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        A finish that looks mellowed with age.

        This limited edition Gibson 2013 SG bass guitar is a special run. It has a faded finish that gives it the look of a gently aged vintage bass. Mahogany neck and body with a rosewood fingerboard and chrome hardware. Features a vintage-style TB Plus bass humbucker at the neck and a bass mini-humbucker on the bridge. Two volumes and one tone control. Includes Gibson gig bag.

        Features
        • Pickups: Neck: Vintage-style TB Plus bass humbucker
        • Bridge: Bass Mini-humbucker
        • Hardware: Chrome
        • Fingerboard: Rosewood
        • Scale: 30-1/2"
        • Nut Width: 1-1/2"
        • Nut: Molded plastic
        • Bridge: 3-way adjustable
        • Neck Material: Mahogany, rounded
        • Body Material: Mahogany
        • Controls: 2 volume,1 tone
        • Includes Gibson gig bag

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        Gibson2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar
         
        4.7

        (based on 23 reviews)

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        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Fun to play (3)
        • Good feel (3)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming (3)
          • Practicing (3)
          • Recording (3)
          • Rock concerts (3)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Good - could be great if...

          As a converted guitar player I've been a long-time fan of short-scale basses, my first "good" instrument being a museum-quality '67 Epiphone Rivoli I scored for $150 at Manny's in 197...Read complete review

          As a converted guitar player I've been a long-time fan of short-scale basses, my first "good" instrument being a museum-quality '67 Epiphone Rivoli I scored for $150 at Manny's in 197 having missed the opportunity to buy a genuine EB-3 on the cheap back in the day, I jumped at the chance to pick up one of these a few years back (mine's faded cherry, from the first run in 2007). Let me state from the get-go that this is not an instrument for the inexperienced, in spite of the relatively low price; first off, you'd better be a decent shadetree guitar tech, or be ready to shell out some serious bucks to get it into playable condition - mine was not only plagued with the sharp fret ends cited below (which seems to be endemic to all of Gibson's "Faded" models - I've played a couple dozen Faded SG's and Studio LP's with the identical problem) but the bridge studs kept pulling out of the body as well. All told, it took me over a year to sort things out, and although it's quite playable now it doesn't speak well for quality control in King Henry's domain. Second, you don't want to wear light-colored clothing if you're playing one of these under hot stage lights, as the finish has a tendency to bleed; it's been over three years and the cherry stain still comes out on my (untreated) polishing cloth when I rub down the neck after playing - I've been seriously considering applying a light overspray to seal the finish. In its favor, though, once you've taken care of the QC issues it's a highly versatile instrument, credibly handling any style short of all-out slap-&-pop funk. That said, you'll need to take a somewhat different approach to right-hand technique than with a 34" scale bass; the dynamic range is broader and the low end has an almost upright-like "bloom," so finesse and nuance are the name of the game - don't expect to be able to just lay into it like a J-Bass and get any kind of real tone. Furthermore, if you're an old-school player expecting the gut-bucket tones of the early models, you won't find them with the stock setup of light-gauge roundwound strings - the pickups (particularly the neck) may look like the vintage deal, but for better or worse they've definitely been revoiced for a more contemporary tonality. Mine has the classic 1960's setup of LaBella 760FM .049-.109 flats and low action, and although I can get close to those Atlantic R&B and Frisco '67 tones there's still a slight metallic edge (even through an old Randall 1X15" with no tweeter) that wasn't present in the originals - I'm seriously considering having a short-scale "Jamerson" set made to order. In toto, if you're looking for a fast-handling, lightweight instrument at a reasonable price - and you're willing to accept and deal with the construction/tonal idiosyncrasies - this may just be what you need...

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Decent, but overpriced for what it is.

