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Rio Grande Dual Calibrated Set Pickups

Rio Grande Dual Calibrated Set Pickups

  1. Name: Doug H.

  2. Band: -----

  3. Model Year: -----

  4. Price Paid: $170

  5. Performance

  6. As advertised, the neck Tallboy is well known already to most. It delivers that “quack”: clear, penetrating, and sweet, The middle Halfbreed is strong and direct; loud and clear. The bridge is a Muy Grande humbucker. It works well if coil tapped, but mine is a bit disappointing in humbucking mode alone.

  7. Performance Rating: 8

  8. Sound Quality

  9. The neck pickup is impressive and quiet. In a Strat, only the 2, 4 positions give very minimal hum, but the neck Tallboy coupled with middle or bridge (my Strat has a Fralin blender pot) sound great. With the Tallboy neck blended out, the bridge coiltapped is fine: sharp, crisp, powerful and twangy. With the neck blended in, the combination is really exciting since you can get as much or as little as desired.

  10. Sound Quality Rating: 8

  11. Construction

  12. These are top quality pickups! The black tops are fine with me, though they do not fit Fender stock pup covers. Who cares ? The hit’s in the grooves! My luthier builds Lindy Fralin’s custom Strats and he is biased toward Fralin pickups. But he remarked how well balanced the Rio Grande set is. I have a good ear for tone and the neck Tallboy is a 10; m=7, b=6.

  13. Construction Rating: 10


  1. Average Ratings
  2. Performance: 8
  3. Sound Quality: 8
  4. Construction: 10
  5. Ratings Key
  6. 10: Excellent
  7. 0: Useless
  8. Company
  9. Rio Grande

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