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Discussion in 'PTC - PRS Tech Center' started by littlebadboy, Feb 14, 2019.
Schallers all the way.
As I'm not a gigging musician, I've never bothered with any, but this thread is giving me the itch to try them out.
I know NOTHING about what makes them good/bad, I see this as a Coke vs. Pepsi debate.
Can anyone clue me in as to what would make them good vs. bad, or anything I should watch out for when making my decision?
To narrow the field a bit, I'm pretty much deciding on Dunlop vs. S-locks. (Without any good reason to have done so...)
I haven't used them for quite that long, but I have two sets of Schaller locks that are definitely more than 20 years old and they still work perfectly.
They are copies of a brand called Marvel.
I use these also as they feel very solid and it’s pretty much impossible to accidentally operate them.
Grolsch as well.
I decided to just break down and buy one of each. I'll throw the Dunlop on one guitar, the Schaller on another, and decide which I want to stick with.
Dunlop on everything. So far they've held up fine to the rigors of basement/bedroom playing
I have no qualms with my Chinese flatheads...
Apparently, PRSi use larger strap buttons to prevent straps falling off. I don't trust em.
Mine say Boston Strap Locks on them. IDK where I got em or what I paid
I had a plastic disc set I think was planet waves. Those were great. The bottom plate had a large hole to fit over normal buttons. Then a rotating disc with an oblong hole.
They're stiff and difficult to rotate. Left them on my Gibson SG when I sold it. They're the best for SGs cause some idiot decided to put the strap button on the back of the neck joint
Thanks for the tips. I've been using Schaller's but am going to give the flathead's a try.
After the bakeoff, I'm 5 sets of Schallers in now.
I was working in a guitar shop in the 90s, and I saw more than one set of the dunlop strap locks come in completely stuck to the guitar, there were quite a few tools and well place expletives necessary to get them off again.
While it's better than the other way, I have been a Schaller guy ever since. =)
The flat heads are pretty cool. A lot of the import schallers and even the fender variety can get stuck on the guitar with no access to the screw. The flatheads don't need any tools and once the knurled flat head comes off you have access to the rest of the lock including the button screw. So even if you chuck it away, you won't have to resort to an angle grinder to cut through the lock to remove the button lol.
Just wish they came in the warmer nickel finish rather than chrome silver.
Black, gold or chrome!
I'd be curious how this is possible, the pin that holds the strap is literally the thing you are pulling to release it.
Does the pin get rusted in place or something?
Used Schallers for decades. Recently picked up a couple sets of the new ‘S’ variety and despite loving the new button design, the new strap mechanism is too stiff. The whole design is uncomfortable for me and I’m going to put the old ones back on my most used strap. The ball end is sharp and the spring tension is WAY higher making a disconnect difficult. They were on there for several months so it’s not as if I didn’t give them a chance.
Good to know! Thanks, I'll be sure to not to get those. =D
There's a video somewhere on Youtube about the Fender ones having the same problem too. It's the pin end that comes off. There isn't enough thread on the screw/pin to hold ball end on and definitely not to put it back on once the spring inside the lock goes in to play and pulls the pin back into the lock. You can't get a purchase on the pin so you have to cut the lock off.
Here's the Fender locks one
Schaller,Grover, and the new Levy's.
Dimarzio Locking straps on every guitar.
After losing a headstock on a Les Paul and several mishaps with my gigging prs, I decided the extra expense was worth it