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, 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 continue to add to our selection of David Allen Pickups
Looking to offer custom-deisgn pickups for unique applications, we reached out to Brian Porter, founder of Porter Pickups. Porter pickups makes pickup styles for practically any type of guitar you can think of, and they are more than willing to collaborate on specials. We are excited to be working on some interesting offerings available only at UpFront Guitars.
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.
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.
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.
David Allen Cool Cat P-90 Bridge Pickup
The David Allen Cool Cat P-90 bridge pickup is all vintage bark and modern bite. Using Alnico V magnets wound a little hotter than a vintage era pickup, it is a paragon of versatility and power.
David Allen Dirty Cats Humbucker Pickup Sets
The David Allen Dirty Cats humbucker pickup set is an interesting hybrid set using both Alnico 2 and 5 magnets. But "dirty" does not begin to fully describe them, and they offer a wide range of tones from clean to mean.
David Allen Echoes Dual-Output Strat Set - Inspired by David Gilmour
The David Allen Echoes Strat Set is the powerful combination of his popular 'Voodoo' blues pickups and a dual-output bridge pickup. This set is meant to take you through the paces of David Gilmour inspired tones so they are anything but one-trick ponies, especially when it comes to the switchable bridge pickup. Get the very best of late sixties strat tones with an edge for the modern player.
David Allen HellCats Humbucker Pickup Sets
The David Allen HellCats humbucker pickup set is voiced for dynamic rock crunch tones without sacrificing note separation and detail. Combining both power and sensitivity, the HellCats set is remarkably flexible and musical.
David Allen Specials Telecaster Pickup Set
Looking to give your Tele® a shot in the arm without losing its essential character? The David Allen Specials Tele set produces classic Telecaster® tone with the enhanced dynamics to fit the needs of modern country and other styles of music.
David Allen Texas Flood Strat Pickup Set - Parchment
David Allen is known for going the extra mile when emulating signature pickups and he;s done it again with the Texas Flood Pickup Set. Modeled after the 1985 strat tones of Stevie Ray Vaughn, this set is bold, balanced and "pure" strat top to bottom. Through tedious prototyping and interviews they captured the definitive voice of that Stevie era in an updated package made to work for today's musicians.
David Allen Tru '62 Strat Pickup Set
Inspired by the examination of a real '62 Strat®, the David Allen Tru '62 Strat® pickup set is designed to emulate their glassy tones and vintage quack.