          I've had dozens of basses in the past, including Fenders and a Conklin 8-string. But sadly I've had to thin down the pack. I severely broke my left arm and now there's...Read complete review

          I've had dozens of basses in the past, including Fenders and a Conklin 8-string. But sadly I've had to thin down the pack. I severely broke my left arm and now there's all sorts of metal stuff inside keeping it together, which is why I had to start playing shortscales. As far as short scales go, this is one of the better one's I've played as far as string tension goes. As it comes, this bass is GREAT for that old, classic rock thud and for a nice, jazzy almost upright tone (and would likely make a great fretless!). However, this bass is terrible for playing almost anything past 1969.

          The faded finish (mine's the black one) is good if you want to save a few dollars, but they really could have just added a coat or two to protect it as it dings and dents very easily without it. I've changed the bridge (worhtlessy unadjustable) out with the Hipshot Supertone and it made a HUGE difference in tone and playability. It actually sounds like a bass guitar now. This is definitely an easy, though somewhat pricey (~$100), fix. It is incredibly neck-heavy, but that's to be expected with an SG. The neck has a great feel to it and is very easy to play over the full length of the fretboard. The pickups leave a lot to be desired. I'm not a huge fan of the Volume-Volume-Tone controls. I think a Vol-Blend-Tone makes much more sense and is easier to switch back and forth without having to use multiple knobs.

          Overall, if this bass were stolen or anything happened to it, I honestly wouldn't mind and would not get another. It's not bad, but it's all of the little things that add up to make it a disappointment. But the case is nice!

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          4.0

          Smooth bass sounds with pros and cons

          By Mike

          from Wayne , PA

          Pros

          • Amazing Low End
          • Smooth neck

          Cons

          • Pickup Buzz
          • Weak Bridge Pickup

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

            I got this bass about 2 years ago and for most of those 2 years I was using it as my main instrument along with my fretless P-bass this bass has a great neck pickup with amazing low end but i noticed buzzing from the neck pickup that has been driving me nuts ever sense cause I can't get it to go away

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it

            By Metal Crisis

            from Rockport, Corpus Christi Texas

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

              I've read some complaints about rough frets. Well mine is perfect. It's a blast to play but I still prefer the sound of my fender P&J Strat. However if you dial it in and save it to a preset it's great. It's fast with great tone and sustain. I just wonder why Gibson doesn't have a full face pick guard for it. It could double as a thumb rest that encompasses the whole pick up area neck to bridge

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quick and Easy

              By Oldhoss

              from near Knoxville TN

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                I have been playing bass since 1968. I have 7 different bass guitars and since 1974 a short scale bass is an essential tool in my bass arsenal. I use different strings with different pickup types for diffferent bases. My previous short scale bass was a Gibson copy with a muddy bottom and its nice to trade up to a real Gibson bass with a clear round bottom end with the smooth neck pickup. The bridge pickup has a tight sound and adds kick. There is plenty of sound variety between the two pickups for a wide variety of music types. I just wish it had a 3 way switch to change sounds much quicker. Over the years I have learned to love having a set neck like the Gibson. I had a Fender with a bolt on neck and found the neck joint too unstable so I sold it years ago. The Fender tone would go up or down when I moved around and the neck moved while I was playing. I never have that problem with a set neck. The Gibson short scale makes playing easy and quick, no matter what size or shape of your hands. The Gibson sound is stable and true to tone. No adjustments were needed, as it was perfect from the factoy.

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                5.0

                Great Short Neck Bass

                By BiggieSmalz

                from Central California

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Great looks
                • Super fast neck

                Cons

                • Narrow Tone Range

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                This bass plays well with a lighting fast neck that is just to fun to shred on.
                The look of this bass is exactly what I wanted, with the faded black wood looking much more flat black than the photos. This bass looks tough, not elegant or flashy.
                As other people have commented, this bass is a bit neck and head heavy, but not enough to be bothersome. The edges of some of the frets are a bit rough, but can easily be worn down with a file, again, not a big deal.
                As for the sound, this bass just prefers to rock. I have a GK set up, and the funk sound can be dialed in, but will never match the slap and pop of a bass with a full size neck.
                All in all, I love this bass. If you are looking for a short neck bass, your aren't going to find anything better. If you are looking for a good all around bass, why are you looking at short scales?

