Faded V review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (147 votes)
Gibson: Faded V
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Purchased from: sound vibrations

Sound — 10
This guitar is awsum. Sounds worth more than wut i paid. I play every thing from blink 182 to pantera to nirvana. This fits it all with just a twist of the distortion knob. (boss ds-1[also an awsum pedal]) that then a Fender Stage 160, I dont use any FX and this guitar is only nosiy with the distortion and tone way up. I play alot of grunge, punk rock, and metal. This guitar handels all perfectly.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is a perfect match for every thing i play. All genres of rock. Grunge metal industrial punk punkrock, this guitar rules. I've been playin a little while longer than a year now and this is my favorite guitar yet. This guitars got every thing it needs. If it were stolen or lost I'd want another one but im poor and ghetto and i wouldn't have enough money to get a new one so I watch over this guitar every second I can. This thing rules.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar will sertinly with stand live playing as long as I get a new strap. Once the strap fell and the the guitar dropped on the cement(in the garage). And 2 tuners busted off and the tone knob shaterd. i took it back to sound vibes and they fixed everying thing up good as new and put strap locks on there for me. So now I think its all good to go. The finish came faded and it seems like it will last. The hard where is still fine from the drop and im sure I can depend on it w/o a back up at a gig but i'd take my ESP n e ways for variety.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar came perfeclty from the shop. Nothing was wrong wiith it. The action is perfect, every thing came perfect.

Features — 10
This guitar was made sometime before 2003 because it has the cresent moon inlays which really complement the looks of the guitar. Here are the rest of the feaures. BODY Species: Mahogany NECK Species: Mahogany Profile: Rounded Peghead Pitch: 17 Thickness at 1st fret: 0.800" Thickness at 12th fret: 0.850" Heel Length: 0.625" Neck Joint Location: 17th fret FINGERBOARD Species: Ebony Scale length: 243/4" Total Length: 18.062" Nut Width: 111/16" Width at 12th fret: 2.062" Frets: 22 Inlays: Crescent Moon HARDWARE Plating Finish: Chrome Bridge: Tune-o-matic Tailpiece: Stopbar Knobs: Black with silver insert Tuners: Green Key ELECTRONICS Neck Pickup: 496R ceramic magnet humbucker Bridge Pickup: 500T ceramic magnet humbucker Controls: Two volume, one tone, three-way Switch tures.

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    moonshot
    So the USA engraved on the back of the headstock of my faded flying V means United States of Asia? I think your totally Fu*ked up! I believe my guitar is made in Nashville Tennesee and I dare you to prove me wrong!
    HendrixCMD
    deathdemon wrote: playing a v sat down isnt that bad
    yeah after you get used to it its quite easy to play. I hate when people say that Flying V's are good just because they don't want to take the time to get used to it or have only played it once and they couldn't do it.
    Cobalt Blue
    to the guy who reviewed on march 27th 08, I'm pretty sure it's a rose wood fret board.. unless your's is a different model than mine. only thing I don't like about the finish is you can easily see where the different pieces are put together.
    TK1
    It has a sort of nasally sound though on the higher frets because of the ebony fretboard probably
    it has a mahogany fretboard, i own it.
    SL!!!
    Kalas wrote: fcking noobs, one guy who wrote a review here said his only other guitar was a "starcaster" which a cheap piece of sh*t from costco. quote i love soloing, wish it had more frets
    lol
    CJRocker
    I would NEVER own one of these after finding an anchor for plaster walls in the strap button holes. Great quality wood there Gibson.
    Lasyk
    CJRocker wrote: I would NEVER own one of these after finding an anchor for plaster walls in the strap button holes. Great quality wood there Gibson.
    lmfao u serious??? and yea i have heard taht the Gibson quality is dropping, quite sad really
    moonshot
    O.K I just bought one of these at guitar center for $629.00 on sale. For the price you cannot beat the quality and tone!This axe can play anything from melt your face blues to thundering rock to punk, metal and beyond.
    moonshot
    Metallica12_12 wrote: Faded V's and Faded Sg are both Korean made, basicly they are an Epiphone Model, same with the Menace model's, theough the first run of the Menaces are from CHINA . Dont beleive me? I work at music store and talked to the rep, they are made by same people as Epiphone.
