ll be as brief as I can. I have many guitars. But no real jazz guitars. I don’t play much jazz, but sometimes want to go there, and somehow my .strandberg* just isn’t right. I try to stay away from retail stores because there is ALWAYS something that catches my eye. But, I needed a set of strings and since I was near a store, I stopped by. As usual, I looked at used wall. There was nothing interesting. Walk away. Quickly. But… what’s that? Needing a ladder to get to it, there was a red wine archtop high on the wall. Conti? What’s a Conti? I’d never heard of them.

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Berry in Switzerland stands proudly with his beautiful new Sunburst Conti Entrada archtop thin body jazz guitar

Guitar indeed plays like a dream (Switzerland)

Dear good – sorry: BEST – people at Conti Guitars, I would like to thank you all very much again – the Entrada guitar was delivered today in best order, shape & form. Sincere thanks for all your advice, support and time. Thank you also very much, Mr. Conti, for the splendid video – I don’t match your heights in expertise but am making up for it with a loving touch! The guitar indeed plays like a dream, the reviews did not lie, not a single bit! You have a new fan across the Atlantic in Switzerland and I will make sure to spread your name & artful work here. Warm regards, I‘ll stay in touch hopefully 🙏 -Berry Kralj – Wettingen, Switzerland

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Anthony in the UK gives a big thumbs up to his new slim body Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar in Port Wine finish

Acoustic sound is amazing…very playable

Just received my new Robert Conti Entrada via FedEx, a day ahead of schedule, within four days from America; great service and beautifully packed, perfect condition – real credit to Robert and his boys. It’s an absolute beauty! For a slimline, the acoustic sound is amazing in terms of clarity and tone. Very playable and highly recommended; wonderful value for money. -Anthony Gilsenan – Ashington, UK

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Peppino stands proudly with his TWO left handed Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitars!

Finest guitar I’ve played in all the years…

My Conti Entrada archtop will most likely be the finest guitar I’ve played in all the years I’ve been playing. Left handed guitars are a scarce commodity; I’ve had my Gibsons, D’Angelicos, Epiphones, etc etc,… but NONE play better than my Robert Conti Entrada right out of the box, I’ve never set it up – it’s “perfect” as it is. No need to get technical, I’m just enjoying to play it. They play and sound as beautiful as they are crafted. Grazii mille mille signore Conti! Ottima chitarra questa è!  (Thank you very much Mr. Conti! This is a great guitar!) Peppino Bianco – Chicago, IL

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Alfie Dean of the UK in live performance with his Sunburst Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar

Insane set up and action (video)

“The guitar plays effortlessly, the slim neck and articulate Kent Armstrong pickup make for a guitar that practically plays itself. All this is nothing without the insane set up and action on this model – Mr. Conti wasn’t lying when he said this is as good as it gets! I couldn’t be more pleased with this guitar and the service! Ordering American guitars to the UK can be a lot of stress, especially when it’s a guitar you haven’t tried out, but the whole Conti team treats you like family and the family feel alongside the quality of their instruments and extremely reasonable prices is something really special!” – Alfie Dean, United Kingdom @_alfiedean See a short video clip of Alfie playing his Entrada:  

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David Martin proudly shows his new Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar in Sunburst finish

Comparable to the xxx priced over $7,000

Robert, thanks for the time you spent with my new guitar. I really like what you played, and the introduction to the instrument is really appreciated. The guitar arrived today and it is simply beautiful. Fit and finish outstanding. It really sounds good and plays amazing. Tone through my Fishman Loudbox 100 with all EQ at 12:00 is classic, and with a very nice slight edge. The combination of design and sonic engineering on the tail piece is genius on both counts. A beautiful instrument. My mandolin and 000 model guitar are lifetime instruments, and out of the box the Conti immediately earned the same designation. I’ll be leaving this to a child or grandchild. I think a comparison to xxx and xxx is certain to find the Conti on top. I think it is very favorably comparable to the xxx priced over $7,000. My very nice L5 copy is

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Alex takes a moment to show his new Port Wine Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar featuring the exquisite gold finger tailpiece.

