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.
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.
David Allen Tru '62 Strat Pickup Set - NECK and BRIDGE only
David Allen TruVintage54 Strat Pickup Set
Inspired by the classic tones of '54 Strat®, the David Allen TruVintage54 Strat® pickup set is designed to bring back the magical chime of the original Stratocaster guitars.
Porter Pickups Classic-Overdrive Humbucker Pickup Sets
Hand made in Idaho, the Porter Classic – Overdrive humbucker pickup set is just that: Classic humbucker tones with enough heft to push your amp or pedals into pleasing crunch that you can easily modulate with guitar volume. Perfect for rock, blues and classic rock, this set will give your favorite guitar new life.
Porter Pickups Classic-Smooth +5 Humbucker Pickup Sets
Hand made in Idaho, the Porter Classic – Smooth +5% humbucker pickup combines the warm and percussive nature of the Porter Classic neck pickup with a slightly goosed Alnico 2 Smooth bridge pickup for silkier highs and freer harmonics.
Porter Pickups Custom Bridge Humbucker for HSS Guitars
The HSS configuration is a very flexible combination for Strat® type guitars, but achieving the proper pickup balance can be tricky.
While we were working with Porter Pickups to create a custom set for the G&L Fallout, it occurred to us that this humbucker would be a great
anchor in the HSS guitars like the G&L Legacy HSS.
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 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 Big Bottom Tele Set Black
With all due respect to Spinal Tap, this is the REAL big bottom. The Rio Grande Big Bottom Tele® set is the best of both worlds: Clear and distinct neck tones with a bigger bridge sound with strong midrange and smooth high highs.