Discussion in 'Gibson SG' started by Computer User, Dec 10, 2018.
Anyone know when they started making these?
gasket ... do you mean thay started making Special Faded models in 2002, or the 2002 Special Faded were started in 2002 ?
2002 was the first year the SG Special Faded model was RELEASED.
I don’t know when they began MAKING them.
You have to also realize that the serial numbers are stamped on the headstocks before the final build is completed.
As far as I know the Special Faded was released in 02 Ebony finger board 02-03. Crescent inlays 02- early 03. Ebony with dots 03 and rosewood with dots ever since.
2004 SG Special Faded with ebony board
Thanks. I was just wondering how close to first production run. I’ll have to check serial number on my other a cherry faded I bought at around the same time when I can get into my studio. These guitars were pretty rough when I got them . Large grain and no filler in the necks and fret ends hanging out to far. A little steel wool on back of necks with a little lacquer and file on the fret ends and they felt much better. Guess people tend to like the crescent moon inlays and ebony fret boards. I was thinking about selling one here locally but if it was somehow noted as first run I may ask for an extra 20 bucks or so.
I have a crescent moon faded having date about 20th Feb 2002.
Well I checked out the faded cherry one and it was Nashville Plant, TN, USA
on January 6th, 2002
Production Number: 100 odd that was a Sunday
IMHO the Gibson SG faded special is one of the best
and most popular models they've come up with. Plenty of them are for sale
for very reasonable prices, considering how useful and playable they are.
Not fancy, but mine has a basic elegance that has won my heart.
Many buyers have noted protruding frets, this happens when a guitar is in
storage for long periods, in a warehouse or part of a collection that doesn't
get played. Some judicious luthier work is indicated.
Gibson produced them with a finish that saved lots of factory time,
and sold them for a price that reflected this. It's thinner and softer than a normal
Gibson deep gloss, you can dent it with your finger nail if you push hard.
Don't do this... there's something about that thin finish that contributes to
awesome tone IMHO. It's the working man's Gibson SG. Steel wool applied to
the back of the neck is a good move. Do it outside, on a windy day, with the
brisk wind blowing steel bits AWAY from the magnets in your exposed pickups.
Gibson sold truckloads of these from 2002 until they were discontinued after
the 2012 class. The 2012 class were made with baked maple fretboards, which
was NOT popular. And they have recently been re-issued, but no ebony.
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