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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / JIM DUNLOP STRAPLOKS



Marcus Swicegood
Dec 30th, 2017 11:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes question here, hope i'm on the right forum!
I just love the ole trusty & user friendly Jim Dunlop straploks!! Feels great not to worry about strap popping off "then you know whats next"!!I've had them about 3 years, use them 4 times a week.Do these awesome little parts need to be replaced every so often or do they last quite a while??? I put a drop of oil on them maybe once a year, just dont want me ole strat to take a DIVE!! I just love em!! Thanks FDP Marcus Tyro NC

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Dec 31st, 2017 12:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

No need for concern. They will last longer than you will.

The cool thing is you're going above and beyond, too. Ninety-nine percent of all JD Straplok users don't oil these, and they should. I have no data to back that up, but I'll bet I'm 87% correct...

Adding a teensy drop of oil to the end of the lock rod (near the ball bearings) makes them last and prevents squeaking.

Other maintenance:

Occasionally use a Q-tip to clean out the strap buttons on the guitar (at every string change is good) because they can collect dust and case fuzz, which can prevent the little bearings from fully engaging the internal lock recess.

Also, check to ensure the mounting screws are sufficiently snug. If you grip the button between thumb and finger and can turn it, it's too loose. Give it a snug.

It is *critical* that you use a proper-sized Phillips screwdriver for this, because the current screws supplied by Dunlop are not the hard stainless steel version of years past. They're softer steel these days. Use a tight-fitting screwdriver, and press hard while turning. If you strip the head with the screwdriver you will have a bad day.

If the screws are working loose by themselves (but they are otherwise tight in the wood), remove the screw and place a small drop of Elmer's in the screw hole. Drive the screw in and it won't work loose. This trick works for any strap button screw that won't stay in.

If the screw hole in the wood is stripped out, dip a toothpick or two in some wood glue and push it into the hole. Snap off the extra portion of toothpick and then drive in the strap button screw. This is a permanent fix. If the hole is wallowed out (really stripped), drill it and fill it with a glued-in dowel, and re-drill for the screw.

[edited to add way more info than you asked for]

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:52 AM, Dec 31st, 2017)

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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jan 1st, 2018 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use them I my two main gigging Strats. Hundreds of gigs over the last couple of decades with few problems. One drawback is that you can't use a non-straplocked strap if you forget / lose your strap. Therefore I always put the straplocked straps in the guitar case with the guitar. I've also had the loose button problem, and sorted it with toothpicks as Pegoo describes. Worst thing that has happened is I knocked the lower release button off, and couldn't release the straplocked. Had to spring the pin and replace the whole button. Not bad for hundreds of gigs.

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England's Sloppiest Guitarist
Jan 1st, 2018 06:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rubber Grolsch bottle tops work just as well

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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Jan 1st, 2018 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use the dual design Dunlops on most of my guitars and basses. I got into the habit of oiling them upon installation, that seems to last for years. The dual designs are nice because you can still use a standard strap.

Te 52

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Jan 1st, 2018 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

I like the Dunlops too, and use the flush mount style on my new builds. I like the clean look and they have less leverage tending to work the screw loose. Only downside is you can't use them with a non-locking strap.

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I forgot my tagline
Jan 1st, 2018 11:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Like em

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Jan 1st, 2018 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I tend to prefer the dual-design for most guitars.

Having a bit of a standoff on the bottom button is much easier on nitro finishes when "burying" the cable behind the strap to prevent it from being pulled out.

I do use flush-mounts for the top button on guitars like SGs and ES-33X styles that have the strap button mounted on the rear at the neck heel. That little extra 1/2" of space you save does make a huge difference in playing comfort.

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