If you love your guitars avoid Schaller Straplocks

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  1. ibmorjamn

    ibmorjamn Well-Known Member

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    I never had a problem either in several years.
     
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    Adieu Well-Known Member

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    THIS works.

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    No weaknesses except it's more of a "leave it on" solution vs the quick detach ones...and the strap button itself can still work itself loose, as on other systems
     
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  3. mk2 steve

    mk2 steve Well-Known Member

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    Schallers are very reliable. Dab of loctite on the nut as mentioned and they’ll never come off. I’ve been using the same set for about 12 years now through many, many gigs and they’ve never failed. Hardware on a guitar will need maintenance at some point, straplocks are no different. Check that the nut is tight.

    I’ve seen Dunlop’s fail, including on a friends Les Paul that resulted in a broken headstock. Personally dislike their system and avoid them at all costs.

    I also like the DiMarzio cliplock straps. I’ve got them on a couple of guitars and they work well.
     
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  4. MemphisMarshallMan

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    Properly installed Schallers will not fail you.

    That word "properly" is the key word.
     
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    I too have used Schaller locks exclusively for decades and have never had a problem. You have to make sure the nut is TIGHT when you install on the strap and like *any* nut that is in a high vibration environment, you need to use thread lock.
     
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    mk2 steve Well-Known Member

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    In my opinion checking the nut on a set of Schallers is no different to checking the input jack nut on any guitar is done up tight, as they are the same design, and work loose over time.
     
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    Neil Skene Well-Known Member

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    Ive used the Schallers for ever but always on leather. Hold the cup with pliers while you use a spanner to tighten the nut.
    only problem I have had is lending my strat to someone (almost 30 years ago) who wanted to use their own strap. he stood there reefing on my strap for a few minutes before he realised they lock on. Dick head stuffed the thread in the wood and I had to put a longer screw in it.
     
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  8. GuitarIV

    GuitarIV Well-Known Member

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    Well guys, I get it. I should retighten the straplocks every once in a while. Still annoying, because the Dunlops have been absolutely maintenance free and never failed me. If I manage to find the washer and the bit that tightens it I will give it another try. They went missing :rolleyes:
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Check out a small company called Well Hung strap locks out of Canada, you can find him on Reverb, he makes very affordable leather strap locks, I have them on all my guitars. I never liked any of the commercial brands I could never fit any of my thick leather straps on them.
     
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    MarshallDog Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    So you are now well hung, haaa :D
     
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    I use diamond shape button style because I never trust them either. But if you want them to work.... Magpul. (Some will know.)
     
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    DiMarzio clip locks for me.
     
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    If you tighten it well the first time and put thread lock on it you will never have to touch it again.
     
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    GuitarIV Well-Known Member

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    Been intrigued by them, might have to check some out.

    As said, I'll give the Schallers another try. Just seriously need to find the washer and the nut they dissapeared into a black hole similarly like guitar picks do

    O.o
     
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    neikeel Well-Known Member

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    Schallers for me, on my gigging guitars, same on my son's basses and guitars, no problems here.
     
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    Had the same problem a long time ago (90's), started making the hole in the guitar strap bigger to fit on the strap lock with out the strap curling. Haven't had one come loose since.
     
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    I have equipped all my guitars with Dunlop Strap Locks after I dinged my Jackson Soloist. Never had an issue with any in many years.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Schaller's new S-Locks are awesome!
     
  19. john hammond

    john hammond Well-Known Member

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    i had a schaller strap lock crack around the casing, around the bit that grabs the machined head that stays on the guitar.
    guitar fell off me, caught it.
    if you take a look around that area ( the bit on the strap, the casing,) its cast and very thin.
    what i do now is brutal, i just drive a (longer than stock) screw straight through the strap and into the wood of the guitar.
    straps stay attached to guitars, perfect.
    i use tow strap material made for towing cars, nice and pliable, very strong. Just cut to length and burn edges.
     
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    BowerR64 Well-Known Member

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    Well a little finish wear is a whole lot better to me then a dent or crack in the finish when the guitar hits the floor.

    I still like em and they lock any strap button so the guitar needs no mods.
     
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