SG Special Faded review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (498 votes)
Gibson: SG Special Faded

Sound — 10
I bought this from a friend for $500, and it was one of the best investments I ever made. The only thing I did was change the pickups to Seymour Duncan Blackout AHB-1s. I play anything from soft jazz to R&B to heavy metal. I've found that even with the old Alnico pickups it was suitable for all styles. I play it through a DigiTech RP150 to a Roland Cube 80XL, and it sounds freakin' awesome! With clean tones it can have a warm almost Acoustic sound, or a twangy almost strat-like sound, at least with the new pickups.

Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing for four years practically unceasing practice, and this guitar holds up well. I used to use an Epiphone Les Paul, but I've barely played it since I got this one. I also have a nice Takamine acoustic. I would probably get this again if it was stolen or lost. I do wish it had 24 frets, but this is an all-around awesome guitar at a low price, I recommend it to anyone looking for a good rock machine, or really any style there is.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is awesome to play live, and really withstands my hammering on it's strings. The old alnico pickups probably would have lasted a lot longer, but I switched them out anyway. There was nothing wrong with them. I would use this with no backup if I had to, definitely! The finish is good, but I've made some fresh scratches with my belt on the back.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I didn't get it from the factory, it was about seven years old when I got it, but I rate a nine anyway. I like the action the way it was, the only problem I had was the intonation was way off. The strap buttons kinda suck, but that's a small price to pay for a crazy good guitar.

Features — 9
Year 2003 or 2004, made in U.S., 22 frets, faded cherry finish, two volume, two tone, 3-way pickup selector, two Alnico II humbuckers, all cliche SG features. I like that it's not a glossy top, also I like the flat top. I got it with a molded SG case for free, that was a bonus.

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