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Discover Robert Conti by Rik Jonna

In recent weeks, I have had the pleasure of reconnecting and speaking frequently with my friend, Master guitarist- Bob Conti.  Bob & I met 15 years or so ago in Vegas where he was performing. I went to the club and introduced myself as a friend of PM’s. It was a memorable night – one I will never forget- great music, some good Italian food and wine, and talking guitar with a humble and generous …

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Labor Day Event & More Exciting News

Labor Day Sale & More Exciting News Happy Labor Day weekend to all the hard working people throughout the world! In celebration of this holiday, we’re offering a 25% across the board discount on all of our learning products, including the Signature Chord Melody Arrangement series, whose price has been reduced for the new downloadable format. This sale event is now in progress, through Thursday September 8, 2016. The discount coupon will be automatically applied …

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The Turning Point by Dave Ruggiero

The Turning Point

I prepared this narrative in an effort to apprise other aspiring jazz guitarists about my experience with the Ticket To Improv DVD series and The Jazz Lines by Robert Conti. I own all five products (the Ticket To Improv series has four current volumes for those unaware) and have spent several months working through the material and watching the DVDs. I am comfortable enough to share my experiences in a way that can benefit aspiring jazz …

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Vol 4 – Ticket To Improv Review in JJG

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If so, then Robert Conti must feel very flattered these days because he seems to have scores of imitators who have just “discovered” the value of teaching without modes or scales. Not that I have anything against teaching with the best methods available, or changing course when you find something better, but let’s give credit where it’s due. I’ve seen Robert Conti abused for decades for …

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The Conti Philosophy

The great guitar players learned to play by playing the guitar. That sounds simple and it is but then ask yourself why so many teachers make playing music among their lowest priorities. They assign all sorts of esoteric scales, modes, chord formations, fingerboard patterns, numerical mumbo-jumbo everything except the very music that the learner wants to play. This may build character and it certainly builds the teacher’s bank balance but does it do justice to …

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Jazz Guitarists to the Rescue

An Inspirational (and true!) Tale No jazz musician needs to be told how tight money is in this recession. Budgets are being slashed everywhere, and perhaps most in education.Now imagine that you have a class of eager guitar students but no guitars and no money to buy them.  What would you do?  Welcome to the world of Bruce Edmiston. Bruce has been teaching his guitar class at Oxnard High School for thirteen years, focused mainly on jazz guitar. …

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Volume 3 – Ticket To Improv Review in JJG

Robert Conti may well be the most successful jazz guitar teacher on the planet, and deservedly so. With over 31 instructional DVD’s ranging from absolute beginner to pro, Mr. Conti seems to barely finish one before his fans and students ask for more. While most other guitarists, including some of the finest players, are finding it difficult to maintain a student base, Mr. Conti has continued to attract more students with each release. His highly …

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2010 Just Jazz Guitar Cover Story

Preface by Paul Getty During a recent conversation with Ed Benson, we were discussing how the economic downturn has affected numerous guitarists who voiced complaints about their substantial loss of income from lessons, gigs etc. Our conversation turned to the success of Robert Conti. In the midst of the punitive economic conditions during the last three years, he recently released his thirty-first full-length DVD, as an obvious result of the ongoing demand for his unique ability …

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Comping Expo Review in Gitarist Magazine

The Comping Expo Robert Conti? A jazz guitar virtuoso who likes to keep things simple. As complicated as his bebop licks and chord melodies may sound, Conti constantly stresses that you can learn all of it without spending years and years being bogged down by chords, scales and arpeggio’s. Conti rightfully thinks that the the was he learned to play is most natural; you hear somebody play something that you like and you go and …

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Mike Irish Conti Guitar Review

Conti Thinline Archtop – Equity Model


Mike Irish Conti Guitar Review

A Player’s Perspective

I just bought a new guitar.  I don’t do this very often, but when I do, I need it to have two main characteristics:  it must have a beautiful sound and  it must facilitate the expression of my music.  On both accounts, the Conti Archtop hits a home run. I had been wanting to move up to an archtop that has a solid spruce top and a wonderful sound.  But, for me, price was a consideration.

The instruments ranging in price from $3,000 to $10,000 are way out of my range.  So, I was intrigued when I saw Robert Conti playing and endorsing his new Conti Guitar.  I had experienced the sound of this archtop from Conti’s terrific instructional DVD’s and the YouTube videos from the recent 2010 NAMM Show, and I was duly impressed.  But, again, I figured that the street price on this guitar would be in the $3000 – $4000 range.  Man, I was really surprised to see the guitar on his website at the current introductory price of $1,949.00 plus shipping.

I seldom buy a guitar sight unseen, but due to Conti’s exemplary customer service record, I decided to give it a try.  It arrived via FedEx overnight, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.  I was so impressed that I could play the Conti Thinline Archtop right out of the box – it was set up perfectly.  So, I put the rest of my life on a two-hour hold, and commenced exploring my new guitar.  It exceeded all of my expectations.

The guitar has a beautiful “singing” sound, the action plays like butter, and I couldn’t believe how light and balanced the guitar was in my playing position.  I have never had easy access to 24 frets before and loved exploring that new range.  The appointments on the  guitar are beautiful: Spruce Top, Ebony Fingerboard, Rosewood Tailpiece, High Quality Grover tuners, Florentine cutaway, etc.  When plugged in, the single pickup with the ’57 Alnico specs delivers a bright (yet, warm) sound and is very even throughout the range of the guitar.

 

That night I did something unusual – I took this brand-new, out of the box guitar on a gig.  It was a quintet gig with trumpet, tenor, guitar bass and drums.  The Conti fit right in, played effortlessly and really allowed me to focus on the music.  I love it when the guitar just “disappears” from the equation, and it is just me and the music.  The Conti really facilitated the flow of ideas.

The next day, I recorded some solo guitar stuff in a studio. After laying down a few tracks, the engineer came out and just had to see the guitar  making such a beautiful sound.  Needless to say,  he was very impressed (as was I) with the recorded sound of the Conti Archtop.

I have found no weaknesses with the Conti.  Prior to my purchase, some of my “gear-head” buddies told me that the fixed bridge would alter the sound of the natural wood top.  I have not found that to be the case. The unplugged sound of the axe sings and sustains, as does the amplified sound.  The resonant sound quality of the solid spruce top Conti is far superior to other guitars I own with laminated tops.

I am extremely happy with my purchase, as it is certainly a great  value at the current introductory price of $1,949.00.  I strongly encourage other  archtop players to check out  the Conti Archtop at www.RobertConti.com .   Thanks again, to Robert Conti for making  this sweet guitar readily available to the public. Just like the motivational bang in each of his DVDs, the Conti Archtop is a six string stimulus package that really delivers!

Mike Irish
Director of Jazz Studies
Michigan Technological University
For Just Jazz Guitar Magazine