1982 Vintage Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe Silverburst +HSC Bill Lawrence PUs 22555
This is a 1982 Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe in a rare Silverburst finish with non-original hard case. These come with two Bill Lawrence designed "Velvet Brick" humbuckers that sound amazing, very hot and crunchy--3-way selector, two Volume/Tone, and Tune-O-Matic bridge. Body has an inner solid tone wood core sandwiched between slices of a composite wood material called "Resonwood." They are known to have terrific tone and sustain.
The Deluxe model has a one piece 12" radius bolt-on mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, and Gibson stamped tuners. Frets are in great shape, with mild grooving only on the first two frets. Cosmetically, it's great looking. This finish had a neat silver undercoat that looks really sweet in the places where the finish is worn away (see pics). It comes with the original bridge and tailpiece that have pitting. I replaced them with some clean modern ones. The neck sits in the pocket slightly askew, which was adjusted that way to make the strings line up correctly on the neck. To my eyes, the Silverburst is the nicest finish these came in. (Look at the cool teardrop shaped fade on the back.) Weight is 9 pounds, 0 ounces. I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing--see full Wikipedia info at bottom also). Thanks!
PS: When I got this it had clearly been sitting for a while and I did a very detailed cleaning spending a couple hours going over every inch. You will not be getting a project with this guitar. It will come out of the box set up and ready to play with everything polished and clean.
What You Get
-- Full setup, cleaning, and new strings.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.
All setups are done by our in-house luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!
I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.
The Sonex guitars were a range of Gibson electric guitars launched in 1980. They were made from a synthetic material called Resonwood, and manufactured with Multi-phonic body construction. There were four models: Deluxe, Standard, Custom and Artist.
They replaced the Marauder and S-1 guitars. Like these two instruments, the Sonex took its styling from the Les Paul guitars that had been popular for the previous decades, but using Resonwood instead of mahogany, bolt-on necks instead of set (glued-in) necks, and far less ornamentation.
Note: "The Sonex Multi-phonic™ body is composed of Resonwood surrounding an inner tone wood core. The tone wood core not only acts as the anchor point for the neck, it also adds acoustic resonance and exceptional body resilience. The Sonex body is so resilient, that its structural properties survived extreme testing in temperatures ranging from −40 °F to 180 °F."
Thus, the Resonwood was a coating used on a solid, usually mahogany body.
At its launch in mid 1980, the Sonex 180 Deluxe cost $299 which was Gibson's cheapest instrument. The Standard was $375, Custom $449.
There were four guitar models to choose from in the Sonex Series, all with the Gibson single cutaway design. The Sonex-180 Deluxe featured a rosewood, dot inlaid fingerboard and adjustable exposed Zebra Dirty Fingers Humbuckers. All came With a three-position pick-up selector switch, Tune-0-Matic Bridge', stop bar tailpiece and volume/tone control speed knobs. The Sonex Deluxe, the lowest price model, used Velvet Brick humbucker pickups, not Dirty Fingers. The Bricks were designed by Bill Lawrence, working for Gibson. They feature a unique steel mounting plate on the back of the pickup that differs from ALL other Gibson pickups, and has 2 height adjustment screws on one side and one on the other side. They are also black and cream coils, although some were made with the neck pickup in a single color.
In 1981, the Standard was dropped, replaced by the Artist series which was priced at $749. By 1982 the Custom had been discontinued. By 1984 only the Deluxe was left priced at $419.
The Standard and Custom models featured the same Dirty Fingers pickups with a coil tap switch. The Custom has a three-piece maple neck and ebony fingerboard. The Custom was available in white finish, as well as ebony.
The most common finishes were (in order): ebony, white, burgundy, silverburst and solid-color silver. Less than 100 (by factory record) solid-color silver units were produced, making it the rarest of the Sonex models.
Notable users of the Sonex included Jimmy Bower, Sludge/Doom metal pioneer and founding member of Crowbar, EYEHATEGOD, SuperJoint Ritual and DOWN. Allan Harper of the Limitations, ca 1987-1990 who played the Sonex through a Gallien Kruger aluminum cone combo to achieve a trademark tone. Lee Ving of Fear played a Gibson Sonex during the band's October 31, 1981 appearance on Saturday Night Live and may have subsequently used it during the sessions for their first album The Record immediately afterward, since those sessions took place in November 1981. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth used a Sonex strung with four strings and with the frets removed, which he played with drum sticks.