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SG-Shaped Guitar from Gibson belonging to the SG series

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  • nebsnebs

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 12/02/09 at 23:06
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    I had always had a bad image of Gibson, following a bad experience with a special Les Paul bought 1,500 euros in 2001 sold after 4 days so i was from. Well, this little SG faded completely changed my opinion 700 eurosdans the shop downstairs from me (I rarely buys online). Party to buy me unefender lonestar (I dj 3), the seller afait me try this SG. A WONDER. Natural finish, almost without varnish, ultra fast heat, sound saturated cry! I tried on a standard SG, see anything, varnish makes it less fast neck and sound seems to be smothered by too thick varnish. For microphones and finishes are the same except the varnish and the fact that the standard is equipped hood chrome! 500 euros for a …
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    I had always had a bad image of Gibson, following a bad experience with a special Les Paul bought 1,500 euros in 2001 sold after 4 days so i was from. Well, this little SG faded completely changed my opinion 700 eurosdans the shop downstairs from me (I rarely buys online). Party to buy me unefender lonestar (I dj 3), the seller afait me try this SG. A WONDER. Natural finish, almost without varnish, ultra fast heat, sound saturated cry! I tried on a standard SG, see anything, varnish makes it less fast neck and sound seems to be smothered by too thick varnish. For microphones and finishes are the same except the varnish and the fact that the standard is equipped hood chrome! 500 euros for a little polish and Chroms hoods is even curious when Mr. Gibson ...

    USE

    The handle large parat, rude miracle unplayable but when you put your fingers on it is a thousand times better than fender! The touch is soft (thank you key in bne) the game so fast and easy. The best round I got under the fingers ... and yet I have thirty guitar. The access to acute is of ease dconcertante, the guitar does not sting the nose unlike Epiphone and Toka I tried.
    If you have two neurons, you will get the same magic on a crappy amp!

    SONORITS

    At departure, if you are accustomed to a fender, you surprised by your presence bass. In his clear, it's a bit Gnant, less than a fender when one is not accustomed it's not a guitar to play the Goldman! Rather of its roots. Ds but we put a bit of overdrive, the guitar becomes a killer! It sings the screaming bends, guitar vibrates! Nothing to do with EMG, 490 Gibson is a thousand times better, and finally if you are a fan of Santana, ZZ Top, The Doors, Stones etc ... It is lighter than Lespaul has reminds me my lot DNG (bought 13,000 francs or 2,000 euros in 1992). The best sound I ever got saturated in it's beautiful cry.
    The best guitar I have ever heard in overdrive and saturated (the fender are not bad but a notch below)



    NOTICE GLOBAL

    I need me ADOPTED, this is the third guitar I buys in two weeks but I think I've found my companion, I will be faithful to him all my life. Really, this guitar is discreet, it is not make-up like a flying jalopy but a queen.
    I dconseille for beginners because this guitar deserves better than coarse fingers! She deserves a good guitarist who knew lots of other guitars and will love him and chrir.
    RUN TO BUY BEFORE THE DOLLAR GOES BACK!
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  • Anonymous

    A real SG

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 12/04/13 at 07:44
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    Everything has already been said but I think little reminder:
    -Body And mahogany neck (the SGJ have the maple neck)
    -key Rosewood (from summer 2011 Gibson would have happened to the maple roasted for reasons of legality in its purchases of wood)
    -micros 490 '(these are alnico II, they equip the BB King Lucille among others ...)
    -L'électronique Is a plate on which the microphones are clipped ... (it looks neat and clean)
    The finish is very fine polish and breathable wood, personally I love this side "roots", it fits perfectly with the blues-rock spirit ...
    I bought the guitar used, mini stripes give it a nice vintage look ...

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    The neck is amazing, I had not played in a l…
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    Everything has already been said but I think little reminder:
    -Body And mahogany neck (the SGJ have the maple neck)
    -key Rosewood (from summer 2011 Gibson would have happened to the maple roasted for reasons of legality in its purchases of wood)
    -micros 490 '(these are alnico II, they equip the BB King Lucille among others ...)
    -L'électronique Is a plate on which the microphones are clipped ... (it looks neat and clean)
    The finish is very fine polish and breathable wood, personally I love this side "roots", it fits perfectly with the blues-rock spirit ...
    I bought the guitar used, mini stripes give it a nice vintage look ...

