Using what Gibson christened a multi-phonic body, the Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe was one of Gibson's cheapest instruments upon its release in 1980 and remains a pretty inexpensive entry into the world of Gibson; it's also a pretty atypical one. A slightly rounded take on the classic Les Paul body shape, the Sonex-180 was most notable for having a body that contained a wood core surrounded by a resin called -- what else? -- Resonwood.

Product Specs

  • Sonex-180 Deluxe
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Ebony
  • Ivory
  • Silver
  • Sunburst
  • 1980s
Made In
  • United States
Body Shape
  • Single Cutaway
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Number of Strings
  • 6 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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Reviews for the Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe Electric Guitar
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  • Good ... but not worth the price.

    If I'm being honest the Sonex is not a bad sounding guitar. I played one in the 80s. Very few classic Gibsons sound BAD. I just can't see justifying spending $500 and up for an instrument that originally retailed for $300. We're talking about what is basically a particleboard body. Maybe if they came down in price, but otherwise, I'll pass.

  • ...Don't tell the internet

    Verified Purchase

    Edit to note the Rob B above is not me!......how good these actually are..let the "experts" knock away on the plastic body and bolt on neck,a select few know the truth!..I have two,black and this yellowy/white from Reverb.The amount of wear they came with shows how much use they've got over the year…

  • Sleeper Tone Monster!

    Bought one of these in candy apple red from a friend who had owned it and gigged with it since the early 90s. He said the controls were noisy with an occasional buzz. Some control cleaner spray for the pots and switch, a 1/4 turn on the truss rod made the neck nice, some new strings and a visit to …

  • Great Mod Platform

    Verified Purchase

    After tinkering around with this guitar a bit, I have to say that I am happy with the purchase. The stock pickups are pretty high output and can get a little brittle/muddy, but like a fixer-upper house, this guitar has great "bones." The swimming pool router and space in the body allow for all sor…

  • One of the best LP variants

    Played one of these on tour for five years . It's one of the best iterations of the Les Paul IMO - flat body, nice low action - thinner neck - solid machines, electronics and bridge. Pups are fairly low output, but it's a gorgeous guitar to play.