Faded SG Special Electric Guitar Worn Cherry 886830732485

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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 Specia... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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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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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GibsonFaded SG Special Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 1033 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (872)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FADED IS GREAT AFTER SET-UP

First things first: The people reviewing this guitar and giving negative comments are probably doing so in large part becuase their resepctive guitars have not been set-up properly. I have been playing guitar for...Read complete review

First things first: The people reviewing this guitar and giving negative comments are probably doing so in large part becuase their resepctive guitars have not been set-up properly. I have been playing guitar for many years and one thing is certain: There is no such thing as a guitar being set-up perfectly right out of the box. For those of you who claim you received one, I respectfully submit that it is just not really posssible. This faded SG is no different - mine was set-up in a terible manner. The intonation was way off, the action was too high, the pick-ups needed adjustment, the truss rod and stop tail also needed adjustment. Even the fretboard and the body finish needed to be oiled. HOWEVER, once I spent the $60 to accomplish this, I came home with an absolutely superb instrument. It plays and sound slike a dream. I own an SG Special with P-90s and I previously owned an SG standard, but this guitar is lighter and sounds as good if not better than either of those guitars. Even with my $60 set-up adjustment investment, I feel like I am way ahead of the game in terms of money for value. I will be gigging with this guitar as my primary weapon. It is an excellent musical instrument. You will not achieve its true potential unless you set it up properly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

returned due to low quality

I previously said I was glad to have purchased this instrument. I since changed my mind mainly due to the sharp edges on many of the frets (poor fit and finish). Gibson should...Read complete review

I previously said I was glad to have purchased this instrument. I since changed my mind mainly due to the sharp edges on many of the frets (poor fit and finish). Gibson should have not cut corners. I returned it and at a $50 savings I bought a Washburn X-50. Actually it is more like a a $130 better deal because the Washburn already had grover tuners and I would have spent more money on the Gibson having them put on plus be without the instrument for several weeks while it would have been at the shop for repairs and upgrades. Shame on you Gibson - at least on this specific model. I have an Exploreer Pro that is a high end top quality Gibson that is absolutely flawless and I love it.

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5.0

The Gibson SG Faded

By Adam Helferich

from Farwell, MI

Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

I picked this guitar up at a guitar shop, and I was impressed. The only thing wrong with it is that it doesn't have trapezoid inlays. I hooked it up to a small VOX amp, and it wasn't good, so I hooked it up to a fender amp, and It was BEAUTIFUL! As A tribute to Angus Young, The first song I played was Hells Bells by AC/DC. It was Amazing. I would recommend this guitar to anybody who wants to rock in style with a genuine Gibson SG.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson SG Special Worn Brown

By stuart naumann

from Ontario, Canada

Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

Always wanted an SG guitar. Came across these beauties on sale and could not resist the price or the name. The guitar looks as expected. Finish is very good for a faded. The gig bag is OK but you may want a HCC for it. It is a no frills all business rock machine. Guitar was setup very well out of the box, intonation was good and string height was excellent. Love the tuners, they feel and work great. It is very light and comfortable to play. The volume and tone pots are linear which is a nice change as the cheaper guitars are not. The only down side is the frets are a tad sharp on the neck bottom and will need to be filed. Also, the strings bind on the nut when tuning or bending, some graphite should fix that though. I highly recommend this axe.

 
5.0

Faded Gibson a Steal

By John Hill

from Birmingham, AL.

Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

I bought a faded Gibson SG in brown. I am an amateur guitarist and this is my third guitar. It is a very high quality guitar. The action is low and the neck feels really good. It is an amazingly light solid body guitar. The humbuckers provide the classic Gibson sound. It sounds good clean or dirty with a bit of overdrive. I play the blues and dabble in rock and this is a classic for both. The faded finish although perhaps not as durable, is actually very nice looking both up close and from a distance. My guess is that the finish will naturally age well. The finish also provides good resonance. The tuners are classic Gibson and the guitar stays in tune well. What really makes this a tremendous deal is the price. I bought this new for a price below what I observed they were selling for used on E-Bay. The one note of caution is that the gig bag seems cheap and does not afford much protection for the relatively delicate neck. Still, even with a good $125 aftermarket hard case, it remains a good value and fun affordable quality American made Gibson.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GOOD GUITAR

By panzer71

from OKC OKLA.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

    For what it cost very good guitar it's well made plays good not bad to look at. And you get that SG sound very happy with it.