    USE

    The neck is amazing, I had not played in a long time SG, I like ST Models I almost exclusively played for several years, then taking the ILI is surprised by the easy access to acute. ..if I put my hands on the handle I get the 8th box where a strat 'hand would be at the 5th fret ... the handle seems longer ...
    The profile is more rounded than the Start ', another nice feeling but ... (I have to say that I began to prefer the feel of the handle of the SG to that of a Strat')
    I quickly got used to the heat.
    The guitar seems firm and serious built (it is !!!)
    The mechanical tuning hold well, no complaints on that !!! (I do not see the need to change mechanical for more upscale ...)

    SOUNDS

    For a long time I thought that was the Stratocaster guitar that suited me most, I wanted to try a new Gibson (I had a std SG that did not make me more effect than the SG faded it was over ... only better), and there I really fell in love with this guitar!
    I recently bought a Vox AC15C1 and I thought that the combination with a Gibson SG would be perfect for the blues ... and yes it is !!!
    Some do not like the microphones 490 'but personally I find really great for blues-rock, the output level is not huge (7,94k the handle and 8,21k bridge) but they sound really "vintage" and articulated, not smothered with a level really came out higher than on a strat standard usa.
    It's hard to describe the sound of a guitar, it is best to try and listen on youtube demonstrations (some are really well done)
    What I can say is that I love the sound it out, really in the spirit Gibson for blues-rock ... and with an AC15 is the whole spirit of the old blues rock that found!




    NOTICE GLOBAL

    So I have this guitar recently and for the price it costs used is really surprising to have a guitar so well constructed, ok no finish with thick varnish, but again I will say that this is exactly what I like about this guitar ... although we feel the wood and I prefer this rather than feel the veneer of an std ... (matter of taste ... but are std beautiful instruments, but that can not bear the marks aesthetically ... I prefer the aesthetics of a faded with small SOFC, scratch rather than std with CSWS and scratches on the varnish ... the faded be a vintage look and std be a jaded look ... so for me the best ages faded on this principle ...).
    New SGJ seem to have a thinner body (shame! The SG is already a fine original guitar ...), they also have a maple neck, a Gibson SG for me it is rather a mahogany neck even if they have already used Maple for the sleeves in the past ... So I think the faded is more consistent with what can be expected of a SG ... but SGJ ring may very well too, so far I would choose again faded rather than SGJ ... (even if only because of the thickness of the body, we like to buy a SG that is the size of a SG, looking at the pictures the SGJ on thomann the horns of the guitar seems very, too thin because of the thinner body).
    The faded is a real Gibson SG with a finish "roots" ... you will understand I love this guitar!
    So I noted that guitar up because of its value and the sound (without looking at the price!).
    This is the kind of guitar with which we want to make a long long way ... and with the years and patina, experience ... it will have an even nicer look more vintage ... !! !dropoff window
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  • leburlebur

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 06/26/08 at 06:49
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    Good scratch globally.

    USE

    Well round handle, real Gibson ...

    SONORITS

    Very Rock but some versatility.

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    Uh ... trslgre grinding, new list price is 1195 euros ...
    This seems strange to me that we can find new means of price 639 euros !!
  • spinkospinko

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 03/02/10 at 04:48
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    I bought 900 euros before falling prices, but the dollar goes so prices will go up too- Gibson morality: o the price is about the current web: throw at you! It is the business of the century ...
    The manufacturing quality is top, the guitar is even more beautiful with its varnish "buffer" as standard, level sonority is more bluesy than the standard, more roots and rson better.
    Indeed, the absence of large polyester varnish makes it sounding, more nervous than a standard SG.

    Nothing wrong, the finish is bleuffante for the price asked.
    It has more character against a standard SG, it is more typ roots ... I put 10/10


    USE

    We must get used to the Gibson round and round off with sh…
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    I bought 900 euros before falling prices, but the dollar goes so prices will go up too- Gibson morality: o the price is about the current web: throw at you! It is the business of the century ...
    The manufacturing quality is top, the guitar is even more beautiful with its varnish "buffer" as standard, level sonority is more bluesy than the standard, more roots and rson better.
    Indeed, the absence of large polyester varnish makes it sounding, more nervous than a standard SG.

