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Gibson Unveils Low-Cost SG Classic Faded… A Musician’s Friend Exclusive

Disclosure Policy | Fri, Feb 25, 2011 | 6234 |

I have to hand it to them, Gibson seems to be finally catching on… they’ve released more affordable new guitar models this year than in any previous year that I can remember, and they seem to finally be putting an end to the idea that Gibsons are only for those with thick pocketbooks.

Being a lover of all things P-90 I’m happy to report that the latest in the company’s recent model announcements is the burgundy beauty pictured here –– the SG Classic Faded, available exclusively from Musician’s Friend, and selling for a staggeringly low street price of just under $700.

Being the proud owner of my own P-90-equipped Gibson SG, I may just be a little biased, but I’m really excited to see these growling pickups making a comeback across a number of Gibson’s latest guitar releases.

According to the company, the SG Classic Faded will be sporting a double-horned body of solid mahogany finished in Worn Cherry, a mahogany neck with rounded profile and adjustable truss-rod, a rosewood fretboard with 22 Medium-Jumbo frets, a 1.695″ wide Corian nut (cut with Gibson’s excellent PLEK system,) and 14:1 ratio Kluson-style vintage tuning machines.

Hardware and electronics will include a chrome-plated tune-o-matic bridge, traditional stopbar tailpiece, a pair of the aforementioned P-90 soapbar pickups with black covers, and dual Volume and Tone controls with black Top Hat knobs and silver inserts.

In keeping with its low price, Gibson’s new SG Classic Faded is expected to be shipping in a stripped-down configuration, with just an Owner’s Manual and a plush-lined Padded Gig Bag. Still, for the price what more can you ask for?

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Mark Kardwell Says:

    Maybe someone at Gibson has an ounce of sense and taste after all. What people want from them: their classic designs, in classic configurations (or playful modern variations upon those two factors), at prices that suit the economic times we live in. What people don’t want: ugly guitars that pander to fleeting trends.

  2. Cary Says:

    Hahaha… well said Mark, and good hear from you. Until the last six months or so, out of the “Big 2″ guitar manufacturers Fender had the clear advantage in affordability. I’m glad to see that changing, even as Gibson continues to torture us with stuff like the god-awful Firebird X. Yikes….

  3. Elad Says:

    Haha I agree with you both mark and Cary.
    It’s stange cause after all Gibson had the affordable models, referred as ‘student models’ in the 60’s, The LP/SG junior and the melody maker.
    I personally play a 64 SG junior and I love the p 90. If that’s a student guitar let me be a student all life. (-:
    Good to see they finally came to their senses. I just hope the sound isn’t compromised!

  4. Ignited We Stand Says:

    I love the new Gibsons with P90s in them. The SG is cool and so is the Les Paul with the P90s. They sound great.

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