By far the easiest and most enjoyable to play… (France)

Guitar delivered to Var, France, in just one week after ordering, without any damage or unpleasant surprises. It only took a few days for me to get used to it. I adjusted it to my liking, removed the pickguard for aesthetic reasons since I play without a pick, and put on flat wound strings that I am accustomed to using. I own several guitars, and this one is by far the easiest and most enjoyable to play, especially for jazz. Very low action, fast neck, surprising sustain, beautiful aesthetics, and lightweight – you can play it at home without an amplifier. The exclusivity of the marketing made me apprehensive about buying a guitar online from the USA without trying it, but I am convinced that I made a good choice and hope to keep it for a long time. The guitar was accompanied by a very informative video from Mr.

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Jack Marchewka joins the Two Conti Club with the acquisition of his second Entrada archtop jazz guitar!

Everything I Expected

Second Entrada: June 8, 2023 When you purchase a guitar online without actually seeing or playing it, you take your chances. After buying my blonde Conti Entrada guitar, I knew what to expect. Once again, I received an excellent guitar and outstanding customer service. My new Port Wine Conti Entrada is everything I expected, and it sounds as beautiful as it looks. The guitar came set up perfectly. The intonations were spot on and the action was as low as I could possibly want it. Even though I now have two Entradas, there are some subtle differences that give each guitar a unique feel and voice. This time I ordered the hard shell case to control humidity, and I am very happy with its quality. It’s always a pleasure to receive a video of Robert Conti playing YOUR guitar before it’s shipped. For me, it adds to the whole customer

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Fausto Allosada on the gig with his beautiful left handed Entrada archtop jazz guitar

Beautiful guitar which sounds exquisite

This picture was taken by a waitress where I gigged last night. 🌙  I’ve already purchased about 10 or so guitars in the past, but Robert Conti’s marketing practice for getting such a uniquely beautiful guitar which sounds exquisite is the best I’ve experienced ever! I was happily stunned with the complimentary items that came with order. No musical outlet ever offered anything remotely close. With every purchase that I made in the past, I was forced to accept a hard case that came with the guitar, which resulted in having to buy a gig bag. Buying your excellent guitar actually saved me an additional $300.00 by gifting me your complimentary items. I’m very pleased and satisfied with my beautiful and easy playing left handed Conti Entrada guitar! Although I’m old (83) and started late in life playing the guitar, I’m so glad that I ran across your guitar and

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Mike Coile sits proudly with his brand new Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar in Port Wine finish

Everything has been first class…

Wow! Where to start? First of all she is a sweet girl with a beautiful voice. From the start, customer service has been great. From my follow up from Steve to my internet inquiry, to Mike’s help in the purchase process, and to the follow up and the interactions with Robert, everything has been First Class. It took me an hour or so of fiddling with the guitar knobs and my amplifier, and suddenly she found her voice. Robert was so right about the pickup. It does almost know where I’m going and it’s forcing me to be a little more correct in my technique. No more goofing around and sloppy chords. Mike Coile – Seattle, WA Area

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Dave poses with his beautiful new Port Wine Lefty Conti Entrada Archtop Jazz Guitar

Found the perfect electric guitar…(UK)

The superb Conti Entrada was received extremely well packaged through FedEx International ahead of schedule. The supplied gig bag provided a safe and secure environment and the guitar was revealed in perfect condition. Once tuned, the Entrada played perfectly, no adjustment was needed to the intonation or playing action. The fret ends and fingerboard were exquisitely finished as was the tailpiece and headstock. A nice touch is the volute on the reverse of the join between the headstock and the neck. A sign of a quality instrument. The body finish is perfect with the stain revealing the attractive grain through the lacquer. Played acoustically, the tone is rich, consistent and surprisingly loud, very satisfying! Plugged in to a Roland Jazz Chorus combo, using the clean channel with no effects, there is a charming, well rounded acoustic feel which is perfect for the music I currently play (jazz vocal/guitar duo –

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Lonnie Smith takes a moment to pose with his TWO Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitars

