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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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Jazz Guitarists to the Rescue

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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. He tells us: “I inform everyone from day one that I teach music and that we will be using the guitar as the instrument to bring that music to life.” JJG readers will be familiar with the materials that Bruce uses in the classroom: “Robert Conti offers materials that are just fantastic. From chord melody, to improv, to technique, he provides it all. Most importantly it is affordable which is important because of dwindling school budgets for music. Howard Morgen is a  treasure trove of material as well. I believe that I have every book both of those men have published which might explain why I haven’t bought a new guitar.” Bruce also uses his    own teaching materials, an extensive collection that he has built up from his years of playing with different acts. Lots of material, but no guitars.

Robert,Thank you for your introduction to your friend Jon Puhl at Dean Guitars, as your influence resulted in extremely favorable pricingthat enabled me to obtain sixteen guitars for my class. This pictures represent your willingness to help a bunch of guitar playing students in my music program at Oxnard High School. You have been a part of helping make some dreams come true for some very enthusiastic guitar students. Don’t forget we want a blonde Conti for our showcase. ” Where Words Fail Music Speaks, Bruce Edmiston

So picture Bruce in his classroom trying to think up a solution to his dilemma. He picks up the phone, and calls the office of Robert Conti to ask for two Conti Guitars – just two, and he really could not even afford them! “Having begged, borrowed, and stolen for so long I’ve become numb to making ridiculous and outrageous requests. But I hold on to the noble notion that my motivation is teaching guitars to kids, swallow hard and open my mouth and ask for the impossible.”

It turns out that Bruce had made the right call. Considering the request, Robert decided that two guitars would not be enough for a group of sixteen eager young guitarists, so he got on the phone to Jon Puhl at Dean Guitars to see if there was something they could  do for Bruce’s kids. As a favor to Robert, Jon did. Dean Guitars decided to offer Bruce 16 archtop jazz guitarsat a tiny fraction of their true price – enough guitars to outfit the entire class!

Back in Oxnard, Bruce was floored to receive the call from Robert Conti telling him of the generous offer from Dean Guitars. Having planned on holding a competition between the students to use one of the two new guitars, here was an offer of one for each student – but he still had no money to buy them. “I didn’t have enough money at that moment but went calling in every favor I’ve ever done for our administration and district personnel until I got the money and we purchased our guitars.” Are the kids happy? Take a look at their picture!

Bruce Edmiston is unreserved in his appreciation of Robert Conti’s magnanimous gesture. “If not for Robert Conti we would not have these beautiful guitars to play. Mr. Conti has helped create an excitement in my students that is unmatched. Thank you Robert! You walk the walk. Look at the photo and the sheer delight on the face of the students. This is why I do this job and I am grateful to JJG and Mr.Conti.” Ever the gentleman, when I contacted Robert Conti about this story he pointed to Jon Puhl and Dean  Guitars as the ones who saved the day, but I think we can all agree that this was a group effort.

In these tough economic times, it is inspiring to see jazz guitarists pull together to help the next generation on the path to music. Robert Conti, Jon Puhl, and Dean Guitars – you are an inspiration to us all!

Dr. Dave Walker

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2 thoughts on “Jazz Guitarists to the Rescue”

  1. That’s my truest friend andhes just like that only if you deserve it.Consider yourself special because you have to be worthy of a favor because he doesn’t waste his kindness. Robert Conti will be at the front of the line when he gets to the Pearly Gates. I’m honored to call him my Old Friend from Jax.Fla.

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