#1
What's the difference between a Gibson SG Special Faded and a Gibson SG Special??
I mean, the faded is so much cheaper I just assume it must be worse somehow.
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#2
The main difference between the two is that the Faded does not have a glossed finish. That normally knocks off about $200 or so. Other than that, there doesn't seem to be too much of a difference when I looked on Musiciansfriend.
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#3
Neither one is very good (PROTIP: With guitars, you can go ahead and add the "Ed." to "Special"), but the main difference there is the finish.
#4
What's wrong with specials, they seem like good guitars tbh.
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#5
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PROTIP: With guitars, you can go ahead and add the "Ed." to "Special"


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#6
I've played a Faded in a music store, sad to say that the Copley copy for 300$ less hanging right next to it played, looked, and sounded much better. I was expecting much better from a True Gibson SG.
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#7
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I've played a Faded in a music store, sad to say that the Copley copy for 300$ less hanging right next to it played, looked, and sounded much better. I was expecting much better from a True Gibson SG.
But Specials aren't 'true' Gibsons though. Neither are Faded, VM, Studio, or in the early days, EM models.

All of those types of guitars are cheaper than the Standards for a reason - and no, it's not just because they're missing some binding or have less fancy inlays. Gibson's advertising makes it seem like Specials and Studios are the exact same as Standards just they look a tiny bit worse... the actual true is they're made with inferior (lower grade) wood, they come with worse hardware (cheaper casts, softer metal alloys, etc), crappier wiring, they're not checked over as much and they don't have to pass such tight quality control.

If the low price of a guitar from a big brand like Gibson or Fender seems too good to be true, then that's because it is. There is no such thing as a cheaper and still good Gibson or Fender (or ESP, Kramer, or so on). If a guitar is much cheaper than it's other allegedly similar siblings, that's because it's much worse. A Special Faded SG doesn't get to be half the price of a Standard SG just because of less binding and a less glossy finish. You pay half the price, you're getting half the quality (if not less).



And for what it's worth, this is coming from someone who owns a Special, plus a couple of various LP Studio and Faded models. They're nice to have on your wall and show off, and they'd good to practise modding with and to trash and crack on the stage floor, but they're built like crap, and they're **** to actually play.