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Dunlop Strap Lock users?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Ty McNeely, Nov 30, 2001.


  1. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX
    Who here uses Dunlop Strap Locks? I got a few questions about 'em:

    1.) Are they worth the money? I know they ain't expensive, but when you're broke, every little bit helps:p

    2.) Do they adapt to any bass and strap?

    3.) When you get them, do you also get everything you need to put them on?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    1.) Yes.

    2.) Yes.

    3.) Yes.







    Get 'em, they're cheap insurance.
     
  3. downstairs

    downstairs

    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    My thoughts exactly.
     
  4. I agree with Gard except for his answer to question 2.

    I found they don't really work on any strap, per se. I got a Levy's strap for each of my basses, just because having to use one strap on all of my basses was really annoying. :p

    Anyway, back to my story... :p
    My first strap had no problems, because it had been worn out a little bit, and softened etc. so I had no problems putting the strap loks on. With the new straps, however, they were a still fresh and relatively hard, so it took a lot of squeezing (and actually some cutting of the strap...) to get it to fit, but it's held up. :D
     
  5. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Sheepy AFAIK - the only straps the Dunlops won't work with are those weird DiMarzio straps from the 80's with the end that screws into the bass/guitar and the plastic clip that holds it on the strap. The strap mechanisim can be tricky to install on some harder materials (like new leather), but it will go on it.
     
  6. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    I switched to Schallers because I dont like how the dunlops look :D

    Theyre like giant crome mushrooms that are stuck through your strap. Theyre pretty reliable though, but sometimes the mechanism gets gummed up, so I just put 3in1 oil on it. And the screws they give you dont fit every bass, sometimes the hole is too small or too big. I put Dunlops on my brother's strat and his holes were too small, so I just used the screws he already had. No problem, they had the same size head so it all worked out.

    I like Schallers better though because they feel like nicer hardware and they dont look as "dorky" as Dunlops. And as tyburn once said, Tthe dunlop ones, except for the elusive flush mounts, at least here in England, are extreamly ugly pieces of engineering, which dont suspend, rather 'hang the bass, like a nail would." This is why I dont like Dunlops :D
     
  7. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    oh, and the other thing I picked up on installing straplocks is you have to save the little piece of felt that goes between your bass and the strap button. Its like a little black disc. Dont throw them away! Just put them under the new straplocks, and your finish is saved.
     
  8. I have found that the Dunlop strap;ocks to be very good. If you go to put them on and the screw is to smal there is a very easy solution. Put a dab of super glue on the end of a toothpick ond ut it in the screw whole reak it off and run the screw in it then. if it is still to small repeat as necessary. I have had friends who droped thier guitars due to schaller straplocks but have yet to expierienc anything as far as roblems with dunlop.
     
  9. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Last time I had a set of Schallers, I didn't like the way my headstock looked after they came off my strap :mad:. I got used to the "dorky" look of the Dunlops pretty quickly ;). The Dunlops DO NOT come off the strap, and if you keep them oiled (I prefer a touch of WD-40 once a year) they never gum up either.
     
  10. Uuuh...
    I didn't play bass in the '80s. :p

    In fact, I wasn't even in double-digit age back in the '80s. :D:p

    Like I said, though, I was trying to stick the Dunlop lock on a new Levy's leather strap [with decent padding], so I had to do a wee bit of cutting...but it's fine now, more than holds up my Ibanez SR405. :D
     
  11. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    yeah, they're great - and i actually think they look pretty wicked all chunked up and metallic-like :) just make sure they click in before you go swinging your axe around like a dickhead (read: me :oops:)
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Like Gard said, as long as you oil the Dunlops occasionally, they won't gum up. Just make sure that they click in before you start playing. I have never had one come off of the strap, though they are hard to put on a new leather strap. And if locked in properly, they will not drop your axe. It is impossible for them to.

    I have seen more than one person using schallers drop their guitar(or bass) in mid show. You have to make sure that you tighten the nut on the strap as tight as possible, and also use loc-tite on the threads, or it will work loose eventually.

    I also saw a maniac thrash bassist drop his bass once when he was jumping around, and the strap got twisted just far enough for the holder to slip off of the strap button. That will never happen with a Dunlop.
     
  13. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    Yes
    Yes
    No

    Sometimes you have to adapt them because the mounting screw is smaller that the factory set up. I had to do this on my Rick. I went through about 4 drill bits drilling out the hole in the peg, hardest metal I've ever seen. Then I had to grind down the head of the screw so it would recess properly. The factory could fix, they do not seam to be responsive to our needs.

    Other than that, they really are nice. I have one bass with the recessed Dunlops on it and they are really neat.

    Personally I think they are better than Schallers.
     
  14. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    I have been using Schallers for a long, long time and they work great, BUT its true that you have to keep tightening them. The screws wind out on their own somehow. if you check them periodically then they work great!