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Gibson SG Special Faded 3 Pickup Electric Guitar

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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 humbuc...Click To Read More About This Product

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Power. Tone. Versatility.

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.

FEATURES
  • Manufactured in: Nashville, TN
  • BODY
  • Body Species: Mahogany
  • NECK
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: SG Rounded
  • Peghead Pitch: 17
  • FINGERBOARD
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Inlays: Dot
  • HARDWARE
  • Plating Finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Knobs: Black Numbered
  • Tuners: Vintage-style Tulip
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Neck Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker
  • Middle Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker
  • Bridge Pickups: 490T Alnico magnet humbucker
  • Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, six-position rotary selector
  • OTHER
  • Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046
  • Includes gig bag
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5.0

(based on 21 reviews)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a buy, a super guitar...

By Willy Bear

from New York City

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing guitar

By ATA Guitarist

from Del Rio

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME GUITAR

By Gibson SG stinger

from california

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive!!!

By Ron in GT-CdyxT

from Guatemala City, Guatemala

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!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pretty Good Guitar

By Reyjakai

from Orem, Utah

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Sweet Guitar

By Gibson_God

from SSM

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.

 
5.0

A professional guitarist could use this on stage

By the man-Xo2kx

from N/A

What I love about this guitar is its wide variety and versatiity. This thing can go from chrunch to blue to twang. The only two bad things about hi guitar are the pick-up selector is hard to figure out and you can't put a whammy bar on it.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Sonic1

from Anaheim, CA

I have only played this guitar for a few hours and I am already in love with it. The setup was great right out of the box. It is the lightest guitar that I have ever owned. The sound is great and it is a very versatile instrument. I bend a lot and it stayed in perfect tune.The only flaw that I could find with it is the bridge pickup is not as powerfull as it should be. It has good tone, but even close to the strings it does not have the volume of the other two pickups. I still gave the guitar a 5 rating because for the price it is a steal.If you are looking for a quality, versatile guitar under 700.00 this guitar can't be beat.

 
5.0

Sick

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

ok, yes i have only used it, but first off i give features 10 b/c the 3 humbuckers and really cool p-up selector that has either 6 or 7 dif. settings. quality is a 9 b/c its not your high end gibson, but it is still a gibby. Value 10, who wouldn't pay for something this awesome. Overall is ten b/agin its a gibby and it plays so aweesome. Playability, action is pretty much perfect nice and low. As for the tone, that is another story, it will absolutely blow you away. Youmight not wanna buy this cuz it has open coils, but if you don't like that look just buy some covers, b/c these babies are HOT!! i played this at my local music shop and the only diff. was that the body was black instead of white. all i got to say is you'll love it.

 
5.0

This guitar rocks!

By Van Halen maniac

from Maryland

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I tried this guitar on a vacation. It is one of the most comfortable guitars I've ever played. It has a thick neck like a les paul custom, but it has a body like an SG. The 5-way switch is a bonus, but the best part of this guitar is the neck. Also, since the neck doesn't have any finish, it's easy to slide on. Also, it sounds really powerful through a really large combo amp or a stack, but it also sounds good for clean music. The three pickups seem like a lot, and it's useful, but that's not the reason to get this guitar! It rocks!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

not for the price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought a faded sg a while back and liked it for a while. Then I got my mexican strat fixed and it plays so much better. The pickups on this are alright but I switched them out with EMGs. This axe plays well for chords and rhythm passages but forget lead if you play blues or anything with bends. I don't like the neck radius or the fact that it has an unfinished rosewood fretboard and a short scale. My friend has a cheap off-brand strat-like guitar that plays better. My advice is play before buying.

 
5.0

The Best Guitar I Own

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The black faded Gibson SG-3 drew my attention at the guitar store immediately. When I got to sit down and play it, I fell in love instantly. The versatility this guitar is capable of is unreal, due to the wild seven-setting pickup knob and the three humbuckers that give you that deep, dark low end that can be lacking in an SG. I plugged mine into my little 30 watt Silvertone tube amp from the sixties, set the pickup knob all the way forward, and was floored with the beautiful, fat, rich tone that suddenly filled the room. I had no idea a Gibson could sound so beautiful. I was originally planning on buying a Fender Strat, and I'm so glad I didn't. It just can't compete with this guitar. When I brought my SG home, my dad played it, and he had to have one too. He got his identical SG a week later. He's been playing for nearly 50 years,and he hadn't bought a guitar in over 15 years until he played this one. This guitar is less expensive than other Gibsons for the simple fact that it doesn't have the gold coated hardware, tons of fretboard inlay, and a mirror finish. But if you need(or just want) a guitar that will go from Johnny Cash to Black Sabbath to The Ramones to the Doors with ease and incredible tonal quality, buy this guitar. Buy two of them.

 
5.0

Ohh My Goodness......

By Wish_I_Could_Afford_an_SG_21

from America

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Holy cow. I was floored when I first saw this guitar. Three pickups, Gibson quality, and a price tag below 1000 bucks?! You've got to be kidding me. I can't wait till I get mine. The faded white finish looks cool and original too.

 
4.0

2nd Favorite Guitar

By SB-REP

from VT

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.

 
5.0

3 p/u american at this price? WOW

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.

 
5.0

spitfire

By Z-V9Cse

from PA

great guitar! I love the shape because it goes with every style, but has more personality than a les paul or a strat, and I love the sound. if what you really like are soft single-coil-pickup type of light overdrive, then you may not be entirely happy. This baby is a loud screamer even when the amp's gain is dialed low. although by reducing the volume on the guitar you can get that very soft crunch (or use the clean channel really loud). otherwise, this SG is perfect for all kinds of rock, from poppy chord progressions and bluesy licks to hard rock and metal, and I find it to be equally good for rythms and leads. just crank it up and let her sing.my only reservation is the pickup selector that is very confusing. it goes 1 neck, 2 neck+middle, 3 middle, 4 middle+bridge, 5 bridge and 6 bridge+neck (you can't get all three at once) but it requires some getting used to, and you can't really switch from one position to the other quickly in the heat of the action. On the other hand it makes for a pretty wide array of sounds at your fingertips. I really wish it came with a hardshell case, it would have been perfect.

 
5.0

Gibson SG Special Faded White

By David-i4jZ.

from Cental MA.

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.

 
5.0

Real Gibson at the right price

By this_is_it

from Tucson

Incredible tone, especially from that middle pickup, rolling off the tone knob. Don't be discouraged by those wannabe 'experts' whining that the faded series are not the real deal. These actually have more resonance and better harmonic range than those with the three inches of lacquer that cost twice as much, and they have their own unique look.

 
5.0

A Great Intermediate Level Guitar

By Luke-MWsUf

from Roseburg, OR

I bought this guitar sometime during the summer late one night. I was looking for a good mid-level guitar and was attracted to the thought of buying and having a Gibson for a price so low. When the guitar arrived I was very impressed. It had great sound right out of the box. Plugged in with no distortion, it sounds crisp and clean. Plugged in with distortion, it has lots of bite. The 3 pickups give you lots of different sounds that are fun to play with. The main problem I have with the guitar is that it doesn't stay in tune on a solid basis. I probably have to tune it 3 to 4 times a week but it is no major problem to me as I have acute OCD and would tune it twice in a sitting anyway. Bottom line, this guitar isn't as great as a full priced Gibson SG, but if you are looking for Gibson sound and looks on a smaller budget, this is a great buy.

 
5.0

Gibson SG Special - Holds up for years

By BostonTom

from Boston, MA/Madison, CT

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!

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