Strap button (locking versus non-locking) sound only

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Slyy, Jun 2, 2021.

  1. turfdoc

    turfdoc Strat-Talk Member

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    For me it's Schallers all the way. Never found any locking tuners that 'sounded' true.
     
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  2. Kingmarc1982

    Kingmarc1982 Strat-Talker

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    I use one locking in the back and one vintage in the front. And I have a mullet
     
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    ScottB2112 Strat-Talk Member

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    I remove the factory strap buttons and use a 3/8" x 2" heh-head lag screw backed with a 3/8" flat washer to screw the strap "permanently" to the guitar. Of course, you can always remove the screws and then reinstall them if you want to swap out to a cooler strap!
     
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  4. mattier303

    mattier303 Strat-Talk Member

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    Wait is this similar to the “aged, kiln dried, toothpick” tone post?
     
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    tonedesign Strat-Talk Member

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    I find that locking strap buttons prevent that cracking sound I hear when my guitar falls off the strap.
     
  6. Seenya

    Seenya Strat-Talk Member

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    People, people! None of this matters at all unless you're using the proper tonecloth strap. Jeesh...
     
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    And then there's the buzz kill post :(
     
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    bill68 New Member!

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    I use beer bottle washers, I am not playing in circus o le and don't feel the need to put on those ugly strap locks
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

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    Creeeeeeeak.(music) Creeeeeeeeeeeak (more music) Creeeeeeeeeeeak. Etc.
     
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  11. Dirtville

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    I haven't thought about this, but may pay attention now...
     
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    I don’t find a tonal difference between the actual strap buttons, but changing to stainless steel screws made a dramatic difference in my sound.
     
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    ‘I’ve never had a problem with Dunlop or Shaller. I have a set of Schallers I’ve been using since 84 or 85.
     
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  15. Esg877

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    Don't be silly. Everybody knows the real tone difference comes from the strap cloth.

    That's why I only use 100% organic cotton in mine. Gives me that organic tone, smooth and soft.
     
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    You guys haven't lived until you try one of those new fangled Planet Waves locking straps. It allows you to keep the vintage sound of your strap buttons, and you can use it for a click track if you time it right when you activate the lock.
     
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    Booo ! No Fun Of course they make a huge difference, just listen to this ......... or ////// See ?
     
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    you guys are missing a great tone trick. Seriously. Sure, strap locks can boost the high mids a couple of decibels on a quality guitar, particularly a maple necked fender with single coils. A humbucker guitar a bit less, but the effect is still there.
    You can maximize the boost with a simple 5 cent trick.
    Head over to Home Despot with those little felt washers in hand (doesn't matter what color they are, that's all bullpucky) and head over to the 'specialty hardware' slide-out shelves. Find the drawer marked 'small fender washers' and grab a couple grade 5 fender washers the same size as the felt ones on the guitar. Must be grade 5, grade 8 pings the high end too much and stainless makes everything sterile as all get out. You want grade 5. Now head over to the spray paint section and grab a can that matches the color of your felt washers. Go home and paint the metal washers to match the felt and let it cure a couple days. Then reattach the strap locks to the guitar with the metal grade 5's between the strap locks and the felt. You must use both the grade 5's and the felt washers or it isn't going to do squat.
     
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  19. mfranzdorf

    mfranzdorf Senior Stratmaster

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    As long as they are attached with period correct screws, and said screws were installed with a USA made, vintage screwdriver.
     
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    Dude, you are funny!