Vintage Tallboy Strat®

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Product Description

Our most popular pickup to date, this “non-stag” model offers enhanced replication of the good ol’ tonecasters. Not all Strats® have “that” sound. From over 30 years of vintage guitar collecting, dealing, and repairs, comes the knowledge of which have the tone and why. Lots of other pickup companies know how to make a hot pickup, not many know tone from Diddley! We have taken what we believe to be the most sought after and pure essence of "the" Strat sound and enhanced it. A bit more output, a bit more fullness, and a bit more of the bell-like tone we all love. In a word, it just gives you more, without sacrificing the foundation that is the heart and soul of what a Strat is. That is the Rio Grande philosophy!

Other Details

Tone Profile:
HOT, Chimey, Articulate, Clean
Country, Rhythm & Blues
Winding Resistance:


  • 5
    My go-to pickup

    Posted by on May 18th 2024

    I’ve built over 15 Strat & Strat style guitars using just about every brand & style pickups available. I call the vintage Tallboys my Go-to pickup they are the closest to the original vintage pickups in neck & middle positions. If you have an amp with muscle,,,the Tallboy can even be used in the bridge position.

  • 4
    The sound is fantastic, wonderful, just what I wanted.

    Posted by on May 18th 2024

    Hello Dave: I received the pickups. All is well. The sound is fantastic, wonderful, just what I wanted. I send you some pictures with my new guitar Marin Cano ( made by my cousin, ) equipped with Rio Grande pickups. In this address you can listen to my group: Recorded with a Fender Stratocaster with Rio Grande pickup in the neck. Best regards from Sevilla and thank you very much! I love Rio Grande! José C. _________________

  • 5
    These Tall Boys are just great sounding pickups!

    Posted by on May 18th 2024

    Greetings I wanted to send a quick email regarding a pawnshop special I picked up about 6 months ago. The guitar is a Conn CSE-2, made in Japan in – I believe – 1980. Neck-through, maple board, mahogany body wings, brass nut and bridge. Nothing spectacular, but the guitar is well made and was in pretty good shape for being over 30 years old. The original pickups sounded strangled. No surprise there. Now comes the fun stuff. I dropped in a prewired pick-guard with Vintage Tall Boys. I had my friend Mike Lull set it up for me with a set of 11’s and this baby really sings now. There’s something about the combination of woods and the windings on the Tall Boys that make this guitar just chime. It’s trying real hard to act like it’s worth a whole lot more money. These Tall Boys are just great sounding pickups! Did you steal someone who used to work for Leo to wind these things? Talk about nailing that sweetness from some of the older Fenders. It even breaks nicely when pushed, and you don’t have to coax them too hard either. Anyway, I just want to say thanks. Best regards, Chris W. Auburn, WA.