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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Jaguars & Jazzmasters / Silly Question ?



Jan 31st, 2016 01:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hope not ..... I just bought a Fender Classical Player Jaguar HH. I want to use strap locks with the guitar. Removing the strap buttons that came on the guitar, I find that the screws that came in the conversion package with the strap locks from Fender seem to be a bit thinner (smaller diameter) than the screws I removed from the guitar (worried about stripping threads in the wood with these). On the other hand, the heads on the screws that I removed from the guitar are to large to recess down into the strap lock strap buttons (conversion kit). Am I stuck here ? Thanks for your time and any assistance.

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Jan 31st, 2016 01:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Few options: take some toothpicks and wood glue, fill the holes. Let it dry. Re-do the screws in the repaired holes.

Go to the hardware store. Find a screw that fits the strap lock buttons and has a thread more similar to what you took out of the guitar.

Drill new holes in a different spot.

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...it's good enough.
Feb 1st, 2016 06:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used Rob's "Option #1" on several guitars and it works like a charm. Never had anything slip or strip out after the process.

There IS one more option available - use Dunlop Straplocks. Their screws are a little larger than the stock strap button screws on most guitars, sometimes even requiring a little drilling to enlarge the original holes a bit.
Probably not the route you want to go since you already have the new kit. Just thought I'd throw it out there (mostly because I prefer the Dunlops, myself).



Feb 1st, 2016 11:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond ......... to tell you the truth, this is one guitar that "looks" better without straplocks.

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Feb 2nd, 2016 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you like the way it looks, leave them stock.

Go buy some Grolsch beer and use the rubber washers as your "straplocks." They actually work REALLY well!

Or if you don't like Grolsch beer...

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Feb 2nd, 2016 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Those Fender ones work just fine. I don't mind Grolsch but I can't find it around here any more. I also like that the Fender ones can be found in black.

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Feb 3rd, 2016 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When faced with this I chuck the old screw up in my cordless drill and use a file to reduce the size of the screw head to fit in the strap lock. Sometime it is necessary to drill out the thru-hole in the strap lock as well.

Te 52

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Feb 4th, 2016 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


If I have to grind the head, I use a stainless steel screw. I also usually throw out the supplied screw and go with one around 50% longer. Of course, you have to make sure you're not going to hit anything, like an upper bout selector switch.

Screws into end grain are a notoriously weak connection, so the longer the engagement, the better.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:33 PM, Feb 4th, 2016)

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Feb 4th, 2016 11:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Make a new screw from a 1.5" stainless steel pan head sheet metal screw.

I chuck 'em in my hand drill and run the drill while I hold the side of the spinning screw head against the smooth emery wheel on my bench grinder.

The Dunlop Straplocks used to come with really good stainless steel screws. They switched to mild steel screws about two years ago, and these are crappy; the heads easily strip, even with a sharp, properly-fitted #2 Phillips driver.

When you make the new screw, test the diameter frequently as you grind the head smaller. Get it so it *just* fits into the strap button. If you grind it too small, it severely weakens the head, and that risks splitting the head out when you go to drive it in.

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