• Epiphone SQ-180 Don Everly acoustic guitar


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1983 to 2000
2002 to 2006

EPIPHONE began making the Don Everly SQ-180 (MODEL EAQ1) in the early 1980s. The Epiphone SQ-180 was an authorised version of the 1962 Gibson Everly Brothers flat-top acoustic with its thin J-185 style body, star inlays and double tortoiseshell pickguards.  This model was  referred to in earlier catalogs as simply the SQ-180 - but when the Neil Diamond SQ-180 was introduced in 1999 they had to start calling this one Don Everly SQ-180 to differentiate it. It finally discontinued in 2006. The peghead shape and logo changed in 1989 and again in 2002 and by 2006 there was a Don Everly signature  on the peghead.

Source: Epiphone catalogs 1991 - 2002

Source: Unofficial Epiphone Wiki - SQ-models

Specifications (15)


Finish colorsebony finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Body back materialmaple body back
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body stylejumbo-style body
Body top materialspruce body top
Body width15.5 inches body width
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Pickguard shape2 separate pickguards, soundhole-surrounding pickguard


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersstar fingerboard position markers


Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck width1.65 inches wide at nut
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

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They started the Everly brothers version in 1986, not 2000. I own a 1991 model.

Even older ...

I own one and just checked the serial number on this site
which says its from 1983.


The SQ first stated life out as a Hondo Little Susie, in black also blonde. In 1985. Epiphone took on the self same guitar from the factory and due to the space on top of the headstock put an Epiphone by Gibson logo on it. This was very late 80’s early 90s. As regards any serial number on an Epi referring to 83, they had a messed up way of the serials back then. Come the early 90’s they made access to the truss rod from the headstock and bit the ears from the open book headstock. The reason why they then decided to call it the Don Everly model was after 95 when Gibson done another 180 called the Everly . Not to be confused with the Gibson Everly.

Epi SQ 180

I own an 06, 94 and 91.  My understanding from my research, which included a retired Gibson historian, is that the 89, 90, and 91 models were all made in Gibson's new (at that time) Bozeman, MT, facility.  The 89, 90 and 91 models were all solid tone woods (spruce top, maple back and sides).  The neck was made in Korea and is mahogany, ergo the Made in Korea print on the internal label.  You can tell one of these guitars by the open book head stock (not pegged) and a serial number that has no letters at the end specifying which Korean plant it was made in.  Having played all three of the guitars, my 91 sure sounds like solid tone woods, and the 94, though it is nicely made, does not have the sparkle, bass or sustain of the 91.  The 06 is not a good guitar aside from its looks.  I have played J-180's and would put my 91 up against any of them sound wise.  If anything, it sounds more like the original Gibson EB flat top than do the modern J-180's which had a number of changes from the original EB flat top.  You can pick up one of the 89, 90, 91 models for between $500 and $1000 depending on condition.