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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Strap locks

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hotblooze
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Mar 13th, 2012 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Likewise for Dunlops. I Prefer the press-in to unlock rather than the pull-out to unlock as in Schallers.

wrnchbndr
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Mar 14th, 2012 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the Schallers and think that its probably a good idea to use the same type of strap lock on all of your own guitars. When packing up for a jam, sometimes a guitar strap is the last thing on your list of important things to remember and it would really stink to bring the wrong guitar strap and be forced to sit down the whole time. The Schallers wood screw is slightly larger than the factory screw on both Gibsons and Fenders. It has a #2 phillips head but requires the use of a #1 screwdriver to get inside the button and fully tighten the screw. Its a good idea to put some wax on the threads to make it easier to tighten.

Vic Vega
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Mar 14th, 2012 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Schallers and in most cases, I've been able to take the screw that came with the original button and use it with the Schaller strap pins.

Is situations where I can't, I use toothpicks and glue, which works flawlessly.

Riverside
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Mar 14th, 2012 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I must not get it.

Played for many many years before these things were invented, and never dropped a guitar, not even once.

They must be necessary, but then again, well, never mind.

mfitz804
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Mar 14th, 2012 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use Schallers unless the button is located on the back of the heel of the neck, then I use Dunlops. I could, in theory, use Dunlops for both but I already have a bunch of sets of Schallers, so...

Vic Vega
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Mar 14th, 2012 01:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Played for many many years before these things were invented, and never dropped a guitar, not even once."

It only takes one time before you realize you need them.

Then again, if you're as active as a cigar store Indian on stage you probably wouldn't need them...

Peegoo
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Mar 14th, 2012 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you have no need for strap locks, perhaps you're sane and don't jump around as much as some people...such as myself =o|

FenderP90s

Brockport, NY

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Mar 14th, 2012 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is why I have switched over to Grolsch strap locks. I leave the strap on in the case, which is easy because I prefer simple nylon straps. I like this method because I can use any strap at any time.

Another benefit is that it is cheaper ($4 per set) and it is way more fun buying strap locks.



littleuch
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Mar 14th, 2012 06:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Contrary to wrnchbndr's sensible take, I use both. I like Dunlop's on Fenders and Schaller's on Gibsons. On my ES-333 I have a dedicated strap with the locks reversed for the neck joint lock so the strap doesn't have a twist. My fave so far is Dunlops drilled and countersunk flush on one of my parts Teles.

MrMajstyk

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Mar 14th, 2012 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dunlops!

hotblooze
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Mar 14th, 2012 08:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To me strap locks are more for convenience and practicality since I have a habit of unstrapping and strapping on my guitar by releasing at the top bout strap button. Looping the strap over my head feels foreign to me. Dunlop has a better release and snap on action with a push button.

FunkyKikuchiyo
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Mar 14th, 2012 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"It only takes one time before you realize you need them."

I still remember my first guitar crash. It was my second guitar ever, and I was mighty proud of it. It was an Epiphone G-400, wine red. I was standing up out of a chair and the strap was twisted backwards, which as you all know is a perfect way to make it disengage. It took a face plant onto a coffee table, and to this day that table has dents from the tuners in it. The guitar got a ding, but not much else.

It scared me enough to put strap locks on almost all of my guitars after that. I use them less and less these days, as I've found that I can avoid those problems as long as I veto straps that are old and tired. I don't use anything with the faux-leather ends anymore - just the robust Levi leather which is much stiffer.

I keep using them on Fenders (especially basses) because I like how they swing on the strap. It is a unique feel.

wrnchbndr
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Mar 15th, 2012 05:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sometimes the soul of the guitar makes a spiritual screem as it is falling.

DrKev
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Irishman in Paris

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Mar 15th, 2012 07:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm done with Schallers. With the strap attached the button sticks out too far. It's punching a hole in my gig bag and is no good in the flight case. I don't like Dunlops, so Ernie Ball Super Locks are on order.

Peegoo
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Mar 15th, 2012 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you like to leave the strap on (in the gig bag), why not just use a screw and a washer, a la Eddie Van H in the early days? Works perfectly, and super inexpensive.

"huhhh... huuhhh... he said, 'strap-on'..."

-Butthead

DrKev
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Irishman in Paris

Forget Tone - go with Note Choice
Mar 15th, 2012 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like DiMarzio cliplocks without the clip!

Peegoo
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That chicken

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Mar 15th, 2012 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ed Zachary!

Cal-Woody

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Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 18th, 2012 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ed Zachary Disease???
LOL!!!! Too funny....

You have a long and dark memory there Peegoo!!!

mroulier
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Mar 20th, 2012 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dunlop model II's, so if you do forget the strap with the locks on the end, you can stick a regular strap on there temporarily.
However, as Peegoo and I founbd out, they've changed the screws to a cheaper steel screw rather than a hardened steel screw, so stripping the head is a more likely possibility than it used to be, so be careful!

sjerome
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Mar 21st, 2012 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Does anyone know whether you have to cram tooth picks and wood glue into the hole left by removing a LP strap screw?"

No. You just ream the Schaller straplock holes larger to fit the original Gibby screws, and continue to use them. Pretty simple stuff, really, if you prefer the Schallers, or you're using them on all your other guitars (which I was).

(This message was last edited by sjerome at 09:13 PM, Mar 21st, 2012)

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