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 Dual Calibrated Strat Set
Here is a great pickup set to make your Strat® into a versatile rock machine without seriously altering the character of the guitar. The Rio Grande Dual Calibrated set combines a Vintage Tallboy, Halfbreed, and Muy Grande pickup for a great Neck/Middle/Bridge set that combines power and punchy in-between tones.
Rio Grande Genuine Texas Humbucker - All Styles
The Rio Grande Genuine Texas Humbucker is a versatile pickup for either the bridge or neck position. Moderate in output and using ALNICO instead of cheaper ceramic magnets, the Genuine Texas Humbucker is the perfect replacement for one-dimensional lifeless humbuckers. We stock many styles in both two and four conductor wiring.
Rio Grande Greasegunner Tele Bridge pickup - Black
Texas-sized hyperbole aside, the Rio Grande Greasegunner is a dual blade humbucker pickup that will drop into almost any Tele® style bridge. If you are looking for fuller mids and better pedal performance without spoiling the look of your guitar, the Greasegunner is simple and musical fix.
Rio Grande Halfbreed Humbucker Pickups
For those who want the punch and beef of a humbucker without sonic compromises, the Rio Grande Halfbreed Humbucker is a great choice. Essentially a humbucker made of two real single coil pickups, the Halfbreed Humbucker provides great harmonic range and great split coil sounds too.
Rio Grande Halfbreed Strat Pickup All Colors
Does your Strat® type guitar need a little more oomph, but you don't want to sacrifice tone? The Rio Grande Halfbreed pickup is a great choice.
Rio Grande Jazzbar P-90 Pickup RWRP
The Rio Grande Jazzbar is a reverse-wound-reverse-polarity P-90 pickup optimized for the neck position of your guitar. Rio Grande knows how to balance power and nuance, and the Jazzbar is a great way to add both punch and clarity to your guitar.
Rio Grande Mid Bottom Tele Set Black
Too hot, too cold, or just right? Need a little more out of your Tele but don't want to mess up the classic vibe? The answer is the Rio Grande Mid-Bottom Tele Set!
Rio Grande Muy Grande ASAT Bridge
For those who love the G&L ASAT Special, there are not many options for aftermarket pickups. Thanks to Rio Grande ASAT lovers can rejoice! The Rio Grande Muy Grande for ASAT Special Bridge provides more midrange punch and heft while retaining stock looks (fits standard ASAT pickup covers).
Rio Grande Muy Grande Humbucker Pickup
The Rio Grande Muy Grande Humbucker is Rio's most powerful true splitting Humbucker pickup. Essentially a humbucker made of two real single coil pickups, the Muy Grande Humbucker provides awesome rock crunch and powerful single coil tone in one package.
Rio Grande Muy Grande Strat Pickup All Colors
Does your Strat® bridge pickup sound like a barrel of shattered glass? The Rio Grande Muy Grande Strat bridge pickup will fix that. It packs a punch, but still retains the essential character of the original. No honky nasal highs or harsh midrange, just twang with more bang!