SG Special Faded
Electric Guitar! Featuring The 490R Pickup & 490T Pickup
Looking for a Gibson SG Faded guitar?
The SG Special Faded Guitar is a low-end model in the SG line -- but that doesn’t mean it’s low quality.
It just has some stripped-down features aimed at keeping the price low.
In fact, the street price is usually $800 to $900 new -- and you will very likely find it for less.
That’s hard to beat.
That’s the reason Gibson calls this currently available model one of the “hottest bargains” in American-made guitars.
Most other low-end guitars -- like the ones from their Epiphone line which have prices comparable to the Special Faded -- are foreign-made and held to a lower quality standard than true Gibson models.
The Faded, however, comes from Gibson’s highly regarded Nashville, Tennessee plant.
You’ll like the SG Special Faded if you like your guitar to look like it stepped out of the 1960s but play like it’s brand new.
The Faded model is available in a worn brown or a worn cherry finish intended to give the impression that it’s been your well-loved, trusted friend for decades.
Gibson says the Faded’s sound is similar to the ‘57 Classic but with more mids for a more modern humbucker sound.
They accomplish that by placing their “Modern Classic” pickups in both positions.
The neck pickup is a 490R that’s calibrated to match the 490T in the bridge pickup position.
Most electric guitar experts also point to the thinner, hand-worn finish as an important part of the Faded’s unique sound.
You get more resonance from the wood because there isn’t a thick, glossy finish between it and the strings.
Reviewers usually recommend this model because of its exceptionally low price for a real Gibson SG.
Some, however, think differently.
Since a superior SG Standard guitar can be found used for about the same price as a new SG Special Faded, they suggest, why not go with the higher quality used model and get better pickups, a better finish, nicer inlays, binding and other upgraded features.
Or save even more by buying the Faded used and cutting your cost down to perhaps half the new price.
What’s the best advice?
Consider all the opinions, then buy what you think is best.
Any route you go, you’re getting a great guitar.
Of that you can always be certain when you choose a Gibson.
The Gibson SG Faded model, however, is also intended as a great value straight from the factory.
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