Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Educated-Mod So-Cal Style 1 and Satchel Signature Educated-Mod DK22 evaluate

Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Educated-Mod So-Cal Style 1 and Satchel Signature Educated-Mod DK22 evaluate

The refreshed Charvel Jake E Lee and Satchel Signature Educated-Mod guitars are lean, point out six-string machines with avenue-deadly tones and appears to be like to be like that assassinate.


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    Every vastly playable.

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    Chilly magnificent.

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    The Jake E. Lee model has extremely effective warmth and punch.

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    The Satchel offers heaps of sounds from minimalist controls.


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Paul Riario

GW‘s equipment editor is a Superstrat aficionado who’s successfully placed to learn about these signature Charvels. He has an encyclopedic records of hot-rodded, excessive-performance electric guitars, used to be a extensive fan of the conventional USA Jake E. Lee model, and owns enough Aqua Win to peek the percentage when taking half in the Satchel.

The hair steel Eighties used to be a time if you occur to may maybe likely’ve without blueprint back known a famend guitarist merely by having a gape at his guitar. Having one with a flashy enact or decked out with hot-rodded modifications nearly looked a requisite in articulate to face out amongst the rising hordes of competing ax-slingers. 

To full so – in most cases on a Superstrat – proved to be the final billboard that flaunted the participant’s persona factual as unprecedented as his or her odd form of taking half in. Create I even have to expose Eddie Van Halen? 

Two avid gamers and their guitars that embody this conception (perceive what I did there?) are the Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Educated-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HSS HT RW – an reasonable change to the Jake E Lee USA Signature – and newcomer in a brand unique color, the Satchel Signature Educated-Mod DK22 HH FR M. 

For of us which would maybe maybe likely be unaware, Lee is revered for formerly making his mark with Ozzy Osbourne, and Satchel is carrying the torch of that decade of headbanging tune and debauchery by constantly performing and recording with sensational glam steel auteurs Steel Panther. 

Every signature guitars are stripped-down, Eighties-era time machines that sound ferocious and are constructed to raise your technical prowess sport; but whereas one appears to be like to be like as basic as a tuxedo, you’ll have to search files out of your self whether you derive gotten the chutzpah to rock Bengal stripes on the assorted.


Charvel's new Jake E. Lee Signature Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HSS HT RW guitar

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 The JEL appears to be like as the most modest of the two with a Pearl White enact and 1-ply dusky pickguard and compared to the US JEL Signature, it’s with regards to an identical with the most essential swap being alder as a change of ash for its basic So-Cal Style 1 physique. 

From there, the JEL aspects a lunge-on maple neck, 12-16–walk compound radius rosewood fingerboard with very effortlessly soft rolled edges, 21 jumbo frets and heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel. 

A single quantity Strat-type skirt regulate knob and 5-contrivance blade swap govern the Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 humbucking bridge and reverse-slanted single-coil DiMarzio SDS-1 middle and neck pickups. Rounding out the JEL is a hardtail bridge with a dusky irascible plate and Charvel tuning machines with pearl buttons. 

The Satchel is fingers down the loud and proud beast with its unabashedly Satin White Bengal striped enact on an alder Exiguous physique with sharper-radius high edges. The graphite-reinforced lunge-on maple neck displays a 12-16–walk compound-radius maple fingerboard with rolled edges, 22 jumbo frets and dusky dot inlays, Charvel die-solid tuners, and a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel. 

The stuffed with life firepower comes courtesy of two Fishman Fluence Traditional humbuckers with dusky/white bobbins, and the only real quantity knob providing push/pull activation for the pickups’ dual voices (State 1: vintage PAF/bridge and neck; State 2: hot-rodded PAF/bridge, clear and airy chime/neck). 

Assorted aspects consist of a 3-contrivance toggle pickup swap and a high-loaded (non-recessed) Floyd Rose 1000 Sequence double-locking tremolo bridge machine.

Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK22 HH FR M

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The JEL and Satchel are an identical in fit and characteristic with their sparse regulate layout, but what objects them apart are basically their pickups, bridge change and neck shapes. I gushed over the US JEL once I reviewed it a few years help, but this iteration is form of indistinguishable from it since the pickups and neck profile are the an identical. 

The JEL has one of many slimmest neck carves I’ve uncover, which automatically puts you at an agile earnings for broad-interval finger stretches or wrapping your thumb over three strings from the pause of the fretboard. 

Whether you’re in a neighborhood to compose pause with a hardtail bridge is a subject of type, but Lee had no blueprint back executing faux-tremolo dives on his guitar, so that you just’ll have to be factual as creative. 

The spotlight for me is the pickup configuration of the JEL; The JB humbucker dishes out a punchy midrange and a extensive bottom pause with merely enough searing compose for decreasing thru, while the reversed SDS-1’s boosted output adds a darker and fuller single-coil quack that never loses its intellectual detail. 

You’ll have to double-take a look at your self-self perception and swallow a healthy dose of walk if you intend to strap on the Satchel onstage – but let’s launch offstage first. The Satchel feels thoroughbred like a flash with a slimmer C-profile neck and a low-motion Floyd setup that makes harmonics cry and squeal louder than the viewers at Budokan. 

The Fishman Fluence Traditional humbuckers are primed to capably bounce between warmer basic rock tones on State 1 or swap gears fully to State 2 for crunchier rhythms and heat-driven solos on the bridge or capture the neck for a softer spruce tone to arpeggiate that vitality ballad. 

It’s a wildly relaxing guitar to overtly wield even though you don’t derive spandex or drown your self on a fashionable basis in Aqua Win.

Specs – Charvel Jake E Lee Signature Educated-Mod So-Cal Style 1

  • PRICE: $1,299 / £1,199
  • BODY: Alder
  • NECK: Maple, lunge-on, Velocity Neck with Rolled Fingerboard Edges
  • SCALE: 25.5”
  • FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, 12-16” compound radius with rolled edges
  • FRETS: 21
  • ELECTRICS: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 humbucker (bridge), DiMarzio SDS-1 (middle), DiMarzio SDS-1(bridge)
  • CONTROLS: 1x quantity, 5-contrivance blade selector swap 
  • HARDWARE:  Hardtail bridge, Hardtail Bridge, Charvel branded sealed tuners with pearl buttons, dusky
  • FINISH: White (Gloss)

Specs – Charvel Satchel Signature Educated-Mod DK22

  • PRICE: $1,399 / £1,249
  • BODY: Alder
  • NECK:  Maple, lunge-on, Velocity Neck with Rolled Fingerboard Edges
  • SCALE: 25.5”
  • FINGERBOARD: Maple, 12-16” compound radius with rolled edges
  • FRETS:  22
  • ELECTRICS: 2x Fishman Fluence Traditional PRF-CHB humbuckers (neck and bridge)
  • CONTROLS: Volume with push/pull characteristic, three-contrivance pickup selector
  • HARDWARE: Floyd Rose 1000 Sequence double-locking vibrato
  • FINISH: Satin White Bengal 
  • CONTACT: Charvel

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/equipment editor and on-line video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is without doubt one of many few equipment editors who has actually played and owned with regards to the total normal equipment that nearly all guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this prolonged by exciting each and every pointless musical tidbit of basic rock, unique wave, hair steel, grunge, and change genres. When Paul is no longer using his side toll road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, taking half in in two bands known as SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.