#1
OK, I've used the search but have been unable to find the answer to my specific question.

I've been asked to play a gig tomorrow and so I'm wanting to get some strap locks to ensure that the axe doesn't crash to the floor.

So, on to the question.

Using schaller or dunlop strap locks, will I have to drill the holes in my Gibson Chet Atkins SST or will the screws be the same length and thread?

It's mint condition, so I'm a bit wary of doing anything that could tarnish it - even if it is to prevent accidents

Thanks
#2
Here's a neat tip:

Get yourself 2 of these and put the rubbers around your strapbuttons after applying your strap.

If it comes off then, well, then maybe get strap-locks. But this always works for me and it's cheap and easy (:
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#3
they should fit right in the old holes. Be careful removing the old screws so that you don't strip the threaded hole in the wood. Just to be safe, go slowly when screwing the new locks into the old holes in case there is a difference in size, but there shouldn't be. If they go in too loosely, you might have to put some wood filler in the holes first to fill up some space. If its requiring too much torque to turn the screws, back them out and maybe try a different brand.

I've put Schaller straplocks on 3 different guitars, and all fit right away, so I'm pretty sure its universal. I've never done it into an acoustic though so its possible they're different. Hope that helps!
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#4
I didn't have to drill holes when putting on my schallers. They fit great.
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#6
If the new screws don't fit, you can just use the original screws. Either way, one will work. Drilling is unnecessary.
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#7
Thank you all, I'll see if I can pick some up tomorrow.

Love the idea of the Grolsch rubbers, so I may give that a go on my travel acoustic but I can't risk it on the SST
#8
I use Dunlop Locks, and you have to drill into the guitar a little bit, and you cant use the original screw because the strap button is too narrow for the old screw.

I never installed Schallers.
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If the new screws don't fit, you can just use the original screws. Either way, one will work. Drilling is unnecessary.


This is what I done when I put dunlop strap locks on my les paul.
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#10
Those planet waves straps work great in my experience.
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#11
The screws on a Schaller can be a bit thinner than a standard pin screw. If this is the case, here is the easiest way to fix it.
Get some wooden matches and slice them into thin longitudinal strips. dip them in PVA glue and slide them into the hole until it is packed tight. Let the glue set a bit and screw the new screw into the hole. You probably won't need to drill a hole, the screw should just chew its way through the match slithers.
No idea how big the Dunlop screws are, I've never liked Dunlops much. I have Schaller on everything.

PS: be careful screwing in the new screws while the glue is still soft. If you over-tighten them before the glue is dry it is easy to pull all the match slithers out. Just screw it in all the way gently while the glue is wet. Go back and fully tighten it the next day after the glue has dried properly.
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#12
Quote by TuningGamer
Here's a neat tip:

Get yourself 2 of these and put the rubbers around your strapbuttons after applying your strap.

If it comes off then, well, then maybe get strap-locks. But this always works for me and it's cheap and easy (:



i advise you this. my gibson les paul standard hasn't fell down ever since with stock strap buttons. also keep a charvel with dunlop straplocks because they were included with the guitar else i'd have used the rings on that one too.
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Just got 2 of them.

Very, very happy with them.

except I just got a plain black ones and they were only $11 each. Those are $20.



definately one of the best accessories I every picked up.
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I use Dunlop Locks, and you have to drill into the guitar a little bit, and you cant use the original screw because the strap button is too narrow for the old screw.

I never installed Schallers.

I have Dunlops on both of my Gibsons - with the original screws. I saw that the threads were different when I compared the two sets of screws. So as to not bastardize the guitar at all, I went to work on the edges of the original screw heads with a file. It was tedious, but it didn't really take too long. And the holes, while a bit deeper now, are still unsullied by glue, wooden bits, or cross-threading of any kind.

Not really a recommendation. Just an example of another option, if you're so inclined...
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