Good strap locks

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Dbassboarder, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. Dbassboarder

    Dbassboarder Guest

    Nov 29, 2007
    Recently I had a bad experience with dunlop strap locks where I was removing them and one of the screws snapped in half inside my bass, so I needa get some new strap locks. Are dunlops normally bad or was this system just defected, also what other brands might sell good quality locks?
  2. Weaponofdoom

    Weaponofdoom Guest

    Nov 20, 2007
    Fargo, ND
  3. Gbass66

    Gbass66 Guest

    Nov 30, 2007
    Shelby Twp, MI
    Yea, Schaller. I have been using them for over 25 years on all my guitars and basses, never a problem.
  4. mrokern

    mrokern TB's resident Rush freak

    Jul 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    Nothing against Schallers (I've only heard good things), but all my basses have had Dunlops and I've never had an issue. Sounds like a one-off...
  5. Dbassboarder

    Dbassboarder Guest

    Nov 29, 2007
    Nah, not like that, goin 2 the GC tomorrow, gonna try out some of those schallers
  6. Seems like it's not a problem with the lock, but a problem with the screw. This really could have happened on a Schaller, too. :meh:
  7. friskinator

    friskinator Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    My only problem with Schallers has been the hexagonal washer coming loose on the piece that attaches to the strap. It's actually worked its way loose and fallen off on a couple occasions, no matter how tight I fasten it. Any suggestions to keep this from happening?
  8. deekay911


    Nov 4, 2007
    Charleston SC
    use a couple of larger diameter washers on each side of the strap and some thread-lock to stop the hex nut loosening.
  9. good rhyme good .rhyme
  10. treebranch13

    treebranch13 Guest

    Oct 31, 2007
    Schaller is really good. I personally went with dunlop and i have known a few people to switch from schaller to dunlop. Either is great.
  11. Japanoak

    Japanoak Guest

    Aug 26, 2007
    Phoenix, Az
    i have the zeppelinn ones... but i don't do any crazy stuff like flips or anything... My strap just kept fallin off. I'm pleased with them...
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I prefer Schaller. I've heard a lot of stories about the button accidentally getting pushed on the Dunlops with disastrous results. The Schallers have a little cup that keeps the guitar from coming off the strap. I've never had any problem keeping the nut on the Schallers, but some Loctite could help. On my straps with thick leather ends, it's a bit of a chore getting the nut started.
  13. Dbassboarder

    Dbassboarder Guest

    Nov 29, 2007
    well right now I have a moody, and the marks the dunlops left do not look pleasant for a day. Can schallers take some good jumps?
  14. A little loctite goes a long way, don't forget to use wrenches to tighten them:bag:

    On a side note I have ben using schallers on all my basses for a while. My friend also uses them on 8 more guitars/basses.
    just check them once and a while, I havn't had any problems in over a year.
  15. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    Schaller,,, on all my basses,, even if the mechanism fails your bass won't drop to the ground.... put a little locktite / fingernail polish / superglue on the nut & it won't loosten on ya.
  16. Does handmade counts as an alternative? I`ve made two leather straplocks today, purely awesome. It took like 5 minutes to do, totally free and there is no parts to break:) And plus, they`re nice looking:).
  17. Drucocu


    Jan 24, 2007
    you guys dont have the european beer bottles around, dontcha? there is always a rubber washer atached to the bottle, which makes the cheapest straplocks around, maybe you could get some grolsch beer over there? get a six pack, and make your both gui****ists in the band two happy guys!

  18. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
    +1 !

    I use the beer bottle rubbers, too. absolutely reliable, easy to use, perfectly secure, and much cheaper than any brand name security locks.

  19. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    There are plenty of good alternatives - don't blame the Dunlops for the failure of a screw. Although it's unusual, metal fatigue can happen to any fastening device such as a screw.