2011 Gibson Les Paul “Blackwater” Chad Kroeger Ltd Edition.

The Blue Book Says:

– single cutaway Les Paul-style mahogany body, AAA figured maple top, single-ply cream body binding, set 50s-style mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with figured acrylic trapezoid inlays and star finger makers, black headstock overlay with Gibson logo and “Les Paul Model” script, black truss rod cover with “Blackwater” inscription, three-per-side Grover Kidney tuners, Ghost ResoMax tune-o-matic bridge, stop bar tailpiece, two covered humbucker pickups (bridge: 498T, neck: 490R), four black speed knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, chrome hardware, available in Trans. Black finish, 24.75 in. scale, hardshell case included, mfg. late 2010-present.

I Say:

Awesome finish – has a piezo in the bridge for acoustic sounds – fab!

A very limited edition run of just two hundred – now discontinued!

A weight relieved body means that this guitar weighs in at a back friendly 8lbs. The Chad Kroeger “Inspired by” guitar comes equipped with a full gamut of great “tweaks” to the classic Les Paul Line.

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.

This guitar is second hand, and has some light scuff marks on the rear that I’ll polish out in due course – otherwise it’s pretty much mint condition.

Gibson badged hardcase included as pictured, packing certificate and owners manual in the case.

These are $4099 new in the USA, add say $250 for shipping & Insurance, with UK VAT at 20%, that’s a total price of  $5218, say £3500!!  Add into the mix the fact that apparently Gibson only manufactured 200 of these worldwide…..