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Charvel® recently announced the launch of the fourth iteration of the Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK22 HH FR M, available in an all-new rare Satin White Bengal striped finishSatchel, the guitarist of glam metal band Steel Panther, collaborated with Charvel on a signature model that sports a throwback ‘80s standout wild pattern with high-performance appointments and multi-voiced pickups catering to today’s modern heavy metal shredders.

“This is the ultimate heavy metal guitar,” Satchel said of his Charvel signature guitar. “I love the duality and how it supports all of my playing needs. It sounds amazing live and very rarely goes out of tune even with my high-energy on stage performances but also sounds killer in the studio. The ‘80s had some of the coolest looking guitars of any generation, including a lot of animal print and this striped Bengal pattern always really caught my eye. If you’re in the back row at a show, it just stands out!”

Despite his comedic chops while performing in Steel Panther, the Guitar Institute Technology grad and instructor is a serious shredder with an innate passion for the instrument and long-held affinity for Charvel guitars. “As a kid, some of my favourite heavy metal guitar players were playing Charvels,” added Satchel. “They looked awesome. Playing my Charvels, the necks always feel so great. They play smooth as butter.”

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Satchel over a zoom call to discuss his new Signature Satin White Bengal striped Pro-Mod DK22 HH FR M guitar, the upcoming Steel Panther album and their October tour of Australia.

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Original Steel Panther bassist Lexxi Foxx quit the band earlier this year to “his side business ‘Sexy Lexxi’s Prettiest Pets’ to bring in money for Botox during the lockdown.” Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicentre for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with four full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level YouTube status and a #13 debut for the new album Heavy Metal Rules on the ARIA charts.

Originally announced in early 2020, Steel Panther’s ‘Heavy Metal Rules’ tour alongside their good mates Sevendust has been re-scheduled a couple of times now and finally the wildest, wettest, dirtiest, hardest, heaviest, most rocking heavy metal tour to hit Australia and New Zealand shores ever in the history of anything ever will FINALLY arrive in Australia in October 2022.

The ‘HEAVY METAL RULES TOUR’ re-scheduled dates are as follows:

Monday, 17th October 2022 – Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand

Wednesday, 19th October 2022 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, Australia

Friday, 21st October, 2022 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia

Saturday, 22nd October, 2022 – Eatons Hill, Brisbane, Australia

Sunday, 23rd October, 2022 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Australia

Brisbane’s Eaton’s Hill Hotel tour stop remains an outdoor event/mini-festival, with Dead Letter Circus, Lagerstein, Devilskin (NZ) and Bare Bones on board to bring the party all day and all night long!

Tickets already purchased for the Heavy Metal Rules Tour are still valid for the Re-Scheduled Dates in 2022 – and Tickets are now on sale again at

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