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Happy July from UpFront Guitars! The summer is finally here, and while it's generally a slow time for sales, we are going to use it productively. We've got a new sales associate on board -- Eric -- and we're at it tooth-and-nail getting all our product listed and our site more up to date. There is a lot of news this month, including a lot of feature and price changes at G&L. So check out all our brands and see what's new out there.

Since 2010, UpFront guitars has been committed to being your informative and professional source for high quality guitars and accessories. We carry North American made products from companies like G&L, Breedlove, Godin, Traynor, Emerson Custom, and Knaggs. We specifically focus on just a few selected brands that offer exceptional value for the gigging performer, serious hobbyist, or player looking to take their gear up a notch. By being focused, it also means that we keep a good stock on hand, and really know the product. We also play, test, and photograph every piece of gear you see on our site, and can tell you more than just what color it is and the price. Every word is written by us, and we don't cut and paste ad copy from our supplier's websites. It's a time consuming process, but it's our mission to make shopping for gear engaging and satisfying. The internet is here to stay, and many players are comfortable making a significant purchase on line....if they can get knowledgeable information and talk to someone who really cares. At UpFront Guitars we offer guitars made by craftsmen, not accountants.

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So What's New At UpFront Guitars?

SolodallasKnaggs  ~  David Allen  ~  G&L  ~  Emerson  ~  Breedlove  ~ Godin  ~  Traynor  ~  Rio Grande  ~  UFG Cables

Solodallas Schaffer Replica

Solodallas has moved their production from Austria to the US, and availability should be getting better soon. The Solodallas Schaffer Replica is heralded as the "Sound of AC/DC." Based on the 1970's Schaffer wireless transmitter used by Angus Young, the Solodallas pedal replicates the harmonic complexity and expansive tones so beloved by the mega-bands of the late 70's. Hard to keep in stock but worth the wait, the Solodallas pedal is perfect for blues, classic rock and roots players. Back to top

Knaggs

Several used and new Knaggs are now in stock, and on the way is a very nice Faded Red Kenai P-90. This is only our second Knaggs with P-90 pickups, and like every Knaggs they sound especially clean and open. We recently received our first two Severn guitars with 12" radius fingerboards and medium frets. One is already gone, but we still have our Winter Solstice HSS model in stock. Compared to the standard narrower fret 9" radius Severn guitars, these guitars are in our minds what the Severn should be. These are arguably the most flexible guitars of the Knaggs line, perfect for almost any style of music, and definitely worth checking out. Also in the shop is a Knaggs Steve Steven's Signature model, serial number #40 out of a limited run of 100. More traditional in execution than the typical Knaggs, we think of the Steve Steven's Signature as about the best Les Paul you can buy. Back to top

David Allen Pickups

We've been busy installing and testing several models of the David Allen pickups. We're about done with the Humbuckers and Tele® models and moving on to the Strats® very soon. See our blog post for a quick roundup on the humbuckers: http://tiny.cc/yic6zx.   David Allen makes some "vintage inspired" pickups but does not restrict himself to only replicating vintage construction. He's chasing "the tone" by using high quality materials and techniques without being hemmed in by the "replica" moniker. David Allen is getting quite a following with top Nashville and session players, and we have not tried a David Allen pickup that didn't work well for some style of type of playing. Back to top

G&L - New guitars coming in from G&L every month and we've got some pretty neat items on the way or on the shelves.

Price increase and new specifications! - As of July 1st, G&L has increased prices, and also revamped their pricing structure. In addition they've made several changes to standard neck profiles and pickup options. Most notably on several guitars G&L will be using their own USA humbucker in place of the Seymour Duncan pickups. The G&L MAP price will now be 30% of their list price, and much like Fender the street price and the MAP price are pretty much one in the same. As we start posting new arrivals there will be no "shopping cart" price and we will just be listing our MAP price. Feel free to call us, but we will respect the new G&L advertised pricing. Fore more details see our blog post: http://tiny.cc/7oc6zx

G&L "Original Leo Spec" ASAT - For optimal sound, weight and comfort, the original ASAT guitar was designed to have a 1.65" thick body. Leo being Leo, he was trying improve on the Tele, not just copy it. However sometime in the 90's G&L went back to original Fender Tele thickness of 1.78". The "Original Leo Spec" thinner body is now available as a no-cost option on any ASAT. Besides saving about a third of a pound, it's more comfortable, especially when combined with a rear body contour. We'll have some in stock by May, and they are available for custom orders now.

