A "Faded" finish is a "Satin" finish with the grain unfilled. Most "Satin" finishes have the grain unfilled like a "Faded" finish with the exception of a few, usually solid colors, which have the grain filled. From 1961-2001, all SG Specials had Gloss finishes. 2002 was the first year of the "SG Special Faded". SG Specials with Gloss finishes were still being produced concurrently with the SG Special Faded until the late 2000's. Several years later the "SG Special Faded" was renamed to "SG Faded". After SG Specials with Gloss finishes were discontinued, the SG Special was listed as having a "Satin" finish and the Humbuckers were replaced with Mini Humbuckers. SG Special Faded and SG Faded have the finish name as "Worn". Faded Finish Colors Worn Brown Worn Cherry Worn Ebony Worn Yellow Modern SG Special have the finish name as "Satin". Satin Finish Colors Satin Cherry Satin Ebony Satin Silverburst Satin Vintage Sunburst The SG Special pictured below middle had the Mini Humbuckers replaced with P-90's and has a "Satin Cherry" finish with unfilled grain. The SG Special on the far right has a "Satin Ebony" finish with the grain filled.