Amyfarish123
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Hey i just picked my new gibson sg special. I love the shit outta i and im going to have to get some strap locks. Normally id go ahead and just buy em but i was wondering if any other SG owners could recoomend which strap locks to get as i dont wana get any old shit and **** the current holes where the strap button is.

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Amy
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I don't have an SG, but iirc the strap button is behind the neck, because of this I would avoid the pull button type(Dunlop, I think) because I imagine it would be uncomfortable. If you are worried about the holes, there are strap locks that retain the stock buttons, I don't remember which though.

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I have Dunlops on mine. Just had a luthier fill up the hole and drill a new one for the screws. You could do this yourself, but I'm not very handy with tools and didn't want to risk screwing up my guitar.

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SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, anything else is a waste of cash and possibly a potential risk to your guitar if they fail..... i have been using Schaller strap lock since around 1984/85 and never i repeat NEVER had one issue in fact i'm still using the very first set of strap locks i bought way back then and they're as good as the last set i purchased in Jan this year....... i cannot recommend Schaller highly enough i won't strap on a guitar without 'em
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SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, anything else is a waste of cash and possibly a potential risk to your guitar if they fail..... i have been using Schaller strap lock since around 1984/85 and never i repeat NEVER had one issue in fact i'm still using the very first set of strap locks i bought way back then and they're as good as the last set i purchased in Jan this year....... i cannot recommend Schaller highly enough i won't strap on a guitar without 'em



My 7 sets of dunlops disagree with you.

I don't doubt that you've had good luck with Schaller, but saying anything else is a waste of cash is moronic.
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I use the ones that came with my Deluxe Strat. They are identical to Schaller.

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Quote by Talon64
SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, SCHALLER, anything else is a waste of cash and possibly a potential risk to your guitar if they fail..... i have been using Schaller strap lock since around 1984/85 and never i repeat NEVER had one issue in fact i'm still using the very first set of strap locks i bought way back then and they're as good as the last set i purchased in Jan this year....... i cannot recommend Schaller highly enough i won't strap on a guitar without 'em


Classy post, bro.




There was some guy above talking about getting the old hole filled? Why not just remove the current screw and use the same hole?

Strip locks never killed the value on a non vintage instrument.

Maybe I don't get what you point was...
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Schallers all the way. You may have to do the matchstick trick to fit them because the screws tend to be smaller but that's no big deal. Pare down a match, glue it in with some PVA glue and screw in the new one.
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Quote by Cathbard
Schallers all the way. You may have to do the matchstick trick to fit them because the screws tend to be smaller but that's no big deal. Pare down a match, glue it in with some PVA glue and screw in the new one.


That probably what the other guy was referring too. I have used a few brands and can't remember having to do that.
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Bit of a range of responses there guys.......its obviously looking between the dunlops and the schallers ......... hmmmmmmm

Thanks for you help everyone
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If the locking mechanism on the schallers fails the wont drop the guitar. Makes me feel secure.
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Classy post, bro.




There was some guy above talking about getting the old hole filled? Why not just remove the current screw and use the same hole?

Strip locks never killed the value on a non vintage instrument.

Maybe I don't get what you point was...


The problem with the SG in my case was that the original screws didn't fit in 2 ways:
1. The top was too large and couldn't fit through the hole.
2. The screws were too long, because the base of the original strapbutton sat up higher than that of the straplock button.

Also, for some reason, there were 2 totally different screws in my guitar. Wether that is the case for all SG's is something I don't know. :P
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I used to use Dunlop exclusively, now I use Schallers exclusively.

Dunlops have a much, much nicer form factor and are much less obtrusive and much nicer to sit with.

But in my experience, the Schallers are very simply better locks. One of my Dunlop locks came undone and my guitar almost because real friendly with the floor. As uncomfortable and stupid looking as the Schallers are, they've yet to fail on me.

So there's my anecdotal contribution.
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Another vote for the Schaller locks. Toothpicks and wood glue works great for installation into Ibanez guitars
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I have Dunlops on my SG's. I think I used the original SG screws with them, or I sized up some wood screw - I cant remember. They work flawlessly.
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Just gonna put this out there, but the Planet Waves locking straps are a good alternative, less drilling involved on a nice guitar.

However I've had some Dunlops in my SG copy for donkeys years and they've never let me down, even in my pop punk years! Never found them intrusive, but this may depend on strap height and stomach size
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Quote by Reddaz
Just gonna put this out there, but the Planet Waves locking straps are a good alternative, less drilling involved on a nice guitar.


Wouldn't you have to worry about the plastic part of the lock rubbing the finish off the guitar's body?
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Not really, the one I have has a kind of non scratch rubber covering on the side in contact with the body. Unless it's a really old or really high end custom shop with the sensitive lacquer finish on the guitar I doubt this would be in anyway reactive.
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Schaller strap locks are fantastic. They were so good the screw came out my guitar before the straps came off. Worth every penny.
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buy two grolsch beers, drink them, remove the two washers from the closing assembly, fit them to your strap buttons, profit
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I have Dunlops on my SG. Went on with no problems at all and work fine. I have Schaalers on my Strat and they have worked flawlessly for nearly 20 years. Either would be fine.