    Nothing wrong, the finish is bleuffante for the price asked.
    It has more character against a standard SG, it is more typ roots ... I put 10/10


    USE

    We must get used to the Gibson round and round off with short scale, this is not an Ibanez! But it is ideal to play rock and blues, and after a week I was playing my solos faster than my Fender Stratocaster. This is the ideal guitar for bend ...
    The guitar is pluttlgre and compact, unbeatable ergonomics.

    For use, I will rpter me: blues, hard, rock, modern jazz.

    SONORITS

    It was a landmark in the history of the guitar in your hands, the sound is heavy and greasy without excesses on the neck pickup, very soft in the middle position and sharp in the bridge position.
    The guitar has a hell of potato, she screams at the slightest gust of mdiateur for overdrive and saturated sounds I no longer use the Fender that parat very dull with his little skinny sounds ...
    With this SG is viva Santana, ZZ Top, ACDC.
    This is the guitar with the strongest character I possde, if you play the variety: a do not do it. We are in a rare record of the hard-Stooges.
    Ideal for the riffs of Keith Richards ...
    A similar no other guitar in the clean can play fairly fine things and even crystal in the middle position.

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    I tried hundreds of guitar, the one is one of my prfres, it has a standard personality! I have 2 years and I never resell. A skyscraper for pure and hard ... no other comparable.
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  • theraventheraven

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 05/22/14 at 13:13
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    Guitar made in Nashville, United States

    It is exactly the same as a standard SG violin.
    The difference lies on the handle (not overlay) the varnish (layer less than the standard), and microphones.

    Excellent guitar (see all reviews below)

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is nice, if you like wide sleeves (typical Gibson)
    The guitar is light, like all sg.
    Access to acute is excellent.

    Excellent sound is obtained, either for rock, blues, metal, etc. ...

    SOUNDS

    It has the typical sound of the SG, Angus Young (crunch / distortion).

    I play on a Marshall head while lamp.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is the Gibson guitar that has the best quality / price ratio: hard…
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    Guitar made in Nashville, United States

    It is exactly the same as a standard SG violin.
    The difference lies on the handle (not overlay) the varnish (layer less than the standard), and microphones.

    Excellent guitar (see all reviews below)

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is nice, if you like wide sleeves (typical Gibson)
    The guitar is light, like all sg.
    Access to acute is excellent.

    Excellent sound is obtained, either for rock, blues, metal, etc. ...

    SOUNDS

    It has the typical sound of the SG, Angus Young (crunch / distortion).

    I play on a Marshall head while lamp.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is the Gibson guitar that has the best quality / price ratio: hard to beat, given the great quality of the guitar!
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  • Dr_RaousseDr_Raousse

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 10/15/13 at 07:10
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    Needless to repeat the features Gibson site does better than me.
    For this type of guitar, needless to ask for more features.
    Very nice shovel. We should all guitars made with a big plane and a pot of matt lacquer. A stroke is less cold than the species of cold shiny dragees. 10.

    UTILIZATION

    SG is the perfect guitar with its eats which makes an angle with respect to the table and its bevelled notches. Short guitar, flat handle.
    We get a good sound with the bridge pickup, but the neck pickup is too muddy for me, at least on my amp.
    Microphones series do a very good job, I believe a pair of gibson 490
    Easily tune the bitch. it ruins the fun!

    SOUNDS

    For the big, …
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    Needless to repeat the features Gibson site does better than me.
    For this type of guitar, needless to ask for more features.
    Very nice shovel. We should all guitars made with a big plane and a pot of matt lacquer. A stroke is less cold than the species of cold shiny dragees. 10.

    UTILIZATION

    SG is the perfect guitar with its eats which makes an angle with respect to the table and its bevelled notches. Short guitar, flat handle.
    We get a good sound with the bridge pickup, but the neck pickup is too muddy for me, at least on my amp.
    Microphones series do a very good job, I believe a pair of gibson 490
    Easily tune the bitch. it ruins the fun!

