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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rio Grande Big Bottom Set for ASAT
For those who love the G&L ASAT Special, there are not many options for aftermarket pickups. Rio Grande took the opportunity to expand their already impressive catalog with the first ever replacement set for the ASAT! With a Vintage Tallboy in the neck and a Muy Grande in the bridge, the Big Bottom ASAT pickup set delivers a classic tone with plenty of punch (fits standard ASAT pickup covers).
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 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 BBQ Bucker Pickups - All Styles
The Rio Grande BBQ Bucker is Rio Grande's muscular 50's style humbucker optimized for the bridge position. Not a distortion pickup, but more output and more mids to make the bridge position of your guitar really jump. This is Rio Grande's most popular pickup, and we stock several styles in both 2 and 4 conductor wiring.
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 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.