One thing, and this is just a hang-up that I have, is that a Gibson just doesn't feel right to me unless the neck is bound. That might draw me away from the Faded series, but I won't pass judgment without playing one. I picked up this Classic a while ago with a 20%-off coupon from MF, to satisfy an SG craving I've had for 20 years or so. The Classic has the features I wanted (gloss finish, P-90s, bound neck) and the price is still reasonable. I did switch out the white button tuners it came with for Kluson tulips.