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Welcome to UpFront Guitars and Music

Welcome to UpFront Guitars! It's not exactly the dog days of summer, but after a very long and cool spring it's finally hot up in New England. We hope that everyone is having a great summer, and getting a chance for some much needed vacation. We've learned a couple things about this business: In the summertime guitar sales go down but accessory sales go up. So we've got a good stock of guitars and are still working feverishly to photograph and review the latest crop of G&L, Knaggs and Breedlove guitars. Pickups are moving well and we've got new pickups coming from Rio Grande every couple of weeks, and Emerson wiring kits continue to be a fun summer tweaking project. As always if you don't see what you want, give us a call or drop us an email. 

If you have not been to our site before, we specialize in a few selected brands of guitars, amplifiers and accessories that are almost all made in North America, and offer exceptional value for the gigging performer, serious hobbyist, or player looking to take their gear up a notch. 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 about the product. At UpFront Guitars we offer guitars made by craftsmen, not accountants.

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So What's New At UpFront Guitars?

Breedlove Guitars - Now in stock we've got a Breedlove Premium Auditorium Rosewood, Breedlove Premium Concert in both Mahogany and Rosewood, Oregon Concert, Passport Traveler, and a Stage Black Magic Concert. We've been impressed one way or another by every guitar, and the Premium Auditorium Rosewood is just exquisite. Breedlove is making guitars that deserve to be measured against the best that Taylor and Martin have to offer. All Breedlove guitars offer unique design features and uncompromising sound. They are certainly worth a look.

G&L - Lots of new guitars in stock. See our "On Order" page for a full list of what's in stock and available

G&L Price Increase - After probably three years of holding the line, selected G&L models will be going up in price effective August 1st. There will be no increase in options, and not all guitars are affected. We'll be adjusting our MAP and list pricing effective that date. If you are thinking of custom ordering a guitar, now is a good time. 

THE G&L Detroit Muscle Series - While I was not of driving age of the sixties, the big block muscle cars of the late sixties hold a nostalgic place in automotive history. They didn't turn or stop very well, but with a pair of glass packs and traction bars, many a street cruiser was created. G&L's Detroit Muscle series takes includes five G&L Models - Legacy, Legacy HB, Fallout, ASAT Special, and LB-100 and finishes them in authentic muscle car colors. All guitars come with rosewood fingerboards, single-ply black pickguards and matching headstocks. So our "On Order" page to find out what's on the way.

G&L ASAT Classic Pine - Pine it totally underrated as a tone wood, and probably because the name just lacks sex appeal. But we've totally dug every pine ASAT we've had in the shop and we still have two in stock; one butterscotch and one three color sunburst with white binding and all are in stock. Plus pine is also lighter than swamp ash or alder. Be brave!

Special Order your own G&L - If you can wait about eight weeks, you can any G&L model in the color and appointments of your choice! Browse our extensive inventory of current and past guitars for ideas, and then give us a call. We can get the guitar of your dreams faster than anyone.

And there are always more guitars in stock than we have photographed. If you do not see what you are looking for, just call or check our "On Order/Coming Soon" page.

Knaggs - Knaggs is showing that the best guitars ever made are being made right now, and we've got several new guitars in stock. All are stunning and beautifully resonant. These are expertly crafted instruments that offer boutique fit-and-finish and attention to detail that is unmatched. Knaggs pays special attention to the construction and hardware selection to maximize resonance and sustain. All you have to do is strum one to know that all their homework has paid off. BTW: Knaggs also builds the PRS private stock collection and PRS acoustics. So when PRS needs something above the ordinary, you know where they go.

Arcane Pickups - Now in stock! See our "On Order" page for a full list of what we have available. Rob from Arcane started this business several years ago as a pickup consultant, and custom pickup maker for artists like Dave Grohl and the irrepressible Phil X. Arcane is currently the OEM supplier for boutique builders like James Trussart Custom Guitars, plus they have their own line of pickups that faithfully replicate the sounds of the most famous design in history.  We've got a great selection of items on the way, including a few "specials" that we know will be especially useful to G&L Legacy and Bluesboy fans.

Rio Grande Pickups - Without a doubt our best selling pickup of late is the "Dirty Harry" series of P-90 construction pickups for the Tele bridge position. This pickup combines more midrange bite, better pedal performance, and less ear piercing top end then a traditional Tele bridge pickup. But it retains enough twang to keep everyone happy. They go fast, and are certainly worth a try.

Godin - We've beefed up our selection of the A6 Ultra line of steel string acoustic electrics, including some limited edition Trans Black and Blue models with flame maple tops. These guitars tend to sell quick and our stock is constantly changing, so if you don't see something just call or email. The Godin Montreal Premiere is a real gem, and just received an Editor's Pick award from Guitar Player magazine. With or without Bigsby, it's clean articulate tones are great for jazz, pop, or rock. It will give you a different outlook on electric guitar and deserves a spot in your collection.

Traynor/Yorkville Sound - Traynor has been making great guitar amplifiers for over 40 years, and it is often referred to as the "Canadian Fender." We like to think of them as the "Godin of Amplifiers." In our quest to find North American made amplifiers that offer great sound quality, high grade components, and value, Traynor emerged as the top pick. We've now got several of their models in stock, and a couple more in the hopper that will be on the site shortly.  We've road tested several of their amps at band practices, jam sessions, and recording and they hold their own quite handily against many high end offerings. In addition, their parent company Yorkville Sound makes pro-audio sound reinforcement equipment that fits applications from weekend warriors to fixed installations. If you are looking for top-notch sound gear, call us for a consultation.

Emerson Custom Guitars - Lots of wiring kits now in stock for Tele, Strat, Les Paul, and bass guitars. But they tend to go fast, followed by a dry spell while we wait for more. So act fast! The EM-Drive is back in stock, so get yours now, and we now have their new Paramount overdrive.

Simon & Patrick Acoustic Guitars by Godin - We're trimming our line a bit to make room for the Breedloves, so we offering some great deals on Simon & Patrick acoustic guitars. All models offer solid wood tops and thin satin or gloss finishes. Made by Godin in Canada, Simon & Patrick acoustics are great for song writing, coffee house gigs, and the basic joy of playing guitar.

Evidence Audio Monorail Patch Cables - Working with our manufacturer, we've been able to bring our price down and pass on some savings. Hands down the best sounding and most reliable patch cable for your pedalboard or rack gear. Solid core does sound better, and now it's at a better price.