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i have Dunlop strap locks on all my guitars - this PRS came off the buttons twice this evening and one of them was a pretty bad fall. I'm surprised that the damage was limited to what is shown in the pic as the guitar bounced off the ground.

What do you use?

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I have totally been there. I feel the shock all over again every time it happens to someone else. Dang... Weren't no PRS for me but still... So sorry.

I make my own brand of straplocks, the "old school" style we don't see much of anymore, and I'd love to show them here but I don't know if I should because I do sell them.

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Schallers have never failed me, but I installed them all myself and regularly do service maintenance on my guitars and would catch an issue before it could happen.
 

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Schallers here as well, except on my PRS, which has the stock buttons. Found them to be tight enough and never have issues (knock on wood). I don't jump around a ton though.

With Schallers I had a nut on the strap work loose, a drop of Loctite fixed that.
 

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I have Schallers on one guitar, the Gretsch screw on ones on a Gretsch, some claw like hooks on a Steinberger, something like a flying wing on an Ibanez bass, just regular buttons on 4 or 5 other guitars.

I like the Schallers, they've been on the guitar for 25 years. You have to take the strap off to put the guitar in the case. You want to get in the habit of checking that they haven't worked loose.

The Gretsch knurled screw on ones work well IF you give them a twist every time you put the strap on. You tend to not want to take the strap off the guitar. I was using regular washers with mine between the strap and the knob, that seemed to keep them tighter longer. If the strap hole is old it will slip over the knob. I've got Grolsch washers I'm going to use in the future. Also, the wood screw will come loose occasionally.

The big hooks on the Steinberger and Ibanez bass work well, they will destroy your strap eventually. The Steinberger still comes off every once in a while.

I don't usually have an issue with the regular buttons, I haven't dropped a guitar, yet. When you feel it let go you hang on tight.




 

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So sorry for you. I also use Schallers for about 25 years and only had one come off cause my strap hole got to big and it went through it. Now i check them once in a while to make sure it does not happen again.
 

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i have Dunlop strap locks on all my guitars - this PRS came off the buttons twice this evening and one of them was a pretty bad fall. I'm surprised that the damage was limited to what is shown in the pic as the guitar bounced off the ground.

What do you use?
Sorry - what do you think happened with your strap lock that caused it to fail?
Did the spring wear out? Some other part wore out?
 

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i have Dunlop strap locks on all my guitars - this PRS came off the buttons twice this evening and one of them was a pretty bad fall. I'm surprised that the damage was limited to what is shown in the pic as the guitar bounced off the ground.

What do you use?

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I'm SO sorry for you, this brings back old memories. The first time it happened to me was in the early seventies, before StrapLocs were even invented. A friend of mine was trying my '59 Les Paul and being not used to LPs dropping off all the time, he was not able to hold on to it when the strap gave off.

The neck split but I was able to get it pro fixed with no adverse effect on the sound (don't even begin to think about what value drop I had to swallow when I sold it 15 years ago). This prompted me to modify the upper button to accept an enlarged washer to keep the strap permanently attached. Kind of like the Grolsch trick, without the flexibility, but it worked like a charm for all those years. I even designed, with a machinist friend, a button shape that looked a bit like those butterfly-shaped ones, but never got around to having it made.

Anyway, I've been using Schallers ever since they became available in all my Les Pauls with great success. Dunlops I have tried and not liked as much as they just feel less sturdy, but on SG and ES types they are far less obtrusive as button placement on the back is less suitable for the tall Schallers. I tend to revert back to the stock buttons and use Grolsch washers on back-button-sporting guitars of this type. On Fenders I just use the big enough original buttons. They'll be OK unless you insist on using to that very old strap your grandma sent you for XMas 35 years ago.

I have installed Schallers on dozens of guitars with no problem, but be wary of eBay knockoffs as they easily become loose on the strap ends and come with tiny unusable screws.
 

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Sorry - what do you think happened with your strap lock that caused it to fail?
Did the spring wear out? Some other part wore out?
The parts are fairly new with limited use. We were taking a break and chatting and i may have moved my arm forward and the guitar "exploded" off me. The second time i was able to catch it. The rest of the night no issues.
 
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