I'm copying and transferring a lot of this info from a thread that I started at the TTR forum. I started this project last year on October 24, 2017. Finished it November 20, 2017. Very nice sounding and playing guitar, but it's going in for a new color and finish. I'm going for it... The SG will have a green stain with a Tru-Oil finish. The body is an offset 2 piece. There were some goofy scrawling marks all over the guitar that needed some semi-deep sanding. There are some deep depressions in the wood that I tried to steam out at first. Also, there was some fret sprouting goin on, which is more noticeable from the 15th fret to the 22nd frets. I rescued this guitar from a "Fratboy" around January of 2017. The guitar was "poorly maintained"... to be polite. Regarding steaming out the dents: I experimented with this method on this guitar while it still has that thin faded finish. It was the first time I've tried it. Used a very wet piece of paper towel instead of a rag. I'm sure the effect would be more pronounced if there wasn't any finish at all, but there was still a noticeable difference. Before: After: Stripped with 80 grit, and then sanded down further with 120: I wasn't sure what to do with the headstock overlay. I did not strip it yet. It looked like crap. If I was to remove the finish off of it, I'm wasn't sure if Tru-Oil will adhere to whatever the overlay material is made of. And, I didn't want to end up damaging the Gibson logo decal: One thing for sure is, the overlay is not made of wood. Therefore, I did not strip it. I gave it a good cleanup by scrubbing it with #OOOO steel wool, a couple applications of "swirl" remover or cut, and finally, a couple applications of some Flintz gunstock wax. It looked much better: Sanded down to 320, and two coats of a green stain. Stain used was Minwax clear tint water based. Color is called "Early Spring". 1st coat: 2nd coat: Mock-up for fun: Next step, or steps, is to super polish the wood with micro-mesh before applying the Tru-Oil. I expect to apply more stain depending on how the color responds to further sanding. All the electronics and hardware that was on it before, went back in. The pickups are stock for the '02 Faded Special, and they are the 490R and 490T. And yes, I likes dem!