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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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The foundation of all higher level playing, always begins with some reasonable level of technical skill, i.e. dexterity and coordination of the right & left hands. Robert’s learning products are directed toward players who want to make their transition to jazz guitar, after having already acquired some level of skill after playing rock, blues, country or other type of music. In addition, Robert prefers to teach playing skills at the song level, as this approach keeps the student’s interest in the learning process at a continuously high level, while increasing his/her playing skills. However, in the absence of previous playing experience, one can also acquire a level of technical skill via another avenue. In keeping with Robert’s approach to effective teaching and learning:

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  3. And do so without being bored to tears while learning.

Since you are at such an early stage of playing, the best DVD for you to begin with is The Precision Technique, which presents a series of very melodic studies that are enjoyable to play. With a bit of desire and effort, you can, and will master the first studies. After doing so, you will be nothing less than shocked by what you will have accomplished in just a few short months. That acquired skill will open the doors to all the other Entry Level and ultimately the Advanced Level materials.

Yes, all single note soloing products are transcribed in notation and tablature.  Additionally, the tablature is written according to Robert’s Fingering Protocol as taught in The Precision Technique.

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If you have no experience taking a single note melody line and adding chords, then start with The Chord Melody Assembly Line.  To learn Robert’s advanced method to reharmonize any arrangement, you’ll need The Formula.

The definition of mastering the exercise is simply to be able to play the exercise smoothly at a tempo of 84bpm (or greater) using Robert’s Fingering Protocol technique.  While it’s always good to be able to play the exercise faster and faster, you don’t need to be able to play it at lightning speed before you can move onto the next exercise.  Instead of a specific tempo, your goal should be to be able to play it “precisely” Once you can get through the exercise at a lower tempo, then the speed will come with more practicing. It is better to play your lines with precision slowly, than to miss notes.

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