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Prime1



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Jan 31st, 2016 01:19 AM        

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        

Few options: take some toothpicks and wood glue, fill the holes. Let it dry. Re-do the screws in the repaired holes.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Drill new holes in a different spot.



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Feb 1st, 2016 06:41 AM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> 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).



Prime1



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Feb 1st, 2016 11:36 PM        

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        

If you like the way it looks, leave them stock.<br /> <br /> Go buy some Grolsch beer and use the rubber washers as your "straplocks." They actually work REALLY well!



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Feb 2nd, 2016 01:31 PM        

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        

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.



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Feb 4th, 2016 10:30 AM        

^+1<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Screws into end grain are a notoriously weak connection, so the longer the engagement, the better.



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Feb 4th, 2016 11:19 AM        

Yep. Make a new screw from a 1.5" stainless steel pan head sheet metal screw.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br />



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