Conti Guitar Worldwide Owner Comments

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

Note: Items dated before October 2016 refer to the 1st generation Conti Guitar.

Shahin Baratpour - Ruby Red Entrada

Good resonance and sustain even unplugged

When my guitar arrived, it was extremely well-packed and arrived on time. The first thing I noticed when I opened the case—after the amazing color and finish top—was that the guitar was set up perfectly. The body vibrated and provided good resonance and sustain even unplugged. These are really great guitars, especially considering how affordable they are. When I played uninterrupted for an hour I didn’t experience any of the fret-hand fatigue I often encounter on a this kind of archtop. Excellent playability and sound, by the way I’ve received a specialized video made for me about the guitar and how it plays -now that’s what I call excellent customer service. I have owned many guitars, some 10 times more than what I paid for this guitar, but this one is a very special guitar, looking forward to take it on the road and studio. Plays like a dream, and

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Jerry Bloch holding is new Equity Series Heirloom Conti Archtop Guitar in Ruby Red Finish

Tested 15 other guitars

Just received my Heirloom guitar in Ruby Red. First, I have never purchased a guitar that I haven’t played before purchase. The Conti guitar met and exceeded my expectations! The neck is superb, the fit and finish are top notch. This is the quality you get when the Kwisatz Haderach of guitarists specs an instrument. I tested about 15 other guitars and Robert’s blew the others away! I tried a Gator case and the fit was off the Epiphone 335 case did the trick. – Jerry Bloch – Coconut Creek, FL

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James Dawson and his Ruby Red Conti Equity Archtop

I’ve not put it down since I got it

My name is James Dawson. I’ve been playing for over 50 years. Studied with Hank Mackie, Jimmy Foster, (who also built me 7 seven string guitars” They are unreal.) Emily Remler, and several more wonderful teachers. I’ve looked for one and could not find one. Long story short, mike called me back and they had found one “RUBY RED”. It looks like I could have gotten the last one that could be made. I do setups for a good many players in town. NEVER have I got a guitar in the mail that I didn’t have to reface some frets, etc.. This guitar came perfect. 4/64 on 12 fret and perfect. It has one of the very best feeling necks I’ve ever felt. Has a ebony fingerboard with a flat radius. The neck is very smooth and plays very fast. I’ve waited to write so I can really give you

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Bob Staszak with his Conti Equity Archtop Guitar

Fit and finish is incredible

My new Robert Conti guitar is so well balanced it is a pleasure to work with. The fit and finish is incredible, the set-up that was done prior to shipping is right on. The comfort of the size, playability and weight is a joy to work with. It has now become my go to guitar regardless of the type of affair I am working. A very important aspect is that I do not get any feedback from the guitar regardless at the volume I’m working with. This guitar rivals any high priced archtops on the market today. Bob Staszak – Mount Laurel, NJ

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Very deep sound even unplugged

Glad to tell you, I received my Conti’s Guitar this morning and I played the instrument right out of the box to see if everything was OK and all is perfect: an amazing instrument, light weight, easy to play, a very deep sound even unplugged. It has a very good sound and no fret buzz… and so, I am happy to receive this as a “gift from the travel gods!” I am proud to own this Conti Guitar which offers a such value for money. Having played classical guitar for many years, I discovered the world of the Jazz through Conti’s videos and now the pleasure to play on his guitar. MERCI and BRAVO to this great teacher Monsieur Conti and his N°1 team!

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My Second Conti Guitar…Fantastic Instrument

Norway Calling, again! I bought my second Conti Guitar! New Blonde, fantastic instrument. I got my first in 2009. Since then, the Conti Guitar became my main guitar. The new one is just as lovely as the first. They each have their character in sound. I highly recommend this instrument. I also have the pleasure of owning a Henriksen Jazz Amp. This amp works very well with this guitar. Recommend it highly. What is so good with the guitar? Well, it is incredibly easy to play. It has a lovely sound, not to mention quality from top to toe. It has a reverberation that is amazing. Intonation and mechanics is certainly on par with everything else of top quality. My Gibson ES-175 has not been in use since 2009. My first Conti Guitar has just gotten better and better. The timber does not crack, and the neck and body are

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Amazed at the action and playability

I am amazed that the action and playability of my new Conti Guitar is what it is. It is so much fun to play, I can’t put it down. When a guitar is easy to play, it encourages you to play more! It amazes me the value. I have spent a lot more money for guitars, and they did not play as well as my Conti. Thanks Robert for a great value!

