Chad Kroeger

A Day in the Life of Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger

Between his world-dominating work with Nickelback, his multi-platinum collaborations with other artists, and his award-winning compositions for film, Chad Kroeger has proved 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 possess a distinctive voice and a knack for writing hit songs – from ballads to anthems – but he is adept at penning thunderous guitar riffs, too. To honor these achievements, Gibson Guitar, the world’s premier musical instrument company and leader in music technology, has collaborated with the multi-award winner to present the Chad Kroeger Signature Les Paul signature model available worldwide October 2010.

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 and small white stars on the side of the neck corresponding with the position markers – the Chad Kroeger “Blackwater” Les Paul looks as unique as it sounds, too. MSRP $4,099 USD.

On a recent Nickelback stop in Nashville, Chad boarded the Gibson tour bus and paid a visit to the Gibson USA factory accompanied to walk through and witness the final preparations being made to his signature guitar. Chad had the opportunity to tour the factory and get a step by step rundown on his line of guitars. “It was a memorable experience on a number of levels as I was able to interact and talk to the people on the line at Gibson USA about the guitar and its design, and also to witness their pride in their work,” said Chad.

 Photo: Courtesy of Sandy Campbell/Gibson