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On another forum a contributor said that the "faded" models have a lower price because they have only the stain and sealer applied, saving Gibson the expense and handwork of spraying a gloss finish and buffing.


In other words, buffing a faded Gibson will get you nowhere BUT you can spray a gloss finish over the stain/sealer, and sand and buff to taste, in effect doing all the expensive work yourself. Me, I'd be inclined to pay somebody to do it for me, but I'm an old guy and I would want it to look good!


Conversely, you can leave it alone. I am plotting the purchase of a faded brown SG, and it will not be made shiney: I quite like the look of the faded. I will put covers on the pickups, but that's a story for another day.

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