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Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe Guitar
1982 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe in Candy Apple Red finish
1982 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe in Antique Fireburst
Notice the Gibson script on the headstock - a typical early eighties feature that harks back to the very early days of Gibson
The 180 Deluxe was one of the new Gibson Sonex range. It was, in fact, pitched as Gibson's cheapest ever entry level guitar, and was by far it's lowest priced electric. At it's launch in Summer 1980, it was listed at just $299 (although this price increased with different colour options, and left handedness); actually $100 cheaper than the final price of the Marauder a few months earlier.
The Sonex 180 guitar range also included the 180-Standard - (like the Deluxe, but with Gibson Dirty Fingers pickups, and coil tap switch) and the 180-Custom (Dirty fingers, ebony fingerboard and a three-piece maple neck). The 180-Deluxe neck is described in company literature as (initially at least) 'one piece select hardwood', and the pickups, simply as 'humbucking exposed coil'. They are given part numbers 13248 (front) and 13249 (back) which are described as 'Pickup assembly Sonex Japan' in a September 1984 parts price list. Presumably these pickups were made in Japan rather than the United States!
Although shipping figures for the Gibson Sonex are not available, it would appear that the Deluxe significantly outsold the Standard and Custom, judging by the numbers seen available in the used guitar market.
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|Parkway Music Comment left 9th January 2013 08:08:54|
We have a Solid Silver Sonex 180 Deluxe for sale. Please check our Used & Vintage Electric listings for info: http://www.parkwaymusic.com/guitars/used_vintage_electric.shtml
|Heather Alexander Comment left 11th May 2013 06:06:53|
I have a 1984 Gibson sonex 180 in mint condition. Any chance of finding out what it is worth?