The Gibson SG, famous for its comfortable, fast-action neck, is a perennial favorite among guitarists at Sweetwater. Whether you’re chording down low or soloing up high, the distinctive SlimTaper neck carve always feels just right. The guitar’s iconic double-horned cutaway gives you free access to the high registers, while its Plek’d fretboard ensures effortless playability. The Gibson SG Faded 2018 is a lean, mean rock machine.
Matched humbucker set delivers real-deal PAF tone
Gibson voiced the pickups on the SG Faded for tonal characteristics similar to classic late-period PAF humbuckers, but with a slight increase in the upper mids for a more contemporary sound. The 490 matched pickup set really shines when pumping out the classic fat, snarling tone that is the SG’s stock in trade. These pups are delightfully responsive, though simply roll back the volume, and they clean up beautifully. We love this pickup combo, and we think you will, too. Whether you’re delivering your musical message with mellow jazz tones, bone-rattling crunch, or a blistering liquid inferno, the SG Faded rewards your touch with world-class responsiveness. The pole pieces of the 490R and 490T (Rhythm and Treble) pickups are aligned to match the string spacing at the neck and bridge, respectively.
Nitro finish, for the look and feel of a classic
The SG Faded 2018 wears a gorgeous faded gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Nitro finishes standard back in the day are significantly thinner than today’s polyurethane finishes, allowing the guitar to “breathe.” Nitro finishes not only look vintage-y wonderful; they also enhance the instrument’s tonal qualities. This guitar has the look (and feel) of a lovingly cared-for classic one that will only improve with age.