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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 2:48 am    Post subject: Vintage Gibson Sonex Reply with quote

Not familiar with this model, Sonex, but it looks pretty interesting, and a nice price for vintage Gibson.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1981...64125987547657
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My friend has one, honestly i thought it was a piece of crap.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with JJ, I'm a gibson fan but hear that these are mediocre
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my student's parents have one. It's REALLY HEAVY! It feels like the body is made out of concrete and lead. I've never heard it plugged in before though because my student plays acoustic. The weight alone would be enough to make me never want to play it though. It's probably almost twice as heavy as any Les Paul I've ever picked up.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always liked the look of them, but hear horror stories about the laminate/composite body construction. The dirty fingers pickups aren't to everyones taste either, and some of the finished (black ones mainly) are prone to discolouration and cracking.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's this but just check for gibson sonex, there are more than a couple on ebay right now.

Here's another Gibson I hadn't heard of, suggested by ebay.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheapest, and probably the heaviest gibsons ever made.

I've got one of the upper tier ones with the dirty fingers and an ebony/maple neck. It's a piece of shit, but the first 'nice' guitar I ever owned, and is so comfortable and worn in from thirty years of abuse. It sounds plenty ferocious too, although I have a love hate relationship with the DF, they're unpredictable pups.

The resin over wood bodies are rock hard, although maybe if you get them wet they melt... aha The paint rubs off soon as you look at it. I think it reacts with sweat. They really cut some corners with the Sonex.

Some extra flattering shots taken on the smokers' balcony at my old apartment:

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Some extra flattering shots taken on the smokers' balcony at my old apartment:

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It looks sexy. If I had one I'd want it to look just like that.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never played one, but when I started playing (back in the early 90's) there was a guy who used to busk in Glasgow; doing Pink Floyd covers with one of these and he got some excellent gilmour tones out of his...
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I've always had the horrible suspicion that it plays a bit like a strat.
Maple bolt on neck, pg-mounted pickups over a huge swimming pool route.

The only 'professional musician' I've seen with one is Jimmy Bower from Eyehategod, and one of the guys from Hammerhead.
oh, I think I spotted one in the background of a Hank II interview too, not sure if it was his.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the Sonex the guitar that the guy from Harvey Milk plays?
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the guy in harvey milk plays a marauder.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harmony Central Forum "The Gibson Sonex" thread circa 2009:

"those 2 ( sonex and Marauder) were some of the worst guitars Gibson ever made"

https://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/graphics/1982_gibson_sonex_180_deluxe_1.jpg

Still want this Blonde one At Lavonne Music in Savage MN cuz I got a thing for blondes.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol look at the back of the neck joint. It's so fucked. Not straight
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Lol look at the back of the neck joint. It's so fucked. Not straight


But the guitar looks not straight

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahah looks like the neck is pointing down like 10°
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can confirm the Sonex sucks. Tried one at Real Guitars in San Francisco. Heavy af, pieced together from some weird material, didn't care for the sound. Would recommend avoiding at all costs.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
Never played one, but when I started playing (back in the early 90's) there was a guy who used to busk in Glasgow; doing Pink Floyd covers with one of these and he got some excellent gilmour tones out of his...


Yeah, the guy in St Enoch square? Wow, remember him well.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It’s like one of those LPs with single coils that Epiphone put out in the toothpaste colors that everyone loved but no one could find anywhere, except with humbuckers and mojo finish. That sounds more disparaging than I mean it to, I’d definitely play one if the consensus wasn’t a resounding “ASS” (and if I could find one)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'l tell you where you can find one Thursday
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