DiMarzio has introduced a Richie Kotzen Strat Replacement Pickguard. Although was primarily known for playing Telecaster in the band Poison, Fender Japan released two signature Richie Kotzen Stratocaster models in 1996 that came equipped with DiMarzio pickups. Featuring electronics modelled on Kotzen’s signature model Stratocaster by Fender Japan, the Richie Kotzen pickguard has solderless connectors for easy installation on any guitar with a standard 11-hole pickguard. It comes with a 5-way switch, and the custom pickups are wired as single coils but will also be humbucking in the 2 and 4 positions. The centre pickup has a reverse magnet.
DiMarzio says the pickups are medium gain: ‘…so they’re very articulate. Even with distortion, each and every note can be heard. The tone is punchy and percussive with that bright Strat transparency’.
The Richie Kotzen Strat Replacement Pickguard features white pickups and is available in Pearl White.