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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
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good feel (21)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (16)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (12)
  • Rock concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

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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Gibson QC is non-existent

I have played on and off for a very long time - love SGs - I have owned (counting this one) about 5. This arrived with a malfunctioning tuner and an either dead...Read complete review

I have played on and off for a very long time - love SGs - I have owned (counting this one) about 5. This arrived with a malfunctioning tuner and an either dead or improperly wired bridge humbucker. Gibson QC is obviously dead. Sad. BUT 5 Stars to Musicians Friend who refunded in full. I would say because MF is so good you can take your chances risk free - but no more new Gibsons for me. Sad.

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(7 of 13 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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Gibson QC is non-existent

By Judd

from Staten Island NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

      I have played on and off for a very long time - love SGs - I have owned (counting this one) about 5. This arrived with a malfunctioning tuner and an either dead or improperly wired bridge humbucker. Gibson QC is obviously dead. Sad. BUT 5 Stars to Musicians Friend who refunded in full. I would say because MF is so good you can take your chances risk free - but no more new Gibsons for me. Sad.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Solid Guitar!

      By DN

      from Evergreen Park, IL

      About Me Experienced

      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!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice guitar, but a little disappointing...

        By Jim in the Box

        from Bryan, Ohio

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Bridge set high
        • Pickups set high
        • Rough Fret Ends

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

        First the bad: when I got the guitar the strings were dead from the 12th fret down because the pickups were set higher than the fret board. The bridge was set very high so the strings would clear the pickups, which resulted in VERY high string height across the fret board. The fret ends are rougher than any guitar I have ever purchased.

        First impression was to return it. I have purchased several nice guitars during the past 30 years (Fender USA, Epiphone, etc) that were set up better than this Gibson. Every guitar usually needs some tweaking, and probably a pro setup by a luthier, but this was ridiculous.

        Now the good:after spending more time than I wanted setting the pickups and bridge and tweaking the guitar, I decided to keep it because the guitar is well constructed, plays real nice, sounds awesome, and is worthy of a pro setup and fret job. The more I play it the more I like it. it's light, the neck is nice, and it stays in tune when I put it through its paces (deep blues string bends, and banging on it for hard rock rhythms). It's finicky, but its a keeper.

        I expected a better setup from Gibson. They send you a checklist of the guitar inspection and a picture of the guitar in the factory, which is nice, but it would have been better if they actually did it right.

        On one hand I recommend the guitar. On the other, I suggest caution and to lower your expectations just because its a "Gibson."

        (4 of 4 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.

          (3 of 3 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...

              (3 of 7 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

                (3 of 10 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!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  SG faded is an AMAZING deal!

                  By Dang

                  from NJ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Great Value!
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • None!

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                  SG faded is an SG, period. I have owned one for more than 10 years. It compares very well with my SG standard which cost twice as much. Unless you have to have a glossy finish, this is perfect.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would by this again

                  By Kev

                  from Georgia

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                  Verified Buyer

                  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.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great SG with a 50's Profile Neck

                    By Chasing Tone

                    from OH

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                    Pros

                    • 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:

                        This is the SG for those who don't care for the traditional tapered neck. This one has a 50's rounded profile that's much more substantial than necks found on other models. I left a review on the 17 Special T that goes into more detail, but overall this is a great guitar. Factory setup was almost perfect, much better than on the '17 Special T. The 490R & 490T is THE classic SG sound.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Waited to long

                        By Danzig fan

                        from Louisville, Ky.

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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:

                          Great guitar. I should have got this years ago. My Epiphone G400 is neck heavy but my Gibson SG is not. This guitar is very quiet I couldn't believe it when I first plugged it in. It's also the best sounding guitar I own both plugged in and unplugged. Sounds great unplugged. Sounds great for heavy stuff and great for clean stuff. Very happy with this guitar.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          SG Faded

                          By JP

                          from Texas

                          About Me Professional Musician

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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!!!

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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.

                             
                            5.0

                            Beautiful guitar

                            By Jason

                            from Georgia

                            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:

                              This guitar exceeded my expectations of quality and craftsmanship. I did have to adjust the action to my personal preference, but that was no problem. I bought this while it was the 'Stupid Deal of the Day', but even at full price this is worth the money.

                               
                              4.0

                              Gibson Sg

                              By 3wire

                              from CT

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

                                Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                                Over all this guitar is of fair quality and would only recommend buying if it's on sale. The nut was cut quite well and hold tuning very good. It will need to be set up and you'll need a string change.no con for this price as it was a stupid deal of the day.

                                 
                                5.0

                                "I would buy this product again."

                                By Herman

                                from London, Ky.

                                About Me Experienced

                                See all my reviews

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing
                                  • Small Venues

                                  Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                                  "Play in Church,well made,not set up like I like."

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again.

                                  By Herman

                                  from London, Ky.

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Practicing
                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Gibson 2016 SG Faded Series T Electric Guitar:

                                    "Play in Church,well made product,not set up to my specs."

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Great Gibson SG for the money!

                                    By Ron

                                    from Yuma

                                    About Me Professional Musician

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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

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