    moonshot
    Metallica12_12 wrote: Faded V's and Faded Sg are both Korean made, basicly they are an Epiphone Model, same with the Menace model's, theough the first run of the Menaces are from CHINA . Dont beleive me? I work at music store and talked to the rep, they are made by same people as Epiphone.
    moonshot wrote: O.K I just bought one of these at guitar center for $629.00 on sale. For the price you cannot beat the quality and tone!This axe can play anything from melt your face blues to thundering rock to punk, metal and beyond.
    per-rock
    really nice but i think about reverse flying v to much when i see it so not so cool anymore gibson(srry)
    HeartaGramFan
    Hey i got this guitar and i love it. I get a great sounds throught my Vampire ill admit its a lot better for clean but u cant pull off some of the gain that u can with the non faded v oh yea i paid 900$ canadian before taxes(no hardshell case )
    bv310
    Fine, then I'll say it. GIBSON'S QUALITY CONTROL SUCKS! My friend just bought a Gibson SG and I have NEVER seen such a poorly set up guitar! The TOM wasn't set up, two of the tuners were broken, and the nut fell right off when he tried to restring it.
    Beenyad
    ToNyRaWk wrote: i hav this guiatr and i love it PERFECT RATING!!!!!
    Agree'd my man. Tried one today and was blown away
    BlackDeath92
    Livingtime wrote: man i wouldnt mind a guitar like that, better then my strat (just my opinion)
    No offense of anything, but just about everything is better than a srat depending on the model you have.
    jesse1994
    Faded Vs imo are better than regular Vs because they last longer, are cheaper, and despite being cheaper still have that good gibson tone.
    iamawsomeguitar
    Its actually very funny for one 1 end to see people hate gibson because they cant afford one, But then on the other end the other people are arguing to justify there purchase because they dont really like them either for the price they paid!
    minchew
    Seriously, gibson quality has went way down. I have this guitar, and it's been a constant struggle to keep it working. I've retired this guitar and replaced with a PRS SE Santana and a Schecter Damien 6. This guitar gets owned by both of these.
    roundwoundsound
    highwayone73 wrote: Just thought I should add that I am in no way impressed with most of Gibson's products. Lately their quality control people have been sleeping on the job. Most of their products are overpriced and poorly set up. This guitar just happened to click for me.
    shut up you damn tool.you shouldnt even have a right criticizing gibson considering your name.its pretty obvious that all you here to do it bash gibson. so get lost
    highwayone73
    The shop I work at just got a used one in I played it for an hour or so through a little tiny terror and a couple different local custom hiwatts (some dude in the next town over has a custom amp shop and we sell his stuff). This is a pretty solid axe I a/b'd it with a usa razorback, a mid level ml, and a cadillac and this thing more than held its own. Totally buying this thing on monday.
    roundwoundsound
    per-rock wrote: really nice but i think about reverse flying v to much when i see it so not so cool anymore gibson(srry)
    yeah,um they actually dont look anything alike. the reverse one is backwards so it looks totally different.and this one looks alot better
    Ironpriest
    I guessit's just not my style but I never understood why anyone would want a "Faded" instrument.
    i have one myself and it looks great. faded is probably the wrong word, and i believe it looks more like an instrument than the tacky shiny V's. i actually compared the two at the shop and whilst the shiny one was more expensive, it LOOKS cheaper.
    Fuzzbox91
    highwayone73 wrote: Just thought I should add that I am in no way impressed with most of Gibson's products. Lately their quality control people have been sleeping on the job. Most of their products are overpriced and poorly set up. This guitar just happened to click for me.
    gibson has gone way down, but there are still great gibsons out there. this one beat the shit out of the ESP EC 1000, the ALexi 600. and the Jackson DK2M, and the KE3, the only thing i liked a little better was the gibson standard explorer and a Jackson RR5, but i didnt have nearly enough money for those and this still held its own against guitars more than twice its price so i got it. i also have a gibson SG from 05 (or 06 i cant remember) i got for 800 because there was a ding in the headstock (it was so small it didnt even break the paint). its also been a great guitar. my guitar teacher said its one of the best standard gibsons hes played. theres no way in hell id pay the current prices of SGs though, those things went way up! they are nearly twice as much as i paid for mine. all in all i like gibsons guitars but i dont like them as a company.
