Originally Posted by joedonner2001
Hot damn - that is nice. I'm still looking for one.
You guys perhaps know what years these were chambered as opposed to weight-relieved? I can't really seem to find a definitive answer about that.
There's one in the UK up North - a 2005 tobacco burst, and the owner says it's not chambered. Last time I emailed Gibson about a 2008 one on Ebay UK they said this: "Unfortunately, we cannot check only from serial if the guitar is chambered or not, but normally from the production year (2008) I should say the guitar is chambered."
So I'm a bit confused over when they would have been chambered and when not.
My understanding is that Gibson weight-relieved the first year of the Standard Faded (2005), then switched to chambered for 2006-2008. Knowing Gibson, they probably didn't have a clean break in their production run.
A good rule of thumb is that weight-relieved Fadeds will range from a bit over 8 pounds to 9+ pounds. Chambereds range from as low as 6 1/2 pounds to just under 8 pounds.
Or you could just take it to your local radiologist and have it x-rayed. :-p