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The sound — “music to my ears!”

Dear Mike, Ann, and Mr. Conti: Thank you so much for your wonderful products and service. I am in receipt of the beautiful Ruby Red, and am thrilled with it. I admit that I had anxiety about buying a guitar without first trying it out. A guitar is a major purchase for my budget, and I was fearful of contracting a case of the blues — buyer’s blues. My wife thought me crazy to worry about buying something from Robert Conti. She knows first-hand how many hours, days, years (Yikes! Time does fly when you’re having fun!) of education and entertainment your products have given me. Ruby arrived safe and sound. It is as gorgeous to behold as it is comfortable to hold. And the sound — “music to my ears!” I wish to thank Ann and Mike for their excellent customer service and kindness. Also, thank you so much

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This guitar elevated my playing immediately

It has been hard to wipe the smile off my face since I received the blonde Conti, so I pretty quickly decided to complement the blonde single-pickup with a sunburst double-pickup. I truly could not be happier with these guitars! I have owned some nice archtops and other electrics, but there was always something not quite to my satisfaction with tone, neck feel, etc. The Conti is just amazing in it’s tone, feel and playability. I put a couple of hours daily into practice time, and can honestly say that this guitar elevated my playing pretty much immediately. Thank you Robert and Mike for the most pleasant purchasing experience!

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John Monllos – Newport, Rhode Island

I played the Conti Guitar for the first time on a live gig this past Saturday and the audience noticed a difference in my tone. One person told me all of the notes ring out like a church bell and yet the overall sound of the guitar is warm and jazzy. The lead singer in my band immediately noticed how even the response is from the lowest note to the highest; he said he liked how “well balanced” the sound was from the guitar. My weekly gig lasts for four hours and the guitar is very comfortable to play for long periods of time. The action on this fine instrument is very easy on my left hand and that really makes a difference on a long gig. The guitar is very stable and stays in-tune really well. I have 4 gigs coming up this week and the Conti Guitar will

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Kwok-Wai Ng – Hong Kong

Just received my new Conti Guitar last night. It’s one of the most beautiful thing I’ve even seen, and it beats my Gibson ES-335 and Epiphone Broadway in every way. Being a small-handed player, it’s very hard to find a right guitar to play. The sound, design, hardware, finishing and craft are all in top-notch. Now, playing music with my new Ruby Red feels so effortless and enjoyable! I don’t think I can find any instrument with the same cost/performance value here in Hong Kong. Thanks again for providing such a great quality product for us.

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Adam Hinchliffe – Huddersfield, United Kingdom

What a beautiful way to start the day, a brand new Conti guitar, just perfect out of the box. This guitar sings beautifully like a church bell. I opened the box and I found two complimentary sets of strings, a chord melody DVD, a tuner and a beautiful velvet cushioned gig bag. The guys at RobertConti.com really know how to blow you away, first a great guitar (that I am finding hard to put down, poor neighbours) and then secondly they even went above and beyond throwing in some goodies I didn’t expect. Well, what can I say about the guitar? I have to say when first holding the guitar I lit up like a Christmas tree, as you can see on this picture. Robert plays these guitars before sending them out to make sure they are up to his standards and apparently he didn’t want to let this one

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Arnfinn Tangerud – Søgne, Norway

I am very happy for the Conti Guitar. It is amazing. It is a fantastic instrument and sounds perfect like I want it. The finish of the guitar is also perfect. I have have had many good guitars in my possession during my time as musician, but the Conti Guitar is really the best guitar I’ve ever played on. Thank you very much.

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Randy Klingbeil, Austin, Texas

My first impression of the Conti Guitar was that it was thoughtfully designed, very different from any other guitar out there. The combination of the full 17″ lower bout combined with the thin body makes it very comfortable for my right arm to rest on the guitar and the resulting neck position makes for ideal left hand low stress positioning. The construction materials and components are top notch as well. I love the position of the input jack, it’s right where you expect it be, the first try. Super nice gig bag as well. Great job on a terrific instrument that I expect will get a lot of playing time.

