How To Fit Dunlop Strap Locks to S2

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  1. Stuart Kirsh

    Stuart Kirsh New Member

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    I recently bought an S2 Mira Semi. When I removed the stock buttons, I discovered they are held in place by screws that are 1.5 inches long-- a 1/2 inch longer than the screws that come with the Dunlops. I went to a hardware store with a large selection of screws but the head on the Dunlop screw is smaller than anything I could find. Has anyone else encountered this and if so, where did you find a 1.5 inch screw that fits inside the the Dunlop button?
     
  2. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    I just use the Dunlop supplied screws, and haven't had any problems on several guitars with them. As long as the screw is a tight fit, you should be golden.
     
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  3. Wakester

    Wakester Class Clown

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    Use the Dunlop screws with no worries. Or, if you are lucky, the head of the original screws will fit the Dunlop buttons, then it's easy-peasy.
     
  4. Cbouty

    Cbouty Winter Is Coming

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    I have always put the original screws back into my guitars after adding strap locks. I dont like the idea of toothpick filler or leaving a void to progressively get bigger from rocking. Most of the time the straplock buttons are slightly too small for the PRS screw head on SEs and S2s and perfect fit on the screws from the Core models. I took some sandpaper and sanded the outside edge of the screw on both my SEs so that the original screw would fit into the strap lock button. Takes 2 mins and is still plenty of screw head left!
     
  5. Stuart Kirsh

    Stuart Kirsh New Member

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    Andy474x: The screws that came with the strap locks although shorter in length, are definitely larger in diameter than the originals.
    It's a very tight fit-- in fact, I've been hesitant to try to force the Dunlop screw into the hole. I'm afraid
    it may cause the finish to flake way from around the hole.

    Cbouty: I never thought of sanding the original screw. I will try that. Thanks !

    Wakester: if the heads of the original screws fitted the Dunlop buttons, I wouldn't have a problem to post about ! Unfortunately, they're too large.
     
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  6. Stuart Kirsh

    Stuart Kirsh New Member

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    Cbouty: if I may ask a dumb question-- what grit sandpaper does one use to sand metal screws ???????
     
  7. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    I use the included screws, haven’t had a problem in 25 years with them in PRS. If you’re having problems with the larger diameter try rubbing the screws on some bar soap, it’ll lubricate ‘em a bit and make it easier to screw ‘em in.
     
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  8. Cbouty

    Cbouty Winter Is Coming

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    I used some 200 grit... just layed it flat on my work bench and rotated the screw holding by the treads... you dont have to take off much
     
  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Or candle-wax (old wood-workers trick). Sergio’s probably smells better!
     
  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Not sure if I'd go that far :confused::eek:o_O
     
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  11. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Suggested lubricant! Haha!;)
     
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  12. Stuart Kirsh

    Stuart Kirsh New Member

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    sergiodeblanc: I will try that.

    cbouty: Thanks-- at this point, I think I'm gonna just try using the Dunlop screws, soaped, as sergiodeblanc suggested.
    Even if I did reduce the diameter of the PRS screws, the Dunlop head is much thicker, by comparison. I figure
    there must be a functional reason for that.
     
  13. Stuart Kirsh

    Stuart Kirsh New Member

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    sergiodeblanc: Tried the soap-- worked perfectly. Thanks.

    If the guitar were heavier I might be concerned about the screws not extending the full length of the holes, but the Mira semi
    is the lightest guitar I've ever owned and should be fine. Did I mention that I'm really enjoying this guitar ?
     
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