#1
I heard that not all strap locks will fit all guitars because of different screw sizes. I was wondering if the Schaller strap locks would work, and if install is easy. I'm assuming it's as simple as screwing, but everyone knows what they say about assuming...

Thanks in advance!
#2
At most you may have to fill the screw hole with a matchstick/toothpicks and PVA glue if the Schaller screw is too thin. Super easy job and it will last forever. I have Schallers on everything and only one didn't need the match trick.
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#3
I have never had an issue just using the original screw. Makes much more sense than using the supplied screw.

I used to use Dunlops exclusively, I now use Schallers exclusively, so I have experience with both.
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#5
Schaller supply two length screws, I just fill the old hole because it's so easy to do but many just use the longer screws so it cuts a new thread deeper down. Either method will work just fine.
The main thing to do is tighten up the nut on the strap properly, stick a shifter on the clip and a spanner on the nut. It's good steel so you can lean on it pretty hard. Don't go crazy but give give it a good twist and check it a day later to allow for any settling of the leather.
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#6
If your worried about the screws not fitting, it's no big deal. Just split up a toothpick and put the pieces in the strap button hole. Drop some glue (preferably wood glue) in there for good measure and jam the screw in and let it sit. Problem solved.

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#8
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That simple? Thanks!

If you go the tooth pick and glue rout, make darn sure you let the glue dry really good before putting your screw in. Don't just glue and screw like suggested above. Otherwise your going to have a hell of a time ever getting the screws back out if you ever need to. More than likely one way or another you (or someone else) will need to remove them eventually someday.
#9
You have to give the glue time to dry enough that the screw won't pull matches/toothpicks out as you screw in the screw. I leave it overnight usually just to be sure.
You won't need to drill a new hole either because matchstick wood is so soft, the screw will cut its own hole just fine. The softness of the wood doesn't translate into weakness though because 1) the grain is running the right way and 2) the glue reinforces it.
I have guitars that have straplocks held in that way for over 30 years without issue.
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#10
I really appreciate the advice in this thread. My I'm waiting on some Levy's straps to arrive any day for both my son's guitar and my own. I couldn't find them locally. I'm sure I can get the Schaller's from a couple of different local shops, though.


We started a couple months ago with basic nylon straps that served their purpose. He's does almost all of his practicing while standing, though, and asked about a better strap last week.

It looks like it'd be a good time to be a perfect time to resolve both upgrades. Looks like I have some wooden matchsticks and Gorilla wood glue already on hand.
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#11
I used the screws from my ESP Eclipse II with Schallers. It was super easy. If you have a thick Levy's strap like I do you may need a thinner washer otherwise that was pretty easy to set up too.