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  • how many pieces of wood are sg fadeds?

    I've heard many different stories. one I played LOOKED like 2 pieces but I'm not very good at telling things things sometimes. someone else might see 3.

    the question is, how many pieces are they, and does the wood and number of pieces of wood differ from the SG standards?
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    Mine looks like 2 pieces. But I've seen a couple that were three.

    Personally I care less about how many pieces vs how well they blend. Sometimes the difference in grain is shocking, looking like 1 piece of mahogany and one piece of a completely different wood.

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    • #3
      Up to 5 from what I have read around various forums and searches. Reports indicate that earlier ones generally seem to have less pcs. In my travels I have seen them with up to 4.

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      • #4
        Mine is 2 pieces, but the grain is so well matched you can only tell that from the back from one certain angle.
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        • #5
          I've been wondering about these Faded SGs. A pawn shop by me has a Faded SG, I believe it's a 2003 or 2004. It's in very good shape and I think it's one with an ebony fretboard. Doesn't have those crsecent moon-shaped inlays, but it looks very different than a rosewood fretboard, it's almost black looking. They have it for sale for $500 with a case. Did they make an ebony board Faded SG without those crescent moon inlays?

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          • #6
            I've been wondering about these Faded SGs. A pawn shop by me has a Faded SG, I believe it's a 2003 or 2004. It's in very good shape and I think it's one with an ebony fretboard. Doesn't have those crsecent moon-shaped inlays, but it looks very different than a rosewood fretboard, it's almost black looking. They have it for sale for $500 with a case. Did they make an ebony board Faded SG without those crescent moon inlays?

            Good deal, just okay deal, or keep looking?




            Not that I know of. Maybe a former owner dyed it? A close inspection of the grain would prol' tell.

            Does it come with a case? The price hike of Gibson brought the faded models up to around $899.00 with gig-bag, though some places like MF for example have recently kicked them down to a more reasonable $699.00.

            $500 is a fair price (imo) for a clean original model.

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            • #7
              That was a strange thing about the fretboard- I looked closely at it, and I really couldn't see any 'grain' like you see on a rosewood board. Just had that flat, kind of lead color that looked like ebony. I believe it was a 2003.

              It did come with a case. If I can get him down to $400 it's a no-brainer, but $500 that seems like it's in regular CraigsList pricing.
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              • #8
                I've heard many different stories. one I played LOOKED like 2 pieces but I'm not very good at telling things things sometimes. someone else might see 3.

                the question is, how many pieces are they, and does the wood and number of pieces of wood differ from the SG standards?


                current sg standards are 2 piece centre joined from what ive seen. the fadeds are 3 to 5 pieces.
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                • #9
                  Mine is a 3 piece, but pretty well matched.
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                  • #10
                    Mine is a 1 piece, but I have seen them up to 4.

                    Sometimes they are really badly matched too.
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                    • #11
                      so there's definitely more than just cosmetic differences between the faded and the standard? -- I guess that's what I was ultimately getting at.
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                      • #12
                        Mine is 2 pieces, but the grain is so well matched you can only tell that from the back from one certain angle.


                        exact same here.

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                        • #13
                          so there's definitely more than just cosmetic differences between the faded and the standard? -- I guess that's what I was ultimately getting at.


                          the faded special has a fatter neck I am told. to some that is a bad thing to me it is the best neck I have (well along with my G&L legacy). there is a youtube video comparing the standard to the faded, truthfully I like the faded sound quite a bit more. more opened and raw plus more vintigy. ">" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350">

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                          • #14
                            so there's definitely more than just cosmetic differences between the faded and the standard? -- I guess that's what I was ultimately getting at.


                            Yea, there is. They feel alot different. My 06 standard was one piece.
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                            • #15
                              I've been wondering about these Faded SGs. A pawn shop by me has a Faded SG, I believe it's a 2003 or 2004. It's in very good shape and I think it's one with an ebony fretboard. Doesn't have those crsecent moon-shaped inlays, but it looks very different than a rosewood fretboard, it's almost black looking. They have it for sale for $500 with a case. Did they make an ebony board Faded SG without those crescent moon inlays?

                              Good deal, just okay deal, or keep looking?


                              Not a bad price, its sounds like its either a late 03 or early 04. When they discontinued the moons they did put out some with ebony boards and dots. I had one a few years ago. My guess is they where using up what ebony boards theu had left from the moons. BTW my Faded's a 2 piece.

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