Strap Locks

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?

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:dizzy_face:

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I just use those rubber grommets/washers . . . :slight_smile:

They’re cheap, simple, and reliable!

Cheers, Joe

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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 :joy: ) 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.

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I use these Dunlop Lok Strap plastic things: https://www.jimdunlop.com/lok-strap-strap-retainer-system-set-of-3/

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!

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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.

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yeah my brother used this at his skate-punk days :joy: I played with his guitars (including on stage) at this time and I can tell it works pretty well, yes.

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@terb

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!)

SCHALLER

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what I use is the older Schaller strap lock system, cheaper at the time. (about half the price)

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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.

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I’ve come to that line of thinking myself.

Thanks everybody. There were more options than I thought!

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I use the washers from the Grolsch beer bottle tops

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the punk way

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The original strap lock.

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DIY strap lock.

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I love that several brands sell those at a premium, when it’s much better to just buy a couple Grolsch.

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Four Pack of Strap Locks.
versus
Four Pack of Strap Locks!

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Haha exactly!

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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?

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i will go for the free beer

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