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Bruce Thomas – Lake Arrowhead, CA

Having recently purchased the Conti jazz guitar, I must say there is no equal. The innovative 24 fret neck challenges any jazz player to think beyond the traditional fretboard. The neck’s thin line construction gives the player an immediate fluid feel. Whether a flurry of notes or the strike of that unmistakable “blue note”, this guitar leaves you yearning for more. Warm tones, great action, and soft curves make this particular guitar potentially addictive. You won’t stop playing. Creativity will soar and passion will fill the air. People will notice that you are not just making music but making musical magic. Robert Conti clearly takes pride in his product. Materials and craftsmanship are of the highest quality. Articulate notation, strums, strikes, thumbing octaves and the like are so effortless on the Conti jazz guitar. My dollar investment will surely return 100 fold in terms of the sheer pleasure I will

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Mike Setunsky – Woodbridge, VA

I received my Conti Guitar the day before yesterday. I had to break away to write this because I’m having a hard time putting it down. The guitar is “as advertised” and much, much more. I was a little hesitant about buying a guitar sight unseen, but Mike was very helpful and took the time to answer all my questions to my satisfaction. Thanks Mike! I tweaked the tuning and it was ready to go right out of the box. The guitar is flawless, plays like a dream and far exceeds my expectations. The action on this guitar is unbelievable. I own seven guitars by leading guitar manufacturers and none of them played like this guitar out of the box. It looks, plays and sounds better than guitars at twice the price. The Conti Guitar is easily going to become my favorite guitar!

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Will Kriski – Sackville, Canada

I just received my Blonde Conti Equity Edition guitar. All I can say is wow, what a beauty! It arrived lightning fast, just a few days from the time of order, and played like a dream right out of the box! A work of fine craftsmanship from the solid spruce top, solid maple sides & back, to the Mother of Pearl/Abalone inlays and gold finish hardware. Then, when I started playing it, another couple of pleasant surprises: the action was already set nice and low just the way I like it, making it easy to play and the cutaway provides easy access to all 24 frets. Thank you Robert Conti, for creating such a quality instrument that I will enjoy every day for years to come!

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Tim Cornelius – Chandler, AZ

My new Conti Guitar arrived today (Saturday) as planned and it looks and plays GREAT! I love it and it’s everything you said it would be. Here is a photo taken in my home music studio with the new Conti Guitar and the Henriksen JazzAmp 112. I love both and I appreciate your help and support with all the products I have purchased thus far. Thank Mr. Conti for providing such great educational materials. I reflect back to my early days when I first started playing guitar at 8 years old. My teacher taught me what he called melody chord arrangements which I still remember and can play today. However, he never explained why these chords were chosen for the melody, and now, after studying The Chord Melody Assembly Line and The Formula, much of this is coming into full view for me. Thanks also for the complimentary DVDs. As

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Paul Pitt – San Diego, CA

Out of the box, the Conti is bright and jazzy (makes you feel good) not screechy like a rock guitar. The guitar is fast, low flat action, none of the usual buzzing from having been shipped and very easy to play. The frets have a nice feel and are easy on your fingers. What you play is what you get, even quickly when you change chords with each beat. Being solid wood makes it more tonal. In other words, the pickup is not the only thing affecting the tonal result. I got that as soon as I started playing it. The Ruby Red finish is awesome. Breathtaking, including the gold accessories. The gig bag is also nice. So there I sit with an awesome guitar in my lap, perfectly designed to play jazz. No matter what I learn or become, this guitar will be at that level. It is a

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Philippe with his Conti Entrada Archtop Guitar

Passion more than business…

Comments on Pre-Ship Video https://youtu.be/neBbjQk_m5Y A big thank you for this very long video for my new guitar. What a pleasure to see you play it. Thanks also for all your very detailed explanations. I see that your passion is really intact and it confirms to me that I made the right choice. Fedex announces a delivery next Monday in the evening and I can not wait to receive it. I would love to record a video clip in response to your attention, as well as some pictures. Another big thank you and especially for your final medley in tribute to this French music that you like (I also like Francis Lai and Michel Legrand who left us recently). See you soon, I’ll have fun with this guitar, I’m sure! Wishing you the best for the future! Comments After Receipt of Entrada Hi Robert and Steve, thank you very much

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Like a kid before Christmas

Love the video! Robert is so kind and generous as a teacher and I really have enjoyed his lessons. What a wonderful introduction to my new guitar! My family watched the video too and we are all so excited for it to arrive on Monday! I am like a kid right before Christmas! Thanks again, to you and Robert and all the folks who made this guitar possible for me! Cynthia Zarsky – Fernandina Beach, FL

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Larry Zumwalt with Conti Heirloom Archtop Guitar

I Love This Guitar!

