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String set originally fitted to the Sonex guitars

1980 Gibson Sonex owners manual - back cover

The string set fitted is listed on the final page - in this case Gibson strings, set G-040H. Seeing as the Sonex series was aimed at less-experienced guitarists, the use of these thicker guage strings (0.012-0.058) is a little surprising.

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Tony Bagg Comment left 5th March 2015 07:07:15
what is the current equivalent string set by Gibson
vintage guitar and bass Comment left 5th March 2015 07:07:43
Hi Tony, Gibson don't seem to do such heavy strings any more. Most sets are 9s or 10s. Other brands do similar flatwound sets with a plain .012 and .016, and the rest wound, but most get lighter as they go up. Flatwound 12-52 sets are available from D'Addario, Rotosound, Thomastik, Gretsch and probably quite a few other makers. I can't find an off-the-peg 12-58 set anywhere. You could get a set made up for you - email one of the bigger online string stores.

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