I received my new Blonde Entrada with the Midnight Package and two pickups exactly one week ago. Let’s just say it was love at first sight. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the “hype” on the Conti website, but this guitar has exceeded my expectations.
The guitar was shipped in a sturdy container that was well packed. I thought about ordering the hard-shell case, but the gig bag is well constructed and sturdy. If I was touring and traveling, I think this would have been a good option, but the gig bag will be fine for gigging locally.
The black knobs, switches, and tuners really pop against the natural blonde wood. I’ve looked this guitar over carefully and cannot find an imperfection or a flaw with the finish or build. Every time I look more closely at this guitar I notice more interesting and beautiful wood grain textures that make this guitar unique.
The intonations are spot on, and the action is probably the lowest of all my other guitars. The neck is setup just right because not a single string or fret buzzes. With the ebony fretboard, this guitar does “play like butter.”
The tone of this guitar really sets it apart, and I am very impressed with the Kent Armstrong pickups. As I would expect from a good jazz guitar, it has warm, bright, and clear tones when played cleanly. However, this guitar can get down and dirty when playing rock or blues. The tone of the guitar cuts through when using a little distortion and effects. With two pickups, this guitar does it all!
The customer service has been excellent. Shortly after placing my order on the Web site, I received a phone call to confirm my order and ask questions. I thought it was a nice touch to reach out to me and create a more personal relationship. My guitar shipped as promised.
Everyone who purchases a Conti guitar is promised to receive a video of Robert Conti playing YOUR guitar as a final quality control check before the guitar ships. Honestly, I expected a 2- or 3-minute video of Robert running through a quick song and then saying something like “Thanks for buying a guitar.” The video I received was over 30 minutes! Robert played several songs and even read the serial number of the guitar that I would receive, as well as some important information regarding the maintenance and care of this fine instrument. I’ve watched the video over and over just to enjoy his beautiful playing. Thanks, Robert. The video adds so much more to owning this guitar.
This course gives you several ways to play a maj 7 arpeggio pattern at light speed in multiple places on the fingerboard, with commentary on how to move the patterns around to fit the tonal center of the underlying chord progression. For me this method is highly preferable to learning the arpeggio for a handful of chords and then not know how to string them together or what chords they work over. Conti’s method addresses all the theory issues of improvisation without boring the student with the details. You come away with fiery licks right off the bat. Fun, and effective.
It is excellent, so many interesting chords and ways of studying and learning songs and harmony. I would recommend the book “Formula” of Mister Conti to understand the functioning of the movements of chords.
Based on my experience with past purchases, I can honestly say that Robert Conti's materials do work!
With Robert Conti's guidance, you will be
playing credible sounding Jazz guitar before you know it!
There is a lot to learn from Mr. Conti books and videos. Different and very interesting ways to improve technicality and musically. Excellent!
It's early days as I have only recently started working my way through the Jazz Lines. But, even with only lesson one completed, I can see a connection between the chords, the notes and how moveable and applicable the lines are. I plan to be back and comment further and possibly even film me playing sometime.
Bought this lp in 79. Now i sold all my lps but i wanted to keep a stream recorded of a masterpiece
Very good idea to make a video of Robert playing my new guitar. I am happy, just received my guitar in perfect condition! Most important for a guitar is the pleasure you have to play it. Great sound, very smooth, nice and very good instrument. Thanks again.
Thank you Mr. Robert Conti! I viewed your personalised introduction video with joy and anticipation. It’s been five days since she arrived and I have certainly fallen in love with my beautiful new Conti Entrada. As promised, she felt great out of the box- such a pretty thing- and came with a great quality gig bag. I plugged her in and what a gorgeous sound. After such a long trip, I gave her a quick tune and action/ intonation check. I was smitten. She’s a bit like a super-model- beautiful from all angles but has more than just the looks. The neck is pretty special- delightful and effortless to play. The ebony really feels wonderful, the dimensions and shape make playing a breeze- it seems almost easier to select individual strings. Abalone inserts are super nice. Headstock really is beautifully shaped and proportioned and genuinely classy in my opinion. Tuning keys are top quality and really accurate- stays in tune really well too. I’m really enjoying the string gauges. Electronics are all silent and work well. She feels wonderful in my arms.
