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The Faded guitar line offers some of the most affordable guitars in gibson's Catalogue.
These are great, beautiful, well built guitars, which, as they are unvarnished, the uncovered wood let the sound resonate in an different manner, allowing an 'woodier' sound, and, as an upside for who don't mind some scratches and appreciate a vintage 'worn' look, these guitars tends to age faster than the traditional varnished ones.
Talking specifically about the 3 pickups Flying V model, it is the design that everyone already have seen, added with one more pickup that proportionates broader sound ranges, with six-way pickup switch, it allows mixtures between the three different humbuckers.
The pickups executes what they are supposed to do: high on treble, and lots of gain, the bridge pickup stands great for rock music; the neck pickup proportionates bass rich chords and , managing the tone knob, you can archive even great jazz sounds (with it's limitations); the middle pickup sure have it's place within the guitar, but it is not as a 'stand-aloner'. although the pickup alone sounds good too, I find that it's main job is in one of the mixtures that this guitar circuit allows. being a great pair with the neck pickup.
These three pickups are humbuckers, so don't fool yourself about achieving the quackiness of a single coil in one of the possible mixtures.
This guitar have great Classic gibson hardware in silver finish with these lovely vintage looking tuners. The neck feels really great. It is a c-shape 60's feel neck, which is comfortable and really accessible to play from the 1st to the 22nd fret, driving a good amount of sustain.
The only problem observed in this guitar is regarding it's tuning, as common to most Gibsons, but nothing that can't be solved (quite simply) with a drive to the luthier.
Long-story short, This guitars presents a less expensive entry to Gibson guitars, but with no quality-loss, in a great build.
A beautiful guitar. able to perform in a broad kind of genres, if you are not intimidated by its "radical" shape. Five stars!