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Top of the world Ma!!!

                By Axman55

                from Bradenton, FL (On the road).

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                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                I can't say enough good things about this bass. The neck pick-up rocks like none other and the bridge pick-up add everything else you could ever want in a bass sound. I play thru a Kuston 1200 watt amp. I also use a GK MB Fusion at times as-well-as a Hartke HS 1200 and a Bass Attack pedal. You could play this thing thru a 20 yr. old home stereo and still get a great sound. It's that good!!! Do yourself a favor before these bass's are gone, try one that's all you'll need to do to be hooked. You don't need to pay all the extra money to get the SG Bass with the factory finish... it's the same bass. Unless you want to pay twice as much. The finish on my SG faded looks great. Plus, mine came with a Gibson hard shell case, all for under $875. Really!!!
                This really is the best bass ever. I'm so glad I bought this new one. Years ago, in the early 1970's I had one and let it slip thru my fingers. This one has the additional bridge pick-up which makes it even better. I own a American Standard Jazz bass and a Rickenbacker 4001 mapleglow bass, both of which are top of the line instruments that I really like, but this short necked Gibson SG bass looks, feels and plays like no other bass I've ever layed my hands on. For me its like an extention of my arms.
                This is the best quality bass out there. I recieved it right out of the box actually in tune. The action was perfect and the intonation was dead-on. This bad boy sounds incredable, all the bottom end you could ever want and with the bridge pick-up you have more then enough top end. The lowest of lows and the highest of highs. It's as solid as a rock and feels like a million bucks in your hand. I hope to keep this bass long enough to hand it down to my grandchildren thirty or fourty years from now.
                This is the least expensive electric bass I've ever bought and it's the best one I own!!!

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                (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Decent, but overpriced for what it is.

                By Peter Brown

                from Nashville

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                I've had dozens of basses in the past, including Fenders and a Conklin 8-string. But sadly I've had to thin down the pack. I severely broke my left arm and now there's all sorts of metal stuff inside keeping it together, which is why I had to start playing shortscales. As far as short scales go, this is one of the better one's I've played as far as string tension goes. As it comes, this bass is GREAT for that old, classic rock thud and for a nice, jazzy almost upright tone (and would likely make a great fretless!). However, this bass is terrible for playing almost anything past 1969.

                The faded finish (mine's the black one) is good if you want to save a few dollars, but they really could have just added a coat or two to protect it as it dings and dents very easily without it. I've changed the bridge (worhtlessy unadjustable) out with the Hipshot Supertone and it made a HUGE difference in tone and playability. It actually sounds like a bass guitar now. This is definitely an easy, though somewhat pricey (~$100), fix. It is incredibly neck-heavy, but that's to be expected with an SG. The neck has a great feel to it and is very easy to play over the full length of the fretboard. The pickups leave a lot to be desired. I'm not a huge fan of the Volume-Volume-Tone controls. I think a Vol-Blend-Tone makes much more sense and is easier to switch back and forth without having to use multiple knobs.

                Overall, if this bass were stolen or anything happened to it, I honestly wouldn't mind and would not get another. It's not bad, but it's all of the little things that add up to make it a disappointment. But the case is nice!

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This bass can hold it's own!

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                I heard mostly negative about short scales. I have found this bass being played more in a heavy music atmosphere. When you run it through a killer Mesa/Ampeg 8x10 rig you can get a whole wide range of tones that are fat and articulate all over the fretboard. But I would for sure go for my Fender Pbass if I was back on a small or medium 15 inch combo or headphone amp. And it's fun to play a SG with bass strings on it. Gear Neck Great growl and a it sits well in the mix.
                Both pickups have alot of good solid tone options. No complaints here.
                For being a faded model not bad.. No burs good action and the faded ebony with the black pick guard looks and feels good.
                It came with a nice Gibson hardshell case and in my expirience I have always thought the Gibson woods just have better voice then many many other guitar companies. I have experienced bad quality Gibson that gets discussed so often. But like most, this was a good one and I plan on keeping it forever.....

