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... Read More
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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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.
Most Liked Negative Review
good guitar but to many problems
I got this guitar about 4 or 5 months ago. I've been through 3 of these guitar, having to trade it in to get a new one because of problems. The first one...Read complete review
I got this guitar about 4 or 5 months ago. I've been through 3 of these guitar, having to trade it in to get a new one because of problems. The first one that i got had a stress crack in the back of the headstock. The second one i got had a sloppy job around the pick-ups so i could not adjust them. The third and last one i got i am still not happy with it. It has fret buss and is very annoying when i have to play quietly. I love this guitar it is just i had to go through to many problems to get the one i wanted. The playabilty is great.
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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.
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.
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.
I compared this guitar side by side with the high dollar counter part. If the high dollar SG were better, I would have bought it. The SG Faded far exceeded all my expectations. This is my new "go to" guitar.
This guitar has the quality standards of gibson, but without the finish of a sg standard. The sound is very responsive, this is an original MADE IN USA GIBSON, not compared with the less quality chinese Epiphone SG or Les paul. This is a pro guitar without expensive finish, but you must be careful with some hit or scratch because of the lack of finish layers. The pick ups sound really incredible, and the neck is very smoth and comfortable, very useful for some classic rock tunes, or blues, but not for shredding. I recommend this item for those who want a real pro guitar without paying thousands of dollars
I'm still a beginner at guitar, but this guitar just blew me away. It has everything, good looks, versatility. My second guitar, but the one thats going to last me forever. Only concern I have is that the wood is going to get damaged because there is very litte finish.
I have been scouring the stores and websites for an SG that was equal to my older brothers. Back in 84 He bought a New Mint Gibson 84 Black SG standard, with honduran mahogany, a slim taper neck with triple ply white binding, copper shielding in the electronic chambers, a rosewood fingerboard with bone nut, real mother of pearl crown inlays, small black pickguard, jack "ON THE SIDE" not on the face of the guitar like most SG's, and 500 and 498 PAF Pickups...a real gorgeous one of a kind SG. Then the other day i saw this antique looking worn brown finish SG hanging in the store, and normally i don't buy guitars off the wall, for fear they've been played 100 times and have been scratched up, which isn't my idea of new, but this baby was flawless and the guy said he just put it out the day before. So even though it wasn't my brothers SG in anyway except for the shape and mahogany wood used i picked it up and plugged it into the same amp i have at home, a fender blues junior tube amp. I was in love and truly found an SG that was suited to me, like i finally realized how my brothers SG was suited to him, each lady is different and each of us is meant for someone special, and my SG Special faded guitar is my S-pecial G-irl and i'll be lovin' her for life. After 20 years of looking i finally have my SG.
I've replaced the stock tuning machine heads with locking ones, stretched the strings so they'd get used to the guitar, and cleaned the guitar several times. Still, it never stayed in tune for the 5 years I used to have this guitar. I'm not familiar with the high end Gibsons, but I've heard people talk about how it's a general Gibson problem. This guitar definitely can prove those people right.
The faded SG is an awesome bare bone guitar. Action is low, neck is fast, rosewood board feels great, the SG is light because of the thinner body, and well it just plays like a dream. The neck on the SG is thin, so if you prefer fatter necks, look at other guitars. You get a fat sound and the SG is versatile in shaping tones. The neck dive is a little tricky because if you drop it well there goes your head stock, so be a little careful, unless you buy a protection plan on it, which I did, which paid off right away. My strap unlatched and the SG ate the floor 3 weeks after I bought it, a machine head broke, other than that it was good. I took it in, thinking they'll just replace the machine head, but instead they exchange the whole thing for a brand new one, which was awesome. Seriously a great buy for the price and product, highly recommend if you were considering a purchase.
Just picked up my faded Cherry SG from my local GC. It's the first Gibson that I've owned and I already love it. In looks I say it definitely rivals my buddies SG special and the faded finish looks great! In sounds this is one of the most versatile guitars I have played and it won't steer you wrong. Very pleased with my buy here and finally entering the SG family.
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