    SOUNDS

    For the big, roots rock, this is THE guitar. I play a Krank Nineteen80. This is the High Gain, and it suits him well. He was big plate agreement, she likes it. For solos, the rawness of the sound may lack sophistication. Then hop a small Phasor or Flanger and it's going well.
    With CryBaby is a real delight.
    The neck pickup is average I think. I do exploits in the solo parts I want serious purpose.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had 3-4 years. I previously played on a lot of Fenders, especially Telecaster. I wanted to go to Gibson curiosity. The Les Pauls seemed not ergonomic at all.
    The Faded is a great value for money, except for a few flaws:
    1 - Mechanical bad: think about the change of office, out of tune all the time
    2 - cheapies pickguiard and soft
    3 - trapping micro poorly designed
    4 - position of the microphones can not make it parallel to the strings without adding a frame to the microphones
    Because of these shortcomings, it is not a guitar that is the sub that I put at the beginning, given the mods I had to do next: P90 in the neck, new pickguard, new mechanical and adjustment humbuckers. So the argus and occasionally it's worth.
    But this is a guitar qu'attachante.
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  • BlackNight18BlackNight18

    Far from being at a discount!

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 07/16/13 at 20:53
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    it's made in the USA
    All the guitar is maple
    22fret
    micro humbuckers I know the plaus what it is but I changed to a p-57 and a signing angus young
    Tune o matic bridge
    2 volume 2 tone

    UTILIZATION

    very nice round access to acute and simple sound has the power chord AC / DC and the real plus is the feather weight compared to the paul

    SOUNDS

    is the gibson it's good I do not see the intert to spend more while sg faded and affordable and awesome I play with everything from blues to metal even if it is not for the sounds of hell

    OVERALL OPINION

    top we play everything and anything
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    it's made in the USA
    All the guitar is maple
    22fret
    micro humbuckers I know the plaus what it is but I changed to a p-57 and a signing angus young
    Tune o matic bridge
    2 volume 2 tone

    UTILIZATION

    very nice round access to acute and simple sound has the power chord AC / DC and the real plus is the feather weight compared to the paul

    SOUNDS

    is the gibson it's good I do not see the intert to spend more while sg faded and affordable and awesome I play with everything from blues to metal even if it is not for the sounds of hell

    OVERALL OPINION

    top we play everything and anything
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  • 24fretsjk24fretsjk

    A real SG, no complex!

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 12/30/12 at 11:46
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    This is a U.S.. Say it right now, it is a Gibson SG and for possessing the Standard, I'll try to be as objective as possible.

    When choosing a SG, this is primarily for its easy handling and access to particular frequencies. But also, we will appreciate its weight lighter.

    Regarding the settings, a volume knob and a tone knob for each microphone (490R and 490T).

    And its vintage look gives it a charm and the rest, I mean the sound goes with it, and I'll post.

    So 10/10 for its features because we do not ask more for a guitar.

    UTILIZATION

    A really convenient handle and a Quick Start (22 frets). The typical form of the fact that the SG is good with a very good balance, and…
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    This is a U.S.. Say it right now, it is a Gibson SG and for possessing the Standard, I'll try to be as objective as possible.

    When choosing a SG, this is primarily for its easy handling and access to particular frequencies. But also, we will appreciate its weight lighter.

    Regarding the settings, a volume knob and a tone knob for each microphone (490R and 490T).

    And its vintage look gives it a charm and the rest, I mean the sound goes with it, and I'll post.

    So 10/10 for its features because we do not ask more for a guitar.

    UTILIZATION

    A really convenient handle and a Quick Start (22 frets). The typical form of the fact that the SG is good with a very good balance, and lightness enhances its maneuverability.

    Followers solos are always delighted. This is my fourth SG faded, one I had equipped pickups Gibson 500T and 496R. What made it a good punchy SG with such microphones.

    But the one I just bought will remain entirely original. Earlier, I referred to the standard that it is painted with a micro bridge a little more powerful (498T). But in the end, the sound faded reveals a much more natural, more aggressively. You really feel that there are more layers of varnish to muffle the sound too. And I am very sensitive to ergonomics and finish, I must say that the lack of polish does not an SG at a discount. And then, months have raspy hands, slide the handle alone.

    Simply plug it into a good amp and it is on an old Fender or Marshall else (but I do not forget all the other brands ...), it sounds immediately as it should.

    10/10 here too, because the SG is known for its ease of handling.

    SOUNDS

    You can play any style of music, although his favorite is the rock and good saturation. But being a good little blues is a treat, and play with the volume knob is a breeze.

    In fact, I sometimes play without plugging. And even empty, as it is full of energy, we feel that it is made to please us.

