The first thing you'll notic about the SG HP Faded is the stunning chrome used for the pickup cover, knobs and machineheads. They immediately tell you that this is a modern instrument with a classic heart. The body has a faded gloss finish that looks like it's really been played in but all of the modern features will get you through any gig.
Slim taper neck
The Slim taper neck is comfortable in the hand without being too flat or too round either. The fret edges are rolled on all of the new Gibson 2017 models which makes them feel played in, straight out of the box and this is something normally found on Gibson Custom shop models.
The pickups are 61R and 61T which are high-output modern pickups. They still give you that classic Les Paul tone but with a bit more clarity in the upper-mid and treble frequency range. They'll easily handle styles as diverse as blues and hard rock or even metal.
The G-Force system is an automatic tuning system that sits behind the headstock. It runs on a battery that holds charge for up to 100 hours but only loses charge when used.
It makes life incredibly easy when changing tunings between songs on stage or in studio, or even to tweak or adjust your tuning in between songs. It's as easy as hitting the on button, then hitting the tune button and letting it do it's thing. And if you don't want to use the automatic tuning system, then you can use the tuners as you would on a traditional guitar, as long s the system isn't turned on.
Here's What Gibson say about the SG Faded HP
SG Faded 2017 HP Well-played looks, ultra-high performance. Featuring a brand new Faded Gloss finish process for an authentic worn-in look, the SG Faded 2017 HP looks like an old companion that has been thoroughly hot-rodded over the years. It combines what Gibson does best: Tradition and Innovation. A slim-taper neck with soloist's width, a fast-access neck heel, 61R and 61T humbuckers, titanium bridge saddles, G FORCE™ auto-tuning system, upgraded electronics and wiring, and more, make this a truly great value High Performance guitar. Ultimately, the SG Faded 2017 HP delivers the best of both worlds in supercharged instrument. Delivered in a HP padded gigbag, accompanied by a strap and a polishing cloth.
Body and Neck
Mahogany body. Maple neck with soloist neck width, slim-taper profile, and rosewood fingerboard with 22 polished frets.
Pickups and Electronics
61R and 61T humbuckers. 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 aviation grade toggle switch. Gold plated multi-contact jack
Chrome aluminum Tune-O-Matic bridge with titanium saddles and locking steel thumbwheels. Chrome aluminum stop bar with locking steel studs. Chrome knurled UFO knobs. G FORCE™ auto-tuning system
HP padded gigbag
Strap and polishing cloth
- Series: Core HP
- Body Style: SG
- Back: Mahogany
- Top: N/A
- Weight relief: N/A
- Binding: N/A
- Neck: Maple
- Neck profile: Slim taper
- Neck width: 1.745"
- Heel: Fast-access
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale length: 24.75
- Number of frets: 22 polished frets
- Nut: Titanium zero-fret adjustable nut
- Inlay: Mother of Pearl dots
- Binding: N/A
- Binding Style: N/A
- Bridge: Aluminum TOM with titanium saddles and steel locking thumbwheels
- Tailpiece: Aluminum Stop Bar with steel locking studs
- Knobs: Chrome knurled UFO
- Tuners: G FORCE™ with improved gears
- Plating: Chrome
- Neck pickup: 61R
- Bridge pickup: 61T
- Other pickup: N/A
- Controls: 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 aviation grade toggle switch
- Finishes available: Worn Brown, Worn Cherry
- Case: HP padded gigbag