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Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar

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The 2016 SG Faded T is offered this year with powerful pickups and time-tested hardware. This is a guitar that any SG fan would love to own. It comes...Click To Read More About This Product

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Rock-solid American made Legend.

The 2016 SG Faded T is offered this year with powerful pickups and time-tested hardware. This is a guitar that any SG fan would love to own. It comes in a choice of worn satin nitro finishes, all beautifully faded for a timeless look. The construction uses the same materials as its predecessor of 50 years ago with a solid mahogany body and set mahogany neck.

The neck marks the return to Gibson' traditional neck width that players prefer, using a self-lubricating Graph Tech nut for better sustain and improved intonation. The rosewood fingerboard is thicker than last year', offering a more solid playing feel, traditional tone and better sustain. Electronics feature Alnico-powered 490R (neck) and 490T (bridge) pickups that produce everything from warmth to sizzling leads.

Chrome hardware includes a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, and traditional manual tuners that add a vintage note, but with performance that is smooth and efficient. The 2016 SG Faded Series T comes setup by factory experts and includes a padded gig bag.

Key features
The vintage tuner vibe with smooth, efficient performance
Retains the celebrated feel of the SG's lightning-fast neck
Density for solid sustain, self-lubrication for accurate return-to-pitch after bending - without string stick
The traditional, asymmetrical double-cutaway body and beveled edge define comfortable playing
Guard your guitar with padded protection
Subtle inlay elegance matches the guitar's essence
From purring warmth to sizzling leads, the Alnico-powered 490R (neck) and 490T (bridge) pickups deliver true tone
Traditional tone, solid playing feel, and more sustain than ever
Expert setup makes this handcrafted, American-made guitar ready for immediate action
Capture a vintage guitar's timeless look with the beautifully faded, hand-sprayed satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish

FEATURES
  • Tuners: Traditional tuners
  • Neck width: Historic original 1-11/16" neck width
  • Nut: Graph Tech nut
  • Body: Carved from solid mahogany
  • Carrying case: Padded gigbag
  • Inlays: Dot fingerboard inlays
  • Pickups: 490R and 490T humbuckers
  • Fingerboard: Thicker one-piece rosewood fingerboard
  • Setup: Comprehensive hand-finished setup
  • Finish: Worn satin nitro finish

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Gibson2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Solid Guitar!

This is my first Gibson and I love everything about it. The guitar plays great out of the box and no set up was needed. The pickups are bright and articulate and the fit...Read complete review

This is my first Gibson and I love everything about it. The guitar plays great out of the box and no set up was needed. The pickups are bright and articulate and the fit and finish are just really nice. Speaking of finish, I absolutely love the faded finish. I ordered mine in the faded brown finish and the guitar just looks like a beautiful piece of stained wood. Kinda like an old piece of furniture that's been in the family for a long time. Finally, I really like how Gibson reverted back to making "traditional" guitars in 2016 versus the new "modern" appointments they had in their 2015 lineup. Great job Gibson on listening to what the consumers wanted and on making a high quality instrument that the working man can afford!

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Not the SG your heroes play

Found the neck "fat" for an SG, and the rear of the cutouts were not well-sanded - didn't even bother to plug it in. A "faded" finish is...Read complete review

Found the neck "fat" for an SG, and the rear of the cutouts were not well-sanded - didn't even bother to plug it in. A "faded" finish is one thing, rough and ragged to the touch is another.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Solid Guitar!

By DN

from Evergreen Park, IL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

    This is my first Gibson and I love everything about it. The guitar plays great out of the box and no set up was needed. The pickups are bright and articulate and the fit and finish are just really nice. Speaking of finish, I absolutely love the faded finish. I ordered mine in the faded brown finish and the guitar just looks like a beautiful piece of stained wood. Kinda like an old piece of furniture that's been in the family for a long time. Finally, I really like how Gibson reverted back to making "traditional" guitars in 2016 versus the new "modern" appointments they had in their 2015 lineup. Great job Gibson on listening to what the consumers wanted and on making a high quality instrument that the working man can afford!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tough looking AXE

    By Skelvis

    from California

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    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 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      Wanted to try out this Faded SG; I own an Acoustic and a Les Paul, unlike those two, this SG Faded really played well right out of the box, with Gibson you get a picture of your guitar being set-up, kinda sweet... I do feel they took the time to do the setup correctly as it is dead on, action is perfect and tone is perfect. It's made in the U.S.A. and you can tell... spot on craftsmanship and at a price that almost anyone can own.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not the SG your heroes play

      By Rich

      from New England

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      Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      Found the neck "fat" for an SG, and the rear of the cutouts were not well-sanded - didn't even bother to plug it in. A "faded" finish is one thing, rough and ragged to the touch is another.

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful, rich, wood grain, and an SG for a decent price!

      By Hugh

      from Pensacola, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

        Honestly, I only picked it up and played it for 15 minutes before I got busy doing something else, but it seems to be set "right on"...good action, feels nice up and down the neck, no fret buzz or anything negative in the short time I played it. Looking forward to spending some "quality time" with this simple beauty!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again, but I alread have one...

        By bassist jevans

        from Central Florida

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        Pros

        • And It's Right Pretty To Boot...
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

            I bought an "SG '61 Reissue" when they first came out back in '13ish but my hand just couldn't get used to the gloss finish on the back of the neck. I bought this one based on the satin finish and I'm so glad I did. I'm a bass player from the mid sixties but started off playing guitar when the Beatles hit the US scene. And actually I've always been a Fender kinda guy, but have loved the SG design since way back when. So "buy what you love" and "love what you buy", and I do love this axe...

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would by this again

            By Kev

            from Georgia

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Great action straight out of the box
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

              I use it in a small worship band. I really love how quiet the pickups are. There is no electronic buzz out of them.
              Definitely get your money's worth out of this guitar.

               
              5.0

              SG Faded

              By JP

              from 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
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                I picked up an older version of this guitar that was used but not abused recently and I'm VERY happy with it! I already own a 2012 Gibson Les Paul Studio that has been my main axe since I purchased it new but I saw this SG at really good price and thought it would be a good back up axe. Well long story short, it has become my main guitar...I still love my Les Paul and it still gets gig time...but the SG body style is so comfortable to play...it just fits...I'm kind of a small built guy and I can see why guys like Angus Young or Frank Marino have stayed with the SG for all those years! Not as "clunky" as an LP and can be worn a bit higher without looking silly. Neck and pickups are very similar to my LP as well. It is slightly neck heavy...slightly...it doesn't bother me when playing...I don't feel like I'm fighting to keep it in place or anything like that...unlike a Firebird which are REALLY neck heavy...but I wanted to be honest in my review... : ) I will be on the lookout for another one of these SG's!!!

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Finally Got My Dream SG Guitar

                By CTER

                from Las Vegas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • Worn Cherry is as much a Texture as a Color

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Worn Cherry Texture looks like Artwork on Wall

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                  Talked about getting a real "Made in the USA" Gibson SG guitar for years but didn't think I deserved one and then this year Brenda bought me one as a surprise for my birthday!! She even picked out my favorite the 'Worn Cherry' Texture/Color Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T

                   
                  5.0

                  excellent buy

                  By Nubern

                  from Atlanta,GA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                  Use this guitar for jamming around with buddies and around the house. I can really crank it up and it still sounds very good. No signal breakup and great sustain as with most SG's.

                   
                  4.0

                  This is a great guitar

                  By Jason from Zombie Death Stench

                  from Manteca Ca.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                  This is a great guitar. It's everything I'd hoped for sounds great ,plays great, looks great. It's very light and well balanced not topheavy . It's also very versatile.

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