Far superior to a $5,000 archtop I sold…

Beauty, playability, consistency, quality and value all describe my two Conti Entradas perfectly, but not completely. The purchasing process was undoubtedly the most customer focused experience I’ve ever encountered (for any product purchase I’ve ever made). From working with Steve in finalizing the guitar options, Mike on the supply/shipping/delivery side, and finally Robert and his incredibly enjoyable and personal videos; just an outstanding effort by a highly professional team that places the customer first. They are the finest guitars I’ve ever owned (far superior to a $5,000 archtop I recently sold). The craftsmanship and value of the Entrada make me question why anyone would purchase anything other than a Conti Guitar. I’m also about a third through the Source Code family of videos and Robert’s instruction is concise, insightful and highly enjoyable; a tremendous teacher without peer. My sincere thanks to the great Conti Team! Lonnie Smith – Canada Additional

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David already putting his gorgeous Port Wine Conti Entrada archtop guitar to use on a classy gig!

Wonderful instrument, superb buying experience

Meet David Skinner, A Class Act! As with all things Conti, my new Entrada arrived on time, and the day after I watched the video of Robert ‘leading by example’ on it. As I got more used to the fingerboard and the balance of the instrument, my thought was that it plays itself! Notes just fly off. The tone is acoustic and warm, and the pickup worked great through my studio board (Audient preamp into a UA Apollo). I’ll use my Bose L1 compact at a gig tomorrow night…can’t wait! Thanks for a wonderful instrument and a superb buying experience. David Jack “Dave” Skinner – College Station, TX Songwriter. Composer. Entertainer. davidjackskinner.com

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Layout and playability are first rate… (video)

“I purchased my Conti Entrada used about a year ago. I was looking for a smaller body archtop, and it fit the bill. I quickly discovered what an excellent guitar they are to play. In addition to being so ergonomically copasetic, with a 16″ shallow body, the layout and playability are first rate. Perhaps the best aspect is the tone. While a thinner body obviously won’t deliver the same degree of low end as a deeper body, you don’t miss it. It has enhanced clarity across all frequencies without sacrificing warmth. They sound even better plugged in – where the tone really comes to life. They are easy to play and exceptionally responsive instruments, as well as well built and pleasing to the eye. All this at a remarkably low price, given what you get. I will be experimenting with the ebony bridge, but can definitely commend the balanced projection

Read More »

Tony Drake, Las Vegas, NV (R.I.P.)

A 2024 Birthday Wish from Tony’s Wife, Lisa Gay To the Sweetest Man I have ever known, “Happy Heavenly Birthday to my Tony Drake”! Yes!! Not to mention one of thee most respected Session and Touring Guitarists in our Music Business for 54 years!! Tony was the driving force for me to return to my singing and record our debut CD “Watch What Happens” with Mark Cargill and Greg Cook that took us on a journey that has me “Smilin” and so Grateful to this Day! Whether you knew him as Family, Acquaintance, Friend, “Fishing Buddy”, Brother, fellow “Musician Cat”, or simply enjoyed listening to his Special Style of playing Classic R&B, Jazz, Blues, Pop n’ Rock on recordings or Live, you can be assured that “Mr. Big Stuff” is watching from above while eating his “Popcorn” and cheering us all on with the Best that is yet to come:-)I

Read More »
A smiling James Burke with his twin Kent Armstrong pickup Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar in the beautiful Port Wine finish, featuring the Midnight Package upgrade

Plays so smoothly…Outstanding Customer Service

My Conti Entrada plays so smoothly and is so BEAUTIFUL too. Thank you for providing outstanding customer service. Including the personalized video of Robert Conti playing my actual guitar was so SPECIAL. No other guitar company has ever provided this HIGHLY INDIVIDUALIZED customer service. This was one of the best online guitar purchases that I’ve ever made. Thanks Mike for answering all of my questions and assisting with my patience during the building and processing period. I am now a PROUD owner of a CONTI GUITAR!! James P. Burke III Accokeek, Maryland, USA

Read More »
Protean purchased 3 Conti archtops since 2009!

