This may sound odd, but I was on the edge of buying a faded SG for a few years because of the impressionability of the finish. I'd never buy a relic job, but there has always been something alluring about a loved instrument physically reflecting "the work" you put in on her. I ended up the proud owner of an Autumn shade SG standard just last week (for pics, see my only other thread). It's great. I also understand that it has a nitro finish, though much less impressionable than its "faded satin" cousins. Do present-day SG standards show play wear like a pre-cbs Strat might? Show me! Please post a pic of the honest play wear of you most loved sg - faded, standard, or otherwise!