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  • #16
    I really like the Gibson Faded guitars, but those old Fenders kick all kinds of ass.
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    • #17
      I'm a big SG fan and I actually like the faded finish. Now having said that I'm still gonna say go with the Fender for the different, funky vibe. You can ALWAYS find an SG later.
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      I find that it's just cheaper to turn my **************** up louder.

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      • #18
        Find an American Toronado(if you can).



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        • #19
          I'd go with the Fender simply from a quality standpoint alone.

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          • #20
            I'm a big SG fan and I actually like the faded finish. Now having said that I'm still gonna say go with the Fender for the different, funky vibe. You can ALWAYS find an SG later.


            i was really excited about the faded finish, it looked really good.
            but the lack of grain filled on the neck gets me every time, it makes me expect splinters.
            not to mention everyone i see (always at a GC) seems to have poor action and pokey fret ends..
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            • #21
              In the end I'll be trading my Casino for something. It's a great guitar but the full hollowbody is a little too much for feedback and the stock pups, ah, not a huge fan. I'm looking for either a nice Semi-Hollow or a Solid with Humbuckers. I kinda chose the SG just based on perceived quality. The ones I've played were pretty good although I feel the MIM Fender Deluxe Reissues generally have more tonal range. So I think in the end it'd be more like Toronado, MIM Tele Deluxe RI, or Semi-Hollow of some sort. I just dig the funky fenders. Either way, it'll be hard to trade away the Casino because it is a beautiful guitar.
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              • #22
                It's like this one only with Seymour Duncan Phat Cats


                **************** yeah dude, JUMP ON THAT SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIT!!!!!! Is it orange? What color if not? Phat Cats are great.
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                • #23
                  i was really excited about the faded finish, it looked really good.
                  but the lack of grain filled on the neck gets me every time, it makes me expect splinters.
                  not to mention everyone i see (always at a GC) seems to have poor action and pokey fret ends..


                  I've only played a couple, one SG one Explorer and those were both fine, (actually the Explorer was quite a bit better than just fine, but I digress) but it's hardly a representative sample I realize. I just tend to strongly prefer a non-glossy neck. And of course the two I played were actually set-up as opposed to the "toys for the monkey-cage" handling that most GC instruments get.
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                  Originally Posted by ashasha


                  I find that it's just cheaper to turn my **************** up louder.

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                  • #24
                    I don't believe that you really feel that way.



                    **************** yeah dude, JUMP ON THAT SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEIT!!!!!! Is it orange? What color if not? Phat Cats are great.


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                    • #25
                      i was really excited about the faded finish, it looked really good.
                      but the lack of grain filled on the neck gets me every time, it makes me expect splinters.
                      not to mention everyone i see (always at a GC) seems to have poor action and pokey fret ends..

                      These last issues can very likely be solved w/ proper setup & humidification. I love my SG Faded, the thin nitro finish totally beats the polyurethane that covers most of the foreign-made Fenders. I just can't get used to the thick poly finish on the neck & body of my Baja Telecaster.

                      To the OP: Go with the Gibson. The SG is one of the four fundamental types of solidbody electric guitar; if you don't like it, then you can at least rule out future SG purchases. Just my 2 cents.

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                      • #26
                        I would go with the toronado, mostly because it is out of production and harder to find.

                        Also I really don't like the feel of Gibson Faded guitars.


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                        • #27
                          Not usually a fan of most Seymour Duncan stuff, Phat Cats included, BUT

                          I redid a friends Toronado and put a Phat Cat in the Bridge (and redid the controls to function similar to a Tele because that's what he wanted) and that pickup worked really well in that guitar. It sounds great.



                          That said, the guitars are very different so playing both should make the decision easy for you.

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