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kart24
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Nov 7th, 2017 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A few years back I bought online a product called an Axe Balancer. It was a weight designed to be used at the heel of your guitar/bass where the strap button screws on. It works great. Now I want to buy a few more for my collection.

I'm not having any luck finding them available anymore. Anyone have a source? They weren't cheap. 5 or 6 years ago they were $40 each but well worth it.

Help ! Are they till available?

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Nov 7th, 2017 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have not seen them offered anywhere for a few years now. They were cast from tungsten carbide and very heavy for their small size. I think they were $50 or so retail and $300 shipping, haha!

Contact customer support at Reverend Guitars and ask if they have access to back stock. Joe Naylor (he's the guy behind Reverend) is the one that brought these to market.

Reverend customer support info

kart24
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Nov 7th, 2017 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I paid $40 for mine. The price is not a problem. I just a few more.

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Nov 7th, 2017 11:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are you saying you bought guitars that don't hang right on purpose?



kart24
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Nov 7th, 2017 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have SG's and an Eb-3. Plus I have a Telecaster parts bass that only weighs 10 lbs. ready to play.
They are all neck heavy.

Since I play a range of guitars it would be nice to have a couple setup ready to play.

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Nov 8th, 2017 02:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You may have found this already, a possible alternative in case you can't find an Axe Balancer (I couldn't either.)

make your own?

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Nov 8th, 2017 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi Kart
I forgot to put a smiley thing after my remark.
No offence intended.

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Nov 8th, 2017 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Get a Royal Crown bag fill it with an appropriate amont of pennies and tie a loop, hang it on the strap button between the strap and guitar.

Or you can find a tanned bull bag and do the same thing, might have to take a trip to Mexico to find one though. Or a set of brass ones I see hanging off the trailer hitch of pickup trucks “o)

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Nov 8th, 2017 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tie a large helium balloon to the headstock :o)

Add a scuba weight to the tail end of your strap.

kart24
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Nov 8th, 2017 09:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll try the helium. Thanks Peegoo

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Nov 28th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I seem to remember another solution years ago, which was an extended upper strap button, maybe a couple of inches long? Those who used them said they worked. A bit more elegant than adding weights, but I can`t remember what they were called.

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Nov 28th, 2017 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have two axe balancers. They're called arms. ;)

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Nov 28th, 2017 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tough crowd tonight!

davywhizz
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Dec 20th, 2017 04:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No, really, what was the other option for axe balancing? I can't stop thinking about it (OK maybe most of the time I can). A two or three inch long upper strap button. If I needed some axe balancing I'd prefer that to hanging weights off the other end. I'm sure the extended strap pins were available commercially some years ago.

Te 52

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Dec 20th, 2017 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've thought about mounting a strap button on an extendable cello end pin, but I've never done it.

clickage

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Dec 20th, 2017 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That`s the idea, but there are cheaper home-made options - a strap button on a much longer screw with some metal tube or washers to increase the length. Any screw needs to go deeper into the wood of the guitar than a normal strap button screw, to cope with the greater strain on a longer pin. I know there used to be a commercially made, quite elegant extended strap button, though I haven`t seen them for a long time.

(This message was last edited by davywhizz at 01:42 PM, Dec 20th, 2017)

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Dec 20th, 2017 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ned Steinberger offered a steel yoke that extended the strap mounting position on his early small basses and guitars. See linked pic for a more recent version of that.

It would be really simple to fab up a yoke using 3/4" x 1/8" steel bar to fit a specific guitar. The piece would have little brackets on it that are drilled to accept the stock strap button screws, so the mod would not be permanent and no new holes would be drilled in the guitar. The top of the yoke would have an extended arm to mount the strap on the end.

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Dec 20th, 2017 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Something like

this

davywhizz
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Dec 20th, 2017 01:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very clever Mr Goo!

Te 52

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Dec 20th, 2017 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing I like about the cello endpin idea is that the rod on which the strap button would be mounted slides in and out. That's just the way cello and bass endpins work, when the rod is out it's secured with a thumbscrew. You'd have to have a long-ish hole drilled into the body to accomodate the rod when it was not deployed. Best suited for a home-built or custom build.

If the extension stays out permanently, it's somewhat vulnerable and the instrument may not fit in a standard case.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 04:04 PM, Dec 20th, 2017)

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