Gibson Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar  

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A mean-looking, hot-sounding contemporary Les Paul, the Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul comes disguised as a traditional single-cutaway Standard with all the appointments that have made this guitar... Click To Read More About This Product

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A mean-looking, hot-sounding contemporary Les Paul, the Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul comes disguised as a traditional single-cutaway Standard with all the appointments that have made this guitar legendary for more than 50 years, but hides some simple yet clever surprises that expand its sonic capabilities exponentially. In addition to its traditional magnetic humbucking pickups, a GraphTech Ghost piezo bridge and related electronics provide an authentic acoustic guitar sound that can be used entirely on its own, patched parallel to the magnetic pickups through two amps, or blended with the traditional tone. Roll from atmospheric ballad to rock anthem at the twist of a knob, or craft your own new tones that blend elements of both.

With its killer hand-stained Trans Black AAA-flame maple top and unique trim package “ featuring a truss-rod cover engraved with "Blackwater" in silver “ the Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul looks as unique as it sounds, too. Plus, it features Kroeger's own idea of adding white star decals along the upper back fretboard, aligned with the standard fret markers, which allow you to see where your hand is positioned when playing on a darkened stage.

Pickups and Electronics
The Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul carries a powerful complement of pickups, including Gibson's 490R and 498T from the popular Modern Classics series, and a GraphTech Ghost system in the form of a piezo-pickup bridge for authentic acoustic tones. All three pickups are routed through individual volume controls, with a master tone control, a three-way switch for the humbuckers, and a stereo jack to split signals as desired. The neck pickup's volume control is located in the traditional bridge pickup's volume control position; while the bridge pickup's volume control is in the
position usually taken by the neck pickup's volume control. The piezo pickup's volume control is located at the traditional neck tone control
position and the master tone control for both humbucker pickups is located at the traditional bridge tone control position

Between his world-dominating work with Nickelback, his multi-platinum collaborations with other artists, and his award-winning compositions for film, Chad Kroeger has proven himself one of the most versatile artists working in rock today. Check out hits such as "Rock Star," "Photograph," "How You Remind Me," "I'd Come for You," "Savin' Me," "Far Away" and "Someday," and you quickly realize that Kroeger not only possesses a distinctive voice and a knack for writing hit songs “ from ballads to grungy anthems “ but he is adept at penning thunderous guitar riffs, too. On top of this, he executes them in a mammoth tone that simply screams Les Paul. To honor these achievements, Gibson presents the Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul.

Features
  • AAA figured maple top
  • Chambered, weight-relief mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose finish
  • Mahogany neck
  • '50s-style rounded neck profile
  • 22 fret rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
  • Corian nut
  • Gibson PLEK system
  • Single-ply cream body and neck binding
  • 490R neck humbucker with Alnico II magnet
  • 498T bridge humbucker
  • with hot Alnico V magnet
  • GraphTech Ghost System with piezo bridge saddles
  • Ghost stereo 1/4" output
  • Three 300k linear volume controls
  • One 500k non-linear Master Tone control
  • 3-way Switchcraft pickup toggle with black plastic tip
  • Black speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece
  • Grover 14:1 kidney tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Aluminum strap buttons
  • Mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo
  • Blackwater stamped onto truss rod cover
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GibsonChad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar
 
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5.0

One of the best Gibson Les Pauls

By PHILIP CHIRONIS

from Newport Beach, CA

Comments about Gibson Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar:

Look, I hate Nickelback. But this guitar plays great and has great sound from both the Gibson's 490R and 498T from the popular Modern Classics series, and a GraphTech�̣ۡ� Ghost̴� system in the form of a piezo-pickup bridge. After I played with the trussrod and bridge, the action is terrific. And I replaced the Chad Kroeger truss cover with a blank one. It is a beautiful looking guitar. And to top it off, it plays better than my Les Paul Supreme with the same pickups. Also better than other Gibson Les Pauls I own with the same pickups. I own 5 Les Paul Gibsons and this is one of the best.

(0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
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How come?

By Deko

from New York, New York

Comments about Gibson Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar:

Gibson has put on the market two guitar signatures that shouldn't have ever been made signatures... Especially by Gibson. I mean, who the heck is Chad Kroeger? A nobody. Well, now about the guitar. The guitar is way worst than the standard Gibson Les Paul Traditional one. And it it is way too pricy. It is not versatile. It only plays pop music like Nickelback. Horrible music like Nickelback. Harmonics are also not great... If you are a heavy metal player never, ever pick up this guitar.

(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2010 Blackwater Les Paul

By Mark Desman

from Exton, PA

Comments about Gibson Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar:

Sadly, I lost my 1977 Les Paul Deluxe in a car crash. I had played it for over 2 decades and loved it. I bought this instrument to replace it. This guitar sounds as gorgeous as it looks. The "acoustic" pick-up in addition to the traditional Les Paul pick-ups gives it a broad tonal spectrum which keeps unfolding. It has incredible natural sustain. I can't stop playing it!

(51 of 71 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A genuine les paul

By William Cochran

from roseville, ca

Comments about Gibson Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar:

I give the guitar a solid 4 for stability versatility and playability, the guitar features a piezo pickup which are a pain to install on a les paul for those guys who love a true acoustic tone on stage id recommend this guitar it features the same pickups that are put in the LP customs and Studios awesome tone but if your a gain freak swap them for some 57' classics the top is AAA+ flamed maple freakin heavy like a paul should be for that resonation and clarity this guitar is responsive and slick the neck may feature the same neck and pickups that are in some les pauls but for this price you get so much more the flamed top the piezo pickup and the parallel out you cant beat that especially for the quality gibson gives, i know what you think Nickleback cmon gibson but if you played this guitar chad knows his stuff, i give props to anyone who does a great tool cover... Gibson For Life

(59 of 145 customers found this review helpful)

 
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What has happened to Gibson?

By Matt Wang

from New York NY

Comments about Gibson Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul Electric Guitar:

Gibson used to be a great guitar company which fueled the works of some of the greatest guitar players, but this proves that they are losing their old formula. The pickups suck, the neck is the same as any gibson les paul, and the guitar doesn't stay in tune well, though it could have just been the setup. This guitar lacks character, though Chad Kroeger is probably one of the worst guitar players I have ever heard, so this guitar might suit him well. Buy an epiphone les paul as opposed to this garbage, cause at least they can stay in tune!

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