March 1st, 2012, 10:29 AM
Does it cause any leverage issues to the mounting screw or actuator arm to use a longer Dunlop strap lock button, and/or maybe a small spacer between them, to make the throw on a PG a little longer? I realize I will probably have to cut a loop off the spring to counteract the added length to weight balance by extending the strap attachment point, and I have never been a big fan of Schallers (or strap locks in general).
March 1st, 2012, 10:55 AM
You might not need to cut the spring. Pg's are very stiff to begin with. As far as the locks, though, have you figured out how much difference in throw there would be? It's minimal and IMO not worth he effort. Better to have it converted to a longer throw or just step up to a long throw bender.
March 2nd, 2012, 12:08 AM
Check out the planet waves locking straps...i'm a fan. One of those things that every now and then you run into that are both cheap and a great idea.
March 2nd, 2012, 12:29 AM
I don't think that a 1/4" longer strap. Button will cause major problems. But even with the standard schaller ones on mine, I had to cut the springs on both p/g Benders that I had. Otherwise they were very loose and easy to do accidental bends.
March 2nd, 2012, 05:09 AM
I tried a Dunlop lock and button and it seemed to make a small difference in the feel of the throw. May have been a touch unfair because the only Schaller lock button I had didn't fit through my nice strap so I compared a lock that was pulling from 1/4" or so farther out than just using the strap on the Schaller button without the locking mechanism. Maybe there wouldn't be much difference than when using the actual lock. I was considering adding another 1/4" or so of spacer to see what that did.
I'm right on the border of needing the spring cut and part of it is technique because I use suede back straps that hold my shoulder really well and have the habit of "adjusting" where the neck sits quite often by just moving the guitar around on my shoulder.
If converting the throw is relatively cheap, like adding a piece to the internal lever, I wouldn't mind trying it, but I don't like the sound of American Teles as much as my two vintage ones so if I actually decide that I have the talent to make use of a bender I will probably have a BW or something by Forrest Lee installed in a vintage style guitar that I have. I may swap the pups out of that one into this to see if it changes the tone a lot. Not sure how much is pups and how much is bridge (along with any variances in the guitars themselves).
I got this US bender for only $50 more than having one installed so it was an easy way to try a strap button actuated bender and not lose any money if I didn't like it or can't play well enough to make proper use of it.
March 3rd, 2012, 08:31 PM
This is how it is done....... Brian Friend is BrianF on the forum.
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March 4th, 2012, 11:44 PM
I never used strap locks until I installed a Parsons/Green. The strap would come off in the back when i pulled down. I read about the beer cap rubber washers on this site. I ordered 100 for around $10.00 from a brewery supply place. They work fine.
March 5th, 2012, 08:07 AM
Grolsch rubber bumpers! Unless your into some serious acrobatics they do work just fine!