This week, in advance of traveling for nearly a month, I plunked down $699 for my first Gibson axe in my guitar collection. It’s a stripped down, natural finish, sweet-sounding and smooth-playing SG. The Gibson SG Special Faded. Here’s a picture of my new one.
I’ve been trying some of these SGs at Guitar Center, and I loved the neck profile (rounded) and the playability. The ones at the two GC’s I visited had been played many times, and they had only the one guitar at each store. I’ve ordered from Sweetwater.com before, and loved their personalized service. I have a “sales engineer” assigned to me, very nice, knowledgeable guy names Alan Miller. So went online, found the guitar, noted that they had two in stock and sent an email to Alan.
Here’s what he did, he pulled the brown and the cherry models from his inventory and sent me an email appraisal. I’d been jonesing for the brown finish, but was not sure. He confirmed to me that the cherry finish was not as nice. He also found out from a friend that many of the Gibson workers love this model and get it for themselves. Alan is a guitar player himself and has been a teacher for many years, so the personalized service made a huge difference. Bravo Sweetwater.
Getting it in the mail is sooo much fun. I can track the package so I know where it is, and once it is here it is a huge kick to pull out a factory inspected, not really touched-before guitar. And Sweetwater sends candy in every shipment with your invoice in a Thank You folder. Easy peasy Lemony Squeezy (an inside joke for our friends across the pond).