Remember the black 70s Stratocaster with pearloid pickguard, black pickups and controls and a Floyd Rose that Mark Lizotte played back in the Johnny Diesel & The Injectors days? Fender Music Australia and Diesel have taken that guitar as the inspiration for the Diesel Signature Stratocaster Limited Edition.
Working together over six months, Diesel and Fender hammered out the specs to find the perfect balance of what was great about that original guitar and what reflects Diesel’s needs as a guitarist now. The result is an Ash-bodied Stratocaster with oversized 70s headstock, Fender Texas Special pickups, soft ’57 V neck profile, 22 medium jumbo frets, an aged white pearloid pickguard with contrasting black pickup covers and knobs, and a synchronised tremolo rather than the Floyd Rose that Diesel was never so keen on in the first place.
“It was an honour to help bring to life the concepts, knowledge and style of one of the most respected guitarists in Australia,” said FMA Artist Relations Representative Heath Blows. “We wanted to create a guitar that paid homage to the original, whilst incorporating his current favourite features for added playability. We’ve only honoured two Australian guitarists with Artist Signature Series models, so the release of the Diesel Signature Stratocaster Limited Edition is an exciting event.”
"This guitar rings a lot of bells for me — visually and sonically speaking, it's a representation of where it all started,’ Lizotte says.
The first 60 guitars will come witha Diesel songbook, CD and Diesel adhesive logo. It will be available at local dealers in December 2018 for an RRP of $2,199.