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                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good - could be great if...

                By SI Picker

                from New York

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                As a converted guitar player I've been a long-time fan of short-scale basses, my first "good" instrument being a museum-quality '67 Epiphone Rivoli I scored for $150 at Manny's in 197 having missed the opportunity to buy a genuine EB-3 on the cheap back in the day, I jumped at the chance to pick up one of these a few years back (mine's faded cherry, from the first run in 2007). Let me state from the get-go that this is not an instrument for the inexperienced, in spite of the relatively low price; first off, you'd better be a decent shadetree guitar tech, or be ready to shell out some serious bucks to get it into playable condition - mine was not only plagued with the sharp fret ends cited below (which seems to be endemic to all of Gibson's "Faded" models - I've played a couple dozen Faded SG's and Studio LP's with the identical problem) but the bridge studs kept pulling out of the body as well. All told, it took me over a year to sort things out, and although it's quite playable now it doesn't speak well for quality control in King Henry's domain. Second, you don't want to wear light-colored clothing if you're playing one of these under hot stage lights, as the finish has a tendency to bleed; it's been over three years and the cherry stain still comes out on my (untreated) polishing cloth when I rub down the neck after playing - I've been seriously considering applying a light overspray to seal the finish. In its favor, though, once you've taken care of the QC issues it's a highly versatile instrument, credibly handling any style short of all-out slap-&-pop funk. That said, you'll need to take a somewhat different approach to right-hand technique than with a 34" scale bass; the dynamic range is broader and the low end has an almost upright-like "bloom," so finesse and nuance are the name of the game - don't expect to be able to just lay into it like a J-Bass and get any kind of real tone. Furthermore, if you're an old-school player expecting the gut-bucket tones of the early models, you won't find them with the stock setup of light-gauge roundwound strings - the pickups (particularly the neck) may look like the vintage deal, but for better or worse they've definitely been revoiced for a more contemporary tonality. Mine has the classic 1960's setup of LaBella 760FM .049-.109 flats and low action, and although I can get close to those Atlantic R&B and Frisco '67 tones there's still a slight metallic edge (even through an old Randall 1X15" with no tweeter) that wasn't present in the originals - I'm seriously considering having a short-scale "Jamerson" set made to order. In toto, if you're looking for a fast-handling, lightweight instrument at a reasonable price - and you're willing to accept and deal with the construction/tonal idiosyncrasies - this may just be what you need...

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                WTF Sound more important than finish

                By Sgt.Rock

                from Chicago, IL

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                Well, if you don't like the finish, keep up on a wall. If you play and like the sound. That's where it's at. If you play out alot it will get banged, scratched, and worn out. That the beauty of a road worn guitar. Not meant to be museum pieces. I had this bass back when it came out. My first bass. I love it. I got American Fender Jazz and Precision, but this has a distinct bottom. Love the short scale neck. Fly up and down with ease.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                See It, Don't Touch It

                By SlappaMasta

                from Vancouver

                Comments about Gibson 2013 SG Faded Limited Edition Bass Guitar:

                When i first bought this bass i was so excited! The short-scale was comfortable and the action was great! The problem is, its so fragile I didn't even want to play it or use it! The stained wood scratches and dents so easily its ridiculous! And I'm not exactly rough with it either,I had my SG bass in cherry for 15+ years without issue. With this bass, a few months in and there were numerous dents around the input, pick guard, backing and even along the neck. Also, DONT TOUCH THE HEADSTOCK! The faded finish on it will become shiny at even the most modest of rubs. If you really like the bass, you should spend the extra 100$ and get the non-faded edition....TRUST ME!

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