SG Special Faded 3 Pickup Electric Guitar  

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The SG Special Faded 3 Pickup guitar offers all the performance of Gibson's legendary SG line at an unbeatable price. With three screaming 490 humbuckers”the same pickups offered on the top of the lin... Read More

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Overview

The SG Special Faded 3 Pickup guitar offers all the performance of Gibson's legendary SG line at an unbeatable price. With three screaming 490 humbuckers”the same pickups offered on the top of the line Les Paul Supreme”the SG Special Faded 3 Pickup gives guitarists an unbelievable tonal spectrum to play with. A master volume and master tone dial in the options presented by the versatile 6-position selector. Choose from bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, or bridge/neck pickup combinations. From the garage to the club to as far as you want to go, the SG Special Faded 3 Pickup electric guitar has you covered.

The SG Special Faded model combines the well-worn, well-played look of a favorite old Gibson with the performance capability of a brand new instrument. With a hand worn satin finish and classic Gibson body style, the Faded SG has that comfortable, familiar feeling of a favorite guitar.

Features
  • Manufactured in: Nashville, TN
  • BODY
  • Body Species: Mahogany
  • NECK
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: SG Rounded
  • Peghead Pitch: 17
  • FINGERBOARD
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Inlays: Dot
  • HARDWARE
  • Plating Finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Knobs: Black Numbered
  • Tuners: Vintage-style Tulip
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Neck Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker
  • Middle Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker
  • Bridge Pickups: 490T Alnico magnet humbucker
  • Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, six-position rotary selector
  • OTHER
  • Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046
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4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

fit to burn

Ok, I may be biased towards SGs because my first guitar was an epiphone SG. I;ve had Les Pauls and a Strat since, and always wanted to have one again. My wife...Read complete review

Ok, I may be biased towards SGs because my first guitar was an epiphone SG. I;ve had Les Pauls and a Strat since, and always wanted to have one again. My wife encouraged me and I finally got this one. I picked the faded white finish because I thought it was way nicer than the faded ebony, and it is. it's more original and the guitar looks cooler like this. The shape and the neck feel great. It's a Gibson, so if you're used to thiner necks you'll find this a little roug, but it's slightly more comfortable than my Les Paul's. The guitar is also way lighter, which also makes it more comfortable overall especially if you play standing up. The sound is absolutely amazing, its in Les Paul territory but more spit-firey with that typical Sg character. The clean sounds are OK but when distorted this baby'll blow your mind! it's hard to get very slightly overdriven crunchy sounds because the pickups have such a high output, but you can remedy that by playing with the guitar's volume knob and then it can pull off cleanier texas blues licks on your amp's overdriven channel. But if you want the screaming wild distortion, then no problem, this one'll deliver! The only reservation I have about this SG is that the six position selector can be confusing. You can use the neck, neck/middle, middle alone, middle/bridge, bridge, and bridge/neck. I could get the best sounds by combining either the middle and neck or middle and bridge, but in any case it's a wide palette to chose from, which can be handy if you don't like to reach for the eq and tone buttons on your amp and effects. You can't really just flip the selector and move from one sound to another quickly in the middle of a fast passage though. All in all, this is a great guitar and great value for the money with a ersatil and polyvalent style (look and sound) that will comfortably handle everything from blues to all genres of rock.

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SG Faded

No No No... I knew better so i opened the access cover and right away noticed its not quality wiring at all. I was to buy two of these things and quickly changed...Read complete review

No No No... I knew better so i opened the access cover and right away noticed its not quality wiring at all. I was to buy two of these things and quickly changed my mind and bought a real SG instead. I DID LIKE.. That is a "Limewash" finish that is worn.. The selector switch>? thats NOT A fault in fact that was a better solution to the 3 pickup guitars if you ask me. I own 490's so i know the difference. For 200 bux more get a real sg . It almost felt like i was playing B Stock.

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5.0

Just Awesome

By Marty

from Netherlands

I ordered the Ebony Faded guitar. It's beautiful. It has a white pickguard. The 6 way switch works very well for me. I do still have to get used to it more, but I know I will. I play it over a Fender Blues Deluxe Amp, which is just awesome. The faded finish on the neck doesn't bother me at all while playing, which I did fear before I purchased this guitar. It plays like any other SG. It looks so different from any other sg I've ever seen before. The black body and white pickguard make this SG so original. It's really one of a kind. I am thinking of buying different pickups though. Maybe a P94 in the neck position and something with more output in the middle position. The Bridge pickup rocks. peace!

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4.0

fair deal

By Brandon

from Virginia

Well Gibson is doing everything they can to grab new customers, and this is what they got me with. The setup is terrible, the electronics have a ground loop which leads to excess hum, and the first thing the guitar needs is a wipedown with lemon oil but the tone is worth every bit of work. The price could have been a little better, but when you realize that this is made in the USA, incredibly light and comfortable, and has some incredible sounding pickups with a broad range of selectable tones you start to realize where the true value is. This is built around the classic SG profile but the neck, while wide, is a flatter, thinner D shaped profile which makes it very comfortable for long and fast runs. The frets are smooth and even, the same cannot be said for the fret ends, those will have to be deburred (part of your typical setup job). The nut is set too high as is the bridge (also part of the typical setup) but once again this guitar is about tone and plenty of options so don't let the lack of finish get in the way. This by far has the thickest, richest most velvety output of any instrument I own, and has the biggest range of both clean and distorted tones of anything I own, making it a real workhorse. Just give it a try and see how it feels, then buy it . You will enjoy the experience and versatility.