    For my part, I play mainly on the micro bridge, but lost with the micro neck from time to time makes me think it is quite attractive.

    The SG has a typical sound and very personal. I love it, and as others swear by Les Paul, the SG remains for me the guitar fetish. It is as if you were talking with someone who you would feel immediately much sincerity. Well, this guitar is quite right. It shows you immediately what she is able to provide. That is a lot!!

    As said earlier, I decided to give him his original pickups because they fit him so well. So ... 10/10 sound level, no problem.

    OVERALL OPINION

    So I use the SG faded for many years and I'm tired. And I'm talking about his so-called fragility. Sure, the lack of polish weakens a bit. My Faded SG still remained intact for the little we take the minimum of care (a guitar does not throw and is delicately ...).
    Over time, she slips a bit and that's all the more charming.

    I respect the purists "GIBSONNIENS" which are very sensitive to the finish at the same time the quality, but at age 46 (and many years of guitar), I understand that we should not necessarily put 2000 3000 euros or a guitar to burst out and SOUND.

    I redid the choice for this guitar several times and I still do it again, because with a price / quality ratio like that, well as incredible is the foot.

    Already available new, we find at truly affordable prices used, and it is as beautiful version in Worn Cherry Brown.

    A super skyscraper that is 10/10 without any problems.
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  • guilhem001guilhem001

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 12/13/12 at 13:45
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    UTILIZATION

    Handle that suits me well, ergonomics OK, the sound met my expectations ...

    SOUNDS

    I play with a Riverea Chubster 40
    The acute micro was replaced by SH Duncan, a bit aggressive in his clear, but its great crunch or saturated
    The micro serious behaves well, I love
    The intermediate position is very nice

    OVERALL OPINION

    I wanted a gibson long ... I bought it used not very expensive, I am not disappointed!
    I have not had the opportunity to compare it with more upscale models, but this one suits me very well. It has become my main guitar
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    UTILIZATION

    Handle that suits me well, ergonomics OK, the sound met my expectations ...

    SOUNDS

    I play with a Riverea Chubster 40
    The acute micro was replaced by SH Duncan, a bit aggressive in his clear, but its great crunch or saturated
    The micro serious behaves well, I love
    The intermediate position is very nice

    OVERALL OPINION

    I wanted a gibson long ... I bought it used not very expensive, I am not disappointed!
    I have not had the opportunity to compare it with more upscale models, but this one suits me very well. It has become my main guitar
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  • ZelldevineZelldevine

    My main guitar!

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 07/08/12 at 17:28
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    * Gibson USA manufactured in Nashville, mine is 2007 or 2008 I forget, and it is WORN YELLOW!
    * Equipped with basic microphone 490 and R 490 T
    * 2 volume knobs, 2 tone
    * Tune-o-matic Classic
    Note that the guitar does not have a thick varnish, allowing better vibration of the wood, and "choking" the less sound, although many will find it less aesthetic and more hits mark (mine already has a part of the painting that has crossed the finish suddenly it gives a little "relic" but the natural ^ ^)
    I put a good score because we feel the seriousness of Gibson, even on a "low end" (for them, for me it's the best I have for now ^ ^) there is a concern detail. Nickel frets, inlaid markers w…
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    * Gibson USA manufactured in Nashville, mine is 2007 or 2008 I forget, and it is WORN YELLOW!
    * Equipped with basic microphone 490 and R 490 T
    * 2 volume knobs, 2 tone
    * Tune-o-matic Classic
    Note that the guitar does not have a thick varnish, allowing better vibration of the wood, and "choking" the less sound, although many will find it less aesthetic and more hits mark (mine already has a part of the painting that has crossed the finish suddenly it gives a little "relic" but the natural ^ ^)
    I put a good score because we feel the seriousness of Gibson, even on a "low end" (for them, for me it's the best I have for now ^ ^) there is a concern detail. Nickel frets, inlaid markers well. The manufacturing quality is there, even if it's a guitar very "roots"!
    * For cons I do not like the mechanical "tulip" base, so I've changed for Grover.

    UTILIZATION

    * The comfort of the handle is very good, perfect for my big hands lol, but I agree that AC may not be suitable for everyone, this is not an Ibanez neck!
    * Good ergonomics, because even if the guitar stings a little nose, it is relatively lightly!
    * Access to acute standards for SG, ie fairly or very good!
    The varnish "satin" light, is very pleasant to the touch.