     
    5.0

    Nice Axe !

    By BLUESMAN

    from JOHNSON CITY,TN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Very Little Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

    This is a fantastic guitar for the money. I just got it and I couldn't beleive the way this thing plays. Right out of the box, it feels and sounds like it's set up for the stage. No joke, I love it. Gibson really cares about quality and performancce. I have a taylor, martin and two fender teles'. Action on this axe is amazing. And Musicians Friend was great to work with.

     
    5.0

    This is a nice guitar

    By Frank_G_C_D

    from New Hampshire

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

        Until this purchase, I've only played acoustic but I wanted to branch out into electric and I've always liked the SGs.

        I went with this model because I like the faded look and the neck was similar to my Martin D28. Oh, and the price was right.

        And, even as an electric novice, I can tell this is a good guitar. Easy to play, responsive pickups, great tone - and sustain that acoustic players can only dream about.

         
        4.0

        Faded Brown Gibson LG

        By Pittsburgh Strongy

        from Pittsburgh Pa.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Guitar For The Mone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a great buy for anyone wanting to buy an affordable Gibson. It sounds great playing a slide for my blues.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!!

        By Incredibly nice fellow

        from Montana

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Totally Practical
        • Value

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigging
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rockin Out Man
          • Showin Off

          Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

          There is nothing wrong with this guitar, I love it! It's incredibly light. The action is perfect out of the box in fact only one string was out of tune, I tuned it and it has stayed in tune. It plays great sounds great, feels great, looks great and is exactly what I wanted. I can't stop playing it! I've been a fender guy for decades, but my fenders are gathering dust. This guitar is not for snobs who need to play a status symbol. It's beautifully bare, everything you need and nothing you don't.

           
          5.0

          Great value, great quality

          By mdrummer88

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

              Of course I am writing this review within a few weeks of getting the guitar, so I can't speak about how it holds up over time, but here's my experience with it so far.

              It came in one piece, with no wrapping around it, inside a soft gibson gig bag, as if coming back from a friends house after band practice. Maybe I got a floor model or something, but regardless, it looks, feels, and plays great. Lighter than expected, or lighter than I remember it in store
              Note, the current model (december 2012) has dot inlays on the neck, and no text on the bell shaped truss rod cover.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Meat and Potatoes

              By I'll go with JAMMER123

              from Delaware

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • SOLID
              • Work Horse

              Cons

              • Does Not Go With My Tux
              • Neck Pick Up Is Pure Mud

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gibson Faded SG Special Electric Guitar:

                As a working man with a family and a home, I'm not going to spend more than 1000 on a guitar. So I've bought a lot of guitars in the 400-700 range. A lot of them look fantastic, some of them sound good, very few of them play well. I could always swap out the pick ups and get them to sound better and I could always do stuff with the tuners/nut/bridge to get them to stay in tune better. But a lot of them, there wasn't really much you could do to get the action lower without getting all kinds of buzz.
                When I learned how much money is tied up in the cosmetic side of a guitar, I decided I'd look for a guitar where they cut that cost, as opposed to wood and wire.
                Which led me to this guitar. It's not pretty, even though it does have a certain character. But it is solid. It has a great tone, stays in tune well, it had pretty low action when I got it, but was able to get it just a bit lower.
                In the store, I felt the bridge pick up was too clean for my taste, so I bought a Seymour Duncan SH6 to go along with it. When I got home and plugged into my gear, I actually liked the stock bridge pickup, but the neck pick up sounds horrible. It sounds like someone threw a blanket over the whole thing. So that tells me you really need to try this guitar out on a setup that will be close to your own.
                I've seen a lot of reviews with people complaining about the neck. It's very thick, but I like chunky necks, so I'm very happy with it. But you should definitely try this out first at a store even if you plan to order one online.
                Bottom line: I wanted a guitar that cost under a grand and felt good in my hands and I found it. It may not be for ever body, but you should at least take a look at it.

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