Gibson Announces Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul

Talk about a good looking LP… Gibson this week has announced the release of yet another signature model guitar –– the Chad Kroeger “Blackwater” Les Paul –– in honor of multi-talented Nickelback guitarist and film composer Chad Kroeger.

Apparently hand-stained in Trans Black and then hand-sprayed with high-gloss nitro lacquer finish, the guitar sports a two-piece figured AAA-grade maple top over a chambered mahogany body (the Blackwater Les Paul weighs in at a respectable 5.17 lbs,) with an Ebony Black finish on the back and neck, and white star fret position markers on the side of the neck.

While the Chad Kroeger Les Paul is decked out with traditional LP appointments, including a pair of PAF-inspired 490 humbuckers, a rosewood fretboard with 22 Medium Jumbo frets, and a quarter-sawn mahogany neck, the really story here is in the guitar’s custom electronics.

According to Gibson the “Blackwater” Les Paul features a GraphTech Ghost active piezo-pickup system (tucked away discreetly inside the ResoMax bridge) allowing the guitar to produce authentic acoustic guitar tones, which can be output independently or mixed with the humbuckers to create a range of hybrid electric/acoustic tones. The unit is battery-operated, with the battery stored inside the guitar’s rear control cavity.

The Chad Kroeger “Blackwater” Les Paul ships in a form-fitting Gibson Hardshell case with plush lining, and is currently listed at an MSRP of $4099… I suspect it will fetch a street price in the low $3,000 range.