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Strap Pin Constantly Comes Loose

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mrtanner42, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Any advice?

    I "bounce around" a lot when I play, particularly at gigs. My strap pin constantly is coming loose. I've tightened it as much as I dare without fear of stripping the wood, but it keeps coming loose.

    It is a Fender Jazz Deluxe bass with Fender/Schaller strap locks.

    I tried putting wood-glue in the hole, but it didn't help. Is the only solution to keep a screwdriver in my case and check the pin on every break?
  2. Fishface


    Jul 26, 2002
    Denver, Colorado
    Do you have a little felt or rubber washer under the strap pin? Is the screw too small?

    I have this happen 'maybe' once per year.
  3. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Wood toothpick (or two) dipped in wood glue, insert into the screw hole. That'll do it.
  4. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Use the toothpick method with wood glue. I've done that to both my basses and have never had a problem with loose strap pins again.
  5. Rugaar


    Apr 11, 2007
    Take the screw out, add a couple drops of wood glue and stick a couple flat toothpicks in there, break them off level with the bass and reinstall the screw.

    edit--Beat me to it. Nice job.
  6. timber22

    timber22 Supporting Member

    +1 to what everyone else said. Has worked many times for me.
  7. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004
    Yea the mentioned method has always worked for me.
  8. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    i did this trick just last night.
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I had the same problem. I used a toothpick and Gorilla Glue. I did this over a year ago and it has never come loose. You have to be careful with the glue though because it expands as it dries and will come out of the hole and get on the finish if you use too much.
  10. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles

    That's why you use wood glue instead of gorilla.
  11. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I've filled the hole with a thin dowel and gorilla glue and never had a problem with it. Stronger than traditional wood glue. Sure, just be careful about not overdoing the glue.
  12. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    is the glue really necessary? does the screw not bite enough without?
  13. rmars

    rmars Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia
    This has been argued here on TB ad nauseam. The glue will bond the wood together (toothpick, body wood) and when it cures it hugs the screw a bit better as it fills in any voids. Wood glue or your basic Elmers works.
  14. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I thought I was the only savage with toothpicks and elmers.

    I hate to admit how many times I've done this. There must be a better way . But with this many people using this method maybe not.
  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    A bass is essentially a bunch of pieces of wood held together by glue....what's one more?!?

    Do re-install the screw while the glue is still wet.

  16. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I just jam an appropriately sized dowel in the hole and break it off a bit short and push it in so it's a little recessed in the hole and then install a longer screw so it bites into fresh wood about 3/4 inch or so at the bottom of the hole. I've never used glue and I've never had a subsequent failure but by all means use glue if you're more comfortable with that.
  17. Sometimes the simplest fixes work the best.
  18. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    If there was a better way to fix it, people would have done it by now.