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Chad Kroeger is the lead singer and lead guitarist of the major band Nickelback. Most people don't realize that Chad Kroeger actually plays the guitar in Nickelback - but he does, and he does it well.

Let's look at what gear and equipment has been seen in Nickleback's Chad Kroeger's Guitar Rig.

Chad Kroeger playing guitar with Nickelback

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Guitars

- Gibson Chad Kroeger "Blackwater" Les Paul (2010)

- six PRS (Paul Reed Smith) Singlecuts with stock PRS 7 pickups in various tuning (Note: PRS website says they discontinued this guitar for 2007)

- PRS Hollowbody II

PRS Hollowbody II Electric Guitar

- PRS Archtop

- two Yamaha CJX32 jumbo acoustic electrics

- EMG 60, 81, 85, and ACS pickups (According to the EMG website)

EMG EMG-81 Humbucking Active Guitar Pickup

- Gibson 7-string Explorer (black) (6 string pic below)

DISCONTINUED - Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar

- Gibson Les Paul Custom (black with one knob - other 3 removed)

Gibson Custom Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Black

- Gibson Les Paul Custom silverburst

Gibson Custom Limited-Edition Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Silverburst

- Gibson Les Paul Custom (has dark horse logo and crystals on it)

 

 

Amps and Cabinets
- Mesa/Boogie Triple Rectifiers amps (dirty tones)

Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head

- Mesa/Boogie 4x12 cabinet

Mesa Boogie Rectifier 240W 4x12 Standard Guitar Speaker Cabinet Black Straight

- Marshall 1960 4x12 cabinet

Marshall 1960A or 1960B 300W 4x12 Guitar Extension Cabinet

- Fender Twin Reverb modified by M.I.N.E. in Tsawwassen, British Columbia, to function as a head only

Fender Vintage Reissue '65 Twin Reverb Guitar Amp

- Tone Tubby 2x12 cabinet

- Vox AC30

Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

- Vox 2x12 cabinet

Vox Hand-Wired V212HWX 2x12 Guitar Speaker Cabinet

- Vox Valvetronix series amps (Interview on Vox site says Chad has used them for cleans before)

Vox Valvetronix VT120+ 120W 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp

- Mesa Stiletto Deuce

- Fender Super 60 head (rare)

 

Effects
- Boss NS-2 Noise Supressor

Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal

- Boss TR-2 Tremolo

Boss TR-2 Tremolo Pedal

- Boss CH-1 Super Chorus

Boss CH-1 SUPER Chorus Pedal

- Boss BF-3 Flanger

Boss BF-3 Flanger Pedal

- Boss DD-3 Delay

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal

- Boss MT-2 Metal Zone

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone Effects Pedal

- Boss GE-7 pedal

Boss GE-7 Equalizer Pedal

- Heil Sound Talk box

Dunlop Heil Talk Box

- Dunlop CryBaby wah pedal 535Q

Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q Multi-Wah Pedal

- wireless is a Shure system with four receivers

- Tour Supply switcher to change guitars on the fly

- Furman IT1230 Balanced Isolation Transformer

- Mesa/Boogie High Gain Amp Switcher

- Vox Valvetronix Tonelab SE

Vox ToneLab ST Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

- Ibanez Tubescreamer

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Effects Pedal

- Dunlop MXR Phase 90

MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal

- Electro Harmonix Big Muff

Electro-Harmonix Classics USA Big Muff PI Distortion / Sustainer Guitar Effects Pedal

- Digitech Whammy

DigiTech Whammy Pitch-Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

- Voodoo Lab GCX and Ground Control (backstage)

Voodoo Lab GCX Guitar Audio SwitcherVoodoo Lab Ground Control Pro MIDI Foot Controller

- Radial Headbone

Radial Engineering Headbone VT Amp Head Switcher for Tube Amps


 

 

Picks and strings
- Dunlop Tortex .60mm

Dunlop Tortex Standard Guitar Picks

- Ernie Ball Power Slinky guages 11 - 48

Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slinky Nickel Electric Guitar Strings

- Ernie Ball Not Even Slinky gauges 12 - 56

Ernie Ball 2626 Nickel Not Even Slinky Drop Tuning Electric Guitar Strings

- Acoustic Strings: Ernie Ball Gauge Power Slinky gauges 13 - 56

Ernie Ball 2144 Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings



Guitar Straps
- Levy's guitar straps

Levy's Leather Guitar Strap



Mics
Vocal mics: Shure U4-D/Beta58 wireless

Shure Beta 58A Mic

Talkbox mic: Shure PG57

Shure PG57-LC Dynamic Microphone

Cabinet mics: Sennheiser MD 409 (2: 1 on each stack), Shure SM57 (on Fender Twin)

Shure SM57 Instrument/Vocal Mic

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