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5.0

Awesome And the Greatest

By Joshua Villarde

from 1743 beecher IL

This guitar is so awesome because the looks the sounds and the the way it goes to the style of the guitar player. So I give this guitar a 5 star review.

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4.0

great for the price

By John Smith

from Vermont

I first bought a faded les paul gibson and found that it was a great guitar. Than i played one of these and found it was SO MUCH MORE VERSATILE.I imediately returned the paul for this great axe.It seems ugly but i really like how theres no polish on this. No polish means NO FINGERPRINTS.I'm not afraid to hurt this guitar.I'm not sure if this would be great onstage because it only has one tone knob and one volume knob which isn't that exciting,however, it would be great in the studio because of the 5-stage selector switch.I'm looking forward to a step up to a Les Paul Studio in another 3-5 years, but for now, i couldn't be happier.

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(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Grest Guitar

By Zack

from Ocoee, Fl

This guitar is pretty dang good. It has Gibson's signature sound. the pickups are pretty good and will give you a wide range of tones. the mids and highs are great in this guitar and the preformance of the neck is also amazing. my only problem with this guitar is the 6 way selector. the selector that comes in the guitar sometimes doesnt "click" it has a kind of loose feel between positions and sometimes goes past the 6th position. as of the sound, this guitar sounds beautiful. the distortion is extremely crisp and sounds like you are playing a Gibson, and i have found no guitar with a better clean sound. i play my guitars through a marshall mg100 hdfx head and 1960 lead cab.

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(7 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

SG Faded

By Stephen

from Connecticut

No No No... I knew better so i opened the access cover and right away noticed its not quality wiring at all. I was to buy two of these things and quickly changed my mind and bought a real SG instead. I DID LIKE.. That is a "Limewash" finish that is worn.. The selector switch>? thats NOT A fault in fact that was a better solution to the 3 pickup guitars if you ask me. I own 490's so i know the difference. For 200 bux more get a real sg . It almost felt like i was playing B Stock.

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(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME GUITAR

By SEXZBEAST

from Lilburn, Ga

I just got it yesterday and I am amazed. It is a great guitar from almost every aspect. There are only 2 actual problems I can find with this guitar. It comes already faded so it looks a little phony, but you can't tell it faded if you stand kind of far away. Also the knob to change pickups is anoying to say the least. However I love this guitar and if this is in your price range you should get it (though in the store I found it in Ebony, it looks better that way).

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(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Mr. Eastman

from Beaverton, OR

I just bought this about a week ago at a guitar center store and it is awesome. I found the worn ebony finish there so I took it. It sounds, feels, and looks great. I like the brown fades on some of the curves. This guitar surprised me right away by how light weight it is! The neck is a bit rough, but a good guitarist can overcome that. Overall a great buy!

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(42 of 43 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

fit to burn

By Z

from PA

Ok, I may be biased towards SGs because my first guitar was an epiphone SG. I;ve had Les Pauls and a Strat since, and always wanted to have one again. My wife encouraged me and I finally got this one. I picked the faded white finish because I thought it was way nicer than the faded ebony, and it is. it's more original and the guitar looks cooler like this. The shape and the neck feel great. It's a Gibson, so if you're used to thiner necks you'll find this a little roug, but it's slightly more comfortable than my Les Paul's. The guitar is also way lighter, which also makes it more comfortable overall especially if you play standing up. The sound is absolutely amazing, its in Les Paul territory but more spit-firey with that typical Sg character. The clean sounds are OK but when distorted this baby'll blow your mind! it's hard to get very slightly overdriven crunchy sounds because the pickups have such a high output, but you can remedy that by playing with the guitar's volume knob and then it can pull off cleanier texas blues licks on your amp's overdriven channel. But if you want the screaming wild distortion, then no problem, this one'll deliver! The only reservation I have about this SG is that the six position selector can be confusing. You can use the neck, neck/middle, middle alone, middle/bridge, bridge, and bridge/neck. I could get the best sounds by combining either the middle and neck or middle and bridge, but in any case it's a wide palette to chose from, which can be handy if you don't like to reach for the eq and tone buttons on your amp and effects. You can't really just flip the selector and move from one sound to another quickly in the middle of a fast passage though. All in all, this is a great guitar and great value for the money with a ersatil and polyvalent style (look and sound) that will comfortably handle everything from blues to all genres of rock.

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(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson SG Special Faded 3

By Rockandroll

from Boston, MA

I tried the Gibson SG Special Faded 3 through an epiphone valve special combo. Its usually an ok amp, but this guitar shined through it. The clean was good. But then i tried it with a tube screamer as well. The guitar is perfect for Dirty blues/rock. The only problem I faced with it was that the toggle switch can be confusing. I prefer unfinished necks. Also because it is not finished, it does not choke the tone. Great guitar, yet try it or a unfinished guitar before buying. I think it is a great buy.

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