#1
Heya

I have a Telecaster 72 deluxe reissue that I got a couple of months ago. Overall the guitar is great, but the strap button screws are coming loose frequently..

I have schaller strap locks installed and I installed them before I even used the original strap buttons once, so I don't know if this problem existed before I installed the strap locks or not.. I used the original screws when I installed the strap locks and they fit.
I've tried sticking toothpicks into the hole but it doesn't seem to work, and I don't want to put any more toothpicks in there in case of damaging the guitar.

Any ideas? The screw doesn't pop out as if the hole was too big, but it just kind of screws it way out after I've used it..

#2
Your best bet would be to remove the toothpick fragments, fill the hole with plastic wood (or some similar type of filler) and re-drill the hole. Have a local guitar technician do it if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself. It is usually an inexpensive fix.
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#3
A dab of wood compatible epoxy on the screw when you run it in should work if the hole is not too big. Do not over-tighten and let it cure for 24 hrs.
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#4
Take out the existing screw, and use the long screw that came with the schaller locks. I've installed Schaller locks on 3 fender guitars using the long screw, and I've never had one come loose yet.

Given that you have already got tooth picks in the hole, that should fix it.
#5
Quote by mark_wuk
Take out the existing screw, and use the long screw that came with the schaller locks. I've installed Schaller locks on 3 fender guitars using the long screw, and I've never had one come loose yet.

Given that you have already got tooth picks in the hole, that should fix it.


Yeah, you don't use the existing screws with the straplocks. That's why they give you new ones.
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#7
Quote by juliusxxrock
But the new screw are so thick, I'm thinking it'd damage the guitar. And is the existing hole long enough?



Installing the right screws for your strap locks isnt damaging your guitar. Not having the right screws and having your strap button rip right out of your guitar? That's damaging.


You can find that out yourself. You have both the screws, compare the lengths.
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#8
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Installing the right screws for your strap locks isnt damaging your guitar. Not having the right screws and having your strap button rip right out of your guitar? That's damaging.


You can find that out yourself. You have both the screws, compare the lengths.

Aight, I'll just clip off the excessive lenght of the correct screws

thanks
#9
Quote by juliusxxrock
Aight, I'll just clip off the excessive lenght of the correct screws

thanks



You don't have to clip them off, the extra depth probably isn't going to hurt anything.
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#10
You need to read the directions before installing your straplocks. They will tell you EXACTLY what drill bit to use to make the holes the right size and how deep to drill them.
Installing them wrong and then complaining when they don't work right, or you drop your guitar on the floor and break something is not right.

I'm not trying to be rude. I just get upset when people complain something isn't working right, but they didn't bother to read instructions.
I usually read instructions AFTER I screw up, just to be fair.
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Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
ESP/LTD: EXP-300
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
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