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Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar
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      Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar (517222)
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The look of a well-loved, gracefully aged instrument.

The Gibson Faded SG Special is an electric guitar that maintains the tradition of looks, functionality, and value for which the SG guitar is known. Under its attractive faded finish, the Faded Special SG is still the traditional SG, with mahogany body and neck, Tune-O-Matic/stopbar bridge, and alnico 490 pickups. The guitar's faded finish gives it the look of an electric that started its rockin' days in the '60s.

A Little SG History

In 1961, the Les Paul was redesigned with a thinner body and 2 sharp cutaway horns that made the upper frets more accessible while lowering production costs. The new guitar was popular, but Les Paul the guitarist behind the original Les Paul did not like it and asked to have his name removed. Gibson renamed the model the "SG" which was short for "solid guitar". Though Les Paul's name was officially removed from the model in 1961, the plastic Les Paul nameplates (positioned between the rhythm pickup and fingerboard) were in abundance in the Gibson factory and SG models having these nameplates were built and sold by Gibson up to the end of 1963. SGs have been the choice of world-class artists such as Pete Townsend, Eric Clapton, Tony Iommi, and Angus Young.


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Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar Features:

  • Mahogany body
    Mahogany neck
    Rounded '50s neck profile
    Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
    24-3/4" scale
    1-11/16" nut width
    Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
    Chrome hardware
    490R and 490T alnico magnet humbuckers
    Controls: 2 volume, one tone, 3-way switch






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  • Mine is excellent

    As reviewed by Mark C on 11/27/2006

    I bought the faded because I just love the gritty look of the guitar. It really does look and feel "like an old friend" as the Gibson website describes her. This guitar works for me . I play alot of classic rock with my own flair. The 490's are best suited to my style of playing. I'm reading some bad reviews and one thing I notice to be consistent in all of them is the phrase "took it out of the box" or "ordered on line" ... One thing I do know about the faded series is that quality control is not up to Gibson standards. So if you're going to buy a faded series ( be it a Les Paul, SG or a flying V) then you absolutely should try it before you buy it. I did and I couldn't be happier.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • A good gigging guitar.

    As reviewed by Christopher on 11/1/2006

    I bought a Gibson SG Special Faded as a guitar to play gigs with. My other guitar is a SG Standard and I have kind of a strong sentimental attachment to that instrument. The Faded SG is going to be pretty much a beater, so I don't have to use my Standard when my band plays out. Cosmetic features were not important to me when making my decision to buy this guitar. It does look pretty cool in a simple, no-frills way. All I care about is it having a straight neck, and sounding good. I like the (lack of a) finish; it is comfortable to play. The neck pickup is the same (a 490r) as on my SG Standard, but the bridge pickup is a 490t vs. the Standard's 498t. If that bugs you, you can buy a 498t for like 80 bucks and change it. It (the 490t) provides a good tone though. I play through a Peavey EVH 5150 and this guitar sounds good through my amp. The reason why I like this guitar (and all Gibson SG's for that matter) is it is versitle. I think it is sutible for playing lots of styles of music. I think it's a good guitar for the money. It would make a good second/backup guitar. I think it could also be a good guitar for a beginner. I'd reccomend paying the extra 100 or so dollars and getting one of the SKB SG cases too. They're better than the gig bag that comes with the guitar, and better than the Gibson hard cases. The Gibson SG Special Faded may not be the prettiest one on the shelf, but she's got it where it counts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • sg=special

    As reviewed by pieman p on 5/11/2011

    Okay Gibson,whats the catch? I bought this used, and I still cant find anything wrong with it. The fretboard is smooth, the neck is thin, and the pickups sound crazy good. Im a bit scared. Is something wrong with your price calculators? Seriously. This is my guitar for life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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