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Rio Grande pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Stefan, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. Stefan

    Stefan Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2005
    I´m thinking about ordering one of the Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy pickups. Have anyone tried them?


  2. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 31, 2004
    Hackettstown, NJ
    I haven't tried the neck position, but I did try the bridge- I personally didn't like it, but that's only because I wanted something fatter for the bridge. I got the Muy Grande, and it's been in my guitar ever since (10 years?)

    Rio Grande makes excellent pickups. If I didn't already have a Texas Special in the neck of my tele, I'd get the pickup above for it.

  3. Stefan

    Stefan Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 16, 2005
    I´ve been looking at that one too. How would you describe the character of the Muy Grande at the bridge? What music do you play?

  4. franchelB

    franchelB Friend of Leo's

    Sep 25, 2005
    Irving, United States of Texas!
    I've had one in the bridge of my '91 "MIM" since 1994...and it still works great!

    As for the "character"? Think '80s ZZ Top! (I was told by a Robin guitar employee that "Rev". Billy Gibbons had asked Bart Wittrock (co-owner of Rockin' Robin Music store) to make some pickups for some of his guitars.

    I've play everything, but with the Tele, everything short of hard-core/Heavy Metal.

  5. Vol. Knob

    Vol. Knob Tele-Holic

    Mar 18, 2003
    Kansas City, MO
    I had a Muy Grande in the bridge and a pair of halfbreeds in the neck & middle of a strat for a few years. Not my cup of tea. Had to let 'em go. Too much low, too muddy.

  6. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

    Jul 17, 2006
    Youngsville, LA
    I've been curious about the Dirty Harry


  7. marc sosnoff

    marc sosnoff Tele-Holic

    Nov 26, 2006
    new jersey
    i have used rio's in a humbucker guitar i loved them i have a set in a
    strat type guitar that is single single hum also very good

    but in my tele have fralins and i am sold on this

  8. Willie D

    Willie D Friend of Leo's

    Nov 19, 2004
    So. Illinois
    I've got the vintage tallboy for Strat in the neck position of my Tele and I love it. When I talked to the dude at Rio, he told me that the Tele neck pickup is designed to sound like the Strat neck pup because (his words, not mine) "that's what everybody wants anyway." Since my Tele was already routed for a bucker, I had room for the Strat pup and used it. It's not coming out. It does the classic Strat sparkle with a little extra twang, and it gives a great middle position sound.

    No affiliation with the company, just a fan of my Tallboy pup.

  9. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 31, 2004
    Hackettstown, NJ
    The bridge Muy definitely adds some mids & thickness to the tele. It CAN still twang with a clean tone, but the more gain you add to the amp, the thicker the Muy gets, kind of like a cross between a single coil & a humbucker. Which is exactly what I like about it. Standard tele bridges are just too bright for my tastes.

    FWIW, I first had the Fender texas Special in the bridge, which I HATED... too raspy, no good clean tone at all...yuck. The Muy was what I THOUGHT the TS would be. A fatter, hotter, (but not TOO fat or hot) tele bridge.

  10. BluesOwl

    BluesOwl Tele-Holic

    Feb 15, 2005

    had a Tall Boy Neck pup, uncovered, with a Tortoise Shell top.
    Still got it. Real good, real stratty.

    Took it out in favor of a H.D. Mini-Strat for tele Neck pup.

    Took that out in favor of an uncovered neck pup made by RockinCarl.

    The Rio Grande Tallboy neck pup is real nice.

  11. Melody

    Melody Tele-Meister

    May 15, 2005
    I have the Vintage Tall boy set no crome cover for the neck pup in a Fotoflame Tele that I like for blues\rock I run it through a Allen 5E3 clone . Very articulate pickups so I have them all most flush with the PG \ Bridge plate (I'm sure the amp helps) roll the volume down on the guitar for great clean to crunchy rhythm full tilt for solos. They do respond very well to picking dynamics they can do classic Tele too raunchy strat depending on how you play the instrument.

  12. Excellent Pups

    I just purchased a half breed set (RWRP Neck) and love the sound...a little meatier than stock 52RIs. I also purchased the blues tone delux wiring harness from Toress engineering which includes 500k pots and 4way switching. The second position is my favorite - I am not sure if it is series parallel or what but I dont give a hoot - it just sounds damn good. I play mostly clean sounds but I cant wait to try it with a little distortion. I want buy some sort of blues effects for my little 25 watt tube amp, if anyone could suggest a good one.:D

  13. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jan 22, 2007
    I've got a Strat set

    I know yer asking Tele's, but just to report on a CIJ '62 RI Strat, much like what Melody said: they are wonderful pickups: pretty high output (compared to stock 5.7K pups), not as trebly as stock but clean articulation as stated above, can get her as thick as you want, overdrive well but nice sensitivity at lower volume levels & at all treble settings. IMO, very versatile pups.

    Offering this only as a testimony to RG "hitting it" with the Tallboy concept.

  14. marnold

    marnold TDPRI Member

    Mar 3, 2007
    As am I. I was considering them for my Charvel Model 7 (Tele style). I'm not sure if these go too far into P90 territory or not.

  15. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

    Jul 17, 2006
    Youngsville, LA
    If you do go with them. Please let us know what your experiences are.

  16. spankdplank

    spankdplank Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 19, 2007
    Houston, Tx.
    I had one of the tall boys without the chrome cover in the neck of a partscaster. Very snappy and articulate, with balls. Not at all dull or muffled, like a lot of tele neck pickups. Very well made. I really liked it.

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