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Welcome to UpFront Guitars and Music

Welcome to UpFront Guitars! Spring is almost here, and after a record-breaking winter in the Boston area, there are some patches of grass here and there. Not exactly green grass but it's a start. There is a lot new with many of our manufacturers, so check out some of the product updates down below.

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?

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.

G&L SB-2 in Pine - We've now got a couple SB-2 bass guitars in the shop with high quality straight grained pine bodies. They look really good and weigh in right at about 8 pounds. These guitars have a sweet clear top end and a more piano-like bottom than the typical Alder model. Comfortable and nice tone, don't overlook pine!

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 Empress Wood guitars - G&L obtained enough Empress wood to build about 50 guitars, and we’ve still got a few in stock. Empress is a fast growing hardwood native to China but also planted in North America. It has an attractive broad grain, a bright top end like swamp ash, but punches like alder. Plus it’s very light and Empress guitars are typically in the low 7’s. We have Empress guitars in stock in both ASAT Classic, Special, and Bluesboy configurations

Fender Prototype SB-2- If you are looking for something downright modern and a little evil looking, we have a prototype SB-2 bass in satin graphite metallic with matching headstock and neck. Yes, a rare G&L with a finished neck, and if you are into a modern almost industrial look, this bass has it.

G&L LB-100 Bass in Pine - We can't help it, we just dig how the pine guitars feel and sound. We've got a couple slick LB-100 pine-bodied guitars on order, both with the slimmer JB style #8 neck that is 1.5" wide at the nut.

Knaggs - Response to the Knaggs line last year exceeded our expectations, and frankly at the moment we're a little light on stock. But we've got several guitars in the pipeline that should be here in April. We're very excited to be receiving the first two Severn guitars with 12" radius fingerboards and medium frets. We really like these guitars but feel that the 9" fingerboard and narrow frets don't really fit the spirit of the guitar. Our rep agrees, and we're anxiously awaiting their arrival. Also on the order books is a Steve Stevens signature model, and a couple of our best selling model, the Kenai.

Emerson Custom Guitars - Emerson keeps upgrading their product line, and besides now using their own super tight tolerance CTS potentiometers, they just announced 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 just what's available out their for old parts. Prices will be going up slightly with the new capacitors, and will become available as we deplete stock on the previous models.

Breedlove Guitars - Coming soon to UpFront Guitars will be 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've got a couple great guitars on order, a Coccobolo 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 in the pipeline is a Premier Dreadnought Mahogany and a Rosewood Laminate Solo Concert.

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

David Allen Pickups - Now in stock. We hit it off with Mr. Allen at NAMM, and we've now got quite a few of his fine pickups in stock. 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 "vintage" moniker. The result is great sound in both vintage styles and more modern flavors. His Tele pickups totally knocked us out, and we could hear clear differences between the various styles. His P-51 Humbucker set uses Alnico IV for a great blend of vintage tone with better attack, and these are now optional in the Knaggs Kenai and other models.

Traynor/Yorkville Sound - To go with our expanded line of G&L bass guitars, we're going to carry more bass amps. First up is their Small Block bass combo amps. These are "cube" type amps that combine 200 watts of Class D power and a single 15" speaker with tweeter. At only 31 pounds, they are perfect for practice or clubs. They also feature an XLR out when you need a little help for larger venues. Our first one sold out in about 24 hours and we're now waiting for a couple more. We're giving the Hughes and Kettner line some thought too. While they don't conform to our "North America" ethos, they do offer tremendous flexibility for players who want both great cleans and huge crunch tones.

Breedlove Guitars - Coming soon to UpFront Guitars will be 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've got a couple great guitars on order, a Coccobolo 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 in the pipeline is a Premier Dreadnought Mahogany and a Rosewood Laminate Solo Concert.

Rio Grande Pickups - It’s hard to imagine a pickup that Rio Grande doesn’t make (or won’t make). We’ve got a great selection in stock a all times and really like their Dirty Harry line of single coils for Strat and Tele guitars. Built like a P-90, they give guitarists a great way to getter fatter, richer rock tones without losing the single coil edge. There is a Dirty Harry humbucker too that splits like a real single coil.

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.