Here is a picture of the newest guitars for my collection. I can’t say enough about these two guitars, but let me say a few things. First of all, I have always wanted an Entrada with two pickups, and when this one became available, I had to have it. It plays like a dream guitar. Great neck, incredible action!!
The Kent Armstrong pickups are very responsive and create a very warm sound responding to this body. The color of this guitar is amazing. I do not have this color on any of the guitars in my collection. This guitar is perfectly balanced and the gold hardware completes the package. My bandmates love the look and sound of this guitar and I couldn’t agree more. Now onto the solid body version.
I had heard months ago that there might be a solid body Conti in the works, and when I received an email that only five would be created, again, I had to have one. This guitar utilizes the same neck as my Entrada, so the amazing feel and action was already in the package. Once again, the Kent Armstrong pickups respond well, and as I was working through the possible sounds, I was remarkably surprised at how hot these pickups get when in an overdrive state. The sound is most acceptable. You can also hear the audible changes by adjusting the tone controls on this guitar. Again, the gold hardware is a very nice touch, and although the metallic purple was not my first choice, it stands out big time under the stage lights. I have had numerous comments about this guitar and since it is part of a very limited collection (#1 of 5), I am always eager to talk about it. Robert, you have created a masterpiece.
Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to your craft. I fully expect to play both of these guitars on my upcoming gigs ( I usually bring four different guitars to each gig as required by the music). Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of the Robert Conti Guitar Universe.
The guitar arrived perfectly. In a first inspection there was a couple of notes that had a buzz in the fret, but it is already solved. My impressions:
The design of the guitar is very nice. The combination of the black color with the gold pickups makes it look elegant and distinguished. It is comfortable to play and well balanced. The single cut shape makes all 24 frets accessible.
The neck is excellent. As Robert Conti said in the video it is the same as that of Equity. It is one of the best necks I have ever played. Very low action and a flat fingerboard makes it a butter to play.
The body of the guitar is very nice. It looks small but not as small as a Les Paul. As the whole body is mahogany, without a maple top, I think it influences (along with the pickups) that the sound is very deep and warm.
Kent Armstrong pickups have quite a good output and can be a bit dark. You have to play with the tone control to fine-tune the sound.
The knobs are different from a classic LP setup. It is fine for the volume ones to be at the top and the tone ones at the bottom. But I didn’t like the tone controls. If you turn the tone all the way down, the volume of the guitar practically disappears. This is easily solved with other capacitors, which are also very cheap… I did like that with the pickup selection in the middle (both pickups sounding), if you remove the volume of one of the pickups, the guitar continues to sound with the other (but the tone of the pickup that is without volume does work: a little strange), and it does not happen that the guitar stops sounding, as it happens in a classic configuration like an LP or type 335: good idea.
Ultimately, I think this prototype is a solid guitar geared towards jazz sounds (and beyond) with the benefit of solving the problem of feedback in an archtop. With slightly better electronics, I have no doubt that it will become one of my favorite axes.
I hope that when all the pandemic problem ends, this guitar will become a standard model in the Conti range. I think that many musicians (pro or amateurs) are waiting for something like this at a more than reasonable price.
I can only add my thanks to the entire team for their kindness and great work, and especially to Robert Conti. Take care and I hope everyone is safe.
Carles Vidal – Barcelona, Spain
August 6, 2021 – Comments on Solid Body Prototype
“This solid body guitar maintains the nuances of the archtop sound of the Heirloom and Entrada models. It sounds just as good or even better, I would say! Many other guitars with a similar output may cost a few thousand more dollars online or in guitar stores, but I can tell that this guitar is unique; it has been carefully crafted in both exterior design and pickup capabilities to optimize playability and the bright bell sounds of jazz. The high end sounds fantastic! The exterior design is marvelous as well, and I’m sure this will serve as my primary guitar for shows for the rest of my career. Thanks for everything that went into constructing this masterpiece! ”
Received my new Entrada. Arrived safe and sound thanks to the great packaging. After opening, it was nothing short of beautiful. The action height, intonation & the neck was straight as an arrow. Bob and his crew do an unbelievable job on getting the instrument into your hands. Needless to say I was quite anxious to put it to work. I got the chance this weekend to do that with our group. I'm extremely pleased in how it worked out. While working I was not the only one impressed with the guitar. Some other guitarists happened to be there and they were wowed at its sound and beauty. Everyone wanted to know where I got it.