Happy 4th of July 2019 to all of you Conti Guitar players from an El Dorado County California Combat Infantry Veteran! I call my new baby My Little Blonde. She will never sound as good as she did when Mr. Conti played her and sent me my video, but I’ll give her my best effort as she is my main axe from now on. She plays like butter and the pickups sound fantastic. I am not a real jazzer, so I needed the two-pickup model for my vocal backup and solo act. I play a variety of clean old jazz standards like Ain’t Misbehavin, Country, Country Rock, Rockabilly and Classic Rock and Roll. I needed a clean jazz guitar going direct into the amp along with the ability to get the other sounds when jamming or gigging with others. I’m mostly into chords and rhythm for backing up my vocals

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Looks and feels great

Yes, ‘Bob’ arrived Friday, nice! Loved the intro video, thank Robert for us. My wife Claire watched it with me, and was impressed with his passion for music, the instruments, and the people. Guitar looks and feels great. The nice grain on the top looks like a spruce cap, is that the case? Also, I have to report a dissatisfaction in playability. I don’t know if the guitar could be faulty? I find in life that effort is usually rewarded, however, when I play I don’t seem to be making any effort, but still the sound comes out, I don’t understand 😉 Will contact next week, with photo to follow. Steven Essery – Umina Beach, Australia

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Nick Weakley with his new left handed Port Wine Conti Entrada Guitar

Everything I could want out of a guitar…

“Whilst I am very much a late starter and a beginner with guitars I have very rapidly come to love the quality and feel of a guitar. Therefore although still learning to play and gain a limited amount of skill I am fortunate to have a few good guitars so I cannot ever blame the tools I am using. My new Entrada has everything I could want out of a guitar, quality, looks, it exudes passion and musicality – I just hope that it can turn me into something similar!! The Entrada is the first guitar which has sounded like a jazz guitar from the very first touch. Love it! It plays and feels just right, lovely action, smooth and proportioned neck makes it easy to get the fingering positions. Thank you (Mike), and obviously Robert Conti as well, for my personalised video showing my new guitar. It was great

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Everything I had been looking for

After receiving his personalized pre-ship video Robert, I continue to be blown away by your organization each time we interact. I recall a few years back when I called your company with a couple of questions and YOU answered the phone and we chatted for 15 – 20 minutes. That was very gracious of you and something I knew I would never forget. Well, you have taken things even further with this video. You define personalization and customer service and so many businesses should sit up and see how you do things…we would all be better off for it. Thank you so much. Yes it has been a few years since we did some business together. And I am grateful that you never took me off your mailing list. The email a couple days ago with the Entrada offer hit me just at the right time. You see, I own

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Lou Cicconi with his Conti Equity Archtop

Super sweet machine…

“My Conti Equity is a super sweet machine. It’s kinda like a Byrdland with one pickup. Being a big old guy, the big boxes, though I have several, are sometimes uncomfortable. This fits much better. And at 17″, with great wood (I might add) it doesn’t sound bad at all acoustic. Too bad an American equivalent would probably cost around $5,000.00 or more.” -Lou Cicconi – Odessa, NY

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This thing is flawless and perfect!

I got hold of my Conti Entrada guitar just this evening when I arrived home from my workplace in New York. I let the package acclimate for a few hours before opening it and unwrapping the guitar. This thing looks gorgeous! I played it for almost 2 hours and really enjoyed the feel and playability. What can i say… this thing is flawless and perfect! I’m happy to have this guitar and would be my companion for a very long time. I’m also pleased and inspired to see Robert’s video with his jazz rendition of some of my favorite tunes along with his instructions on the care and maintenance of the guitar. Thank you Robert Conti! Lenito S. – Livingston, NJ

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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

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