Since its arrival on the scene in 1961, Gibson’s dual-horned, double-cutaway SG has been an iconic rock axe, and has become known for solid performance and tonal versatility that is unparalleled in the guitar world. Packing all the power and playability of the full-blown SG Standard, but at a price that puts it easily in the hands of today’s hardworking guitarists, the Gibson USA SG Special Faded is easily one of the hottest bargains out there in an American-made electric guitar, and offers the best combination of features and value in the entire SG line.
The SG Special Faded uses the same supreme tonewood species as its predecessor of nearly 50 years ago, carries the same rock-solid, time-tested hardware complement as the legendary SGs of the ’60s, is powered by a pair of genuine Alnico humbucking pickups, and of course offers all the legendary playability that has made Gibson famous. To top it all off, it has a no-nonsense appearance that countless guitarists prefer, and its genuine nitrocellulose satin finish sports the worn look that Gibson’s Faded series is known for. Add it up, and it means unbeatable value for money, in a guitar that rocks with the best of them – as great SG players like Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Derek Trucks, Tony Iommi and numerous others have proved for five decades.
This is a used guitar showing very minor signs of use … basically it remained unplayed as it was gifted to a lucky fan backstage and signed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi! The only wear I can see is some slight pick marks on the pick guard.