Sounds very nice, just like a standard SG! Love the feel of the guitar, the very thin finish makes it much easier to move about the neck and just gives the whole guitar a very nice feel, which I personally prefer to the finish on the standards. The thin finish also looks awesome, and wears very nicely, giving it a cool aged look. Also love the slightly beefier, but still easy to play, rounded 50's neck profile. Such a shame they discontinued this model, as I really cannot fault it, although I wasn't too sure about the baked maple fret board (as opposed to rosewood), before purchasing it, but it feels really nice. Really hope Gibson bring the SG Special Faded back, as it represented outstanding value (I picked one up for £599), for what is an amazing guitar.
The Gibson Sg Special Faded is a very freaking nice sounding guitar. That rocks , with a lot of tweak and full of midrange tone. Thats a very varsatille guitar but , it is perfect for hard rock, or psychodellic rock or even, blues. It sounds awsome and actuallyloks great. Very confortable 50´s neck, speed action frets, a perfect combination with a killing look.
Someone thinks that non-standard Gibson guitars are less valuable than the standard. Apart of the lack of binding, and the cheaper pickups, they are the same guitar. Great Gibson sound, classic bass voice and also rich of middle tone. I put Seymour Duncan III Pro Slash signature replacing pick-ups and it works divinely. Guns n Roses and AC/DC come easely out from them.
I have had this guitar for about 5 years, and this thing is by far my number one. The neck finish feels excellent. I love the fatter neck, it's nice for people with bigger hands. The sound exceeds the price by far. This may be a "cheaper" Gibson, but the guitar is easy to use in almost any application. This thing can play nice full jazz tones and can scream with metal tones. Definitely worth every penny.
I was very skeptical at first. I've been a huge Gibson fan ever since I first started playing and always wanted (and still do) the SG standard which is pretty much my favorite guitar of all time. I was never too into anything with labels like "special" or "faded" put into them so my inner cynic believed that these particular guitars are crap.
Long story short: My brother generously bought me a 2016 Gibson SG Faded for my birthday and it was damn near playing by itself. The sound was a little weak and nasal for my taste, but it seems to be about right after raising the pickup a little. I still might have to change the original bridge pickup because it can't quite hold up to the amounts of distortion my amp produces. I'll see if I get used to the decreased amount of gain for now, though.