Overall impression- there is no question that she sounds and feels like a high-class instrument- is a high-class instrument. I find myself turning to look and admire her frequently- I’m so happy with my purchase. Mike and Steve were proactively helpful and responsive to all my questions and provided genuine and enthusiastic high quality customer service, which made the whole experience so nice. I look forward to a long and happy relationship with my new baby. Thank you!
Absolutely wonderful guitar! Jammed tunes from blues to jazz, and some of my originals. Plays like butter, and the setup is fantastic. Not a bad spot on it! I’m able to get different sounds out of it. It is very flexible and wide range. It is also very light and not cumbersome. I’m enjoying very much. Getting ready to go to praise band practice. I’ll let you know!
Working thru vol. 1 project 1, page 1 of the TTI series. Very practical, pragmatic approach. Mr. Conti is a good teacher, talks plainly about what you need and what you don’t. I do have some theory background but its easy to see that working thru the mechanics of the material is more beneficial to playing than boatloads theory. Doing comes first, understanding later. Great material so far and looking forward to exploring more. (Lusting after an Entrada as well, have to see if I’ve been good this year and tell Mrs Santa.)
My Port Wine single pickup Entrada guitar arrived yesterday in pristine condition. Very securely packed and in the best hard case I have seen. Thank you Robert and your team, especially Mike, who kindly answered all my questions when I called on Thanks Giving. A truly beautiful and high quality instrument. I look forward to many hours of playing. Thank you!
Hey, bought these as a Christmas present for our son! He plays a LOT & these are what he wants!
As a player who has been shredding for 23 years in various areas of metal, I found my chops insufficient for playing jazz. I’ve just gotten the first exercise down and already I'm experiencing a totally different mindset. As other reviews stated, Robert's fingering system is a HUGE upgrade to even experienced shredders skill set. Robert wants us to be able to bar fast melodies cleanly and sync up our right and left hand perfectly and I'm all for it. Cant wait to dive in further.
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.
…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!
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.
It's nice to find an instructor who understands that practice doesn't have to be boring!
"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!"
Totally Responsive Sellers and Excellent Guitars!!! These guitars are just as good if not better than the most expensive guitars you could buy!!!
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.
What are the chances of another Robert Conti ordering a Conti Guitar!
The Entrada is excellent. I wanted to give it a fair bit of playing before responding in order to give my full thoughts. Right out of the box it's marvelous to look at. I still sit and just stare at it from time to time simply to enjoy its beauty. It plays perfectly every time. No matter what style or manner in which I desire to play it, I can always customize the sound exactly to my liking. From the action to the resonance, every aspect of this guitar is exactly what I was hoping it would be. It takes the slightest amount of pressure to play any note, and my fingers bounce off the stings when I pluck as if they're trampolines. I couldn't have asked for a better instrument for a better price. And with my own name on it for no extra charge! All of my siblings are very impressed, and my one brother who also plays may even consider buying one.
Honestly, I can see myself playing this guitar for the rest of my life, and I'm sure that from your expert craftsmanship, it will still play even after I'm gone. I'm so excited for the many years I have ahead of me with this guitar and I'm sure that my appreciation will only continue to grow. Thank you for all your help in the matter of obtaining a new guitar. From the whole process, to the shipping and the follow-up, not to mention the personalized video and instrument itself. I really couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thanks again for everything!
(The Other) Robert Conti,
I’m Pete Sternloff the proud owner of a Conti Entrada. Thought you would enjoy this picture of the 3 Conti Entradas in Mercer County, West Virginia. Pictured is me on the left, Tom Janes in the middle and Vince Lewis on the right. We all as I’m sure you might be aware love our Entradas!