straplocks for SG Classic

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  1. luckystrike

    luckystrike New Member

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    I have fallen head over heels in love with my 2001 SG Classic - best guitar I have ever had.
    I can't believe how it can be so good for the price.
    I want to install straplocks but refuse to drill deep wide screws into the neck socket.
    The new schallers don't have the short screws anymore, the dunlops are even more long and intrusive.
    I don't want to mess around with toothpicks and am thinking of going for the old fashioned plastic dunlop disc type.
    Any other suggestions? Unbelievable that no-ones designed straplocks to fit
     
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    VetPsychWars Active Member

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    I have Dunlops and have bought screws to fit. No rule that says you have to use the included screw.

    Tom
     
  3. luckystrike

    luckystrike New Member

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    Thanks. I have found that most screw heads are too large to fit the bore of the dunlop as the screw head needs to be recessed down inside it. Which screws did you use?
     
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  4. DaveInSoCal

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    I hate the Dunlops, as you said the screws are way too long and the head to small to easily find a replacement. Not to mention the metal is so soft they are easily stripped and impossible to remove.

    I use the Dimarzio's which are ok, very secure, my only gripe is they are very slick so if you have any kind of neck dive issue the strap is useless.
     
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    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    If the screw heads are too big you could grind them down like I did on one of guitars.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    I have used a bench grinder on my screw heads for years as well. Just a little gentle spinning of the screw and it is all good.
     
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    I put Ernie Ball ones on my G400, the screws were fine and the design is nice and rounded so they don't stick into you while playing.

    strap locks.jpg
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Love the Dunlop’s.

    Grinder to make screws the right length/diameter.

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  9. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    Good grief...

    Go down to the local liquor store that sells "Good Beer."
    Buy a four pack of Grolsch beer from Holland.

    Open one and drink it, or share it (it's a big bottle).
    Enjoy this, it's excellent beer.
    Remove the rubber grommet from the bottle.

    install that on your prized SG.

    Problem solved.
    SG strap lock@100.jpg
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    The above is the rock an roll approved method of strap locking.

    The punk method is to go hang out by the local building construction site, and
    look for and then pick up a rusty 20mm washer with an 8mm hole in it.

    Unscrew and remove your strap post, install the washer, then install the strap,
    then screw the strap post back in. Problem solved. Do this when you own only
    one guitar, and use a burlap bag for a case, and you never want to remove the
    strap. It will not come off. You can throw your guitar over your shoulder and
    it will not come off.

    You can buy these at the hardware store too, I've used stainless steel
    because it was more elegant than a rusty repurposed part. But the punk
    method has its own mojo. It increases tone and sustain, and fights neck
    dive.
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    The punk method, just like grunge has earlier origins....

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  12. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    COL, I was cleaning out my girlfriend's basement crawl space and ran across a load of pre drunk Grolsch bottles ( Chili is not a beer drinker) so I robbed all the rubber washers off em and put the bottles out for recycle.
     
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    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    In Michigan those are worth ten cents apiece.

    One of the best pieces of legislation I've ever voted for... the Michigan bottle law.
    If you don't want your returnable bottle, just throw it down. Someone else will
    pick it up and return it for the dime. If you're hungry or need money, just get a
    bag and go looking... You can find enough ten cent beer or soda bottles to get
    you something.

    So you rarely see beer cans or bottles along the roads in Michigan. Boys will
    pick them up, and so will retirees or the homeless. When we travel to Wisconsin,
    there are beer bottles and cans all over the place. So we pick them up and
    bring them home and turn them in. *grins

    A dollar is a dollar.
     
  14. luckystrike

    luckystrike New Member

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    I want to have proper removable strap locks and prefer schallers, I will however be buying some grolsch after all the talk of it. I don’t have access to a grinder but have read that some people have had success in using the original Gibson screws with schallers? At what point do I use a toothpick?
     
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    luckystrike New Member

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    I’ve ordered the old style schallers that have the smaller screws. I’m struggling to find the thread on this forum with the toothpick and glue instructions. Could someone please post me a link? I’m assuming that the order is: remove the Gibson screws, plugg the hole, then attach the schallers?
     
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    Are you trying to make the original hole smaller (or accept a smaller screw)? If so, dip a toothpick in wood glue, insert in hole, snap off flush, insert new screw and snug it down. Done.
     
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    Toothpicks and woodworkers glue are what is used to
    repair a screw hole that has become enlarged due to
    too much of the old in-out/in-out.

    After you've had some Grolsch, you'll wonder why you ever
    liked some other skunk brand, and after you've had experience with
    the rubber grommets, you'll wonder why you fussed so much
    over your knob-and-screw arrangements. But here's a page of
    expensive & elegant alternative rigs... for all to see.

    https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Strap_Buttons/

    AND you now know that after you've played an O1 SG Classic
    you might wonder why you thought so highly of any other type
    of guitar. *grins

    I also have been heard to say that my 2007 SG faded special is
    the best guitar of any kind that I have ever played. It's true.
    I seem to have got a good one. I fell arse over teakettle for mine
    in like 2008, and it's ten years later and she's still the Queen of
    my music room. I have some decent guitars, but she gets the
    place of honor.
     
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  19. luckystrike

    luckystrike New Member

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    I bought some Grolsch. But for the record - the old type of schaller straplocks fit perfectly with no need for any modification. I found some new old stock on ebay
     

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