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Anyone have/play one ? ( sonex 180 )

Anyone have/play one ? ( sonex 180 )
« on: April 08, 2007, 10:07:14 PM »
Hey all.

I was looking for, or I guess I should say my interest has been peaked
by the Gibson Sonex 180. Anyone play/have one of these ? I read all
of the info about them on the site's info page but was wondering how or if anyone rocks the in here.
 I know they were low end by gibson standards, but  how is the output ? Do the stock tuners hold up
or are they shotty like most low end or entry level guitars.  Are the customs or standards THAT much of a difference ? different pups?  

I have a '73 les paul special (50's RI ??  slab body/ p-90's/ tob burst) and a '74 sg standard (also tob burst) and was looking for
a sort of every day guitar I wouldn't be too hurt about if it were banged up.... not that the others are SUPER rare.
Not to mention it might be kind of cool to have a sort of oddball,
if that makes sense. ?

Book shows the sonex go for around 4-5 ?  Worth it or a little more ?

thanks in advance for your input
- Brian


Sonex 180 deluxe
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007, 02:51:57 PM »
I played a 180 deluxe (at least I think it was the deluxe) for a while, it was borrowed so I didn't have it long enough to really know the guitar, but I found it easy to play and its sound was all there. Tuners were fine, never any problems, and yes its something different, always got noticed by other guitarists. Haven't seen one for sale in Britain for ages


gibson sonex 180 deluxe
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007, 11:27:52 AM »
I just got one on ebay for a very reasonnable price... of course as any cheap guitar it has been resprayed and someone has done a very s***t job of it especially the laquer coats (strange).
I started stripping but could not get to the wood, reason be after researching the net, that the body is made of "resonwood" .
anybody has refinished a guitar made of resonwood and can gimme a few tips?. I intend to get it lacquered proffessionnaly .
anyway apart from that, it has a very good sustain, a good attack and is pefect for riffs and rythm guitar playing. cheap an'all, but still a gibson...phat and heavy.

Anyone have/play one ? ( sonex 180 )
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 03:50:14 PM »
Anyone with info on the 1980 model 180 Standard that has a "real" wood finish, not the solid color that is shown in any of the info that I have found.  Would really like to know if this is rare or whatever...  Please help.  Thanks.


wood sonex
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2008, 01:59:43 PM »
If it is wood, can it really be a sonex? I thought be definition they were all made from resonwood. What wood is it?

Gibson Sonex 180 Standard - Real Wood
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2008, 03:10:26 AM »
My Sonex 180 Standard is made of what appears to be Mahogony,  with a light brown clear stain.  The weight is quite light in comparison to a Les paul.  The neck is a "set" neck, meaning there are no visible screws.  Also, there is no pick guard. I will take a pic and post if that is allowed. Does anyone know why this is so unique?  I have been unable to find any info on this "animal", only the solid colors.

Image of my Sonex - Real wood...
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2008, 11:00:01 AM »

Sorry, try this link for a pic
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2008, 11:43:57 AM »


A wooden Sonnex
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2008, 01:49:53 PM »
Well that is odd. Just goes to show you, anything went back then.

Gibson Sonex 180 Standard - Real Wood
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2008, 03:42:07 PM »
This is the info I received from Vincent Wynne at Gibson USA.

"...The specs on the guitar in the photos are not consistent with any one model we have in our database.  The headstock logo matches both the GGC-700 and the Sonex 180 (1982 version).  Neither of these models were offered in a natural finish.  The Sonex 180 has a 3-piece bolt-on neck.  Yours appears to be a set neck.  The Sonex-180 used a multi-phonic body – not a mahogany slab.  This guitar appears to be a hybrid from late 1980."

So, I guess it's kinda special.  It sure plays nice, looks good and is very lightweight, but still has incredible sustain.


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