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I've had these before and had no problem and on the back of various recommendations decided to shell out (£18 is a bit steep in my opinion, so one star down for that) for a pair to fit on my Gibson SG. With a bit of thought I could have avoided what happened, but I simply followed the enclosed instructions like many would. The thing is the SG is a slim guitar and on my model Gibson have fitted two different sized screws and strap buttons. As instructed, I started drilling 22mm into the neck one and suddenly noticed a bit of silver dust... I was being cautious so hopefully little damage occured - but I was obviously drilling into the damned truss rod. Even then, with the hole at maximum depth the provided screw was too long for the strap-lock mechanism to work, so I spent half an hour searching for a screw in my shed that would do the job. A royal pain as under normal circumstances this fit should be a 5 minute job. Dunlop... sort out the price and provide a cautionary warning and you will be back up to 5 stars.
Ever since my prized Fender Precision nosedived onto a concrete patio I have been fitting this make of strap lock to every instrument I own. One part goes on the guitar, and the other fits to the strap. Never had one disconnect accidentally or fail in any way. Release is quicker than a standard button and strap. Just press the button in the middle of the strap side fitting. Note also that you can also use an ordinary strap on the guitar button. Also check out the gold finish version.
I've had Schaller style straplocks for half my life. If the nut comes undone on them the strap falls off and the guitar comes crashing down. These fail safe as the fastening is on the inside. The worst that can happen is you lose a fitting when the strap is detatched. The mechanism uses a cam action so very little force is required to operate, unlike the pure spring operated Schaller items, which are hard to remove with sweaty fingers.
My son uses the Jim Dunlop Dual Design type on all his guitars and swears by them. Until recently I was using the Warwick type, that is until one decided to release of its own accord with the guitar head whipping up in the side of my head and the guitar fortunate not to be damaged as it discovered gravity.
I too am now using the Jim Dunlop Dual Design type and they are very secure.
Like other reviewers, I reused the existing mounting screws as the soft zinc plated self-tapping ones provided are a larger diameter.
The only other issue is the cost; I paid £14.99 + P&P. However, when you consider the value of your guitar then you have to have them.
Straplocks are a definite must have for any guitar player of any level. The locks take about ten minutes to assemble, provided you have the right equipment, if not, it's still possible, but takes a bit longer.
I love these because I now know that I can play without worrying that my guitar might fall off.
The locks are very secure, they're certainly not going to come off, unless there's some sort of nuclear explosion.
The item arrived on the first day that it said it might arrive (Wed-Fri, it came on Wed)
Overall, a great product, and I would recommend this to anyone playing the guitar (electric, acoustic or bass)
I had these on my Six string Ovation when I bought it they are excellent strap locking, guitar saving accessories. When My 12 string Ovation arrived I was disappointed that it did not feature the same but standard black strap buttons. Hence my order for this set, now fitted with strap locked in place. Job Done! On black guitars they look the biz, they are simple to fit and simple to use, they work.
Every guitarist is different, as is every guitar, but without exception I always use Dunlop straplocks. I know that sounds like some soft sales pitch but after playing live and throwing them around practice rooms I know my guitars are safe. They securely hold the strap on and are much quicker to release than other types. Plus the variety of colour means they complement the hardware nicely.
I have four guitars fitted with the same straplocks by Jim Dunlop. I love them. They are safe and so easy to click on. Sturdy and I think quite stylish, but best of all, they do the job so well and are great value.
Great reliable straplocks that are durable and easy to fit as well as looking great. I've used them on three guitars over the last five years and they are super quick and easy to use and totally reliable, the first thing I do when I get a new guitar is fit these.