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Welcome to UpFront Guitars and Music

Welcome to UpFront Guitars! It's a relief to finally have some decent Spring weather, and despite the temptation to go out and play, we're hard at work getting several new models and product lines up on our website. We've recently gotten some very cool new products, and we'll be bringing on more help at UpFront to improve the accuracy and timeliness of our website stock.

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

Funny name, but an interesting an unique pedal that is essentially 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


We recently received our first two Severn guitars with 12" radius fingerboards and medium frets. 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

Many models now in stock for Strat, Tele, and Humbucker.  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. The result is great sound in both vintage styles and more modern flavors. David Allen is getting quite a following with top Nashville and session players, and we have not tried a David Allen pickup that we didn't like. 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.

All about the bass - Many of our favorite models now in stock: M-2500, L-2000, SB-2, LB-100, in alder, swamp ash and pine. We keep saying it, but pine works great for bass guitars, with smooth highs and clear, clean lows. G&L makes excellent bass guitars with models that appeal to both purists and progressive players.

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. 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

Emerson keeps upgrading their product line, and besides introducing their own super tight tolerance CTS potentiometers in 2014, they've just announced their own made in USA paper-in-oil capacitor for 2015. 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 in the pipeline is a Premier Dreadnought Mahogany and a Rosewood Laminate Solo Concert. 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.

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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 but have more on the shelves. 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. Back to top

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 at 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. 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