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Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 21st, 2018 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Colombo, search locally for a home brew shop.
Surely folks in Spain brew their own beer, don't they?

like this one

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 21st, 2018 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

And there's always

ebay

littleuch
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Jan 21st, 2018 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've used the Grolsch bottle gaskets (I used to homebrew beer), but...

Dunlop straplocks are what, $12? Schaller's are like $15. Both work very well. I had a preference for Dunlop's at one time, especially on my Fender's, but did my most recent Strat build with Schaller's and like them very much.

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GospelBilly!
Jan 22nd, 2018 05:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

I no longer use strap locks, after having trouble with the ones on Fender American Dlx Strats failing and the strap button pulling out of the wood and not having a good experience with the plastic washer type version.

At this point in my career, I don't jump around on stage so I'm not expecting a problem.

Colombo

Spain

One, two, three, faw!
Jan 22nd, 2018 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been searching for local home brewers, and I've found quite a few, but none of them uses that sort of flip top bottles. They're all like this:

http://static.paladea.me/files/styles/producto_listado/public/producto/cerveza-sanfrutos/pack-degustacion-cervezas-san-frutos-33cl-8-cada-tipo.jpg

As I said, I haven't seen the flip top bottles for some 35 years, and back then, I only remember them for soda or lemonade. In fact, I didn't suspect they were still common anywhere else!

I think I'll go for that Amazon UK link where they're selling twelve washers for £2.99. It's a very convenient number for me, and my friend has told me he can order them for me, and I'll pick them next month. They're cheap, too, and from what you've said I'll think they'll provide the extra safety a rather static player like me will need.

Thanks guys! You're the best!

(This message was last edited by Colombo at 11:36 AM, Jan 22nd, 2018)

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Jan 22nd, 2018 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

In my old age I loike locking straps more than strap locks. Planet Waves makes a fine locking strap for around $15.

VanGoghsEar

USA

Jan 23rd, 2018 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I discovered a locking strap called "Lock-it". They are constructed out of normal strap materials, nylon with leather ends, but the leather ends have a button-slide that opens the lock and it springs shut. Super easy to use or change from guitar to guitar.

Lock-it Straps

Warren Pederson

Canada

Jan 24th, 2018 12:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Grolsch, with benefits

Colombo

Spain

One, two, three, faw!
Feb 19th, 2018 03:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I thought I'd pop back just to let you know that I've just returned from the UK with the Grolsch washers my friend ordered there, and they're just what I was looking for. I'm very pleased with them, and I think they're great value for money.

Thanks everyone!


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Feb 19th, 2018 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Late to the party, but when I was a kid in Spain just about every bar had something they called Gaseosa, sort of like seltzer or club soda. You could buy the bottle, and then get it refilled very cheaply at just about any place you might wander to in your travels. the bottles had the same over center toggle action action as Grolsh, with the same sort of washer.

May not still exist in this disposable new age, because it was over 50 years ago!!!

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Feb 20th, 2018 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dunlops. Easy quick on, easy quick off. I'm kinda like SRV (yeah, right!), in that I like to keep my strap over my shoulder and switch guitars. You gotta mess with the gaskets to do that. Also, I do NOT recommend the Schallers. My student has them, and I hate them. Always have to fool around to get them at the right angle. And you have to pull the things. Hard to do quickly. Dumb design. Dunlops are so easy, just click them in to engage and push on the middle to disengage, and you hardly have to look at them.

(This message was last edited by gdw3 at 02:45 PM, Feb 20th, 2018)

Hammond101
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Feb 20th, 2018 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have strap locks on just about every guitar I own. I also dedicate a strap to each guitar. I like the Schaller style the best however I'm a guitar tech and know how to mount them and customize the mounting screws as needed, many times the supplied screw is too small for the hole in the guitar (typically Fender), smaller than the stock screw, so I grind down the head of the original screw so it mounts tightly and fits inside of the button that goes on the guitar. A drop of wood glue is helpful.

I have the Dunlap ball lock type of strap locks on my basses. they work well also and give you a stock type strap button as well as the locking feature. The mounting screws for these are typically larger and require no modification.

If using either however, you need to make sure you have a large enough hole in the body so the screw does not jam in the body refusing to turn. I have had to remove several of these for customers over the years for customers who jammed the screw in the body then stripped the Phillips head of the screw. It can be/get ugly.

Straps locks are quite simple to install however if you do not have the natural mechanical ability for these type of things it is best left for a guitar tech.

There are many nice locking straps on the market now. I would try that first and see how it works for you.

I do not trust washers. It works for some but not for me. I don't jump around much but like a mechanical lock. Note Strap Locks need to be inspected from time to time to make sure every thing is tight. I also carry extra strap lock parts, nuts, washers and c-clips in my gig bag just in case. I typically end up giving these to other players who have a failure on stage. I also carry tooth picks to repair stripped guitar bodies. It happens even with out the locks however the locks will put more stress on the button and mounting screw.

Sorry for the long post and welcome back!

Colombo

Spain

One, two, three, faw!
Feb 24th, 2018 03:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hello LeonB, yes, I stopped seeing those about 35 years ago. Now the only places you can see them is in flea markets or the like, but the washers are usually cracked and dry, so buying the bottle to use the washer is not a good idea.

I've still got a couple of those bottles at home. You can still find gaseosa (which is one of my favourite drinks, though it's not supposed to be drank alone), but it's sold in disposable plastic bottles with a plastic screw cap.


Colombo

Spain

One, two, three, faw!
Feb 24th, 2018 04:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mmm, I cannot say washers will work for me, either. Now they're on the guitars, I'll have to wait and see how they feel when I've been using them for some time. Since I've never been on the road or played on pubs or the like, and am mostly an at-home and small-party player, maybe I won't miss having something better or more professional.

Even if the strap locks should be fitted by a professional tech (my mechanical ability is just meh), would I be able to adjust them periodically myself? There's no such a thing as a good tech in my area (there's only one, and I know for a fact he's not good).

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Feb 24th, 2018 05:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you desire it, you can be a great tech. You’re at the right place, here on the FDP. Explore the other forums here and see. (-:

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Feb 24th, 2018 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I really like the Dunlops. I have tried others and they were a PITA . I too have a strap dedicated for each guitar . I dont use straplocks for my Fenders . but have them on my 335 . The Dunlops work great .

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Feb 25th, 2018 05:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've used Schaller strap locks on my two main gigging guitars for years. Obviously you need dedicated straps for each guitar. I use a combination of Dunlop plastic locks and grolsch washers on my other guitars.

I've never had any problems with strap locks, but our singer in a previous band once dropped a *borrowed* £3k Gibson J200 in front of a full house as he went to adjust his mic stand before our opening song. It bounced off the wooden stage and he caught it on the way back up. You could hear the entire audience catch their breath. :-(

(This message was last edited by Ayns at 07:50 AM, Feb 25th, 2018)

009
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USA

Feb 25th, 2018 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, something like this (these) seem easy to install and are probably the safest:

Virtyally Free DIY Strap Locks in under 5 minutes (YouTube)

Colombo

Spain

One, two, three, faw!
Mar 4th, 2018 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow! That's a good idea. I don't feel like messing around with the screws in my guitars, though. Chicken!

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Mar 4th, 2018 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Don't know I can trust anyone that can't spell "virtually".


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