But a word about Bob in that he actually plays it before shipping it out. He then sends a video of your guitar being played by him. That is no different than going yourself to a store and trying it out. You see it, you hear it, and can't wait to get it. This guitar will be with me a long time. Thanks So Much!
I think it's time for a proper feedback. Over the last 3 months I've been taking 1-on-1 Skype lessons with Robert on a weekly basis. And wow! What an impact! In order to put this into context, I will provide a little background info.
I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and used to play semi-professionally before I graduated and got a corporate job in early 2012. My previous musical experience has been strictly within original and cover rock, blues, and folk music and I had no real experience with jazz prior to taking these lessons besides a dozen lessons or so I took with a local jazz player 11 years ago. Also, I bought most of Robert's books and DVD's in 2015 but that's about it in terms of my previous "jazz" experience.
During the last 10 years, where I have been working full time in the corporate world, had kids, etc., my guitar practice has only been sporadic. Besides learning a new song here and there, I didn't really play or practice in structured fashion. Working +full time as a lawyer, having small kids, and other competing interests made it difficult for me to play consistently.
At some points though, I did feel the "urge" to play and tried to get back on the horse. For instance, I worked through the Chord/Melody Assembly Line and some of the Ticket to Improv solos a few years ago (great products btw, which I highly recommend).
Since I started listening to jazz in 2008, I have been wanting to learn this style. My first step was to learn from the usual free stuff on the Internet, which got me into new scales, arpeggios, and chords, etc. When I took jazz lessons in 2010 I got turned on to transcribing jazz solos, which paid huge dividends in terms of language and opening my ears. But I still never felt like I "got" it.
Like most others starting on this path, I got the impression that you are supposed to know all music theory, scale fingerings, chord inversions, etc. before you can learn to play jazz. As a disciplined guy, I trusted this process and spent years (literally) running scales, arpeggios, chord exercises, transcribing licks, etc. but for some reason, I was never able to merge this attained knowledge and these playing tools into "one" and actually play jazz and improvise over jazz standards.
When I got Roberts books and DVD's, I knew I was onto something. After working through the Chord/Melody Assembly Line, I was able to make simple chord/melody arrangements. Actually play my own arrangements of jazz standards. But life got in the way I didn't manage to stick with it consistently.
Fast forward until 2020. The Covid19 pandemic had shut down most of society and I've been working from home for almost a year. While being a rough period in general, for my family it was also a time to take stock of our lives. I worked too much and felt bad not spending more time with my family. Also, I knew and felt that I had to make music a part of my life again. I decided to leave the law firm I worked at and got a new job with much better working hours allowing for more family time and time to play music. I started practicing consistently again and I made a plan to study Roberts books and continue with learning solos.
However, after a few months of this, I discovered the possibility to take Skype lessons with Robert. I was intrigued about the idea of getting personal feedback and having the structure of a weekly session and booked one lesson. During my first lesson he threw some lines and some very high impact concepts at me, which opened completely new doors to me, and he had me improvise to On Green Dolphin Street. Playing jazz and improvising with a few devices immediately. I had just seen the tip of the iceberg and immediately made a promise to myself to stick with the lessons every week.
So what have I learned during the last 3 months? I've basically learned to practice improvisation first and foremost (by playing it). As someone with sufficient technical chops on the guitar, we spend most of my lessons on getting my "brain up to speed with my fingers" as Robert would say. I assume this depends on the strengths and weaknesses of the student. My weakness is not being able to use the technique and knowledge I have because I've skipped this most important step of applying these tools to actual music.
I learn a new new standard every week on my own, which forms the basis of the lesson. Robert then teaches me lines and explains how to use them and the necessary theory. I practice it, vary it, and try to make it my own. Also, I get honest feedback. It's a very organic process and I get the whole package in terms of jazz language and understanding it.
