Strap Locks

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  1. Mule Bell

    Mule Bell New Member

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    As a new SG owner, I have many questions and I really enjoy the enthusiasm and willingness to help demonstrated by the members in this forum. Maybe I can get some input on this issue.

    I am considering installing strap locks. The strap button on the back of the SG seems like it is just asking for trouble. It is probably due to my lack of familiarity with it, but it seems less secure than the more common button position on other guitars.

    I play in a closet so it’s not like I’m jumping all over the place, but I would like to prevent any accidents.

    Have any of you removed the strap buttons and added strap locks? Is there a particular brand that I should use? Are they all the same size? Would this be a violation of the purity and authenticity of the guitar?

    I would appreciate any suggestions or assistance. Thanks.
     
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  2. eelir

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    Not an elegant solution, but i used to use bread clips for my strap. They work pretty well and cost nothing :D

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    seizure Active Member

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    Dunlop Strap Lock

    $3 to $4. Nothing needs to be modified on guitar

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    I use the Schaller strap locks.So easy to use that I don't bother with a separate strap for every guitar.


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    Schaller locks go on every guitar I own.
     
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    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    I use these Dunlops on SGs and Precision basses: Dunlop Straplok Ergo Lok - Thomann UK

    And Shallers with my (only) LP. I don't like Schallers with SG because of that pointing thing towards stomach.
     
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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    Dude, come out of the closet.:naughty:
    donepearce's solution is one I endorse and the most elegant and efficacious offered.:thumb: The Dunlops work fine, too. I haven't tried the bread clips, but use a similar homemade device, a steel, "c" shaped retainer spring, though in 46 years and countless gigs, I've never dropped one, but I've come close enough to scare myself.:wow: A few years ago, before anyone had heard of using straplocks, I played a gig at a hunting lodge up in the Siskiyous, where the rhythm player dropped his 62 Gretsch hollow body from an outdoor stage, about 1.5m down on a slab of granite, while still plugged-in to his double Showman. I believe we could hear the echo from Mt. Shasta.:dude: I just remembered who I sold my Duosonic to....
    Biddlin ;>)/
     
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  8. Jayz

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    I've had Schallers on all my guitars in the past but when I got the SG recently I was concerned about the depth of the Schaller being a point to catch on clothing, etc. particularly on the button closest to the neck. So I'm trying the little plastic Dunlop's. $1.99 each and so far so good. I've always had separate straps for each guitar so compatibility is not an issue. I also bought a two-ply leather strap for the SG with "Gibson" embossed on it. Don't know the manufacturer but the button holes in the strap are smaller than my other straps and less prone to pull off the smaller SG buttons.
     
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    thatbastarddon Well-Known Member

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    For my Les Paul style guitars, i like the schaller locks.
    For my SGs, i prefer a Grolsch washer at the neck joint only.
     
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    I use these: Pro-Lock Strap Lock System
    They are a generic "Schaller" style strap lock, but half the price. Haven't had any issues with them, but like the original Schallers, they do tend to stab you in the guts if you aren't careful.
     
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  13. flyswatter

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    I use Dunlop Strap locks (the kind you install, not the black plastic ones) on all my guitars except my SG. With both the Dunlop and Schallers I'm concerned about how deep the bigger screw that comes with them sinks into the neck heel... to only 1/4" or so below the fretboard. Seems like a recipe for a crack to develop and if the strap post ever pulled out (which can happen) you'd have a nasty stripped hole in a very bad place.

    On a Strat, LP or Tele this isn't a problem because the strap post is always on the upper bout or horn, where there's the whole body anchoring the screw.

    On my SG I just use those little plastic twist ons or the Grolsch washers.
     
  14. sbpark

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    Save your money. Go buy a 4-pack of Grolsch for $7.99 and use the red rubber gaskets for strap locks. You'll have 4 gaskets, enough for 2 guitars, and you'll also get to enjoy a tasty beverage.

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  15. Greg Connor

    Greg Connor Well-Known Member

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    Great Idea !!!.The Grolsch Beer gaskets are what I'm using now . . . Another Great Idea . . With two benefits!
     
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    mikeystool Well-Known Member

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    dunlops on all my axes..
     
  17. Biddlin

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    Yeah, I've had a couple o' singers like that.
    Biddlin ;>)/
     
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  18. Mule Bell

    Mule Bell New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. I ordered some of the plastic Dunlop locks. They cost less than the Grolsch! This seems like a good place to start.
     
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    They actually cost less if you factor in the fact that they are actually a bonus since you get beer with them! You aren't getting beer with the Dunlop strap locks.
     
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    Another one for rubber beer gaskets
     

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