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Old School StrapLoks... Trust Them?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Tele-beeb, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. WireLine

    WireLine Tele-Afflicted

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    I’ve come to rely on the plastic Dunlop locks...as a matter of convenience. Some guitars have the front strap button on the upper bout, others have a button on the heel, making traditional lock installation a pain.
     
  2. brookdalebill

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    Me too!
    Here’s the evidence.
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  3. LutherBurger

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    Around here, the 12-oz bottles that come in six- and twelve-packs have regular caps. Only the big bottles that come in four-packs have strap locks.

    Walking from store to store searching for them is part of the fun, and popping open a beer after an hour of walking is quite satisfying.
     
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  4. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    After about thirty years I recently pulled the Schallers off my old Strat. I wasn't displeased with their functionality, just got to the realizations that 1) I don't like they way they look, and 2) I don't really need them. Maybe it's because they made me feel old when I would look at them and see "Made in W. Germany" on them. :D
     
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  5. WingedWords

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  6. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Wish I'd known about your offer. I bought some of these from Fender, instead. :)

    I do like that the black ones are almost "invisible" on most straps.

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  7. brookdalebill

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    Next time we have lunch (on me) I’ll lay a bunch of em’ on ya’.
     
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  8. tvvoodoo

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    The real old school strap locks are made of leather.
     
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  9. Allan Allan

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    I put my strap on straight and it doesn't fall off. Eventually some beer washers found their way on, they're in the case these days.
     
  10. dougstrum

    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    I have used Dunlop strap locks on my electrics with no problems.
    I will have to try the beer washers on my acoustic, had that strap pop off last week:confused:
     
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    ALL my guitars have these. Never had one let me down in 10 years or so.
     
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  12. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I was a dunlop strap lock guy - one strap for all guitars - but over the past couple of years I have transitioned to a simple suede strap and rubber washers setup for each guitar.
     
  13. wevard

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    I have the Dunlops. They work well and I haven’t had any issues. I don’t know how they compare with the Schallers but I don’t have any reason to change them. As suggested before, yank them a bit to make sure they’re correctly inserted.
     
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  14. Richie Cunningham

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    I’ve had the Dunlop type drop a guitar on me. Seemed like the ball bearings stayed retracted in the cylinder. Maybe. The guitar fell on the floor and hit the other strap button on the butt-end on the carpet hard enough to dislocate the knife edges on the Floyd.

    I’d had a Schaller lock fail once. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but I think I didn’t click the lock washer in all the way. Come to think of it, I’ve also had the failure where the plunger doesn’t release and pop out into the cup.
     
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  15. FenderGuy53

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    While I like the concept of strap-locks, I don't like removing my stock strap buttons for the convenience; hence, my solution has always been LM Products Sure-Lock Straps.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/HqQc1LR2xmZXzE388
     
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    Interesting. I have had Schaller locks on since I can’t remember when... but I saw the ‘pull pin’ wear bushing (the black bit that sits inside the strap button) wear to the point the lock slips free, like everything, they eventually wear out, so no big deal. I also had the round pull pin itself unscrew from the lock many times, and had to pull the spring up with pliers to release the strap. I did replace the schaller ones with fender eventually, simply because the fender ones appear to be a direct copy, just with fender logo on, and at the time they we’re half the price...
     
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    First thing I do with a new to me guitar is add Dunlop Strap-Locks. No problems to date.
     
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  18. Richie Cunningham

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    I like having my guitar straps off too much for Grolsch washers to work.
     
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    Neither have I, and in my 63 years of playing have never had a strap come loose. Just never could see any need for them.
     
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    You mean these?

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    Simple, yet effective.
     
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