Robert Conti is a monster player and educator and really knows his stuff. I highly recommend taking Skype lessons with Robert!
(I've uploaded a short video of an improvisation over Bluesette, filmed by my father at a family reunion from a month ago, using some of the devices I've learned in my lessons.)
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!
Hi folks, Not a question but just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks to Robert and colleagues. I've just completed the Assembly Line course and have not worked on something on the guitar with such enthusiasm since I discovered the humble A minor pentatonic. The course was fantastic and has got me to believe that actually playing solo guitar isn't beyond me. Brilliantly accessible with a focus on playing music, I now look forward to purchasing "The Formula" and having a look at some of the improv courses too in the coming weeks. Thanks again.
Just got the guitar home. I'm simply blown away at how fantastic the guitar is! I'll write more about it later but the string spacing, depth, and playability are perfect and it looks stunning! Thank you so much for your kindness, patience, and going the extra mile for me. Its safe to say that I won't be needing another hollow body for the rest of my life. I can't believe at this price point how great it is! Appreciate and am so grateful for your help throughout this whole process, Mike!
Finally with your Tailpiece the guitar is to my surprising a lot louder and has more sustain. But to be honest I wanted to change especially all metal-pieces into gold. Cause in my eyes it looks fuckin nice. Almost last but most important thing for that was your Tailpiece. Now it's just the toggle that wants to be changed into gold, but I‘m not touching the electronics. I‘m in general a musician, not a guitar-builder. Thanks a lot for your beautiful Tailpiece!
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.
Watch as Louis LaPaitra Jr. Comments On, and performs with his new Ruby Red Conti Entrada archtop guitar.
This is exactly what I needed and exactly what I was looking for. I've been in love with chord melody playing but could absolutely not figure out where to even start. There's tons of youtube content out there, but very little guidance. You're just thrown into the deep end and expected to figure it out yourself. While there is some value to that (and I don't think I could have maximized the value I got from this course if it wasn't for some of the other training I've done), Conti does a phenomenal job of removing all the guess work. By giving you a limited set of options to get started, you immediately have all the voicings you need to start figuring out arrangements. After I finished the course I popped open the real book and just kept working on applying the voicings every day, sometimes to different standards, sometimes to the same one to internalize a certain set of voicings more deeply. And it works. After just a few months of practice, I can genuinely say I have some ability to play chord melody, and I find myself surprised by what my hands are able to do on the guitar. It's an immense joy to be able to do a little bit of justice to this music and to find what I'm capable of, and I absolutely could not have done it without this course. Thank you Robert Conti!!!
I've been waiting to listen to this album for years, and I am so glad to finally get to hear it. It was well worth the wait. Robert's playing is so beautifully exposed in this selection of standards plus one additional tune. They are all so tastefully arranged and showcase his wonderful solo guitar style. I've learned so much from studying his books, and listening to this really demonstrates how you can develop these tools into arrangements that stand on their own. Sit back and relax as you enjoy this stunning solo performance.
Robert Conti is a genius of Jazz guitar just like Wes Montgomery – both developed their own unique voice and approach. Robert plays up to 300 beats per minute on his many records and has a tremendous fluid technique. Robert Conti approach is fresh, simple and effective to get anyone to play blues and jazz lines straight away.
I was extremely happy with been able to have the opportunity of a one to one session with Robert Conti. It was just like being in a bar chatting about aspects of playing. Robert is very approachable and is open to discuss all aspects pf playing. I studied the material and had questions. The ideas demonstrated and discussed just connected effortlessly.
The discussion was very fruitful with new ideas was also given by Robert which was very appreciated. It was such a great session that Robert and I agreed to connect again with specific questions about the DVD called Big City Blues Vol 1.
When I think of Mr. Conti, the first word that comes in mind is: GENEROSITY! He never watches the time, and never makes you feel time is running, and you never can feel he’s boring himself and just gives you private lesson to earn money. To the contrary, he takes with you all the time you need (for me he takes one hour more because he understood I’m very interested with music and motivated to work hard on his material).
He speaks to you as if you were his own son, you are immediately so confident with him, although you can be somehow nervous at the beginning haha! He really wants you to become the best player you can be!
