Well, I just about dropped the Squier this morning. I was in the process of hanging it around my head and the stap came loose at the body end – fortunately I caught the bass by the neck. I’m always real careful, but it just about got away form me.
Anyone using strap locks? What’s your experience? How was the installation?
I just use those rubber grommets/washers . . .
They’re cheap, simple, and reliable!
I use strap locks since … 10, 15 years, maybe more. I don’t mind much if my Fenders fall on the floor (which already happened more than one time) (it’s more a risk for the floor ) but when I was gigging I just wanted a reliable strap system.
I use the Shaller system which is perfect to me. I have this on all my “touring” instruments (= the ones that I can/could use on stage).
I even don’t understand why the big brands don’t use strap lock as a standard system.
If you don’t gig, @Jazzbass19 is totally right, that’s a pretty nice (and cheap) option. a no-brainer in fact.
I use these Dunlop Lok Strap plastic things: LOK STRAP STRAP RETAINER SYSTEM SET OF 3 - Dunlop
They were about a $1.50 each. Simple and effective and pretty essential on my heavy old Matsumoku bass.
I’ll probably use the rubber grommet type on my lighter bass if I ever remember to pick some up!
I use the Dunlop Dual Design Straplok system. Have them on all my basses and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a very protective of my things (in the sense of keeping them in good condition) and with these I never even have to fathom ever dropping my bass.
yeah my brother used this at his skate-punk days I played with his guitars (including on stage) at this time and I can tell it works pretty well, yes.
I use the same (Schaller) strap locks. I wanted something secure, and that would also lock and unlock quick since I have one strap, but want to switch between 2 guitars using the same strap. Kind of pricey, but worth it even if you don’t own expensive instruments. (I have relatively cheap guitars, a Squire Jag SS and Gretsch Jr Jet SS, but don’t want either of those babies hitting the floor!)
what I use is the older Schaller strap lock system, cheaper at the time. (about half the price)
I use Schaller S-Locks on my Yamaha and Warwick (Dunlop-style) strap locks on my Warwick. Both seem fine though the Schallers seem more substantial to me. I would never ever go without strap locks. Ever.
I’ve come to that line of thinking myself.
Thanks everybody. There were more options than I thought!
I use the washers from the Grolsch beer bottle tops
I love that several brands sell those at a premium, when it’s much better to just buy a couple Grolsch.
Wow! Fender is actually cheapest option - albeit without the bonus of beer. Still, they are only a couple of rubber washers.
My main problem isn’t the strap coming off, it’s hitting the headstock off the low hanging light fitting - or one of the many items strategically placed around my playing area.
Do you still have the rest of the Grolsch bottle stop hanging from your shoes? That was a ‘thing’, right?
i will go for the free beer