    Fuzzbox91
    got one of these. love it to death!!! the neck is smooth as all hell, the pickups are versitle and amazing! i had some intonation problems at first but after a set up its fine. and considering i got it for 450 even with the setup it costs less than i would have gotten it new and a hell of a lot less than a standard gibson. i have no problem with it sitting down at all. in fact i like the classical postion, and i play i sitting down at least 50 percent of the time. the only problem is its hard to sit on flat surfaces and play unless you rest one of the horns on the surface but then the fretboard comes up to your shoulders, but im used to playing it really high up anyway.
    J.J.G.
    yeah its kinda sad that that the quality is droping. I wouldnt mind paying a bit more just for the "name" but if it doesn't come with a good set up, then gibson can kiss my @@s. i think i'll buy a nice PRS instead.
    highwayone73
    Just thought I should add that I am in no way impressed with most of Gibson's products. Lately their quality control people have been sleeping on the job. Most of their products are overpriced and poorly set up. This guitar just happened to click for me.
    Phil ze impaler
    This guitar is really good! i was a bit skeptical at first becasue its so cheap but its american made and a top notch guitar i recently replaced the bridge pick-up for an sh-2 and now its a beast! However the new ones are supposedly made in China so...careful can anyone confirm this for me?
    Vykk Draygo
    It's not really faded, just no clear coat. It's really nice, unless you like your guitars super shiny. My Faded V has been great to me. Aside from a dirty pot (bridge volume), I've had no problems with it at all.
    separanets
    I own an SG and I wonder if this Faded V is a guitar of the same class. If not, what else can I regard from this range for some heavy metal style? I'm hesitating to buy a Gibson V or a similar Hamer V. Neither of the reviews read have been very helpful for me this time.
    hardrock1315
    An SG is fine for metal, but if you just want the V styling, I'd get the Hamer, similar quality and much less money.
    mr_j_o
    I owned a Faded V for about three weeks, i'll be honest. This guitar is NOT built for metal or hard rock. my rig is a XXX Peavey full stack. and i've bought many guitars which only require plug and play from the store. for some reason when i plugged it in it gave me horrible feedback and annoying humming sound although it sounded fine at the store.i tried different settings and the guitar sounded great in cleaner settings. I really wanted an all around V so i sold it and got me a regular flying V (an extra $400).what a difference!! So if your thing is MEtal and hard rock think twice and really playing the **it out of the guitart at the store if it really suits your style go ahead and buy it. my personal rating is a 6.5 . you know what they say diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folk.
    Manji
    Actually, I find that the V is perfect for metal, the heavier the better. It all depends on how you set up the amp, but I use a Line 6 with plenty of distortion and the Faded V takes it all in it's stride and repays me double. I did find that pinch harmonics were a little hard to squeeze out, but I recently replaced the neck pickup with a Bare Knuckle handmade one (http://www.bareknucklepickups.com ) and the result is incredible, it sounds even more amazing than it did.
    fantomas2599
    The gibson faded V is perfectly good for metal, and it is also a good seller for gibson. What is it, about the same price as a les paul. If you're buying this guitar, remember your paying for the name. It might have good quality, but i wouldent hold my breath for it. I give it a 7.5 out of 10.
    untitled039
    This guitar is one of Gibson's cheapest models along with the Faded SG. In my opinion, the Faded V and the Faded SG are the same guitars, just in different bodies.
    JC13
    V's are cool,and i do listen to metal, but i really dont like radical shapes..Im not sure why, SG's are cool, So are some ESP's and some LPs. I dont really dig V's
    Brok3nx3mo
    Im useing a strat. right now -_- but hey, it's my first guitar and i just started playing not to long ago. I want to get a Faded V though.
    Metallica12_12
    Faded V's and Faded Sg are both Korean made, basicly they are an Epiphone Model, same with the Menace model's, theough the first run of the Menaces are from CHINA . Dont beleive me? I work at music store and talked to the rep, they are made by same people as Epiphone.
    Korzack
    Hmm... Explains why I can't figure the difference between the faded V & the regular from looking at the specs. Still, t'is Gibson quality gear, which has gotta be better than Epiphones gear. Doesn't bother me that much if they're same guys as the Epiphones, they're damn well built for a budget guitar - got a Les Paul & a SG with a floyd rose on it, & they're both Soundly built & easy as piss to play. Sounds are good too, but are a lil too metal-orientated for my liking (mind you, that could be the Marshall it speaks through)
    grim1
    I just checked and it says that it is manufactured in Nashville TN. I know gibson has lacked some quality lately, but i like to think that everything with the Gibson name is made in good ole USA.