G&L Fallout - One of G&L's most successful new models, the Fallout takes the lightweight SC-2 body and drops in their own excellent P-90 neck pickup and a Seymour Duncan JB bridge pickup (as of July 1st, their own G&L Humbucker). It's a potent rock machine that can range from smooth jazzy tones, to smoky blues, to scorching rock. An affordable USA guitar that won't sound like all your other guitars, and worth a look.

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Emerson Custom

Customers keep raving about how much better their guitars and basses sound with an Emerson wiring assembly. It's true! You'll be surprised what good components can do for your sound, even on a high end guitar. Emerson assemblies now come with their own made in USA paper-in-oil capacitor. This is not "New Old Stock" but "New Stock" made just for Emerson.  They worked many months with a US manufacturer, and these high quality components will allow Emerson to control the quality of their materials, and not be subject to the whims of surplus NOS inventory. We have the new models in stock now, and will be reducing prices on the older NOS capacitor kits. Back to top

Breedlove Guitars

We are excited to announce that we now have a couple of the Breedlove Legacy series of guitars. The Legacy line is the next step up from the USA Premier line and feature upgraded appointments, woods, and finishes. We also now have two other great guitars: Cocobolo Legacy Dreadnought and a Maple Legacy Jumbo. Both these guitars feature beautiful burst finishes, and the balanced expertly crafted tone that is the Breedlove signature. Also on order are a couple of their Myrtle wood Oregon series guitars. While more affordably priced, these are really some of our favorites. Myrtle has a nice rich tone that sounds more "old" and broken in right out of the box. Back to top

Godin - Godin is always busy, and has several new models for 2015. Here's a quick sample of what we liked and subsequently put on order:

Session Ltd - Godin has taken the popular Session guitar, contoured the body, made it a little thinner to reduce the weight, and dropped in a Seymour Duncan  SH-11 pickup in the bridge instead of the standard Godin humbucker. They look about twice the money, but are just a small premium over the standard Session. These also come in some very nice metallic finishes. We've now got a gold metallic model in stock, and it's real sharp.

Session Custom '59 - Think of this as a "Godin Bluesboy" and you get the picture. But Godin switched to the Seymour Duncan '59 in the neck to provide a little more attack and a better tonal match to their Alnico bridge pickup. Good idea, and one just arrived.

Core CT - We love the Godin Core line, and for 2015 Godin added a carved top, and chambered Spanish Cedar back to help keep the weight down. Spanish Cedar is really a form of mahogany, but it's typically lighter in weight than other varieties. These guitars still play an feel like the originals, but look better and weigh in the comfortable mid-seven pound range. At the moment they are only in Black and Sunburst, but I don't imagine that lasting.

Old Style Core P90 and HB - We still have a few of the 2014 models in stock at great prices. While they last, they are excellent sounding guitars and a real steal.

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Traynor/Yorkville Sound

New in the shop is the 15-watt Traynor YGL 12-inch combo. It's a simple single channel EL-84 powered combo with Celestion Greeback speaker and digital reverb. While priced well below smaller boutique combos, we were mightily impressed with how natural and open it sounded. Great for gigs, home or studio, and not your typical budget combo! Back to top

Rio Grande Pickups

The "Dirty Harry" series of P-90 inspired Strat® and Tele® pickups continue to be best sellers. Built like a P-90, they give guitarists a great way to getter fatter, richer rock tones without losing the single coil edge. It’s hard to imagine a pickup that Rio Grande doesn’t make (or won’t make), and if you are looking for a special color or configuration, drop us a line. Rio is very flexible and they might surprise you. Back to top

UpFront Guitars Cables

Our guitar cables are getting a makeover with a nicer, silkier feeling tweed covering. And don’t forget our UpFront Evidence Audio patch cables. Solid core is sonically better, and these cables do make a difference. You can spend less, but you’ll only have to buy these cables once, and you’ll sound better. Back to top