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Welcome to UpFront Guitars and Music


Spring is finally arriving to New England, and not a moment too soon. We can finally see grass, and soon we'll be grousing about bugs and yard work. At least it's light out past five o'clock. It's been a very busy winter at UpFront guitars, and we've frantically been adding to our product lineup. This past February marked the 4th anniversary of our establishment as an "LLC" business with the state of Massachusetts, and we appreciate everyone's support and business. We like to think that UpFront Guitars is growing because we "speak guitar" and not just sell guitars.

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. Every guitar has a story, and we're here to tell it so that you can make an informed decision.

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So What's New At UpFront Guitars?

Breedlove Guitars - While at NAMM, we took an extensive tour of all that Breedlove has to offer, and we were totally hooked. The Breedlove guitars feature impeccable workmanship, and innovative design features that set them apart tonally, cosmetically, and functionally. Breedlove is making guitars that deserve to be measured against the best that Taylor and Martin have to offer. Our first guitars have just arrived and will be on the site very soon. Several of the USA-built models are in process, and we'll be posting photos and reviews over the next couple of months.

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.

Arcane Pickups - 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.  Our first order of pickups is in process, and 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.

G&L - Many of the new models are now in stock, and here is a sampling:

THE G&L THE SAVANNAH COLLECTION IN STOCK -  Our stock is dwindling but we still have the Bluesboy 90 stock, and the Duncan-equipped ASAT Classic Bluesboy.  They are really beautiful, and the "old school" tobacco sunburst finish has a nice warm brown tone highlights the grain better than traditional tobacco burst. In keeping with other G&L semi hollow guitars the tones are clean, airy, and complex. 

G&L MJ-4 Bass - We have a couple of these in stock, and they are similar to the JB-2 bass but with their new 18V active electronics. If you like the idea of the Jazz Bass concept, this will take you there but with gobs more sonic flexibility.

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 now have four more in stock. Three are 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!

ASAT Bluesboy 90 - You know, P-90 pickups are much maligned, but good ones are worth their weight in guitars. G&L has come up with a great P-90 and in our opinion this is the best incarnation of of the Bluesboy. Yeah a big chrome humbucker looks good, but for tone and balance go for the P-90.

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 - The buzz about Knaggs guitars has definitely caught on, and our stock has run down just to a Tier 2 Choptank.  But we have another Severn and Kenai in the works, and they'll be here in a couple weeks. 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.

Godin - It's been hard keeping certain models in stock, but we're doing our best, so check our site often

Godin Steel Duet Ambiance - Probably the best performance acoustic we've played. Great natural tones with none of the hassle of dragging along a real acoustic. Worth a look.

Godin Session Triple Play - Back in stock, and the recent subject of a Guitar Player review. It contains a built-in Fishman wireless MIDI unit that will interface with it's own software (download for free) or any other MIDI compatible guitar product. It's also a completely conventional Session Custom at the same time, which ain't a bad thing either. Look for our review shortly

Godin LGXT - Did you ever dream of bringing just one guitar to a gig? The Godin LGXT combines two Duncan humbuckers, active piezo bridge saddles, and 13-pin synth output in one guitar. Plus it looks great with it's flame maple top, and plays like a dream. Sound too good to be true? No, it's Godin. We've got a Cognac Burst model in stock and more on the way. We got a blue one too, but my band commandeered it for "long term review."

Godin Core P90 - I keep say'in it, but these are great guitars. The chambered body and Seymour Duncan P-90 pickups offer classic beefy rock tones, but with more clarity and depth that a typical solid body. We scour Godin's "SF" inventory for every one we can get. For the money they are just too good pass up.

Godin Session - The "best" $500 North American made guitar. Maybe the only $500 North American made guitar. Good looks and awesome playability at a silly price. An excellent choice for a new player looking to move up.

Simon & Patrick Acoustic Guitars by Godin - Part of the Godin family of guitars, Simon and Patrick acoustics feature exclusively solid Cedar or Spruce tops, a wide selection of body woods, and thin responsive finishes. The Simon and Patrick line offers great playability and exceptional value. The Simon and Patrick line has been getting great press lately in both Guitar Player and Premier Guitar. These are gig-worthy instruments that offer solid value and top notch materials. If like me you are mainly an electric player looking for a high quality but not crazy high-end acoustic for song writing or coffee house gigs, these really fit the bill. We've got several models not yet on our site, so please call for availability.

Emerson Custom Guitars - Emerson has revamped their wiring kit line for 2014, and now has their own Emerson-labeled Paper-in-oil capacitor. They look good and sound as good as ever. The EM-Drive is back in stock, so get yours now, and we now have their new Paramount overdrive.

Rio Grande Pickups - As always, a full selection in stock for Strat, Tele, Humbucker, P-90, and Rio's own hybrid creations such as the "Stelly" (Tele bridge wind for your Strat) and "Dirty Harry" series (P-90 sound for almost any guitar).  If you are a Tele owner and wonder what to do with the "indifferent" sound of your neck pickup, Rio Grande has several options including their own vintage neck pickup that offers vastly superior clarity and dynamic range.

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.