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SG Special Faded — Street: $1,164

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The SG Special Faded is distinguished by its simpler headstock adornments, the businesslike dot inlays on its rosewood fingerboard (which is also left un-bound in keeping with its stripped-down ethos), and its elegant worn satin nitro finish. Under this thin skin, however, today's Gibson USA SG Special Faded runs neck-and-neck with the flagship of the SG family. Its solid mahogany body packs all the resonance and sustain that has helped to make SGs legendary, and it sports the beveled edge that is such a big part of this model's distinctive styling, while also enhancing playing comfort.

Two deep cutaways with sharp, slightly asymmetrical horns offer unparalleled access to the top of its 22-fret neck, which you'll scale at lightning speed thanks to the SG Special Faded's fast, comfortable, rounded '50s neck profile. Cranking all this tonewood and superb playability to the max is a pair of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups from the Modern Classics series: a 490R in the neck position, and a 490T in the bridge. Made in the style of the hallowed PAF humbucker, with genuine Alnico II magnets, but updated to meet the demands of today's player and 21st century rock's high-volume requirements, this pairing offers everything from smooth, creamy, vocal warmth in the neck to raunchy rhythm tones and searing leads in the bridge. It all runs through Gibson's classic control configuration of independent volume and tone knobs for each pickup, and three-way toggle selector switch.

Keeping it all locked and loaded are a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, arguably the most emulated hardware configuration on the planet, and a set of Kluson-style tuners with vintage pearloid buttons. To top it all off, the SG Special Faded comes to you already looking like a long-played friend in your choice of two great satin nitrocellulose finishes: Worn Cherry and Worn Brown.

Each guitar comes protected in a padded Gibson gigbag, and is covered by Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.

Body and Finish
A lightweight body made from resonant solid-mahogany, with contoured edge and deep asymmetrical cutaways, distinguishes the SG Special Faded as a rock legend, while making it extremely comfortable to play. The guitar is available in your choice of two great satin pre-faded nitrocellulose finishes: Worn Cherry and Worn Brown.

Headstock and Fingerboard
The SG Special Faded is crafted in classic Gibson style with a glued-in neck made from solid quarter-sawn mahogany and topped with an unbound rosewood fingerboard, minimally adorned with simple dot inlays. It has an angled headstock for superior resonance, and its rounded '50s profile and 1-11/16" wide molded nut help to make it supremely playable.

Pickups and Electronics
The SG Special Faded carries two of Gibson's most popular humbucking pickups, a 490T in the bridge position and a 490R in the neck, left uncovered to reflect the model's "bare bones" look. Both are updated renditions of Gibson's famous PAF humbuckers of the late '50s and early '60s, modified for improved versatility, and routed through the classic Gibson four-knob and three-way switch control section.

The hardware set on the SG Special Faded echoes that worn by SG Standards of the mid to late '60s, and includes Gibson's sustain enhancing Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, along with vintage-style tulip-button tuners and traditional aluminum strap buttons. The bridge and tailpiece are both plated in chrome for a professional and durable finish.

Top: Mahogany
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

Species: Mahogany
Profile: SG Rounded
Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
Joint Angle: 4.25° (+/- 15 seconds)
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50

Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .005"Fingerboard
Species:Baked Maple
Frets: 22
Radius: 12"
Nut/E.O.B: 1.695"/2.260"Nut
Material: Corian
Width: 1.695
Slots: Gibson PLEK System

Logo: Gold Silkscreen "Gibson" Logo
Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Antique Bell

Model: Vintage Tuners with Perloid Buttons
Plating: Nickel
Tuning Ratio: 14:1

Type: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
Material: Zamak
Plating: Chrome

Type: Stop Bar
Material: Zamak
Plating: Chrome

Knobs: Black Top Hats
Toggle Switch: Washer Black with Silver Imprint
Control Plate Cover: Black Acrylic
Strap Buttons: Aluminum
Strings .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings

Neck Position: Uncovered 490R
Bridge Position: Uncovered 490T
Magnet Material: Alnico II

Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with Cream Plastic Tip
Output Jack: Traditional 1/4"

Sealer: Nitrocellulose
Process :1-1.5 mils
Worn Brown, Worn Cherry

Type: Gibson Gig Bag
Case Exterior: Black
Case Interior: Plush LiningAccessories
Additional Materials: Each SG Special comes with adjustment literature, and documentation for the guitar’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, along with Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service.

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