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Someone who teaches how to play rather than memorize. What a concept!

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The Formula
Dr. Dave Walker - Canada
Terrific materials on chord melody

I am a retired (EARLY retirement!) university professor and administrator who taught music criticism at the graduate level. I've also been a practising musician for over 40 years now. Although I have played in jazz bands for years, I restricted myself mostly to comping until I discovered Robert Conti's column in Just Jazz Guitar, and then his terrific materials on chord melody. I was delighted with the DVD of The Formula to finally be able to see and hear Mr. Conti. His down-to-earth style of instruction really resonated with me.

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The Jazz Lines
James Macneil - Fayetteville, NC
Find endless ideas...

I just love all the material presented. I have all the Source Code and Ticket to Improv series. Even though the TTI series is an introduction, I find that coupled with The Jazz Lines you can find endless ideas from those "simpler" lines presented. I really think I've seen other people imitating the approach Conti has used for decades. The problem with theory is that many students don't understand how to apply it. Robert demonstrates that theory in real world application. Anyone who understands theory can analyze Robert's lines and see how that theory works in real playing. I think Robert understands theory as much as any music theory teacher, but he also knows that on the bandstand the mind doesn't have time to compute all that information when chords are flying by at break neck tempos. He just presents things that make sense to the mind in real time playing.

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Chord Melody Assembly Line
"Monkmiles" on The Gear Page forum
Gets you playing quickly

Robert Conti has a good book/method called the Chord Melody Assembly Line. It's been many years since I looked at it but I remember it as a straight forward, easy to follow approach that gets you playing quickly.

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The Formula
Hinton Owens - Georgia
He is a gifted educator

I just received Robert Conti's Source Code Book Four ("The Formula") last week. The man has a way of packing a tremendous amount of information into my brain quickly. He is a gifted educator. His concept of harmonizing melodies is fantastic and it works great for me. If you have not seen a copy I recommend it to you. You will have fun reading it and applying his concepts to any standard tune within a couple of hours. It's the best money I have spent on a learning aid ever.

A knack for making the esoteric obvious!

I discovered Robert Conti through the article in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. I have purchased his Chord Melody Assembly Line book/DVD, and am working through it at this time. Robert certainly has a knack for making the esoteric obvious! I would be interested to know of any new offerings he may have for guitar instruction. Also, he should really come back to his roots here in Pennsylvania once in a while so that us east-coasters can meet him, see him play, take a lesson or two!

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2 Hour Lesson
Tony Pereira - Las Vegas, NV
Best musical investment I've ever made

I just wanted to give a shout out to Robert Conti. I started taking lessons with Robert about 2 years ago and picked up a few tricks. I decided to get serious back in February and made a weekly appointment for a 2 hour lesson. It is the best musical investment that I have ever made. The progress has been amazing and his teaching style fits with the way I need to learn.

Robert teaches a no modes/no scales method...and he hates that I use the word “method”. Make no mistake though the guy knows his music theory. Not only does it sound good to your ear but he can explain at a Ph.D. level why it sounds good.

Do yourself a favor and take a lesson from the guy. I guarantee you will walk away with something new. Every week I have met with him save a few times when I was traveling and I walk away exhausted and energized.

He has completely changed my playing...for the good. He’s a rare combination of being a stellar player who can teach.

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17″ Equity – 1st Gen

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Description

The first Conti Archtop Guitar, the Equity was in production from 2009 to 2015. It featured a solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides with a 17 inch lower bout, and 24 fret Ebony fingerboard. The Equity was later succeeded by the Heirloom model in late 2016. Please enjoy some of our worldwide owners’ photos and commentaries below.

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John Monllos - Newport, RI
Really cut through the band...

Played at Mohegan Sun last night with Jump Swing Fever...first time I used my Robert Conti guitar in a big band setting....it really cut through the band with a nice Freddy Green sound! Also worked well on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy stuff. Guest soloist was Roger Ingram. Joanne M. Rodino sang about half the show....fun time.

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Mac Bullman - Sheffield, UK
Thanks for such a brilliant guitar...

Hi, I am a 75 yr old guy living near Sheffield, England, who, until 2 weeks ago, had never heard of Conti Guitars. I have played in bands, but Covid put a stop to that. I went to my local music store, who I've dealt with for years, and are very helpful, and very honest. They pointed me towards a Conti Equity guitar, (second - hand), which I loved the second I started playing it - so that's the one I'm going to learn Jazz on! I see you don't make them now, and your current range is absolutely wonderful, so when I've learnt a bit about Jazz I intend to save up for an Entrada or Heirloom. Having said that, I absolutely love my Equity - it looks great, the sound is clear and distinct, the playability is superb, and it really encourages me to keep practising! I just wanted to express my thanks for such a brilliant guitar, which already has brought me so much pleasure!!

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Dave Richardson - Maud, TX
Plays like butter

This is the finest guitar I have ever owned or played. It was built in 2011 but it looks like it could have built yesterday. I have played this at home and publicly many times and it plays like butter. Thank you Robert Conti for the quality you keep maintaining.

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Lou Cicconi - Odessa, NY
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.

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Hadley Jones - Forster, Australia
Most satisfying guitar I have owned!

Hi, Steve. I'd like to thank you again for your assistance. In all respects, this is far and away the most satisfying guitar that I have owned!

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Wayne D Holt
My Conti Equity goes on every gig

My 2012 Conti Equity in Blonde is right at the top of my favorite guitars of all time . . . and I've owned them all in 50+ years of professional playing. The fit and finish is exquisite, with action that provides just the right amount of "bounce" off the strings to make it a dream to play. As someone who plays barehand fingerstyle, two big features that my Conti shines at are pickup response and string spread in the right hand. The pickups have just the right amount of thump in the bass while giving me a smooth top end that is easy on the ears. String spread for right hand placement is perfect for a normal adult hand. I don't have to be conscious of where my fingers are naturally laying. And with the single pickup I prefer, it nudges me to use the full range of the guitar through bridge to neck plucking. All in all, my Conti Equity goes on every gig, is a superb performer sonically, and gets lots of compliments for visual appeal. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!

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James Dawson – Baton Rouge, LA
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 my thoughts. I've not put it down since I got it. I've played 7 jobs with it and it looks like it could become my go to guitar. One other thing, the thickness of the body is perfect, the 17” body really surprised me. One of the most balanced guitars you will ever find. I GOT mine as a miracle to get the last one. I do hope Mr. Conti continues to produce this guitar. THE PRICE: outstanding for a solid guitar of the stature would cost at least $3,000. If you have one I know you will agree with me about the quality and the FUN playing. The new guitar really gave me a spark. That's worth the price!

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