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 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.
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 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!
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 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 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 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 Vintage Tallboy Tele Neck Pickup Chrome
Neck Pickups for Telecaster® style guitars are fickle beasts, and finding a good one can be hit-or-miss. Often they are on the murky side, lacking in definition and clarity. Rio Grande knows the secret to squeezing great tone out of this classic design and the Tallboy Tele pickup can really wake up your guitar.