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The SG Special Faded 3 Pickup guitar offers all the performance of Gibson's legendary SG line at an unbeatable price. With three screaming 490 humbuckers—the same pickups offered on the top of the line Les Paul Supreme—the SG Special Faded 3 Pickup gives guitarists an unbelievable tonal spectrum to play with. A master volume and master tone dial in the options presented by the versatile 6-position selector. Choose from bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, or bridge/neck pickup combinations. From the garage to the club to as far as you want to go, the SG Special Faded 3 Pickup electric guitar has you covered.
The SG Special Faded model combines the well-worn, well-played look of a favorite old Gibson with the performance capability of a brand new instrument. With a hand worn satin finish and classic Gibson body style, the Faded SG has that comfortable, familiar feeling of a favorite guitar.
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Reviewed by 21 customers
In 1983, I bought a Gibson Special - SG shape, stellar sound, one of those guitars that when I wasn't using it, a friend wanted to take it out. Beautiful neck, hot pickups, versatile, great sound. This Gibson SG Special looks identical. If so, BUY IT! Be the envy of your friends, as I have been for 25 years!
This axe is loaded. A pure tone machine. It has a sleek and easy feel. As with all my Gibson guitars, I had to invest in the installation of Sperzel Locking Tuners and a Tone Pros Locking Bridge and Tailpiece. These hot rod modifications help keep the guitar in tune. Outside of that, once tuned up and the neck settles, this guitar is heaven. I am EXTREMELY happy with this purchase and will cherish this instrument for life.
I really love this guitar. Im going to start by saying that.PROS: Made in USA-Real Gibson Tone-Very Versatile-Tone Pros Hardware-Cheaper than a standardCONS:Wish the bridge pickup was a 498-Doesn't tune amazingly (get grovers)-Confusing Pickup System at first.I own a gibson les paul studio and it was different and for me better. My pickup selector was wired backwards which wasnt fun to learn. Still this is a great guitar but I wouldnt use it live I would use it more for studio work.
i've had this guitar for about a month or two now, and it's holding up pretty well. the toggle switch came a lttle loose an i get a little more feedback than my les paul, but it has a great tone, maybeeee you should switchc the pickups to emg's but other than that its a great buy. if you wanna here a sample of hat it can do, check out my band among the attration, an we have videos with the guitar on youtube in case you wanted to see it in action.
This is the coolest guitar i think ive ever seen and played it has the sweetest tone and a sweet rock look great for rocking out on smooth beats or rock n roll metal death.
I like the guitars weight, light as a feather, but it does lose some of that sustain with the cheaper and lighter body as compared to more expensive models (Special & Standard). The volume does the old on 1nice and low and really no difference between 2 and 10. Needs better pots. Again at this price that's not so bad. It feels comfortable and this is the kind of guitar your not afraid to play. I own a 65 sg standard and would never treat it like this one. I prefer grover tuners instead of the klusons. 3 490's? They should do a 500-496-490 combo instead, although the pickups sound good through my G-DEC.I added strap locks like all SG's should have, and I have a hard case. everyone knows when an SG headstock hit the ground-it's DONE!Overall a good value and if you like SG's you will like this one too.
I've had this guitar for over a year now, and I LOVE it. The three Humbuckers are a little excessive, and in my opinion, useless. If you play a lot of Metal, I'd suggest Active Pickups, like DiMarzio or EMGs to replace them with, but the Alnico Magnet Pickups in the guitar are pretty good pickups already, but like I said, not that great for my style of music. One thing that could be better is the knob to change the pickups. It's not that... Easy to change when you are playing live, Seeing as the best sounding Neck Pickup position is all the way one side, and the Best sounding Distortion pickup is 1 away from the other direction, it just makes things interesting. But all in all, a Great Guitar.
I had purchased this guitar in August, 2007 and I just love it! The two 490R and one 490T humbucking pickups give amazing tone in this guitar. And since there are three pickups, you have an unlimited range in different tones. The selector switch is a little tricky to understand though: it goes bridge, bridge/middle, middle, middle/neck, neck, and bridge/neck. The mahogany the body it is made with is quite soft too. Also the tuning heads loosen up really easily. But if you want a Gibson, I suggest this guitar, this SG is pretty great! My SG Special Faded Three Pickup has a worn ebony finish and I use it with a Crate GT 212 amp.
These guitars have the relic look and feel, it plays great and does not need much setup, right from Gibson. The vintage-style Kluson tuners look great, but need care in stringing and lots of string stretching in order to stay in tune well.I may replace the tuners? Overall, a great SG guitar.
I received my White Special Faded 3 about three weeks ago. When I took it out of the box I was delighted with the overall quality of it and the solid feel and rugged look of my new Faded 3. Then I plugged it in and started playing it. I was blown away by the different tones that can be accomplished with this fine instrument. A friend of mine from Paraguay, who is a professional singer and guitarist, was extremely impressed by my Special Faded 3. This is a heck of a deal for such a fine guitar!!!