Strap Lock Advice Required Please

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by SpeedKing, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster

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    I've been using Schaller Strap Locks since before the Earth cooled. They have never failed me. All my straps (like 15 of them) except for one and most of my guitars are fitted with Schallers. I have a bunch of extra buttons for when the guitar is not fitted with them from the factory.
     
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  2. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I also have been using the Schallers for the last 25 years now. No turning back at all. I even put them on my aciustic so I din't have the need for an acoustic only strap. I also found a way to use those straps on my guitars that have the front strap button on the back of the neck joint like my RR without having that really weird twist in it by using a third lock turned backward. I have no scratching or metal on metal noise or any of the other complaints that I so often read about. Never had a failure or a complaint. Plus the new S-locks are fantastically upgraded to fit thicker straps as well as having mush smoother action.

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  3. sam_in_cali

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  4. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    I have a half dozen guitars with flush mount dunlops.

    If i even think a guitar is going to be a keeper, it gets them.
     
  5. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    Do you fit them yourself AngelDeVille? It only looks like two bits are required (and a steady hand) but I'd worry about chipping the finish.

    Interesting experiences and views folks, keep them coming. No decision reached yet but it starts to look like a lot of hassle for benefits available apparently easier elsewhere.
     
  6. EAllen

    EAllen Strat-Talker

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    Schaller straps locks have gone on all my builds that go out the door the last decade. Never a fail! I am now moving to their new S locks going forward.

    Be aware any that are simple push buttons held in by little retaining balls are an accident waiting for the opportunity to break a Les Paul neck. If you don't accidentally get lock in or one of the balls looses spring pressure you got a guitar bouncing on a stage floor.

    With the schaller/fender style the guitar weight holds it in the lock. If a retaining ball fails the guitar just stays in the lock.

    Eric
     
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  7. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Switch from Bugle-style Fender to the Mushroom pins. Then either the beer bottle washers (lower quantities and lower prices on Amazon).

    Or find a safety pin ...

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

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    Another vote for grolsch washers.
     
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  9. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    I slap some masking tape over the area, then use a spade bit, and a regular bit.

    One is the size of the flange to counter sink it just below the surface, the other to sink the barrel of the body.

    Masking tape reduces chipping.

    WalMart has some $0.50 bottles of acrylic paint you can use to match any chips.
     
  10. Wrighty

    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    What’s on the guitar you’re mimicking? Surely you should use the same.
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You really felt the weight of a couple of strap locks?
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You’ve been told a million times, don’t exaggerate!
     
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  13. SpeedKing

    SpeedKing Senior Stratmaster

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    It's flush mount Dunlops on the factory 'Blackmore' model but as said I'm a little cautious of drilling into a pristine strat. If I go to locking stuff I'm thinking at present that the non flush Dunlops are the way to go since if I don't like 'em I can just change back.

    It really should have an extra strap button on the headstock too to be as accurate to Ritchie's as is possible but again I can't bring myself to drill it. At the moment mine is a tribute to his at the time he first started using the Schecter pups and went to his black in mint on white look... before he added the surplus button... late '79.
     
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  14. Class A Knob

    Class A Knob Senior Stratmaster

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    No problem. One thing to know ahead of time, due to its larger diameter head, some straps with thick leather ends (1/8"+) can have issues getting around the larger button.

    If this is the case, this 10mm punch will fix that:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q6J9GDN/?tag=strattalk05-20
     
  15. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good to know. That ESP I just got came with what I believe to be schaller strap buttons and they barely leave much for the strap to grab onto without having the matching locks. Figure I'll just go with some traditional ones and some washers until I saw these.
     
  16. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    If you want a set of matching locks I have a set of the All-Parts locks I will send you. I think I have 3 sets in my shop if you want them. No buttons though.
    The All-Parts are exact fit to the Schallers.

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  17. jtoomuch

    jtoomuch Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    But which ones give the best tone?
     
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    Appreciate that! Let me see how these strap buttons work and if they are a no-go, I’ll hit you up, thanks!
     
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  20. lammie200

    lammie200 Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, but I didn't say that it was necessarily uncomfortable because of it. The biggest negatives for me are the rattling and metal-on-metal grinding. Rubber washers do the same thing without the ill effects.
     
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