Strap lock question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ptg, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    Hi everyone!

    Years ago I acquired a pair of a strap lock type of product that was included in a bass swap of which I only use one on the bottom peg.

    It's just a top piece that slides over the peg and then you just tighten the screw on the top.

    I really like it because it's simple to use and I really don't want to start drilling into my bass.

    Over time I lost one of them and would really like to obtain some extras. The only problem is that I can't seem to find any on line that don't require drilling, etc. This one has no markings on it whatsoever. Maybe it's the top piece of a set that just happens to fit my bass?

    If you happen to know what this could be (or a similar product) I would love to know what it is!

    Thanks for the help!
  2. TOOL460002


    Nov 4, 2004
    Santa Cruz
    You shouldn't have to drill anything to put on strap locks. You just unscrew the nubbins you normally put through your strap and then you screw the strap locks into that same hole. The other part of the strap lock system hooks onto your strap.

    I think mine are Seymour Duncan. They have lasted a long, long time and I didn't have to drill any holes. Heck, I don't think I had to use a screw driver. There are plenty of companies that make them, but I can only vouch for the ones I have. They're fairly cheap. Just get a new set and get rid of the incomplete set you currently have; not worth the hassle.!
  3. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    Thanks! I was under the impression that you had to either drill to extend the hole you have or open it to accommodate the new pin.

    I'll go to GC next weekend and pick something up...

    Thanks twice!
  4. girhen


    Mar 20, 2012
    You do have to drill for some of them. Not sure which you don't, other than the ones you described. The screws are a little longer and beefier for security. At least, my Dunlops are.
  5. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    That's what I was afraid of...I definitely do not want to drill...

    I'll go to GC or Ash but I have not had good luck finding knowledgeable salespeople in these stores.

    If anyone knows of ones that are easy to install, please let me know.

  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    If you don't want to drill, take one of your strap screws out and take it with you when you go looking for new strap locks.
  7. Tomorrow


    Jun 7, 2013
    I've put strap locks on my basses, and I just used the screws that were already holding on the existing strap buttons. No need to drill, and no question about whether they fit.
  8. Billy K

    Billy K

    Nov 5, 2009
    North Bay Marin
    I have seen a guy here on TB counter sink his strap lock a bit so it does not stick out so much and it was impressive to say the least I hope he post some pictures again and tells us how it goes with it now
  9. Bob Palmer

    Bob Palmer

    Apr 17, 2013
    I've been using Dunlop strap locks on all of my guitars (Gibson ES-135, Epi les Paul, Dean Del Sol) and basses (MM Stingray, Fender MIM P-Bass, Ibanez 505, Epi Les Paul bass, etc) with no issues, and no drilling - just swapped out the buttons and screws for the ones that came with the dunlop kit.

    If you're nervous about it, just have the tech drop them in for you - should take them all of about two minutes (I've done this with guitars/basses I bought at GC before I even took it out the door)
  10. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    Thanks everyone! This is something I have wanted to do for quite some time, so it will be a fun project for the weekend...

    By the way, Billy K, I am assuming Bouncing Betty is referencing MASH?
  11. taylorro


    May 30, 2013
    I use DiMarzio Cliplocks on all of my bass guitars. I would recommend them to anyone. Just unscrew your existing screws and put the DiMarzio screws in (no drilling required). I jump and move a lot on stage and so does my band. We all use them, and never had to worry about dropping our instruments. Ive seen plenty of other guitarists and bassists strap fall off at a gig because they try to jump or whatever and have to fix it. And you could change back to your normal scrap buttons if you wanted at a later time. I have a box full of all my extra strap buttons and screws from guitars and basses.