Gibson SG Special Faded (Worn Cherry) (No Longer Available)
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body and Neck, Baked Maple Fingerboard,and Two Humbucking Pickups - Worn Cherry
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A Gibson SG Special with Timeless Look and Modern SoundThe Gibson SG actually began life in 1961 as the "new and improved" Les Paul. However, Les was not particularly fond of the design which featured a thinner mahogany body with beveled edges and pointed horns, so the guitar eventually got a new name: The SG, which stood for "Solid Guitar." It was actually a big success for Gibson - obviously the right design for the times. Most SGs were finished in Cherry, which was all the rage in the '60s, however, some were produced in either solid black or white. The original SG Special was a mid-level instrument that delivered all the features most guitarists wanted in terms of playability and sound, but without having to take on a second job to pay for it. Today's SG Special Faded actually has a few of the features of the pricier SG Standard, like the larger pickguard and real humbuckers with no covers. But this one sports a distinctive faded look that's in keeping with what a real '60s SG might look like today.
The Gibson SG Special Faded at a Glance:
The 1960s SG is Back in Style
It's hard to believe that by 1961, Gibson decided to discontinue the original Les Paul guitar - or what we now think of as the Les Paul Standard. The motivation is unclear. Weak sales? The urge to try something new? In any case, the first SGs were actually called Les Pauls, but Les himself wasn't in favor of that for a variety of reasons. So, in a bold move, this solid guitar was renamed SG, which stood for, uh, solid guitar. A few years later, Gibson started making the original Les Pauls again, but the SG proved so popular that they kept making them. Though it fell on tough times in later years, there's a renewed interest in SGs today. The reason is easy to understand. It's actually quite a cool looking instrument, delivering the classic humbucker sound for people who don't particularly want or need a Les Paul Standard. Yet it doesn't cut corners. You still get the mahogany body in Worn Cherry with a special faded finish, so it looks like an SG with plenty of stage and studio miles on it, plus a pair of coverless humbuckers that deliver all the warm, fat tone you could ever want.
A New Generation of Fast-playing Necks
The early Les Pauls had huge necks, but by 1960 the neck underwent several modifications until it became what's known as the slim-taper design. The SG took it one step farther, making the neck among the fastest ever designed. Hey, Frank Zappa played one and the guy had some wicked chops. If you like the combination of a wide but thin mahogany neck with the warmth of a baked maple fingerboard, you'll love the SG Special.
Two Fat, Smoking Humbuckers
When you really want to cook on a solo or deliver some thunderous power chords, you reach for a guitar that's got a pair of humbuckers, right? Forget all those thin "out-of-phase" guitar sounds that the session players overused in the 1980s and (sad to say) right through much of the '90s. That's not for you. Your sound is all about the warmth, punch and midrange complexity you can only get from a pair of Gibson humbuckers. The SG Special Faded comes with a pair of coverless 'buckers: a 490R in the neck position and a 490T in the bridge position for uncompromising power, whether you're playing rhythm or digging into a solo.
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by fromThe people at Sweetwater where very helpful. My items where sent very quickly and in excellent condition. Robert was very prompt in returning my phone calls and very helpful in answering all my questi... read more [+]ons. Thanks Guys
November 30, 2011
Glenn close [-]
Like the Good Old Days...
by Richie Miller from Joshua Tree, CAIt's a Gibson alright: great neck, Humbucker wail, gorgeous looks, solid construction and matte finish, endless sustain, perfect intonation and balance, smooth action, lightening fast fingerboard. T... read more [+]his exact model was my first rock electric way back in 1971. This reissue is a much higher quality IMO. This is my nostalgia SG and is now also my #1 go to guitar...when I get tired carrying that Doubleneck around...yeah maybe they make better quality SG's over at Gibson but who cares! This one was only 699...had to get it. No regrets. close [-]
August 16, 2011
Music Background: Composer and performer
by Matt Anthony from KansasI played it in the store and knew it was the one. I havent played one that I like better yet (Including the standard and a les paul that was 3 times more). The finish on mine looks awesome to me but ... read more [+]Ive seen other ones with finishes I wasnt impressed with so they seem to vary. I love the tone and especially the neck, a wide nut width but somewhat skinny profile. It just seems to fit in my hand perfectly. Definately a keeper. close [-]
July 18, 2011
Music Background: Hobbyist
A Gibson SG under $700...why haven't you bought this yet? Handmade in the USA. What a great buy.
Mary Ann, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ
Gibson SG Special Faded (Worn Cherry)
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