Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe
1980 Gibson guitar, bass and banjo catalogue, page 63
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Gibson 1980 guitar and bass catalogue. Page 63. Details of the Sonex-180 Deluxe. At this time the Sonex-180 series was available to a wider range of dealers than other Gibson guitars. Gibson circumvented the dealer exclusivity arrangements by changing the headstock label to "Gibson Guitar co.", rather than the just "Gibson".
Only a semi-gloss Ebony finish was listed, although traditional Gibson high-gloss finishes were available from mid 1981.
The July 1980 US list price for the Sonex-180 Deluxe was $299 - the most inexpensive guitar produced by Gibson at this time.