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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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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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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Robert Conti - Newburgh, NY
It plays perfectly every time...

What are the chances of another Robert Conti ordering a Conti Guitar!
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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,
Newburgh, NY

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Pete Sternloff - Bluefield, WV
Three Amigos, Three Entradas!

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!

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Ed Benson - Savannah, Georgia
Ed Benson Acquires His 2nd Conti Guitar

The Entrada is visually stunning. Plays like a dream. Action is low and perfect. No buzzes.

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Vince Lewis - Bluefield, WV USA
Will see many hours of playing...

Meet Vince Lewis, A Pro Player Extraordinaire!

Growing up working in Music retail, I had the opportunity to play every major brand of guitar over several years. The experiences ordering, setting up and selling guitars from student through professional levels gave me a great appreciation for customer service as well as design and quality. From the initial contact with the folks at Conti Guitars, through the delivery date there was steady communication in regard to any delays and questions I had in regard to my purchase. I definitely felt that I had joined a new family of musicians and quality friends that will last a lifetime as will the guitar itself.

When the guitar arrived, it is the first instrument that I ever felt comfortable taking out on a professional gig the next day without needing to adjust anything about it. The fretwork and action met my discriminating eye and playing demands perfectly. As an owner of many fine archtop Jazz Guitars, the Conti Entrada is truly a welcome addition to my collection and one that will see many hours of playing both at home and in concert situations.

I also just am submitting a new Chord melody arrangement of "It Could Happen To You" to Jazz Guitar Today using my Entrada. Congrats and best wishes for continued success always.

-Vince Lewis, Pro Player/Educator
Bluefield, West Virginia
www.VinceLewis.com

Note: In addition to his commentary above, Vince wrote a full review of his new Entrada for Jazz Guitar Today magazine. You can read that review here: https://jazzguitartoday.com/2022/09/exclusive-conti-entrada-archtop-review/

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Jerry Battista - London, ON Canada
The guitar workmanship is exceptional…

Purchase Experience
I first inquired about an Entrada guitar on the website Chat line and received quick responses from Steve. We then dialogued by Email until a guitar become available with my options a few weeks later. I paid for the guitar before shipping via PayPal – no hassles. Robert Conti did a final quality assurance check in a personal video “demoing” my guitar. This is not just a gimmick. It is very unique & informative, and great insurance protection in case of any in-transit damage or loss.

The guitar arrived at my doorstep in London, Canada on October 1, 2022, less than one week after shipping via FedEx ground transportation (3,000 km). The packaging was secure, including a soft cover case, and the guitar arrived intact in excellent appearance and working condition. I am now allowing time for wood settling in a new environment (Fall weather, 50% humidity, temperature fluctuations, much dryer winter ahead). In a nutshell, this was a smooth purchase and pleasant customer experience from Steve, Robert and Fedex.

Guitar First Impressions
The guitar components are of top quality and the guitar workmanship is exceptional with its rich colour, attractive style – an eye-catching instrument. It is a lightweight guitar, compared with my Fender Telecaster – a bonus for a senior citizen. The guitar setup was exceptional with a very low touch, very accurate intonation, and low-noise pickups. The output jack is nicely positioned. The tuning pegs have remarkably smooth action – allowing high tuning accuracy. The fretboard plays “like butter” from Frets 1 to 24, just as demonstrated by Robert. The tone is quite bright with the Conti special strings provided. You can hear the strings ‘whine’ when sliding across the fretboard and slightly on audio recordings. I might switch the strings to flat wounds – it’s a matter of personal taste for a more mellow sound (I am an Ed Bickert fan). There are a few minor fret buzzes but I will let the neck settle down before adjusting the bridge height or maybe the truss rod (gently!). There are unique tension adjustments at the guitar tailpiece but I am not sure of their advantage yet. Relaxing the tension works fine but it calls for a retuning that offsets the tension reduction? Perhaps I need to experiment more.

Overall, I am ultra-satisfied with my purchase and fair pricing – “skipping the middle man”. This guitar has a lot of versatility for many music styles, well beyond Jazz. I have only started to explore all the possibilities. Thank You!

Jerry Battista
London, Ontario – CANADA
Member, London Jazz Orchestra (Big Band)
Co-Author of Aebersold jazz guitar book

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Fred Kofler - Boynton Beach, Florida
Sounds as beautiful as it looks

I purchased an Entrada archtop jazz guitar from Robert Conti and it sounds as beautiful as it looks. I have been attempting to play jazz guitar for many years. I had excellent teachers, learned theory and chord melody. I would practice all the time and never feel comfortable playing or learning how to improvise. Then I found Robert on the internet and in just a couple of months I am shocked at how much I improved. His simple, straight forward method has helped open a whole new world of guitar playing for me. Just like many of his other students, I regret not studying with him years ago, but I’m here now and I’m getting better every day

Off to a good start!

I'm Brazilian, I play as a hobby and I would like to play jazz. This lesson got me off to a good start!

