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Gibson Announces Chad Kroeger Blackwater Les Paul

Disclosure Policy | Tue, Sep 28, 2010 | 4690 |

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.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Peter Marone III Says:

    I’ve played guitar on and off since my teen years. As a fan of 60s rock, especially Jimmy Page, I’ve always wanted a Les Paul. I wanted to delve back into guitar this year, and started looking at Epiphone Les Paul models until I found this for less money.

    The guitar lacks some of the frills of a normal Gibson LP, but it does not sacrifice quality or the classic LP feel and sound. A nice, solid mahogany body provides full LP sound and sustain for days (ok… maybe just a day or so!). The 50’s style neck feels very good, and with a polishing or two the neck becomes very quick.

    The cherry, chrome and black finish is very sharp and gives the LP a unique look. As with the neck, the body feels a bit dry/rough upon delivery, but a quick polishing or two smooths everything out.

    My last electric guitar was an 80s Ibanez (in the 80s). I can still remember the feel of that guitar, and I’m blown away with the feel of the Les Paul. It’s a heavier, solid guitar that just “feels” right to me when I’m standing or sitting. A wide range of sound available from the 3 way pickup switch and individual volume/tone controls.

    I might be a bit biased as it’s been almost a 20 year dream for me, but if you are looking for s Les Paul as a first guitar or on a limited budget, this is the way to go.

    I only have one gripe – the strings were cut pretty short – sometimes just barely a single wind on the tuner post – and they didn’t keep tune very well. I’ve since replaced the strings and I’m not experiencing such a problem with tuning.

  2. Greatneck Says:

    I have one.
    This is an awesome guitar.
    Light and it’s got all the features.

    Compared to the Custom, it quality control could have been a bit better.
    But the weight was totally in balance.

    I would definitely choose it over regular LPs because i heard it is also limited run.

    Look for other reviews and decide yourself though.

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