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Entrada Archtop Guitar
James K. - North Dakota, USA
I’d buy another down the road...

August 2017 - After Receiving First Guitar (Blonde)

Robert, I just wanted you to know I have been enjoying your guitar. I had a particularly nice time when I took it to get adjusted today. Thank you so very much for the guitar, and for all the inspiration you’ve given me along the way!!! You’re a class act, and I appreciate everything you’ve shared with me along the way. Be well, and I hope this finds you in good health.

Two Weeks Later

I didn’t want to give blind comments, so after spending plenty of time getting to know my Conti, here are the best comments I can give. Great looking guitar, neck and fretboard feel really good. Took a couple tries to learn how to string, but now that I’m used to it, I love that. A lot actually. Pickup and electronics have a lot of snap, very much so. Easy to dial tone in. Great choice on those. Tuners are nice and responsive. Love the ebony accoutrements. Very classy. I also love the gold hardware. Only one thing I could suggest for improvement: hard to get a strap on the bottom with the tailpiece. Probably supposed to be that way. I just play it sitting, so I don’t use a strap anyway. Great guitar!!! Thanks so much Robert!!!

2.5 Years Later

Robert, I wanted to give you some honest feedback now that I’ve spent plenty of time with my guitar. Tone is fantastic through both solid state and tube amps. Hardware is holding up very well. Took me a few tries to get used to stringing with that style tailpiece. Grown to love it. Stays in tune very, very well. I was a little worried with the temp and humidity changes here. No type of wear or cracking to the wood after this amount of time. Very solid. I use an Oasis case humidifier. Fretboard is terrific, very smooth, no signs of wear. Very, very infrequent adjusting is necessary. Case is one of the nicest gig bags I’ve ever used or seen. Holding up well. I really like the shape of the neck. Fits well in my hand. Many thanks, and know it’s being played and properly loved. I’d buy another down the road.

November 2022 - Second Entrada (Port Wine)

Letting you know the package arrived with no damage over the weekend. Plays beautifully. Looks great. Sounds terrific.

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Ralph Bowe - Columbia, MD USA
You’d Be Smiling Too…

…if you were holding this beautiful instrument. My Entrada is exactly what I was looking for in a new guitar. Great tone, easy to play, gorgeous, and affordable. Pictures don’t do it justice – the combination of the Port Wine finish, gold hardware and inlays is stunning. I selected the dual pickup version, where I can dial the Entrada to either a smooth jazz sound or a more bluesy and even country style. It’s also much lighter than my previous semi-hollow archtop, which helps in how easy and fun it is to handle. Mr. Conti’s video showed that my Entrada performs beyond anything I’ll be able to pull from it. I want to thank him, Mike and Steve for all of the great customer support they provide, both in the purchase of the guitar and for the courses available from the Robert Conti website. If you’re looking for a great jazz guitar that’s both elegant looking and a joy to play, get an Entrada – and then you’ll be smiling too!

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Eugene Albrecht - Rotonda West, FL
Struck gold with this guitar...

Received my Entrada yesterday! Wow! What a great guitar! I love it! The look the action and sound without an amp is incredible. I’d say I’ve struck gold with this guitar. From the personalization, the video to receiving this excellent looking and sounding guitar. I’ve never received a guitar I can play without a setup. You are one special man helping me achieve my last goal in life, to be a jazz musician. Your luthiers have done a fantastic job creating this valuable instrument for me. I feel very special having this incredible instrument. I look forward in the lessons you have provided for me.

I finally found an instructor and not just a scale

It's nice to find an instructor who understands that practice doesn't have to be boring!

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Randy Allred - Bellingham, WA
Best I've ever played...

"I've been playing my gorgeous new Conti Entrada for a couple of weeks now, and I'm convinced it's the best-playing guitar I've ever owned, maybe the best I've ever played. The combination of the Ebony fingerboard, perfect fret size, and the amazing attention paid to the fretwork, all lend a sure feel to the fingers, instantly evident in difficult passages. The setup was terrific, including the perfectly slotted nut. On top of it all, the guitar is so beautiful. Buying was a remarkable experience—the commitment to excellence and personal attention this company provides is unmatched in the business world. Kudos to everyone!"

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Charles Perry - Findlay, Ohio
Better than the most expensive guitars…

Totally Responsive Sellers and Excellent Guitars!!! These guitars are just as good if not better than the most expensive guitars you could buy!!!

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Vol. 2 Rhythm Changes
Everton Armstrong
Very grateful.

This very informative to me. I been playing for many years and have always have hinderances in some areas of my playing, but I am thinking this is gonna free me up. Your videos have already open up mine eyes to great possibilities. Thanks for your instructional videos.

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So, You Asked, Who Is This Conti Guy?

The 1960s

Robert Conti was born in South Philadelphia, an area that has produced a respectable number of great musicians including many legendary string players. His interest in jazz guitar began in 1958 at the age of twelve. With the exception of a brief period of lessons from Philly guitar virtuoso, Joe Sgro, Conti is a self taught musician. However, he is quick to credit Sgro as pointing him in the right direction.

