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Restoring a Sonex 180 Custom

Sonex Boy

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Hi everybody!

I've been the proud owner of a Sonex for nearly 20 years. It's a wonderfully playable guitar with a big noise.

I've decided the poor thing needs a bit of a restoration and I've hit an odd problem.


I've bought a new scratchplate/pickguard which fits perfectly. However when I fit the thing there is no sound from the guitar. When I put the electrics back onto the old guard everything works again.


I'm guessing its something to do with isolating it, I've had a go but I can't seem to figure out where I've gone wrong.


Does any kind Gibson fan/owner have any recommendations for me?


Me & my Sonex thank you for your time!


Phil (sonex boy)

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  • 1 month later...

I had a similar problem with a Sonex 180 Custom... it turned out to be as simple as the braided wiring from the Dirty Fingers making contact with the bottom of the 3-way switch when I reattached the scratchplate. It silenced the pickups by shorting them to ground. Solved by ensuring the wiring is moved away from the exposed underside of the 3-way switch. Hope it's that simple for you, though your description of self-applied shielding could cause the same result if the wiring can move around under there and get pinched into contact.

Good luck!

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