The humble strap lock may be the single most important purchase you make towards securing your guitar or bass. Painfully, the importance of these inexpensive tiny gadgets is so often overlooked and they could save you some expensive headaches. How many times have you seen a guitarist lose his strap mid-gig, or watched a YouTube video with a guitar flying off in the distance after the strap’s come loose? (One tip: don’t try to spin your guitar over your shoulder – never ends well... ). We have in stock a comprehensive range of straplocks from Schaller, Jim Dunlop, LOXX, D’Addario and more.
D'Addario's Universal Strap Lock system is a fresh take on the classic straplocks you'll see from other manufacturers but with all of the snags ironed out. The simplistic design features a thumbscrew (instead of a nut and washer) which makes direct contact with the strap without any modification. It also means that the lock cannot twist round on the strap over time and work any nuts/washers free and no modification (widening the hole) of the strap is needed to fit them! It's also a 'pull to release' style lock which means you could never accidentally knock it and it come free. Your new favourite strap lock, trust me. Click here to see them.
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Installing Strap Buttons
If you plan to install your new strap buttons yourself, there is no need to worry as installation couldn’t be easier. Firstly, you’re going to want to choose and double check the point of installation, you don’t want to drill a hole for your strap button only to find out that it becomes an obstacle to your playing style. You should take into consideration things like whether or not the position of the strap button will interfere with your fretting hand and whether the overall positioning of the strap buttons can support the weight of your guitar strap. Once accurately marked and sufficiently bevelled, your may choose to apply some wax as a way to combat initial friction when installing the strap button. You’re now ready to firmly screw in your strap button.
Equally important for proper guitar use is using and maintaining a strap lock, this is to help secure a strap attached to a heavy instrument and provide extra insurance to particularly energetic players. This is also another chance for you to customise your style by choosing from a number of different finishes ranging from gold to antique brass.