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kart24

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Nov 7th, 2017 06:24 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Help ! Are they till available?



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Nov 7th, 2017 06:35 PM        

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!<br /> <br /> 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.



kart24

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Nov 7th, 2017 07:08 PM        

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        

Are you saying you bought guitars that don't hang right on purpose?<br /> <br />



kart24

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Nov 7th, 2017 11:45 PM        

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

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



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Nov 8th, 2017 01:09 PM        

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



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Nov 8th, 2017 02:03 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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 âo)



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Nov 8th, 2017 06:25 PM        

Tie a large helium balloon to the headstock :o)<br /> <br /> Add a scuba weight to the tail end of your strap.



kart24

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Nov 8th, 2017 09:02 PM        

I'll try the helium. Thanks Peegoo



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Nov 28th, 2017 06:25 AM        

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        

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



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Nov 28th, 2017 04:28 PM        

Tough crowd tonight!



davywhizz

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Dec 20th, 2017 04:05 AM        

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.



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Dec 20th, 2017 11:12 AM        

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



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Dec 20th, 2017 11:40 AM        

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.



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Dec 20th, 2017 12:16 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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        

Something like



davywhizz

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Dec 20th, 2017 01:02 PM        

Very clever Mr Goo!



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Dec 20th, 2017 02:01 PM        

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



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