    SOUNDS

    For sounds, I really do not know how to record because I have very quickly changed tes 490 mics that suited me NOT AT ALL, I found drafts, pêchus enough, sharp enough, it did not brief and I was very disappointed.
    I replaced them with Gibson P94 (bridge and neck) and ca there was the miracle! All my "sound problems" were resolved. Punch, clarity, crystal clear sound, great crunch, many serious, a real success!
    I play funk with all the womanizing, heavy riffs that rock / metal!
    Without notes, "because with the micro base, I would put 3 or 4 and after change, I would put 9 or 10!

    OVERALL OPINION

    * I use it for several years now (4 or 5) and it is currently (in 2012) still my main guitar!
    Both on stage and in the studio, I am delighted to its sounds, and with all types of amps really, I found "my sound" every time.
    * I have not tried other models before buying it because I bought it on eBay, I flashed on the color (and yes ... ^ ^)
    * The feature that I love most: THE SOUND! Really, I find it hard to play on other guitars behind, especially since I've customized a lot (P94 pickups Grover + + + changes knobs personal trussrod cover).
    * The feature that I like least: The holding of approximate agreement, oddly I have to re-tune often enough, maybe AC ​​can be set at a luthier? Never tested.
    * Value for money: SUPER! That you ca be used as a second guitar, basic customization, or even as is, you've got a great guitar for quite cheap now (mostly secondhand), with a radical look and finish roots!
    I think this is one of the best sales at Gibson and it's not for nothing!
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  • MGR/Matt SMGR/Matt S

    Gibson Faded Sg

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 03/27/05 at 14:00
    I got bought this guitar from a local shop by my house.

    i love this guitar because it can look just like an older guitar from the 70's but really it dosent matter how it looks its how it sounds and feel and belive me it feels and sounds awsome. and you can total customize it. alot of people say that the SG is only for hard rock and metel but i replaceed the pickups. with 57 humbuckers and now i can play the hardest of rock and the bluest of blues.

    well from what i see only 1 out of every 5 of these things have a really good finish all the others have just a reagular finish luckyly i got a good one. but trust me its nothin to worrie about.

    very stong solid body

    whatever you what to be an…
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    I got bought this guitar from a local shop by my house.

    i love this guitar because it can look just like an older guitar from the 70's but really it dosent matter how it looks its how it sounds and feel and belive me it feels and sounds awsome. and you can total customize it. alot of people say that the SG is only for hard rock and metel but i replaceed the pickups. with 57 humbuckers and now i can play the hardest of rock and the bluest of blues.

    well from what i see only 1 out of every 5 of these things have a really good finish all the others have just a reagular finish luckyly i got a good one. but trust me its nothin to worrie about.

    very stong solid body

    whatever you what to be angus young, tony iommi, pete townshead, buck darma, gary rossington the sg is perfect for you

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/JamesMGR/James

    Gibson SG Special Faded

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 01/02/05 at 15:00
    I paid £499 GBP from Sound Control in Glasgow. I ordered this over the phone after seeing it advertised on special offer.

    Firstly I love the design of the SG and its probably my favourite guitar of all. I owned an Epiphone SG400 before because at the time I couldnt afford a Gibson and to me this was the natural set up. I love playing the SG because all parts of the neck are so accessible and its a really comfortable and easy guitar to play. It has two 490 series humbuckers which produce just the sound I like and are perfect for blues/hard rock. I play Black Sabbath, Led Zep, Deep Purple etc but I am in a band that plays more punky and modern style numbers but this is still perfect for the…
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    I paid £499 GBP from Sound Control in Glasgow. I ordered this over the phone after seeing it advertised on special offer.

    Firstly I love the design of the SG and its probably my favourite guitar of all. I owned an Epiphone SG400 before because at the time I couldnt afford a Gibson and to me this was the natural set up. I love playing the SG because all parts of the neck are so accessible and its a really comfortable and easy guitar to play. It has two 490 series humbuckers which produce just the sound I like and are perfect for blues/hard rock. I play Black Sabbath, Led Zep, Deep Purple etc but I am in a band that plays more punky and modern style numbers but this is still perfect for the job. When you wind down the gain for softer numbers it still sounds sweet and soulful too.