In his early teen years, he began playing six-night engagements in a variety of show groups in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area, and spending his summers on the road. After graduating high school, Conti spent the next three years performing throughout the United States and Canada with a variety of show groups out of the Philly area.

While traveling to Philly after a Miami Beach engagement in 1965, Conti made an impromptu visit to a relative in Jacksonville, Florida. After three years of constant traveling, he was enticed by the beaches and Florida’s relaxed lifestyle. That intended brief visit was the beginning of Conti’s twenty-two-year residency in North Florida. During the next four years, he maintained a full teaching schedule and seized every opportunity to play jazz in North Florida.

The 1970s

In 1970, a series of extremely unusual circumstances thrust Conti into the securities business. During the following six years, Conti’s talents as an account executive flourished, as he amassed a host of coveted financial industry awards for unparalleled business achievements. In fact, Conti is credited as the mastermind of a highly sophisticated business strategy that produced over five hundred million dollars of windfall profits to a publicly held Florida company. Additionally, he advanced the concept of the financial supermarket as early as 1974. Needless to say, lofty achievements that are inconsistent with the typical personality profile of an artist/jazz musician.

By late 1975, the time demands of the high tension business of stock trading had created a major void in his life. That void was the absence of his music. Having attained all of his personal goals in the corporate arena, and no longer enamored by corporate financial trappings, he decided to trade his three piece suits and return to music. In early 1976, he resumed teaching students, and focused his effort on regaining his previous technical facility. In May of 1979, he recorded two albums for the L.A. based Discovery record label. The results of those first recordings were a clear indication that Conti had indeed regained his technical facility

The 1980s

Several albums followed on the Discovery/Trend labels through the 1980s, including a 1981 guest appearance as a featured artist on the extraordinary arranger/conductor Gerald Wilson’s “Orchestra Of The Eighties” – an album that featured an all-star roster of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians. He was also featured on one side of “The Living Legends” – an album with the late Joe Pass.

In the early part of 1982, a business associate persuaded Conti to participate in a short-term business venture. However, being cautious not to abandon music because of the extreme time demands of the business world, he managed to maintain a minimal performing schedule. As 1985 drew to a close, he chose to focus all of his time to performing and writing music. In 1986, Conti began performing in the Southeast, including a performance as a headliner at the prestigious Florida National Jazz Festival, where his sidemen included jazz giants, Jimmy McGriff on organ, and Nick Brignola on baritone sax.

In the latter part of that year, he was invited to perform at a jazz festival in Southern California, where he made an acquaintance with a music fan who was an executive with Beverly Hills film producer, Dino De Laurentiis. Two years later, that casual acquaintance resulted in Conti accepting a position with the De Laurentiis organization. In the summer of 1988, Conti relocated to Irvine, California, a pristine and affluent community just south of Los Angeles. Shortly after his relocation, he had the misfortune of a serious injury from an office accident that required months of extensive medical treatment. 

Upon partial recovery from the injury, Conti decided to resume his musical activity instead of returning to the De Laurentiis organization.

The 1990s

I first became aware of Robert Conti in early 1990, as the Southern California grapevine was continuously buzzing about a “monstrous guitarist” when Conti began that hotel gig. In fact, I heard so much talk that I decided to drive up to Irvine from San Diego to hear and draw my own conclusions. Upon entering the hotel, I immediately heard loud applause from a lobby audience that included business executives and the usual cadre of guitarists absorbing every note. Within the first five minutes of my arrival, it was apparent that everything I had heard about this musician was true. In the midst of this bustling business hotel, here was a solo guitarist whose technical prowess had an audience spellbound! When questioned later that evening, as to his early influences, he quickly cited Johnny Smith, Wes Montgomery and Howard Roberts as his heroes. Those influences were readily apparent, as his playing tastefully merges the stylistic trademarks of those super players into another fresh voice.

At the end of his performance, I introduced myself and asked if would be interested in doing an album for my newly formed Time Is record label. Conti responded, “Yes, only if I don’t have to travel. This gig is tantamount to my being on the road continuously, as the hotel is host to numerous guests from all over the world. In effect, they are on the road.”

In the years that passed since my first meeting with Robert Conti in 1990, I learned much more about the man other than the musician. He epitomizes a complete paradox of disciplines. Most musicians are generally in a tense state of mind in the recording studio. However, I observed this man nonchalantly walk into a Hollywood recording studio and front an all-star rhythm section to the absolute height of cooking straight-ahead jazz.

In bold contrast to Conti’s musical proficiency, his business/legal intellect grants him the ability to function with razor-sharp efficiency in the corporate environment, as he is just as comfortable in the midst of a dozen lawyers and accountants. In fact, on first meeting, his demeanor would cause one to readily assume that he is a corporate executive or an attorney, as he is a cordial gentleman most untypical of the usual artistic temperament of a musician of this caliber.

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