- Apr 7, 2011
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Bolt on is a viable design.I remember watching "Say Anything" and being very puzzled by what I learned later was a black Gibson Sonex.
Thought it was cool looking and kind of an "underground" model.
Over the next years in all my regular trips to local shops I never even saw one.
So it remained a mystery.
Eventually I got to see / play a Sonex and thought it wasn't really worth the money asked.
Bear in mind that those (bolt on) models were "cheap" entry levels guitars and that's exactly
what they are. They might carry the "Gibson" aura because of the headstock and some
"Vintage" aura because of the year / period they were made but in the end they didn't get any better
than they were when they came out.
If you can play it and really bond with it instantly then you'll know if it's worth the money.
Otherwise you should pass.
Guitar value: A guitar is usually worth what you think it's worth to you.
Pay "too much" but acquire the ultimate guitar for you: fine.
Pay "not enough" and settle for a lesser guitar that doesn't excite you: bad.
But the Gibson Sonex used a strange body material like compressed sawdust.
Tone and sustain suffered for that, but they were very consistent: each and every one sounded the same: awful, to my ears.
Later on I had a Lindert made from a similar material. Sounded OK, but absorbed humidity and swelled!
Wood can resonate and is stable, at least.