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UpFront Guitars is pleased to carry three great brands of pickups, each with a different design approach:

Rio Grande makes some very interesting pickups and despite their "Bad to the Bone" slogan they are way more than just hot pickups. Rio Grande makes a full range of pickups for Fender® and Gibson® style guitars from the vintage-inspired "Tallboy" series to the beefy "Muy Grande" line. Rio does not obsess on being totally faithful to any particular vintage style, and has several unique hybrid designs such as their "Dirty Harry" series of P-90 style pickups for Strat® and Tele®. At Rio Grande, rules are made to be broken. Made in Texas, USA.

Made in California, Arcane pickups offers both reproduction pickups that are as vintage-correct as possible, and "specials" that are optimized for specific situations like more beef for your Strat® Bridge, or a cleaner more percussive Tele® neck. Hand wound, serialized and signed, Arcane pickups are "magnetic art" that can help your reach your musical aspirations. We have a full selection of pickups for Fender and Gibson style guitars wound to various vintage specifications, plus a couple specials made just for us.

Our newest line is David Allen pickups, also from California. David Allen focuses on "the sound" of a particular era, style or artist, and engineers the product to achieve the desired result. This gives David Allen more freedom to experiment with materials, magnet types, wire gages etc., and not be constrained solely by what was done back in the day. So for example while he makes a "57" inspired humbucker, he focuses on nailing the sound, not just replicating vintage construction. We sampled several of his products at NAMM and were genuinely impressed.

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Arcane '50 Experience Tele Bridge Pickup

The Arcane '50 Experience Tele® bridge pickup is the fattest and fullest sounding of the Arcane Tele Experience series. Hand made in California, the '50 Experience will give your Tele more muscle, but with a vintage voice.

Our price: $99.00
Market price: $120.00
Arcane '54 Experience Strat Pickup Set

The Arcane '54 Experience Strat® pickup set is designed to to faithfully recreate the smooth glassy tones of Leo Fender's original pickups . Hand made in California using period-correct materials, the '54 Experience is the next best thing to being there.

Our price: $231.00
Market price: $276.00
Arcane '57 Experience Humbucker Bridge Pickups

The Arcane '57 Experience Humbucker Bridge pickup is hand made and hand wound in California. Meticulously crafted to emulate the classic tones of a late 50's PAF, the Arcane '57 is the next best thing to time travel, and a lot cheaper.

Our price: $129.00
Market price: $149.00
Arcane '57 Experience Humbucker Neck Pickups

The Arcane '57 Experience Humbucker neck pickup is hand made and hand wound in California. Meticulously crafted to emulate the classic tones of a late 50's PAF, the Arcane '57 is the next best thing to time travel.

Our price: $129.00
Market price: $149.00
Arcane '57 Experience P-90 Set

The Arcane '57 Experience P-90 Pickup Set is built to closely replicate the sound of a late 50's P-90 pickup. Hand-wound in California and using premium materials, you'll experience both beautiful clean tones and rich, singing rock crunch.

Our price: $184.00
Market price: $220.00
Arcane Tele 42 Custom Experience Neck Pickup

The Arcane Custom Experience 42 Tele® neck pickup is hand made and hand wound in California. The Custom Experience 42 Tele neck is a Strat/Tele hybrid that pumps out traditional tones with much cleaner attack and better clarity. It's a great cure for blah Tele pickups.

Our price: $92.00
Market price: $110.00
Arcane Texas Special Strat Bridge Pickup

Looking for a little more juice from our Stratocaster® bridge position, Rob from Arcane made us the Arcane Strat® Texas Special bridge pickup. Expertly wound and constructed to give your Strat a little more authority and versatility, without wrecking the essential character of the world's most famous guitar design.

Our price: $77.00
Market price: $92.00
David Allen Alley Cats Humbucker Pickup Sets

The David Allen Alley Cats pickup set uses Alnico II magnets and modern voicing to create a super clean humbucker sound inspired by the Gibson '57 PAF designs. It's perfect for players who want the rock ability of humbucking pickups without sacrificing clarity and note definition.

Our price: $240.00
Market price: $280.00
David Allen Cheetah Telecaster Pickup Set

The David Allen Cheetah Tele® set fills the need for classic Tele tone with the additional clarity and punch needed for both traditional country and more modern styles of music.

Our price: $179.95
Market price: $220.00
David Allen Colt '51's Telecaster Pickup Set

The David Allen Colt '51 Tele® set is designed to give your guitar an authentic '51 "Nocaster" bridge tone but with much improved fidelity at the neck position. You'll get vintage twang and a wider range of tones for many styles of music.

Our price: $220.00
Market price: $250.00
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