Close encounter with my Les Paul...

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  1. Jonderdonk

    Jonderdonk Member

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    Was playing at my high school's concert hall this morning... We were rehearsing at about six. The house had an in-ear monitor thing set up, so I took my hands off the guitar (which I normally NEVER do) to put on my headphones.

    Much to my dismay, the strap came off my Floyd Rose-equipped Les Paul studio close to the neck joint. The guitar went crashing to the hard wood floor with a solid thud. With all the horror stories about broken headstocks Gibson guitars, I instantly assumed the worst...

    I was very fortunate, however. The guitar landed straight on the tuning pegs and the input jack, and stayed that way in an upright position. Not a scratch.

    Moral of the story, strap locks are in my Amazon shopping cart as I type...
     
  2. Dale

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    Lucky guy! It is good to hear.
     
  3. armadillo66

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    I was not so lucky, a strap post screw came out and when the guitar hit, it landed on the g string tuning peg and snapped it off. GOt lucky, a buddy had just changed from black to gold hardware on one of his guitars so those tuners are on my Les Paul now
     
  4. Raymond Lin

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    Schaller Strap locks on my LP. Double check washer every time before putting it on just in case.
     
  5. Probos

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    Grolsch gasket strap lock -- I'm a believer

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  6. esoteric pete

    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    This. Used strap locks for years but always hated the "clanky" feel and how they set the strap off the guitar too much.

    Washers for me, too. Nearly impossible to get off there as well.
     
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  8. Dale

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    Schaller here. Love them.
     
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    I used the clip on adhock straplocks until the strap started rubbing the finish of my guitars. Now its proper straplocks.
     
  10. mike6m

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    I bought a pack of 100 Grolsch washers several years ago. I love them. I use them on all my guitars for strap locks and just recently started putting them under the knobs of my pedals to "save" some of the settings while in transit and while I am stepping on them. I really wish I had done this sooner.
     
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    Goodluck :) :aok:aok:aok
     
  12. TheoDog

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    Channeling a little Clapton?
    About :40 in on Last Waltz clip



    And to be clear, the Grolsch solution is good enough for D. Gilmour..

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  13. Dale

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    In the video Clapton had the strap folded over the strap button. It was not hanging correctly. Great recovery though.
     
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    Glad your guitar isn't damaged.

    Do you know how the strap managed to come loose? The only time I've had that happen is when one end of the strap was twisted so that gravity's pull on the guitar was actually pulling it through the strap hole. I learned long ago to check for that when I pick my guitar up.
     
  17. rmg471

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    Dunlop not only makes strap locks, but also "lock straps." it's a plastic washer that rotates to go over your stock strap buttons. I use them on everything except my PRS, and the only reason I don't use them on it is because they won't open wide enough to go over those buttons.
     
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    I recognize this strap as an El Dorado Original Plain strap, I have three of them and they're all that I use. I tried the Fender version of the Grolsch rubber strap locks with my Les Paul. Within about five minutes I noticed the strap lock had popped out and was on the floor.

    The other thing is that if you need to remove your strap to put the guitar back in its case, the Grolsch style locks are not very practical. Some will say that if they're good enough for Clapton and Bonamassa they're good enough for mere mortals but these stars travel with road cases like these and don't need to remove the straps.

    Schallers for me, thank you very much.
     
  19. HoboMan

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    Schallers on all my guitars.

    I use on guitar strap that holds my wireless transmitter.
    If I ever need to switch guitars at a gig I can have it done in a matter of seconds.
    I don't have time to be struggling with some rubber washer thingy.
     
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    I like Schallers. but I'm pretty much a Grolsch convert.
     

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