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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 Jazz Lines

$29.95

Have you discovered it is essentially impossible to create pro-level lines out of modes and scales?  Wouldn’t you rather be playing at jam sessions instead of spending a fortune on instructors who insist on teaching you endless theory?  Robert teaches you the “under the hood” behind his mind boggling jazz lines in this 8 hour two DVD set.

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Have you discovered it is essentially impossible to create pro-level lines out of modes and scales?  Wouldn’t you rather be playing at jam sessions instead of spending a fortune on instructors who insist on teaching you endless theory? If so, Robert Conti, has again redefined high impact instruction, as The Jazz Lines is his Twenty-Sixth Blockbuster DVD of immediately useful “take it to the gig tonight” lines and other ideas.

The early greats continuously evolved their improv skills by playing in bars, clubs, buses, and back room jam sessions from New Orleans to New York. Through ongoing hands-on exchanges of knowledge, they taught each other what they were playing on their instruments. In essence, the key ingredient to their continuous improvement was actually playing jazz, not talking about it. As evidenced by endless student testimonials, the cornerstone of the Conti approach is his ability and willingness to teach students to play jazz, by actually having the student play jazz from the start, not modes, scales and other nonsense. Indeed, nobody brings their “A-Game” knowledge to Jazz Guitar instruction like Robert Conti.

Robert stated in an interview: Theory vs Reality:

“Theory is often defined as a guess or conjecture. In relation to jazz improvisation, it is the branch of the art form that deals with its principles or methods, not its practice. Therefore, if improvising well is your goal, then why pursue theory first, as you’ll still need to learn to play – after spending several months trying to comprehend theory. Conversely, if you expend your energy learning to play well (like the early greats) you’ll quickly discover that the theory will become obvious as a by-product of playing lines that are tangible enough for clear analysis. From the student perspective, the best part of this pragmatic approach is that they have the great pleasure of playing jazz on their instrument, rather than trying to comprehend modes, theory, scales etc.”

From the intermediate to professional level, the concepts presented in The Jazz Lines will quickly breathe new life into your solos with a truckload of fresh, creative and exciting ideas.

The Jazz Lines Includes:

  • Full size 8.5″ x 11″ Booklet
  • Two DVD Set totaling 8 hours of instruction from Robert Conti
  • MIDI files of all musical data presented
  • Bonus Feature titled “After The Gig!” section

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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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Tom Hooper - Cheshire, UK
Robert said the lights would come on...

Hi, I've been toiling away with my improvisation over the last few months, I've been having fun with the ticket to improv stuff, sounding like a jazz guitarist even if it's only learning Robert's solos. I have been dipping in and out of The Jazz Lines course and understood the first few lessons so everything was going well. However imagine my surprise the other day when I finally get a bit of time to noodle over a ii-V-I C major backing track when all these lines that Robert has shown me start to come out. Now I have no idea why its working but I'm moving all over the neck with lines from The Jazz Lines and Ticket to Improv and I'm not hitting any rough notes. It blew my mind that I was moving across the fretboard, improvising without knowing what CAGED shape I was in or what scale or arpeggio etc I was playing but it was working. Now I know Robert said the lights would come on eventually but I never really thought it would for me. There is still a long way to go but it has given me a renewed sense of hope that one day I'll get there. So I just wanted to let Robert know that I'm very thankful for his courses so Thanks. Hope this email finds you all well.

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Grant Harris - Perth, Australia
Already such a revelation...

Hi Robert. I purchased your "The Jazz Lines" course yesterday and already such a revelation.

With just the knowledge of 3 patterns (Fmaj, Abmaj, and G augmented) I have made more intuitively melodic solo lines than in the rest of my playing days - in fact I find that you almost can't help but find a pattern under your fingers to exploit and explore.

I also really like how your personality shines through in the videos - you're a really likeable human and a great player. A real inspiration to me. Cheers and happy new year.

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Thomas Runolfsson - Berkeley, CA
Completely opened the door to jazz for me

Hello, I am truly inspired by Robert Conti's instruction. I have very much enjoyed his "Source Code" video lessons, it really is exactly what I am looking for to play more traditional jazz. I really can't put into words what these lessons have done for me. I know I will buy more lessons from this website. I have seen Conti in action on Youtube. Robert Conti has just completely opened the door to jazz for me. I love these lessons so much. Thank you for sharing these jazz secrets that no one wants to tell. So happy I finally decided to lay down some money and really check this out.

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Cary Halpern - Atlanta, GA
Very happy with the lessons

I just started the Jazz Lines DVD and I'm very happy with the lessons. It's got me playing outside my usual boxes and I'm excited to continue going through all the DVDs in the future.

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Dave Doyle - Los Angeles, CA
Really enjoy your books

Hello Robert Dave Doyle here I really enjoy your books and DVD tutorials. You would have changed my live had I meet you 30 years ago. Boy would I have loved to met you at that hotel gig in L.A . in 1988 that lasted so long. I am 64 years old I came up in a great time for music ,,,the 60's but not such a hot time for jazz guitar education. All we had were the Mickey Baker books and the Berklee stuff. Mickey Baker was great intro to chords ,,but Robert I hate to say it for the life of me I could never play thru the tune examples and make any sense of them, Finally I said to Hell with it & started doing what I should have done to start with. I started buying LPs by Kenny Burrell, BB King, T bone Walker and Grant Green and started "wood shedding" 'copping solos off records, Question: Do you ever teach privately or in workshops in LA or Vegas? Please let me know. I'd really like to meet you. Best Regards and Keep up the great work you're involved with

Dave, Robert does offer private 1 on 1 sessions via Zoom. Please see this link for more info: https://www.robertconti.com/virtual-private-lesson/ and thank you for your kind comments!

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Kane Lamberty - Orlando, FL
Puts the lines right under your fingers

I bought The Jazz Lines about three weeks ago and I am stunned at how easy it is to improve by leaps and bounds just by doing the exercises in the book, without even viewing the DVD. It is just as Mr. Conti says: it puts the lines right under your fingers. It makes practicing FUN.

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