Gibson SG Faded 2016, High Performance - Worn Cherry, Chrome

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and G-Force Automated Tuning - Worn Cherry
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Epic Tone, Classic Look

The original SG Standard took the music world by storm in the '60s, and you can tap into those classic tones today with the Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP. Two humbuckers, a 490R at the neck and a 490T at the bridge, serve up aggressive Gibson tone. The rounded neck profile combines with the wider Soloist neck width for a balance of old-school Gibson feel and modern playability. G-Force automatic tuning makes it easy to experiment with alternate tunings and is great for fast tune-ups between songs. And a Plek Pro fret treatment ensures precise playability, intonation, and tone. If you've always wanted to rock out onstage with an SG, the Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP will serve you well.

Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Plek'd for precision playability
  • A new generation of fast-playing necks
  • Two fat, smoking humbuckers
Plek'd for precision playability

This Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP feels fast and precise, thanks in large part to Plek processing. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard you're likely to own. Each note rings loud and clear, and the fret edges feel smooth as silk.

A new generation of fast-playing necks

The Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP sports a fast, wide neck with a rounded profile, perfect for modern players who balance rhythm and lead roles. The wider Soloist neck width gives you more room for big bends and tapping than the traditional neck width. It's a great balance for players who love SG tone but prefer a faster, wider neck.

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 has a pair of humbuckers, right? The SG Faded 2016 HP features 490R (rhythm) and 490T (treble) pickups. These Modern Classic pickups feature tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic but deliver a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound.

Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Solid mahogany body delivers copious sustain
  • Faded finish gives it the look of a well-worn classic
  • Tune up fast and precise with G-Force automated tuning
  • Fast-access heel improves access to upper frets
  • Sturdier, noiseless toggle switch
  • Adjustable titanium zero-fret nut allows you to fine-tune your action
  • Plek Pro fret treatment for amazingly precise feel, intonation, and tone
  • 490R and 490T pickups deliver smoky humbucker tones
The Gibson SG Faded 2016 HP revitalizes a rock legend!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape SG
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Satin
Color Worn Cherry
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Shape Soloist, rounded
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.745"
Nut Material Titanium adjustable zero-fret
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-matic with titanium saddles and stopbar tailpiece
Tuners Next-Generation G Force tuners
Neck Pickup 490R alnico II humbucker
Bridge Pickup 490T alnico II humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, noiseless 3-way toggle switch
Strings Cleartone 0.009-0.046
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number HSGSCWCCH1

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Love this super rock machine

Picked up one of the first of these High Performance SGs when they came available and I am blown away. I really like the more satin style finish, not the high gloss of other traditional Gibsons. It feels nicely worn in, as the name would suggest.The new shaved heel joint makes the guitar even easier to play higher up on the neck, plus loving the G Force tuners, and adjustable titanium nut. Admittedly I am swapping out the pickups, not that they don't sound great, but I have a set of Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P90s that I want in this guitar for that hungry, raspy P90 tone, plus the guys in the band have SGs too, so I want some tonal difference.I had an issue with the first of these that arrived, no fault of Sweetwater, the guitar just got damaged in transit. The customer service to rma and replace the guitar was so easy and the team was so helpful, that it just solidifies why I deal with these guys time and time again.Highly recommend this guitar and Sweetwater. Thanks guys!
Music background: Enthusiastic amateur!
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