    In retrospect I wish I'd saved up a bit more and bought a better colour. Mine is in Faded Cherry which is ok if you like the "vintage" look but I'd personally prefer the wine red or solid cherry colours. I don't like the uncovered pickups personally, mainly because they look tacky because you can see where they've got insulation tape wound round them. You can tell this is the base model, they don't even give you a truss rod cover with "SG" written on it!

    Gibson build quality is faultless as far as I'm concerned. The wood and finish is of a superb quality and the fittings such as machine heads, pickups, pickup switches, tone controls etc etc are all built, fitted and finished to a very high standard indeed. This may be the base model of its class but it still benefits from the high standards of the entire Gibson range.
    The dot inlays on my guitar were not finished perfectly, as the wood from the fretboard overlapped the circles by a tiny amount, but this is a minor issue.

    I'll try to summarise the guitar with respect to both my opinions, and to the point of view of someone looking to buy an SG without having owned one before.
    This guitar is an excellent choice if you want to upgrade from a cheaper brand or perhaps are looking for something a little different, say if you've only played Strats or Teles. This is because its of excellent predigree and build quality and will last you a lifetime of playing. Its a lovely guitar to play and is fairly versatile with respect to the sounds you can produce with it, although it is best of bluesy rock. Although the Les Paul is I suppose tonally superior the SG is far lighter and more pleasant to play. If this were stolen/lost/destroyed I'd maybe not get exactly the same model but I'd definatley get another Gibson SG.


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  • MGR/Coty and his Kustom SGMGR/Coty and his Kustom SG

    Gibson SG Special Faded

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 11/10/04 at 15:00
    About three years ago, I was searching for a great guitar at a reasonable price, (which is nearly impossible nowadays) and I heard of a guitar store in downtown portland oregon called apple music row. I went inside and looked around for about two hours or so. I repeated this pattern about five or six times and eventually I had had about 650 dollars saved up and had a list of guitars I really liked. One of these was a gibson SG in a really cool brown color, I wasn't sure of it's model or anything like that because I was not as keen on the world of guitars as I am now. But i eventually bought it for a fairly reasonable amount of 600 dollars, and with some bickering, i got some strap locks as …
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    About three years ago, I was searching for a great guitar at a reasonable price, (which is nearly impossible nowadays) and I heard of a guitar store in downtown portland oregon called apple music row. I went inside and looked around for about two hours or so. I repeated this pattern about five or six times and eventually I had had about 650 dollars saved up and had a list of guitars I really liked. One of these was a gibson SG in a really cool brown color, I wasn't sure of it's model or anything like that because I was not as keen on the world of guitars as I am now. But i eventually bought it for a fairly reasonable amount of 600 dollars, and with some bickering, i got some strap locks as well.

    I really like this guitar because of the look and feel when you play it. You look and feel like a tough dude with a tough guitar. The body shape is really cool looking and adds a lot of character to live performance especially if you play harder music like rock, metal, or punk. I purchased the faded brown finish (but you can also get the faded cherry). It sounds kind of hokey because brown isn't color normally used to project beauty or greatness, but it REALLY works well for this guitar. As a matter of fact, it has kind of a redish tint to it that adds more of a "high price finish" look.The really great thing that I like about the finish on this guitar is the fact that it DOES NOT get fingerprint smudges. The sound has a nice vintage sound to it that is perfect for the player that is into classic rock,(you can get away with blues and jazz) or rock that isn't super heavy because of the output levels of the pick-ups.

    As hard as it is to believe. This guitar is the absolute cheapest solidbody with the gibson name on it. With this cheap price, there are things that don't quite live up to it's more expensive brothers and sisters. I really wasn't a fan of the gibson deluxe tuners, they were like a greyish green and put off a nice vintage look, but thats not what I was after. The finish doesn't protect the wood on the guitar very well either, it is VERY easy to scratch it because the finish isn't very protective. The pick ups do not put out enough power for my tastes (which is metal output levels). I think my biggest problem with it was probably the fact that the pickups were screwed to the pickgaurd, when I pulled off the pickguard, i was stunned, All i wanted to do was clean it and i ended up doing all of the work to take the pickups out and put them back in.

