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. Due to availability issues, we have just a few items left in stock and will not be replenishing our inventory. Get them while you can!
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.
Rio Grande Bladerunner for Strat
Designed the emulate a medium-output Humbucker, the Rio Grande Bladerunner is a handy way to add Humbucker fullness in any single coil guitar. Not a "distortion" pickup but certainly enough output to drive the front end of your amp or favorite pedal quite nicely.
Rio Grande Bluesbar P90 Pickup
The Rio Grande Bluesbar direct-mount P90® is one powerful pickup. We tried it out in -- what else? -- a Custom Shop LP and were really impressed.
Rio Grande Bluesdawg P-90 Pickup
The Rio Grande Bluesdawg Dog-Ear mount P-90® is one powerful pickup. We tried it out in -- what else? -- a Custom Shop LP Junior and were really impressed.
Available in Black or Creme. Please specify cover color when ordering.
Rio Grande Buffalo Bucker Pickups - All Styles
The secret of the classic PAF style humbuckers is that they were not high output pickups. The Rio Grande Buffalo Bucker is designed to recreate those classic 50's tones with clarity and openness that just is not possible with higher output pickups.
Rio Grande Buffalo Texas Pickup Sets
The Rio Grande Buffalo-Genuine Texas set includes a Buffalo Bucker neck pickup, and a Genuine Texas bridge pickup, and is a great way to breathe some sparkle and clarity into your ES-335 type guitar and save a little money over buying the pickups separately.
Rio Grande Dirty Harry for Strat
Rio Grande takes your Strat® type guitar up a notch with the Dirty Harry pickup for Strat. Voiced for the bridge position, Rio Grande crams the power and tone of their P-90 Blues Bar onto a Strat sized bobbin. With the Dirty Harry, your Strat will finally have the power for rich, crunchy lead work.
Rio Grande Dirty Harry Humbucker
Based on Rio's successful Dirty Harry Tele® and Strat® pickups, Rio Grande has essentially doubled the fun by creating the Dirty Harry Humbucker, a P-90 inspired true-splitting humbucker that fits into any standard humbucker bezel.
Rio Grande Dirty Harry Tele Bridge
It's our best selling pickup, and if your Muy Grande Tele® bridge is still a little too tame for your tastes, notch it up with the Dirty Harry Tele Bridge. Rio Grande crams the power and tone of their P-90 Blues Bar onto a Tele sized bobbin. With a Dirty Harry, you'll never be playing to an empty chair!
Rio Grande Dirty Harry Tele Neck
Is your Tele® neck pickup not getting the job done? Then you need an enforcer like the Rio Grande Dirty Harry Tele neck pickup. Rio Grande crams the power and tone of their P-90 Jazz Bar onto a Tele sized bobbin. With true P-90 style construction the Dirty Harry Tele neck brings power and punch to push your guitar to the front of the mix.
Rio Grande Dirty Harry Tele Set
Walk softly......or not: With the Rio Grande Dirty Harry Tele® pickup set, Rio Grande crams the power and tone of their P-90 Jazz Bar and Blues Bar onto a Tele sized bobbins. With true P-90 style construction the Dirty Harry Tele set will make your day.