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 Muy Grande Tele Bridge Pickup
The Rio Grande Muy Grande Tele® bridge pickup is a great way to add punch and tame those ice-pick highs without losing the essential characteristics of this classic pickup design. The Muy Grande turns your Tele® into a lead machine without giving up the right to "twang".
Rio Grande P90 Bar Pack Pickup Sets in Black or Cream
P-90 pickups were introduced in 1946 when Gibson resumed guitar production after World War II, and by the end of the 1940's it was the standard pickup on all models, including the Les Paul introduced in 1952.
Rio Grande has not forgotten the P-90 lover, and the Rio Grande Bar Pack set includes their Jazz Bar and Blues Bar P-90 pickups in a convenient set package.
Rio Grande Railgunner for Strat
The Rio Grande Railgunner pickup is designed to have similar characteristics to the Rio Grande BBQ Humbucker and is intended for the bridge position. It's a hotter version of the Rio Grande Bladerunner and is designed for those single coil players who want to go toe-to-toe with Humbucker-equipped guitars.
Rio Grande Run 'n Gun Strat Set
The Run 'n Gun set is one of Rio Grande's most powerful pickup sets for your Strat®. Combining two Bladerunner and one Railgunner pickup, the Run 'n Gun set gives you powerful noiseless rock tones for your Strat.
Rio Grande Stelly for Strat
Is the Muy Grande Strat® pickup not enough for you? Well here comes the Rio Grande Stelly. Voiced to be similar to the Muy Grande Tele Bridge pickup, it packs a mean punch for the bridge position of your Strat.
Rio Grande Tallboy Humbucker ASAT Bridge
For those who love the G&L ASAT Special, there are not many options for aftermarket pickups. Rio Grande to the rescue! The Rio Grande Tallboy Humbucker for ASAT Special Bridge provides some welcome punch to the bridge position, while retaining the clarity of true single coil - individual magnet construction.
Rio Grande Tallboy Humbucker Pickup
For those who want the noiseless benefits of a humbucker but miss the single coil clarity, the Rio Grande Tallboy Humbucker is a great choice. Essentially a humbucker made of two real single coil pickups, the Tallboy Humbucker provides great harmonic range and splits nicely too.
Rio Grande Vintage Jazz Bass Pickup Set
The Rio Grande Vintage J-Bass set is Rio's take on what a good JB-style bass should sound like. As always with Rio Grande, mission accomplished.
Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy ASAT Neck Pickup
For those who love the G&L ASAT Special, Rio Grande is one of the few options for aftermarket pickups alternatives. The Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy for ASAT Special Neck gives ASAT lovers their vintage twang fix while retaining stock appearance (fits standard ASAT pickup covers).
Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy Strat
The result of 30 years experience dealing in vintage guitar and vintage guitar repair, the Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy pickup will give your Strat® a direct infusion of mojo.