The original Gibson SG Standard was already a pretty simple guitar. When you start stripping it back however you realise that a real raw and powerful sound sits underneath which is found in the 2016 Gibson SG Special Faded Traditional. Thanks to these small tweaks not only can you get an iconic SG look and feel for not much money but you also get a raw and powerful tone that is really helped along by the satin finish.
Same Classic Build
Even though this model is such great value for money Gibson have still not cut back any costs on the way this guitar is made. It still features the same thin mahogany body and neck as well as the rosewood fretboard that has been on this guitar since 1961. These woods help keep this guitar sounding thick and full even though the body is much thinner than an equivalent Les Paul.
One of the biggest changes with this model over other SGs is the use of a worn satin finish to not only give the guitar a slightly rough and worn look but also give it an interesting feel up the neck which is less likely to stick to your hand if you are a player who sweats a lot a good satin finish like this is worth considering
Vintage Style Pickups
While a lot of Gibson's pickups are hotter versions of the pickups from years ago these are actually much closer to the original. The tone and output level are very much similar to what you would have found on an early 60's SG. These do have a couple of small tweaks however that opens this guitar up to more modern players.
To start off the windings on the pickup allow for it to have a bit more bite when compared to a traditional PAF humbucker meaning that you get a faster attack which is suited to harder rock styles. This does not mean it can't get that vintage smooth sound however. Just dial back a bit on the volume control and the entire sound smooths out to offer classic vintage vibes.
Professional Set Up
As part of the 2016 line this guitar has received a premium set up even before it has gone through our QC checks. This means that you can take this guitar out of the box on day one, go straight to your gig and rock up without any issues with the guitar at all.
No longer do you need to wait for a few days while you get your guitar. We all know that you want to get using a new guitar as soon as possible so Gibson have made sure you can do just that.
Here's what Gibson say about the SG Special Faded
The Gibson SG Faded 2016 T uses the same supreme tonewood combination as its predecessor of nearly 50 years ago, carries the same rock-solid, time-tested hardware complement as the legendary SGs of the '60s, is powered by a pair of genuine Alnico humbucking pickups, and of course offers all the legendary playability that has made Gibson famous. Above all, it retains the no-nonsense attractive appearance, and its genuine nitrocellulose satin finish sports the distinctive, worn look of Gibson's Faded series.
- Tuners: Traditional tuners
- Neck width: Historic original 1 11/16" neck width
- Nut: Graph Tech nut
- Body: Carved from solid mahogany
- Carrying case: Padded gigbag
- Inlays: Dot fingerboard inlays
- Pickups: 490R and 490T humbuckers
- Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard
- Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
- Finish: Worn satin nitro finish