The SG Faded is a full-blown Gibson SG at an affordable price. It has a faded gloss finish and nickel-plated hardware and looks and feels played in. Especially because Gibson now roll the fret edges on the neck making it feel like it's been played, which is a feature normally found on much more expensive instruments.
It's got that classic SG look and feels like any Gibson should, and with the Slim Taper neck you'll be able to riff and shred wherever you are on the rosewood fretboard.
The 490R and 490T pickups are modern sounding, medium to high output pickups. They aren't made to give you brutal metal tones but will easily handle high-gain or low-gain amps making them versatile enough to be used for anything from blues to metal. They have a bit more bite and mid-range sizzle than your normal PAF-style pickup.
Made in the USA
If it says Gibson on the headstock then it's made in the USA. All Gibson guitars have got a nitrocellulose finish which allows the wood to breathe and isn't a thick gloss that can bog down the natural tone of the wood. Also, it'll age really well, so after a few years of you gigging it, you're sure to leave the guitar with some marks of character.
Here's what Gibson say about the SG Faded
SG Faded 2017 T Played-in looks, modern performance. The SG Faded 2017 T has been carefully crafted by Gibson USA to look and feel like an old friend the first time you pick it up. With its more authentic new Faded Gloss finish and nickel-plated hardware, the SG Faded looks weathered by a few decades of playing, while the guitar itself feels as if it has been shaped directly by the player's own hands, for an absolutely perfect fit. The SG Faded is an artful blend of history and modernity, where SG traditions began more than five decades ago meet with 21st century innovations for sonic versatility and playability. A set of 490R and 490T humbuckers with Alnico magnets delivers historic SG tones, while a slim-taper neck with a thicker rosewood fingerboard and 22 polished frets combine for an amazing feel in the hand, yielding easy bends and lightning-fast soloing—an impressive value for a high quality made-in-USA Gibson guitar. Delivered in a padded gigbag, accompanied by a strap and a polishing cloth.
Body and Neck
Mahogany body and maple neck. Slim-taper neck profile. Rosewood fingerboard. 22 polished frets.
Pickups and Electronics
490R and 490T humbuckers. 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch
Nickel plated Tune-O-Matic bridge and aluminum stop bar tailpiece. Vintage-style keystone tuners. Black top hat knobs
Strap and polishing cloth
- Series Core T
- Body Style SG Faded
- Back Mahogany
- Top N/A
- Weight relief N/A
- Binding N/A
- Neck Maple
- Neck profile Slim taper
- Neck width 1.695"
- Heel Traditional
- Fingerboard Rosewood
- Scale length 24.75
- Number of frets 22 polished frets
- Nut Tektoid
- Inlay Acrylic dots
- Binding N/A
- Binding Style N/A
- Bridge Aluminum Tune-o-Matic with steel thumbwheels
- Tailpiece Aluminum Stop Bar with steel posts
- Knobs Black top hats
- Tuners Vintage style keystone tuners
- Plating Nickel
- Neck pickup 490R
- Bridge pickup 490T
- Other pickup N/A
- Controls 2 volumes, 2 tones, 1 toggle switch
- Finishes available Worn Brown, Worn Cherry
- Case Padded gigbag