Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 and Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK22 review

This pair of signature hot-rodded S-styles were inspired by the '80s but are 100 per cent relevant today, offering a speedy ride and stunning tones at a sensible price

The 2022 Charvel Jake E Lee and Satch Pro-Mod signature guitars offer to sophisticated – and hair metal friendly – takes on the classic Superstrat archetype.
(Image: © Charvel)

Guitar World Verdict

The refreshed Charvel Jake E Lee and Satchel Signature Pro-Mod guitars are lean, mean six-string machines with street-lethal tones and looks that kill.


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    Both hugely playable.

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    Cool aesthetic.

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    The Jake E. Lee model has powerful warmth and punch.

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    The Satchel offers heaps of sounds from minimalist controls.


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    Bengal tiger stripes is a strong look.

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Paul Riario
Paul Riario

GW's gear editor is a Superstrat aficionado who is well placed to review these signature Charvels. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of hot-rodded, high-performance electric guitars, was a massive fan of the original USA Jake E. Lee model, and owns enough Aqua Net to look the part when playing the Satchel.

The hair metal Eighties was a time when you could’ve easily identified a famous guitarist simply by looking at his guitar. Having one with a flashy finish or decked out with hot-rodded modifications almost seemed a requisite in order to stand out among the growing hordes of competing ax-slingers. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.