Gibson Les Paul Special Faded

The pre-stressed paint job of the Gibson Les Paul Special Faded will make your audience think you’ve been playing this electric guitar for years.

And its feel and quality will make you wish you had been.

Direct from the factory with a thinner, pre-worn finish than other Les Pauls, this vintage-looking model may at first look like a well-worn 1950s Gibson standby.

But a closer look shows some refinements aimed at making this edition even more playable than the classic models on which it is based.

Most notably, the neck is thinner than on 1950s models and tapered with jumbo frets.

Gibson Les Paul Special Faded

The 1960s-inspired neck on the Faded model gives this American-made Les Paul a fast, natural, fluid feel.

To get the unique faded look, the factory applies the finish, then rubs away just the right amount of it in all the right places.

The painted finish is worn where you expect it to be on a trusted friend, not a factory-fresh guitar -- like in the cutaway, where your right arm touches the face, around each of the knobs and, for your own satisfaction, on the back.

To make sure you don’t soon mess up the perfect wear patterns, Gibson applies a satiny-smooth nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

There’s no reason to worry about scratching this Les Paul’s finish.

You won’t easily get through the lacquer, but if you do, it just adds to the weathered and well-used feel of the instrument.

The body and neck are both mahogany, and the fingerboard is rosewood.

In addition to the usual tune-o-matic bridge and stop bar tailpiece, you get chrome hardware.

A Gibson padded gig bag is included with new ones.

And the sound is unmistakable.

It sounds like a humbucking Les Paul should sound -- with a richness you can’t get from any other brand or model.

The Gibson Faded series also included the LP Double Cut-Away, the Flying V, and the SG Special models.

While Gibson Les Pauls have been in production most of the time since 1952, your chance to get a Special Faded is just about at an end.

The Faded series was discontinued in 2009, but some stores may still have new ones.

Reviewers like the Gibson Les Paul Special Faded because of its worn-in look, humbucking sound and particularly solid feel. It’s too bad it’s history now.

There’s always still time for you to get one used, though.

At least there might be. You may have trouble finding anyone who wants to give one up.

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