Would Straplocks Devalue my R9?

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  1. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub

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    In order to install Straplocks (Dunlop) on my R9, I need to drill. Not much, but if I don't drill, i risk splitting the wood, which is not an option for obvious reasons.

    This guitar already has WCR pickups in it, and I don't have the originals, so would Straplocks be that big of a deal?

    I'm leaning towards not caring either way since dropping it would affect the value a lot more than straplocks would...

    GAD
     
  2. John Hurtt

    John Hurtt Silver Supporting Member

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    Can you modify the straplocks so you wont have to drill out the body? I wouldn't think that straplocks would devalue it, it will never be massively collectible IMO.
     
  3. russ

    russ Supporting Member

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    No, straplox won't devalue your R9.
    Dropping it with your old strap buttons will!
     
  4. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub

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    I did just that on my Guild X-170, but the screws from the R9 just won't work with the straplocks. Hmm... but I bet the original pegs would work with the new screws...

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  5. FlyingVBlues

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    noisemaker Senior Member

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    buy this

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    put the strap on... this over and turn and its locked.. no drilling and you can have any strap you want :rolleyes:
     
  7. GAD

    GAD Wubbalubbadubdub

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    I've seen those. Do they work well?

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  8. theanalogdream

    theanalogdream Supporting Member

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    I had those and I hated them, they potentially can scratch your guitar up pretty good...
     
  9. rickboot

    rickboot Supporting Member

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    You don't have to use the Dunlop screws. I bought some #6 1" and #8 1 1/4" oval head screws and used them since they were the same thread size as my stock LP screws (note that the screws for the front and rear of the LP are different). The screw heads were too big for the straplock pins so I clamped them into my power drill and ran the drill while filing them. Worked like a charm.
     
  10. Steve73

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    Or go with the Schallers, no drilling and they work great for me.....
     
  11. Grenville

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    Black rubber grommetts, slice one in half and you have a rubber lock for 2 endpins.

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    +1 Swapped in Schaller strap locks on my LP with no alterations needed.
     
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    I have Schaller's on my Strat and I hate them. Probably from using the Dunlops for so many years.

    GAD
     
  15. empty71

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    Definitely swap out the Gibson strap buttons for the Dunlop straplocks. The Gibson strap buttons have such a small flange the one risk dropping the guitar. Those plastic thingamajiggy are known to fail. I used them on my Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus years ago and they failed to do their job. Stick with Dunlop straplocks!!!
     
  16. buddastrat

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    GAD, use the standard old rubber washers. Simplest and safest.

    I've got a few spares, I'll mail you a set if you need them. They work better, and you don't have to screw with the strap buttons.
     
  17. Eagle1

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    Use different screws!!!!!!!
     
  18. Redfish

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    You can use the original screws if you dremel the edge of the screw head down a little until it fits into the straplock. The screw will go a little deeper into the body so use a small drill bit and drill the hole in the guitar deeper not bigger. No one will know the hole is deeper if you sell it and put the original strap pegs back on. I suppose a picky buyer might notice the screw head but I've sold several Historics and never had a complaint.
     
  19. Boris Bubbanov

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    That's a cool idea, Rick.

    I love the Dunlop mechanism as a whole; the weakest link is the screw - I'd like to try a square drive or even a well fitted slot head, something where the driver won't cam out just at the wrong second and mar the fastener. I know when to stop tightening and I'm tired of Mr. Phillips nannying me.

    Thanks, Rick!
     
  20. The Golden Boy

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    How can they scratch up your guitar?

    They go on OUTSIDE of the strap. They're nowhere near in contact with your guitar finish...



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    FWIW, I use the Schaller Straplocks...
     

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