    this is a very high quality guitar, especially for the tiny price.it feels very solid. My particular guitar has been tested. One night I played a show at a park and i went to swing my guitar around my hsoulder when my strap broke at the button and sent the guitar flying into a street and tumbling all over the place. the result: only two broken tuners and a "scab" on the body. no intonation problems, no funky sounding pickups, nothing wrong with it.with this level of quality construction, it is a great choice for the working musician. There weren't any real flaws about this guitar when i walked out of the store with it.
    mahogany body
    rounded mahogany neck
    rosewood fretboard
    dot inlay (pearloid)
    chrome hardware
    tune-o-matic bridge
    stopbar tailpiece
    black knobs (2 volume, 2 tone. 3 way switch)
    green key gibson deluxe tuners
    490R alnico pickup(neck)
    490T alnico pickup(bridge)
    came with gigbag




    very much a great guitar. If you don't want to spend a great deal of cash on a standard or custom SG, i recommend buying this one and upgrading it over time. thats what I am doing, (for less money you can make it contour to your style, and have better quality than the expensive ones). Lets be honest though don't buy this guitar expecting it to be the most incredible thing you have ever played, it is NOT a 100,000 dollar '57 les paul. it's a big bang for your buck deal, buy it if you don't like anything else better..

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/mikeMGR/mike

    Gibson SG Special Faded

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 09/19/04 at 15:00
    Sam Ash, Lombard Illinois, $550. ...Had a Les Paul stolen and wanted to stick with a Gibson product.

    I certainly like the distinctive body and headstock as well as the unbelievable crunch.

    Out of the box: The intonation was way off, the frets were really sharp at the edges, and the action was barely passable. I had it set up and also added grover tuners because...well, you know why. This added more than $100 to the price. Additionally, the guitar isn't balanced so you must hold it up with your fingering hand. I own several guitars and can get an awesome clean sound out of my line 6. The SG, however, is only clean with the drive way down. This creates problems with volume if you'…
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    Sam Ash, Lombard Illinois, $550. ...Had a Les Paul stolen and wanted to stick with a Gibson product.

    I certainly like the distinctive body and headstock as well as the unbelievable crunch.

    Out of the box: The intonation was way off, the frets were really sharp at the edges, and the action was barely passable. I had it set up and also added grover tuners because...well, you know why. This added more than $100 to the price. Additionally, the guitar isn't balanced so you must hold it up with your fingering hand. I own several guitars and can get an awesome clean sound out of my line 6. The SG, however, is only clean with the drive way down. This creates problems with volume if you're in a band with an insane drummer. I now use a full stack while practicing (...with an insane drummer) and have to turn the distorted channels down to match the clean.

    Besides the lack of factory set-up, there were no problems.

    It is not a versatile guitar. It is crunchy and very noticeable in its appearance. I've used it extensively in live performances for these reasons. I do not, however, record with it.

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  • MGR/BrianMGR/Brian

    Gibson SG Faded Special

    Gibson SG Special FadedPublished on 05/09/04 at 15:00
    Portland Music (oregon) $600 found it for like $20 cheaper here and really wanted that USA tag

    I love this guitar! First off it feels so comfortable standing or sitting. the pickups are great for the money. All of the knobs feel sturdy. The neck is fat but I can still navigate just fine. it sounds great on just about any amp. and is just a blast to play!! I do not ever have an issue with it getting out of tune and when it does it is easy to tune.

    I can't say I disslike anything. maybee the neck beeing a little to fat. but just get used to it and it isn't a problem.

    The quality is great. I havn't had anything break or any dings, and I bring it to and from school everyday in a gig bag (whi…
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    Portland Music (oregon) $600 found it for like $20 cheaper here and really wanted that USA tag

    I love this guitar! First off it feels so comfortable standing or sitting. the pickups are great for the money. All of the knobs feel sturdy. The neck is fat but I can still navigate just fine. it sounds great on just about any amp. and is just a blast to play!! I do not ever have an issue with it getting out of tune and when it does it is easy to tune.

    I can't say I disslike anything. maybee the neck beeing a little to fat. but just get used to it and it isn't a problem.

    The quality is great. I havn't had anything break or any dings, and I bring it to and from school everyday in a gig bag (which was prvided :-))

    The best deal on the market PERIOD. this guitar looks great sounds great is fun to play and you cant go wrong with a USA gibson.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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