He gives all the material you need, can answer to any question that comes in your mind, and highly motivates you to work hard. He will give immediately new ideas that you can incorporate to your playing instantly.
Believe me, I’m a professional player, and my playing is getting on a new level with Bob’s approach! I just can tell this material is fantastic and I will work all his DVDs (AND I LIKE THAT HE MAKES NEW ADVANCED DVD SERIES !!!)
So, work on his material, prepare a few questions and HAVE A PRIVATE LESSON WITH BOB YOU WON’T REGRET IT! May these few words be helpful for passionate jazz guitarist, and let’s share with everyone what we learn with Bob, because transmission of this wonderful art is highly important! THANKS AGAIN MR. ROBERT CONTI !!!
I must say that Bob is exceeding my expectations. He is an outstanding musician and educator. I feel like he has really taken the time to understand my current skill level and put together a plan that optimizes practice time.
Bob knows how to set learning goals and motivate his students to achieve them. I’ve never been so optimistic about my jazz-guitar-playing future!
Looking forward to the next lesson!
I have been playing guitar for 36 years, mostly rock, but have been trying to play jazz off and on for several years. I have always been stuck memorizing arrangements or transcriptions note for note until now. I have been studying "The Formula" and many of Mr. Conti's arrangements lately and a light bulb went on. I feel liberated! I was playing the same old turnarounds over and over when I noticed the secret to making up my own. Using information from "The Formula" and by studying Mr. Conti's arrangements I am able to hear turnarounds in my head and make them up on the fly! Also, I understand and am able to change some of the chords in the arrangements every time I play them if I want. I guess what I am saying is that even though Mr. Conti's arrangements are great, I am able to hear and play different variations of them every time. Thank You so much!
Two thumbs up for Robert and his entire team! I just got this beautiful Entrada and have been floating up on Cloud 9 ever since I first touched it. The sound is simply amazing. It radiates that elusive jazz tone that one can spend years trying to find or create. Right out of the box the action was setup perfectly and required only a slight tuning of the strings. The neck of this guitar is slender and fits nicely in the hand from the bottom to the top of the fretboard. I agree with Robert when he says it “plays like butter”. I also like the balance between the headstock and the body so with or without the strap it doesn’t want to tip up or down. The entire experience from ordering to receiving this guitar has been great fun. Thanks again Robert, Steve and Mike!
Love the video! Robert is so kind and generous as a teacher and I really have enjoyed his lessons. What a wonderful introduction to my new guitar! My family watched the video too and we are all so excited for it to arrive on Monday! I am like a kid right before Christmas!
Thanks again, to you and Robert and all the folks who made this guitar possible for me!
Yes, 'Bob' arrived Friday, nice! Loved the intro video, thank Robert for us. My wife Claire watched it with me, and was impressed with his passion for music, the instruments, and the people. Guitar looks and feels great. The nice grain on the top looks like a spruce cap, is that the case? Also, I have to report a dissatisfaction in playability. I don't know if the guitar could be faulty? I find in life that effort is usually rewarded, however, when I play I don't seem to be making any effort, but still the sound comes out, I don't understand 😉 Will contact next week, with photo to follow.
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!
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.
I try to make some comments for your website although my English is not the best. But I can tell right now that your products were a kind of revelation for me. As Robert says in the video, I was one of those who has lost a lot of time with « mode and scales ». Thanks a lot for those DVDs!
I'm just finishing (working on Danny Boy) the Assembly Line and loved it. Starting the Formula! now and on my second exercise in the Precision Technique. Loving every bit of it! I am so excited because Mr. Conti's materials are transforming my playing!
I''m 61 (yep) and play in a jazz combo. I do pretty well playing and reading changes which works fine because I'm the only rhythm instrument. Soloing? Even after all these years/decades, I struggle in spite of owning just about every jazz guitar instruction book there is. I mean, really. So, I committed this last month, come hell or high water, to go thru RC's first Improv DVD along with his Technique DVD. Every day. And you know what? I've progressed more in these last few weeks, improvisationally, than any time before. Again, mind you, I've been playing and getting paid to do so for decades!