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#1
My band has a gig coming up in a couple of weeks on Australia Day, and over the past few months i've been meaning to get another pair of strap locks. Now, the strap by itself won't do, as it almost constantly comes off while i'm practising. I've in the past bought some strap locks, but they came out over around 25 minutes of standing & playing.

So what is it that i should look for in a strap lock to know that it will suit my guitar?

Btw, i understand this may be an incredibly basic question, and i apologise about it, but if the question was never asked, i'd never get the answer.
#2
Dimarzio Cliplock strap, or you could get a washer and screw the strap to your guitar so it cant come off.
#4
http://www.grolsch.com/

Buy the straplocks, get free beer!

Really though, people use them and they work great. I have them for both of my guitars.
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#6
Dunlop straplocks
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#7
Quote by Chaos Nil
http://www.grolsch.com/

Buy the straplocks, get free beer!

Really though, people use them and they work great. I have them for both of my guitars.

+1, glad people are finally getting turned on to this trick.
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They're so effective for, what, £4/$6?, I truthfully don't see why people waste their money anything else.

Last edited by kyle62 at Jan 6, 2010,
#8
Quote by kyle62
I truthfully don't see why people waste their money anything else.

Because Grolsch is awful and straps leave stains on some finishes if they remain on the guitar while it's in the case.
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#9
I use Ernie Ball Super Locks, which are admittedly slightly pricier but are bulletproof. There is no way in hell you're going to get your strap to fall off if you're using them.
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#11
I use dunlop strap locks on all my guitars except my tele...its got the grolsch washers on it.
#12
Schallers work for me
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#13
Search bar is your friend....tons of strap lock threads! The three most common responses will be:
-Schaller or Dunlop strap locks. Both good, often comes down to which one you think looks better
-Grolsch washers, or some other similar washer attachment

Just buy a set of dunlops or Schallers. You'll be happy. /
#14
The Grolsch trick is a very cheap way of keeping your guitar pretty secure.

on my cheap copycaster I haven't had them fail once (well during normal use anyway), the only time they failed was when I was trying to throw the guitar round my neck, (dont worry the guitar is fine, caught it just in time).

however on a more expensive guitar it's not something I would recommend, they can still fail ofcourse.
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#15
Quote by littlephil
Dimarzio Cliplock strap, or you could get a washer and screw the strap to your guitar so it cant come off.


+1 Get a cliplockstrap, they're great

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#16
I agree with those who said Schaller. Pit a drop of weak locktite on the nut on the strap side, use the original screws that came with your guitar rather than the ones they give you, and you're 100% safe.
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#17
Schaller. I have them on all guitars I use regularly. I would trust them with my life.
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#18


Schaller straplocks ftw.
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#19
i've been happiest with the dimarzio cliplock straps. Unless your guitar is neck heavy. Then schallers and a big fat leather strap. lol
#22
How do those Schaller ones work exactly? I've been looking at them and the Ernie Ball ones, EB's seem simple and bulletproof, but the Schaller ones seem to have a simple release on them as well?

Can anyone elaborate on one/both?
#23
Buy some metal washers for a few cents. Problem solved.
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#24
Quote by Duskwolf
How do those Schaller ones work exactly? I've been looking at them and the Ernie Ball ones, EB's seem simple and bulletproof, but the Schaller ones seem to have a simple release on them as well?

Can anyone elaborate on one/both?

For the Schallers, you have to give them a fair amount of force in a tug to put them on/remove them...so they stay on, but are still manageable. If that makes any sense. I've never had any issues with mine.
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#25
I like Dunlop Dual Design StrapLoks, but regardless off which ones you get, fill the hole with tooth picks before you screw them in. The strap will never leave the strap lock, but but the strap button can still leave the guitar. I had the whole screw come out once, I filled it with tooth picks and its been fine for almost a year now
#26
Quote by Duskwolf
How do those Schaller ones work exactly? I've been looking at them and the Ernie Ball ones, EB's seem simple and bulletproof, but the Schaller ones seem to have a simple release on them as well?

Can anyone elaborate on one/both?


On Schallers, you pull up on a pin that secures the straplock. On EBs, you push in 2 buttons on the side. The Schaller system seems safer to me, but both should work good enough.
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#27
Quote by Zhuriel
On Schallers, you pull up on a pin that secures the straplock. On EBs, you push in 2 buttons on the side. The Schaller system seems safer to me, but both should work good enough.

Cheers for that, that's how I thought it may have been. I guess it's the same deal just a different mechanical function really in the end... and to some degree whatever look you prefer as well. it's still a 360 degree lock, the release is what differs.

Toothpicks or a proper plug are the best options for making sure your screws can't be ripped out, depends on how much work you're looking for though.
#28
Quote by Duskwolf
How do those Schaller ones work exactly? I've been looking at them and the Ernie Ball ones, EB's seem simple and bulletproof, but the Schaller ones seem to have a simple release on them as well?

Can anyone elaborate on one/both?

I have the Ernie Ball one's. They're as safe as the Schallers are, I'd say, meaning both are very safe. I carry my Spider3 15W around with those too, which works like a charm.

Pro for the Ernie Ball straplocks: They don't stab you, if you have it on the back of the guitar like with a V or something.
Con: None as far as I'm concerned.

Pro for the Schallers: You'll rather finde someone which has them too, so you can try out his guitar with your strap.
Con for the Schallers: They'll stab you if you have a V or similarily balanced guitar.

Other than that, they'll equally good.

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#31
Quote by VishNuRoXoUt
I don't like the planet waves locking straps. DiMarzio cliplok straps are great for les paul shapes.
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#32
I use Planet Wave but not the kind stated above, I use this one.

http://www.instrumentalsavings.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=12979.HD

Real easy to use and easy to unwind the strap cause the lock can rotate. Pretty cheap, too.

One time a friend of mine was using my old guitar, a schecter diamond series and the strap came off (a crappy strap) he was still holding the neck, the base swung down and hit a table right where the cable was plugged in.. pretty much destroyed my output jack, everything was loose and sound was shit from then on. Get yourself a good straplock!
#33
Cliploks are a bit annoying with nitrocellulose finished guitars because the straps will stain and scratch the finish very easily if you leave them on for long periods.

Besides, they just look cheap.
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#34
Quote by bubb_tubbs

Besides, they just look cheap.


Well there are a lot of amazing guitarists who sure don't seem to mind.
#35
^ There's also lots of guitarists that use instruments better suited for firewood and crappy pedals because they're being paid to do so.
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#36
Quote by EvoLancer211
Dunlop straplocks

they are without a doubt the best straplocks
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#37
im using erine ball super locks. large, but match my gold plating, and work really well.
#38
i use the planet waves ones i think. they have the lock on the strap and its always worked really good for me. has never ever fallen off.
#39
I took a trip around town, seeing as no one store had more than two different types of strap locks around here, got to try out most of them. Ended up going with Schaller. The simple Dunlop stuff is good, but I was told about the downsides of using them with some finishes, EB were good, but a little bulky for my liking, Couldn't find Planetwaves anywhere, ended up going with the Schaller, mainly for the logic of the design and the fact it was smaller than the EB's.
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