A much-needed dream come true…

2024 – 2 Entrada Archtop Guitars Wonderful guitars. I call them my “fraternal twins”. Both of my Robert Conti designed guitars play magnificently, and carry the sound of a full size electrified arch top with the amazing dual Kent Armstrong pickups, Fantastic workmanship. They are both stunning beauties. One cannot go wrong with purchasing such a guitar that is in the superlative. The best design of a guitar that has ever existed, a much-needed dream come true for the working, professional guitarist, or hobbyist. A special thank-you goes out to Robert Conti, for the videos showing these guitars in action, as well as Mike, and Steve for all their help and correspondence regarding my purchases of these very fine guitars. Plus, all the course materials that I have purchased over the years are available on the site to all who want to improve their improvisational skills. 2009 – Equity Model

Read More »
Steve Scheller with his natural blonde Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar

Love the guitar and its playability…

Buyer Assurance Video Let me just say, wow. I knew that I was going to receive a personalized video, but I must say that I am very impressed with the care and time put into this, as well as the values and integrity that Bob and the company have shown toward delivering this instrument to me. For him to refer to my prior emails, many of which were years ago, was very kind and considerate and relevant. I was grinning ear to ear watching the video of Bob playing what was his guitar and what will soon be mine when it arrives tomorrow. It’s a pure delight to hear Bob play. As I mentioned, in a prior email, I played an Entrada last week, and I was amazed at how well it played. I was visiting a buddy in Minnesota and we saw one used in a store. I was

Read More »
Howard Jao sits with his new Conti Entrada in Port Wine, 15 inch body

Gorgeous and comfortable to play…

I’ve already got my new Entrada Guitar (15 inch) I love it, it’s gorgeous and comfortable to play I love the Port Wine color with gold finger tailpiece. Also I want to thank your Support and Service Staff; they are great, always informing me of the status of my purchase. When I saw your Entrada guitar demo in Youtube, I said I gotta have one.  Also I’m amazed seeing you play those lines; it’s heavy stuff and watching your other videos I become interested when you said you can learn jazz by playing jazz, no modes and scales. And that’s why I also purchase some of your book and DVD products. I have a lot of jazz instructional books and DVDs that I purchase until now, I don’t know how to apply it in jazz songs. Base on my experience studying the Robert Conti books and DVDs, (although I’m still

Read More »
Mr. Vaugn with his gently used first generation Conti Equity archtop!

This IS the guitar of one’s dreams…

First, the punch line: After a month I’ve concluded that this guitar is not a substitute, surrogate, or compromise for that more expensive jazz box that one longs for and cannot afford. This IS the guitar of one’s dreams. I’ll be as brief as I can. I have many guitars. But no real jazz guitars. I don’t play much jazz, but sometimes want to go there, and somehow my .strandberg* just isn’t right. I try to stay away from retail stores because there is ALWAYS something that catches my eye. But, I needed a set of strings and since I was near a store, I stopped by. As usual, I looked at used wall. There was nothing interesting. Walk away. Quickly. But… what’s that? Needing a ladder to get to it, there was a red wine archtop high on the wall. Conti? What’s a Conti? I’d never heard of them.

Read More »
Berry in Switzerland stands proudly with his beautiful new Sunburst Conti Entrada archtop thin body jazz guitar

Guitar indeed plays like a dream (Switzerland)

Dear good – sorry: BEST – people at Conti Guitars, I would like to thank you all very much again – the Entrada guitar was delivered today in best order, shape & form. Sincere thanks for all your advice, support and time. Thank you also very much, Mr. Conti, for the splendid video – I don’t match your heights in expertise but am making up for it with a loving touch! The guitar indeed plays like a dream, the reviews did not lie, not a single bit! You have a new fan across the Atlantic in Switzerland and I will make sure to spread your name & artful work here. Warm regards, I‘ll stay in touch hopefully 🙏 -Berry Kralj – Wettingen, Switzerland

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Anthony in the UK gives a big thumbs up to his new slim body Conti Entrada archtop jazz guitar in Port Wine finish

Acoustic sound is amazing…very playable

Just received my new Robert Conti Entrada via FedEx, a day ahead of schedule, within four days from America; great service and beautifully packed, perfect condition – real credit to Robert and his boys. It’s an absolute beauty! For a slimline, the acoustic sound is amazing in terms of clarity and tone. Very playable and highly recommended; wonderful value for money. -Anthony Gilsenan – Ashington, UK

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