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UpFront Guitars is pleased to carry two great brands of pickups, both unique in their own ways:

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, but focuses on great sounding pickups that are useable and inspiring for both live performances and recording. Rio Grande is one of the few winders that know how to make a hot pickup that does not sound like mud. They also make one of the few replacement pickups for the large G&L MFD pickup used in the ASAT Special guitars. 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.

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Arcane '51 Experience Tele Bridge Pickup

The Arcane '51 Experience Tele® bridge pickup faithfully recreates the full-but-twangy early 50's Tele bridge experience. Hand made in California, '51 Experience is an eminently pedal-friendly bridge pickup that is twangy but never brittle.

Our price: $99.00
Market price: $120.00
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 Tele 42 Neck '51 Experience Set

The Arcane 42/51 Tele® set is a Hybrid set consisting of their "42" Tele Neck pickup and '51 Experience bridge pickup. Hand made in California, the 42/51 gives you round Tele neck tones with much cleaner attack, and an eminently pedal-friendly bridge pickup that is twangy but never brittle.

Our price: $188.00
Market price: $230.00
Arcane Triple Clone Humbucker Bridge Pickups

The Arcane Triple Clone Humbucker bridge pickup is hand made and hand wound in California. Meticulously crafted to emulate the classic tones of a 1960 PAF, the Arcane Triple Clone is the School of Rock in a little brown box.

Our price: $129.00
Market price: $149.00
Rio Grande 60's Tallboy Tele Bridge Pickup

Special from Rio Grande! The Rio Grande Tallboy 60's style bridge pickup gives you the look and sound of what makes the Telecaster® one of most beloved guitars of all time. If you're just "not hearing it" from your Tele® the Tallboy 60's pickup is here to help.

Our price: $85.00
Market price: $106.00
Rio Grande BBQ Bucker Pickups - All Styles

The Rio Grande BBQ Bucker is Rio Grande's muscular 50's style humbucker optimized for the bridge position. Not a distortion pickup, but more output and more mids to make the bridge position of your guitar really jump. This is Rio Grande's most popular pickup, and we stock several styles in both 2 and 4 conductor wiring.

Our price: $104.00
Rio Grande Big Bottom Tele Classic Set Chrome

With all due respect to Spinal Tap, this is the REAL big bottom. The Rio Grande Big Bottom Tele® set is the best of both worlds: Clear and distinct neck tones with a bigger bridge sound with strong midrange and smooth high highs. We had Rio Grande make us this set with a Chrome neck pickup so the look of your guitar remains unchanged.

Our price: $155.00
Market price: $194.00
Rio Grande Big Bottom Tele Set Black

With all due respect to Spinal Tap, this is the REAL big bottom. The Rio Grande Big Bottom Tele® set is the best of both worlds: Clear and distinct neck tones with a bigger bridge sound with strong midrange and smooth high highs.

Our price: $147.00
Market price: $184.00
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