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Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe Guitar
Solid body Gibson electric guitar, with Multi-Phonic body design

Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe
1982 Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe in Antique Fireburst
Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe
Notice the Gibson script on the headstock - a typical early eighties feature that harks back to the very early days of Gibson
Gibson Sonex logo

The Sonex 180 Deluxe was Gibsons cheapest guitar; at its launch in 1980 it was listed at just $299. This price rose with different colour options, and left handed models. It was available in more colours than the Sonex Custom, Standard or Artist.

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Gibson Sonex 180 Deluxe chronology
  • 1980 Launch. Finishes: Ebony only [1]
  • 1981 Finishes, Ebony and White - $349 [2]
  • 1982 Prices: Ebony ($349), Candy Apple Red ($399), Silverburst, Antique Fireburst ($434). Left handed models in all colours except ebony ($449) [3]
  • 1983 The 1983 catalogue has no mention of the Sonex (but also doesn't mention several other models) [4]. The price for basic colours remained the same throughout 1983, although the premium colours had a price cut for the second list of the year. Prices: Silver, Ebony ($369), Silverburst, Candy Apple Red, Antique Fireburst, Electric Blue ($469 Jan '83, $439 Jun '83). Left handed premium $100 Jan '83, $70 Jun '83 [5][6].
  • 1984 The January 84 pricelist only lists two colours; ebony and red both at $419 for left and right handed models [7]. The June '84 pricelist makes no changes and is the final listing [8].
  • 1985 Instrument discontinued [9]

1) Gibson pricelist 1/7/1980
2) Gibson pricelist 1/4/1981
3) Gibson pricelist 1/6/1982
4) Gibson 1983 'American-Made World-Played' catalogue
5) Gibson pricelist 1/1/1983
6) Gibson pricelist 15/6/1983
7) Gibson pricelist 15/1/1984
7) Gibson pricelist 23/6/1984
8) Gibson pricelist 15/1/1985

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There are 2 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
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?

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