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Dunconia

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And I just traded a perfectly mint strat for a battlescared tele. I started to back out because mine is flawless and his had a few marks. Then, I remembered that Fender charged more money to get a beat up one.
 
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Yes, yes... a million times this!

I've been screaming about these strap buttons from the rooftops of the internet for years now. Every single guitar I own gets them immediately. There is no need for stupid, complicated strap-lock doohickies if instead you use a properly designed strap button.
these strap buttons eventually wear out the hole in the strap...that tight fit will continue to get looser over time

I use schaller and Dunlop strap locks
prefer schaller

ive never had one disengage...I am careful and make sure its locked though...
 

67blackcherry

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Heartbreak is when your very expensive guitar ($3500.00) arrives and you carefully remove it from the packing and the case and WHAM....immediately ding the crap out of it on a table near your desk.
True story.

Thank God it was a Cunetto Relic and not one of the Historic LP’s that I’ve ourchased online.
 

Moe45673

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In my opinion, anything that doesn't affect functionality just shows that the possession in question has been used and loved. These scratches are war wounds, the guitar is your brother-in-arms. I'm a player, not a collector, I don't look as good as I did 10 years ago and it's hubris to expect the same out of my guitar.
 
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I'll never be a "collector". I dont have the mentality for it. All my guitars are gigged and consequently, they get dinged and scratched and thats just the way I understand it will always be. There are guys that say you can baby the hell out of your guitar and it will never get a mark.. but again, not me.

My wife is a collector, and so I see how some of the thinking to that can go. "Buy it and look at it but display it properly".
 

DarrellM5

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It may bother you for a while, but most folks get over it quickly.

I use quite a few of the recommendations in this thread. Most of my guitars have DiMarzio Clip-Locks, which are great because it's very fast to switch the strap to another guitar. My PRS513 has the most prominent oversized strap buttons. I have a really nice Levy's leather strap for it and the first few times I put the strap on I had to remove the strap buttons, stick them through the strap and screw them back into the guitar. Now I can install the strap the normal way but it's a really tight fit. My strat and tele have normal strap-locks and I install them so that even if the button is activated, the guitar won't fall. On my Les Paul I use the beer washer technique. I get the washers at a beer brewing supply store for about 6 cents each.

The only time I've ever had a guitar come off a strap was when it still had the stock strap buttons. I've never had one hit the deck though as I always hold on with at least one hand.
 

drbob1

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How are the pedals?
It took 141 posts on TGP before someone asked this???? C'mon guys, what are you thinking? Most of us have more money in our pedalboards than a Deluxe Am. Strat!

Also, OP, I feel your pain. I would be kicking myself for a week. That said, when I settled down, the only option I'd try is steaming out the dents a little. There's just no way to fix that short of a complete refin, and that's going to put you way in the hole financially. Getting someone to relic the rest of it might legitimize the dents, though?
 

PDXVOX

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Battle scars, indeed.

God allowed your straps to disengage. Probably should trust that
 

mjross

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these strap buttons eventually wear out the hole in the strap...that tight fit will continue to get looser over time

I use schaller and Dunlop strap locks
prefer schaller

ive never had one disengage...I am careful and make sure its locked though...
Never tried Schiller! The first thing I do with all my guitars is install Dunlop Strap Locks. They are a great sense of security. However, with any strap lock, as you wisely stated, check to see that they have engaged properly. Just takes a second and get in the habit of doing it.
 




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