Best Strap Locks?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Latanza Heist, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Advice on what to buy..?
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    I have never had a problem with dunlops, they seem to be the most common. The only other ones I have personal use with are Dingwall strap locks though.

    I have also never spun my bass around my back so I won't verify they can handle it but I bet they would be fine.
  3. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
  4. moten33


    Jan 7, 2012
    Albion, NY
    I just bought some Shallers and have had no issues with them.
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  6. The issue I find with the schallers is that the screws spin loose over time.
    My MIM Jazz has started doing this.
    The bolts on the strap can also work themselves loose over time.

    I'm interested in trying the dunlops, seeing as they can be installed as flush-mounts, too.
  7. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I like these because they keep the strap close to the wood, minimizing the leverage that causes screws to destroy their holes.

  8. xfredrikx


    Dec 9, 2009
    Schaller. Without a doubt.
  9. TomCHunley


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
  10. Lorenzini

    Lorenzini Supporting Member

    Dec 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Dunlops all day.
  11. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I've used Dunlops for years. Never had any problems.

    In all honesty, the best strap lock is the one that keeps your bass from crashing to the stage when you're playing a gig.
  12. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Schallers for 25 years and no problems. Couldn't say that with Dunlop. Just make sure the Schaller "U" is solid side down, so it holds even if the lock fails. Surprised that I would have to mention that, but common sense is a diminishing resource.
  13. spector_boogie

    spector_boogie No Limit Honky Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    The Woodlands, TX
    Used both Dunlop and Schaller, prefer the Dunlops but they both work equally fine. Really preference. I like the button-release of the Dunlops since that's what I've primarily been using the last 13 and some-odd years.
  14. I've had Schallers wear out over time with the post actually wearing down where it wouldn't lock anymore. I've use Dunlops now for 5 years with no issues.
  15. michaelstrand


    Sep 16, 2012
    what about using rubber washers? I heard that works.
  16. Mtnman


    Jun 5, 2012
    Pittsburgh, PA
  17. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    See my earlier post about the beer washers... :hyper:
  18. Bullitt5135

    Bullitt5135 Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    Good enough for Pino Palladino, good enough for me.

  19. DonaldR


    Mar 26, 2012
    Schallers on 3 basses and 2 guitars. Had problem with Dunlop, sometime it was not fully in, got out and the bass dropped...
  20. hs123


    Aug 11, 2011
    Westminster CO
    I've used Schaller and Dunlop, currently using the Loxx system on my new bass and loving them.