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1982 Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe Vintage Electric Guitar Silverburst, 100% Original


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Up for sale, a 1982 Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original manual. A descendant of the Marauder and S-1 lineage, the Sonex was an accessible Gibson electric guitar for the budding '80s rocker, made with a Resonwood shell tested to withstand extreme temperatures ranging from −40 °F to 180 °F, and a mahogany tonewood core for sonic integrity. The guitar boasts straightforward bolt-on neck construction with an unbound rosewood fingerboard, and two increased-output "Velvet Brick" zebra bobbin humbuckers are ideally suited for high gain shred and compressed, cutting cleans. Weighing 9lbs 4oz, this Gibson Sonex-180 Deluxe has been professionally setup here at Mike and Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action.

The bolt-on neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with more roundness and shoulder further up the fretboard, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .975” deep at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features the original medium jumbo fretwire which has Gibson's wide/flat fret dress of the era, exhibiting only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The guitar plays cleanly in all registers up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. On the black headstock, the Gibson Guitar Company U.S.A text is present in gold, along with a Sonex-180 Deluxe three-ply truss rod cover, and a set of original Gibson-branded tuning machines with extremely clean chrome plating and metal tulip buttons.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector toggle switch and dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker. The solder joints are untouched, and both pickups have clean "Sonex" stamps on their baseplates. The ABR-1 bridge and stoptail have ample shine, and the black speed knobs are incredibly clean. The black two-ply pickguard shows some requisite pick wear across the strum path, with a small stabilized split in the plastic at the input jack.

The Silverburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is vibrant and virtually unaged, with light buckle rash on the bass side of the back, and a few additional small dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole. There is minor finish loss on the top headstock edge, and the matching Silverburst gloss on the neck profile is nigh flawless.

The original manual is included.