One Little YouTube Clip Got Me Hooked

Back in 2017, I stumbled across Robert through one of his YouTube promos. One particular line that really grabbed my brain and threw it on the floor was a fast bebop-style enclosure over D9#11. I was able to figure it out what he was doing and have used it ever since; mostly as a speed exercise. Getting it up to speed btw is not as easy as RC makes it look but, practice makes perfect. And I still think it's one of the most fantastic jazz lines I ever heard.

More recently, I was reviewing enclosures and remembered the RC clip. Perhaps it was time to find out what came in the bars preceding and following the YT clip (I had no idea it was part of a solo for "Ipanema"). I wasn't looking for lessons as much as lines to steal. 🙂

On the RC.com web site I found what seemed to be the same title that appeared on the YT video. But was it? And was the transcription PDF really included with the DVD? Was it any good? And was all this really available for just $15? It almost looked too good to be true.

That's where the online Chat sessions with Steve came in. Steve is not a bot. 🙂 He was extremely helpful and thoroughly addressed all my questions (including a later follow-up). He's a big part of what makes the RC web site work.

Having been involved with video productions myself, I know how much work has gone into the lesson structure, the video recording, the music transcription, the mp3 files, etc. It's beautifully done: especially for $15!!! Simply put, this instruction video is a very
high-quality product that is exceptional value for money.

My only regret is not having had RC as a teacher, early on, when I was desperate to get some fast-ish jazz solo lines under my fingers without being constantly frustrated by teachers insisting on doing every but.

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Vol. 4 All Blues (Miles Davis)
User: ldrayrainey on TrueFire
A real master!

JazzMaster Product Review:
I have quite a few Conti courses and I think he is a great nuts-and-bolts teacher, especially be-bop soloing. I haven't found anyone who offers so many chord substitutions. He shows how to play a tune that has maybe 6 - 8 chords and use maybe 40 - 50 choices. Mind boggling at first but when you figure him out, he's WOW!

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Vol. 4 Wave
User: gear1152 on TrueFire
A little gem

JazzMaster Product Review:
This course is a little gem among the many Truefire course. At first, you might be thrown by the old-timey production, but actually there's a ton of great information. Conti, a real master of jazz, take you measure by measure of solos for three different types of jazz tunes. However, it's not a just a play-this-note, play-that-note course. Conti tells you the substitutions he's thinking of when playing the line and there are some great comping ideas too. By the end of the course, you'll have a lot of great moves to add to your vocabulary. Definitely worth the time and money for this course.

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Vol. 4 Signature Chord Melody Arrangements
User: thierrypaul on TrueFire
Nice surprise

JazzMaster Product Review:
Good course, I particularly appreciate the second part which is devoted to accompaniment of standards, rich and complete it will take me time to learn everything!

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Vol. 3 One Note Samba
User: Samori on TrueFire
Fascinating and Different

Review on Jazz Master product:
This is my first experience with Conti's methodology and it's fascinating - unusual compared with most other approaches, but it seems to work! Looking forward to trying some of the others.

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Vol. 3 Blues For Alice (Birds)
Jean Marc - Carnoules, France
A Jazz Master

Robert Conti is one of the living Jazz guitar Masters, But he is also a good teacher!

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Vol. 3 Bluesette
User: Robsta on TrueFire
Wow I'm getting there...

Review on "Jazz Master" Product:
Wow, Robert Conti blazes across the fretboard, and I'm thinking I'm never going to do any of this. But slowly putting small chunks together, and practice exactly how Mr. Conti tells you and Wow I'm getting there.

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Vol. 3 One Note Samba
User: "Wessel07 from TrueFire
Like his explanation of....

Review on "Jazz Master" Product:
I like his explanation of fingering the left hand and that he explains that he has transcribed a jazz standard do that it fits within a box. I think it is a fantastic idea and will be working on it as I go through the course.

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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Karl Bembury - Conyers, GA
Magnificent jazz box

Surprise, surprise. Miss Entrada showed up this evening. Wow! What an absolutely beautiful instrument. I am absolutely stunned at how beautiful this guitar is. But more than that, the strings are perfectly matched for a balance in tonal quality that you could only imagine. It’s lightweight makes it a dream to handle. I own a Fender Starcaster, it’s too heavy and doesn’t give me the sound I’m looking for. I saw and purchased a Washburn J7. It’s thick but the strings and action leaves something to be desired. The thick neck put stress on my finger/joints and you have to manhandle it. The Conti Entrada is a petite lady, beautiful visually and tonally. She’s going to get the best out of me. I think I’m in love. I could not be happier with the performance of this magnificent jazz box. The action and playability is unmatched. I got mine, better get yours.

EXCELLENT, the best.

best work yet

have a number of your teaching books, but this is the best yet that I've ever had keep up the good work of teaching this way,
Please anyone out there that cant make up your mind, Please get the works NOW!!!

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