Anyone have experience with the Planet Waves locking straps???

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  1. MattyK-USA

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    Now, those are pretty cool looking. Great. Now I have to go buy more guitar straps and the WAF is at historic lows. At this rate, I'm going to have to start burying some in the backyard or something.
     
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    I used to use the Schaller locks on all my guitars, but I found that there was too much clanking, etc., and too many parts - made me nervous. Then, I got a bag of 100 of these for about eight bucks from Amazon, and voila - no more problems (although they don't fit the pickup end-pins on my acoustics that are so equipped):

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    I have the first two versions of the Planet Waves locking strap. The second version is a bit easier to use, but not as comfortable, as the first version had a shoulder pad. However, I bought an after market shoulder pad that works great.

    I one of the best things about the locking strap is that it works on my Gibson ES, in which the strap pin sticks straight out of the neck heel toward my body. That makes the guitar want to tip away and out of any strap. No problem with the PW.

    I have been using these on all my electrics for over ten years, never had a problem.

    I see they now make a new "auto lock" version that's over twice the cost of the older version. I may give it a try though. Looks interesting, and was co-designed with Ned Steinberger, always a good sign.
     
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    Is this a real thing? When has that noise posed an actual problem when playing (or otherwise)???

    My Schallers are so old they say "Made in W. Germany" on them. In all that time it has never been a problem.
     
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    Real enough that I don't use them. That's not to say that they're poor quality, or whatever. They're just not my cup of tea with that jangle when I move around. The mechanism itself is very secure.
     
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    I think I pretty much use them, or a variant, on all my guitar nowadays. IMO, it's the way to go.
     
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    I have the newer version for my 9lb tele. Very secure and easy on and off (it only comes off when I work on the guitar). It's a simple slider button with a ratchet. More slender than the older version and one-handed operation. A little pricey but very comfortable and trouble free. I'd rather pay more than wrestle with cheaper straps and chords, Planet Waves has never disappointed me.[​IMG]
     
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    I use Dunlop Strap locks, but I put washers in where the straps supposed to go, then I can change my straps, or the length, I use leather ladder style straps and by just sticking a washer in the lock, I can put the strap on the end pin like normal and just put the locking part on after ![​IMG]b[​IMG][​IMG]


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    I received a 2 sets of Schaller strap locks as a gift and when I went to install them I took them right off. They stick out about 3/4" from the guitar body and look hideous.
     
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    How many people not using a locking mechanism have had a strap come off mid gig? I didn't even bother with the beer bottle ones last time and got through fine. Don't bother with them at rehearsals either. As long as the strap tab isn't worn, i think they're fine.
     
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    Having dropped a SG back in the early 70s because the strap came off the pin one of the few times I didn’t have a grip or control of the neck I’ve been using Schaller exclusively. With every string change (unless it’s an emergency change at a gig) I take a few seconds to check pin tightness to the body and the locking mechanism to the strap. Tighten as (almost never) necessary and have confidence the strap and guitar will stay together until I remove the strap from the guitar
    As for the aesthetics - a banged up guitar is far uglier than a strap pin that sticks out a bit. And yes it can make some noise but I’ve heard it playing

    Each guitar has a dedicated strap & Schallers. Win/win.
     
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    I have this kind (Planet Waves) - they are great. Secure, easy to put on/off. They are hard to find now

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    Me too, very quick on & off.
     
  14. Paul in Colorado

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    That's a great idea! I have a few guitars with Dunlop Strap Locks, and I like them, but that would make them less strap specific to the guitar.

     
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    That’s exactly why, that and so I can adjust my straps up and down without losing the ability to make sure it’s secure.


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    I have the locking straps on all my guitars. It's the only strap I use. Enough said.
     
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