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post Feb 28 2008, 12:54 PM
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I have a 2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard and a 2008 Fender American Standard Stratocaster, but lately I have been itching for a Lightweight guitar with full humbucker sound for practicing.

The Les Paul is like bending down to pick up a brick everytime I want to jam and the Stratocaster is fairly thick and not quite as light as I thought it would be.

So, out I went searching for a Gibson SG Standard or 61 Re-issue, but always keeping my eyes open for a Faded Special if it felt right.

In the last couple of months I had played a new SG Special Faded that had sharp frets and high action, a SG Standard that played and sounded ok, but not quite worth spending $1000 for, and I also played a 61 Re-issue that definitely did noit play well enough to warrant $1400+.

Sunday I decided to head out to some local Music stores in search of the perfect SG for me, I had seen some good deals on ebay, but with SGs I have found a wide disparity in how they play, so I figured I better pay a little more and find one I could play in person first.

The second music store I went to had quite a few SG Standards, 1 61 Re-issue and 2 Special Fadeds.

Of course I played them all. The store had a DVD video of some excellent blues/rock/funk going and this gave me a great chance to jam along and check out how the guitars really played.

For some reason, maybe the low price , but I kept coming back to this one Faded SG.

I am not one to buy a guitar for retail, but this guitar was too good to pass up. As a bonus, they had it marked at the old price of $579 and after an hour or so of playing all the guitars I said wrap it up.

The big question, Was it really that good or was I just infatuated with a new guitar?

Well, back home I have been playing all 3 my guitars back to back night after night.
I have to tell you, yes the Les Paul Standard has that great sound and a solid Fretboard feel like no other guitar has, the Strat has that distinctive Strat sound, but the Faded SG just is so comfortable to play, like wearing your favorite T-shirt and jeans.
It is light and has lower fret access that blows the Les Paul away.
It has a nice sound, very warm and bluesy, not as raunchy as other SGs I have played, I like it better.
The sustain is amazing from such a light guitar.
Another surprise, the frets are finished nicely and don't bite or cut my fingers like other lower end Gibsons I have owned did.

I gotta tell you, if I could keep just one of my guitars, this SG would be it.

Last year I traded in my Gibson SG Special that I had originally bought in 1981 or 1982, that guitar never played or sounded as good as this one. I never liked it all that much, but this 2007 Faded SG just blows me away. The Worn Brown looks amazing and I wouldn't change a thing.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. wink.gif

I have even thought about selling my Les Paul? rolleyes.gif

Howard
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post Feb 28 2008, 01:22 PM
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Nice story .. and congrats on a new SG smile.gif


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post Feb 28 2008, 01:33 PM
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I love SG Specials. I don't like the binding on the Standard and prefer the open pickups on the Special. I have a Cherry Red Gibson SG Special biggrin.gif


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post Feb 28 2008, 01:46 PM
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Great story, some nice experience sharing there, and congrats on the SG! smile.gif


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post Feb 28 2008, 06:57 PM
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QUOTE (Trond Vold @ Feb 28 2008, 07:22 AM) *
Nice story .. and congrats on a new SG smile.gif


Thanks, I really love this guitar.


QUOTE (OrganisedConfusion @ Feb 28 2008, 07:33 AM) *
I love SG Specials. I don't like the binding on the Standard and prefer the open pickups on the Special. I have a Cherry Red Gibson SG Special biggrin.gif


Exactly, the neck feels better on the SG without the binding.
I prefer the Les Paul with the binding, but not the SG.


QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Feb 28 2008, 07:46 AM) *
Great story, some nice experience sharing there, and congrats on the SG! smile.gif


Thanks, I love the search for a new guitar, especially when it turns out well.

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post Feb 28 2008, 07:34 PM
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I love SGs, I have a fender telecaster but I spend 99% of my time practicing on my epiphone Sg... go figure!, they are really comfortable guitars to play.

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lol i also bought a sg (just epiphone though) a custom, with 3 pickups which i replaced the neck and bridge with some evo neck and super distortion. it does play nicely and feel real comfy smile.gif
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QUOTE (Fran @ Feb 28 2008, 01:34 PM) *
I love SGs, I have a fender telecaster but I spend 99% of my time practicing on my epiphone Sg... go figure!, they are really comfortable guitars to play.

Congrats on that faded smile.gif


Thanks, they are very comfortable, very easy to play.


QUOTE (kevin-riff-after-riff @ Feb 28 2008, 03:39 PM) *
lol i also bought a sg (just epiphone though) a custom, with 3 pickups which i replaced the neck and bridge with some evo neck and super distortion. it does play nicely and feel real comfy smile.gif


Again the comfort factor comes in to play, people who have never played one really need to experience it.

Another weird thing is that it feels good with the strap, I hear many people complain that SGs are neck heavy, but not this one.

My old ESP LTD Viper 400 was awful with a strap, very neck heavy.

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