My new '05 Faded SG

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  1. realcooldude

    realcooldude New Member

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    Always loved SGs and for some reason I never owned one. I found this nice Faded series on reverb and rectified that situation. It came with a Dimarzio Evolution in the bridge spot, but I swapped it out almost immediately with a Duncan SH-5 Custom. Cleaned the fretboard, cleaned the frets with some 0000 steel wool and put some fresh 9s on it.

    I love the neck on this guitar. It's almost as thick as the body. I can feel the entire guitar vibrate when I strum it. It just sings. I think I'm an SG guy now.
     

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  2. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Congrats and Welcome!

    What an awesome SG Special Faded.
    Those are my favorite humbucker-equipped SG.
     
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    arcticsg Well-Known Member

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    Nice!! Happy NGD to you! :cheers:

    And Welcome aboard! :smile:
     
  4. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Very nice SG Brown Faded, welcome to the club


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    Congrats and welcome to the SG Forum. I love the faded look on the SGs!
     
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  6. Worblehat

    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    Very nice guitar. Faded SGs are my favourites. Look much better than standards with gloss finish and binding in my opinion. I am now saving money to get one someday. I especially like the color of yours...perfect!
     
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    They're a humble and unassuming guitar that pack a secret humbucker-mahogany punch!
     
  8. papagayo

    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    I don' t know if the SG Special Faded look better than an SG Std but that' s an incredible Gibson, I paid mine 400US$ and it' s a pure Gibson, many good vibrations.
    Only the 490T bridge pickup is not my favorite. Great SG !
     
  9. Worblehat

    Worblehat Well-Known Member

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    Solid colored Standards look good, but I absolutely don't like glossy see-through finish on top of visible wood grain. I guess I am the only one :D
     
  10. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    maybe not the only one, but one of a select minority.

    Gibson sold Faded SG specials by the truckload all through the early oughts up to
    about 2011. I bought one too, mine is the faded brown and the looks attracted me
    from about ten to fifteen meters away... The neck and the tone turned me around and
    made me whip out my MasterCard and take the lady home.

    Gibson designed the faded specials as a sort of 'road worn" look, intending the
    instrument to resemble a well cared for older guitar. IMHO they nailed it on this
    model. For proof, feast your eyes on two mahogany guitars, one made in 2007
    and one made in 1936.
    Luna and Rosebud@100.jpg
    There's a lot of guitar history and development in the 70 years that separate these
    two lovely instruments. In spite of this, players who love the Gibson Deep Gloss finish
    that you get on instruments costing much much more...
    they may turn their noses up at the humble faded special,
    as if it were the poor relation at the wedding.

    But don't pay any attention to cork sniffers. The Gibson faded special has all the
    rawk and kerang of any SG, but the faded finish is less expensive for Gibson to produce
    and they pass the savings along to the hard working and underpaid guitarists who
    value them for what they can do.

    And I don't know if the faded finish contributes to the awesome tone of the faded specials.
    But something does.... Tone from faded SGs is truly awesome, as long as you do your
    part, of course. *laughs

    Enjoy your new SG, and welcome to the forum...
     
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  11. cerebral gasket

    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    The SG Special Faded is a tool, and a very good one. Don't compare it to something that it is not. Some of us prefer SG Classics, SG Specials (Faded or Gloss) over the SG Standard for various reasons. One is not better than the other, only different.

    490T sounds fine to my ears, but P-90's sound even better IMO.
     
  12. Lunacy the Faded

    Lunacy the Faded Active Member

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    I remember my first SG...

    Lol congrats, that is a keeper without a doubt!
     
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  13. TubeStack

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    Very nice, looks great! I love the neck carve on the faded series, too.
     
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  14. Retrop

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    Congrats on the guitar, it looks awesome and I am guessing it plays and sounds even better!
     
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    Also have a 2005 in faded cherry. Day 2 I took out the 490's and ended up covering them and putting them into a 1991 LP Studio. They sound better in the LP. I put in covered 57/57+ in the faded and very pleased. The neck is a 50's baseball bat and awesome. I have a 2019 Traditional LP with a very similar neck. I like the faded series so much that if I see an early 2000's with an ebony board with moon inlays I would buy it up quick. 3 years ago I paid $400 for my faded in near mint condition. I have a lot of guitars but that one was a steal deal. Quality of the faded models can be hit or miss. I got lucky and found a keeper.
     
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    Looks great! Welcome aboard!
     
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  17. realcooldude

    realcooldude New Member

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    Thanks everybody for the warm welcome.

    Colonel, I've been reading older topics in the forum and have really enjoyed the pics of your number one. Did you use Feed and Wax to get that look? I'm sure I read that somewhere.
     
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    Chuteboxehero Active Member

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    The first proper Gibson I owned was an 05 faded Special that had a Super Distortion installed at the bridge. Fantastic guitar. The best part was I went out that day with a budget and figured I'd pick up a MIM Fender of some sort. Found that used and in my price range. I was happy. Then I plugged it in back at the house and was happier. That guitar was a beast.
     
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  19. volktar

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    I love the faded bodies. I've always been a fan of wood grains over solid color, especially on mahogany. I just wish I could find a faded with neck binding and trap inlays. That would be my dream rig (especially with a fat, skinny neck). A guy can dream...
     
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    jtees4 Well-Known Member

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    Great guitar....good luck....rock it! I currently only have one SG, it is a gloss black SG and I added chrome pickup covers (see pic)....but I have owned a bunch of Standards as well as at least 4 Fadeds. Fadeds are great! They are a stripped down pure ROCK guitar in my opinion. I had both ebony and rosewood fretboards on my fadeds and even had a "moon" faded with ebony board. I tend to like the brown (like yours) the best.

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