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  • Gibson faded SG or V. Any good?

    Are these guitars as good as the more expensive versions?

    I mean as far as playability and quality.

    They seem like a good deal.

    Are they basically Gibson's Highway One?
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  • #2
    Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I don't like the pups in the SG but the V is greatness. I just don't like the pups in SG Specials of any kind period, but that is just me. I am getting one. I have the LP VM which is the Les Paul version and it is excellent. Some of the SGs seem to have sharp frets, play a few and find a good one.
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    • #3
      Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I don't like the pups in the SG but the V is greatness. I just don't like the pups in SG Specials of any kind period, but that is just me. I am getting one. I have the LP VM which is the Les Paul version and it is excellent. Some of the SGs seem to have sharp frets, play a few and find a good one.


      OK Thanks!

      I was told they just went up at GC at Gibson's request.

      One salesman did tell me he's sell me either one for the old price of $579.00.

      Good deal?
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      • #4
        Yeah not bad. I just had to haggle the price on a V, they went up to $699 as well. I bought my LP VM sans the case brand new for $499 (I pulled it out of the box at GC) on Labor Day, they are going with case for like $800 now.
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        • #5
          Yeah not bad. I just had to haggle the price on a V, they went up to $699 as well. I bought my LP VM sans the case brand new for $499 (I pulled it out of the box at GC) on Labor Day, they are going with case for like $800 now.


          OK. So I should ask for the 30 bucks off the price because I don't want the gig bag? Then try to get rid of the tax?

          BTW- I CHECKED OUT THE Orthodox Fuzz. I like the Villiagers...

          I sany of that distorted bass?

          Thanks again.
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          • #6
            I had the V, ended up trading it for an older faded SG (04 or so) and I like the SG much more than the V, though the V sounded better (better pups). Im gonna put a Duncan Distortion in mine soon

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            • #7
              Most of it has distorted bass -- our bass player plays a Ric through a Mesa bass stack and uses either a Big Muff or Boss Distortion SD-1 that has been modded. All of that stuff on that site are just demos so we can learn songs or not forget riffs since we can only practice once a week. We'll hit the studio this summer for an EP probably.

              I agree with the dude below, the V is much better than the SG, but if you find a good SG, they are great. Play a ton of them though. They are harder to find. I've played a few that were worthy, but the Epi Vintage G-400 is a better overall guitar IMO as well.
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              • #8
                I've tried a couple of Faded SG's and thought they were junk. The Epi G400s and Elitist SGs absolutely owned them. However, I have a Faded Flying V and I love it. That V + my Mark III = TONE!
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                • #9
                  I had the V, ended up trading it for an older faded SG (04 or so) and I like the SG much more than the V, though the V sounded better (better pups). Im gonna put a Duncan Distortion in mine soon


                  What do like better about the SG?

                  Is it just the shape of the V for sit down that sucked?
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                  • #10
                    personal preference I guess- the SG just feels better to me. it has a fat neck
                    plus im short so the v looked kinda silly

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                    • #11
                      I've tried a couple of Faded SG's and thought they were junk. The Epi G400s and Elitist SGs absolutely owned them. However, I have a Faded Flying V and I love it. That V + my Mark III = TONE!


                      How's the V for standup? ( I figured out the sit down method)

                      Will straplocks work with it or will the strap twist?

                      And yea the pickups in the SG I tried were at crazy angles.
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                      • #12
                        It boils down to a preference thing my man. I own an SG Classic, super nice SG with P90s. But I prefer my Les Paul VM (both Gibsons) -- why? I prefer Les Pauls to SGs. I just sold a black SG Special, just didn't dig it. I used to have a Goth Explorer, I sold it because I didn't like it, just too bulky. I like Vs and always have. I play standing 90% of the time so that is no issue for me and I use a strap all of the time as well. Its all personal preference. Don't buy a guitar because of the shape or color. The LP VM is not pretty, but boy does she play. I thought I'd like SGs because my guitar hero is Tomy Iommi, well -- I still am inspired by Iommi but I am not an SG guy, they don't do it for me really. I have my two LPs, my SG, and I'll get my V and be done. For a while
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                        • #13
                          i had straplocks on the V no problem

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                          • #14
                            Thanks all.

                            Out for the night.
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                            • #15
                              How's the V for standup? ( I figured out the sit down method)

                              Will straplocks work with it or will the strap twist?

                              And yea the pickups in the SG I tried were at crazy angles.


                              The V is a breeze to play standing up. I have strap locks on mine and have no trouble. You just have to put the strap lock on "backwards" on the strap so it doesn't twist at the front peg. I can't really ask much more out of that guitar, especially a stock guitar.
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                              Avatar 2x12 with Vintage 30's<br />
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