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Best strap locks??

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by TSims1, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Hey - I wanna grab a set of straplocks for my new Strat, and was curious as to what everyone thinks the best are? I'm interested in what is the best value[price]and what are the smallest in size[I hate how straplocks tend to be so large sometimes]? Any opinions/info would be helpful.......
     
  2. PeteG45

    PeteG45 Strat-O-Master

    644
    Jul 9, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I use the Schaller strap locks. Very positive lock and even if the locking mechanism breaks gravity holds your guitar in place. You may have to (probably should) widen the hole on your strap to properly accommodate the part that attaches to the strap.
     
  3. BigNorm

    BigNorm Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    63
    Jun 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Tried a lot of makes...and I adopted Schaller. Both my Strats have Schaller and they never fell off to work. I would now never play a guitar without them.
     
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  5. kurdt

    kurdt Banned

    Age:
    27
    496
    Feb 13, 2009
    Oklahoma
    i use schaller
     
  6. midifarm

    midifarm Commercial Suspension

    Jan 31, 2009
    Minneapolis
  7. maddog444

    maddog444 Former Member

    78
    Jun 23, 2009
    ILLINOIS
    I prefer Dunlop....
     
  8. Rokit5

    Rokit5 Strat-Talker

    115
    Feb 11, 2009
    Washington
    iv never bought a single pair of straplocks.........i make my own.....they even work better the some iv tried......i just us a washer...under the screw and i puy o the strap...and it wont coem offf....works for me...
     
  9. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA LeftyStrategist Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    47
    Jun 28, 2009
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Dunlop, to stir the mix ... IMHO
     
  10. Astro1176

    Astro1176 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 20, 2009
    UK
  11. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Awesome, thanks for the input!
     
  12. StratSvante

    StratSvante Strat-Talker

    Age:
    25
    147
    May 7, 2009
    Sweden
    dunlop plastics or the washers, I'm cheep.
     
  13. Boris Bubbanov

    Boris Bubbanov Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    I use only the Dunlops but they are large, no doubt about it.

    Maybe your should use the Grolsch bottle washers instead of a commercial product.

    The cold reason I don't simply do that? Easy. I have one Gazillion guitars and I use just 3 straps for all of them. The Grolsch deal assumes a dedicated strap for each and every guitar. Another thing. Straps kept with/on the guitar will eventually melt into the finish or discolor the finish, some way or another. I've suffered that fate; no more. I keep the strap and the guitar apart when not in use.
     
  14. Astro1176

    Astro1176 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 20, 2009
    UK
    Is this just with Nitro finishes or with Poly as well?
     
  15. hedegaardo1

    hedegaardo1 Strat-Talk Member

    52
    Mar 19, 2009
    Denmark
    Straplocks like schaller and suchs is BAD for the guitar... When you mount them to the guitar you change the gravity and the guitar will be damaged and you have to redo the hole ect ect... therefore:
    +1 for
    DUNLOP STRAPLOK ERGO LOK - Dansk International Cyberstore

    They keep your guitar intact and leave the gravity where it should be
     
  16. TexBiker

    TexBiker Strat-O-Master

    717
    Sep 19, 2008
    Texas
    I replaced the standard strap pins on my Strats with Schallers. No need to redo any holes...they just screwed into the existing holes with the same size hardware. The difference in weight is less than half an ounce. Hell, the difference in weight between my MIA and MIM strats vary more than that by themselves. No damage from installing the locks and the "gravity" is the same...except when I play on the moon, of course.

    If you happen to be referring to the "center of gravity", no human will notice the difference unless you have it mounted on a balance fixture in a laboratory. Seriously, do you really think you could pick up two different guitars and tell which one has strap locks if you didn't look first? I think not...
     
  17. Sleepy

    Sleepy Strat-O-Master

    535
    Dec 30, 2008
    USA
    yup dunlop plastic ones are the best[​IMG]
     
  18. platypibri

    platypibri Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 30, 2009
    Riverside, CA
    I use the Dunlop Dual Design Strap Locks. That way if I have an emergency (like I forget my strap), I can run to a store and grab cheap strap and use that for the night.

    Like Boris, I have only a couple straps I like, and many guitars (and basses) I use them with, so everything gets Dunlops when I buy it.
     
  19. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Well, that does it. I've decided on the Dunlop Straplok Ergo Locks. They are cheap, don't alter the guitar or appearance, light, and CHEAP!! I've had Schaller's in the past, and they are great, dependable locks but the size and look have always bothered me. I'm excited to see how these Dunlop's work out.....
     
  20. Sleepy

    Sleepy Strat-O-Master

    535
    Dec 30, 2008
    USA
    Ive tried every strap lock they ever made and the plastic ones are hands down the best.... good choice
     
  21. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    Great responses, I'm going to try more options, the standard Dunlops arrived on my 'used' Tele, not sure about 'metal' Dunlops, yet. The Grolsch red rubber gaskets are a used by lots of guitar players!

    [​IMG]
     

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