Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Gibson

Description I got this guitar about 16 years ago, so you'll have to find one used nowadays. List price was over $400 then. It is very similar in shape, size and weight to a Les Paul. Fits in a Les Paul case just right. Bolt on neck, not set neck.
Posted By Ken Richardson (9051)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 11/27/2005, Troy Matthews (34) posted:
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I bought this guitar in 1999. After a bit of research I found out that this model of guitar, was Gibsons answer to low end japanese guitars that were flooding the market in the late seventies , early eighties. It originally retailled for around the $400 mark. That being said, I thought it was a steal at the price I paid. After a little bit of tweaking, I couldnt believe it was as good as it had gotten. To this day I still brag about owning a gibson electric for about $100 ( the peavey rage 158 that came in the deal lists for $109 )
Model Year: 1980
Price: $200.00 canadian dollars
Where Obtained: friend of a friends friend
Features:
This particular guitar was made in nashville in august of 1980. It came with a mint condition peavey rage 158 practice amp for the 200 dollars. The body is made of composite wood. I replaced the 2 humbucker pickups, (which were both shot) with a seymour duncam invader sk-8 at the bridge and a gibson 57 classic at the neck position.
Playability:
After changing pickups, I had the guitar set up by a local tech and the action turned out very slick and enjoyable to play. The neck is pure gibson feel and is hands down the reason I ever purchased it.
Sound Quality:
Surprisingly the composite woodbody emulates the expected gibson tones very closely, and without telling them, most people would never know the difference.
Durability:
The finish on the guitar is rough, but there are no major dings or scratches.It stays in tune respectably, and is overall a great feeling, hardworking playable guitar.
On 3/26/2003, Ken Richardson (9051) posted:
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Has a good sound at a good price. The worst thing is it is kind of heavy. This guitar could be a good first guitar for a player, and then they could keep it as a backup if they get an SG, Les Paul, Flying V..etc. or upgrade the parts for a custom guitar. I don't think this model will have any collector value. When I got it I also looked at a Gibson SG. This was cheaper. I would like to get another one, and then do some custom wiring on one guitar, keeping the other stock.
Model Year: 1983
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Elderly Instruments
Features:
Made in US. Not made anymore. Body is maple (I think) with synthetic "Resonwood" over it. Sort of a slab body in a single cutaway Les Paul shape. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard. Has 2 humbuckers, 2 volume, 2 tones and tunematic bridge. Non locking tuners.
Playability:
Action can be set very low and it plays clean. Great Gibson sound and feel. Kind of a heavy guitar.
Sound Quality:
Good sound for classic rock and blues. Gets a very good Les Paul type tone. Good sustain.
Durability:
Stays in tune very well, was my main guitar a long time. I put Schaller strap locks on it for the safety of the guitar.