How to Install a Schaller Strap Lock

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If your strap is not fastened securely to your guitar, it could fall off mid-song and cause physical damage to the guitar. Schaller strap locks provide the needed security to your guitar, and they are easy to install. They allow you to move around as much as you need to on stage without worrying about your strap staying on the guitar. Each Schaller strap lock comes with five parts that need to be assembled around the strap: screws, nuts, washers, buttons, locks and screws. Here's how to do it.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Schaller strap locks
  • Drill
  • Screw driver
  • Wood glue

Instructions

  • Unscrew the factory buttons from your guitar. Hold the factory screws next to the Schaller screws to compare sizes. If the factory screws are smaller than the Schaller screws, you won't have any problem screwing the Schaller screws into the existing hole. If the factory screws are bigger than the Schaller screws, you will need wood glue to hold the strap locks in place in the holes.

  • Slide the new screws through the buttons and screw into the holes. If the new screws are smaller than the existing holes, put a dab of glue into the hole, then put the screw in the glue-filled hole. Let dry for 30 minutes. If the new screws are bigger than the hole, simply drive the screws into the holes. No adjustment needs to be made because the new screws will create new grooves. Set the guitar aside when finished with the screws.

  • Slide the strap locks through each of the holes in the strap. The strap should be pushed to the bottom of the strap locks so it sits next to the lock. Do this for both ends of the strap.

  • On the top side of the strap, push the washer snugly against the strap. The washer provides a surface between the nut and strap so the nut can be tightened smoothly. Do this for both ends of the strap.

  • Place the nut on the top side of the strap and screw until tight against the washer. This provides security on the other side of the strap to keep the strap from sliding over the lock. Do this for both ends of the strap.

  • Pick up the guitar and slide the lock over the new button by pulling up on the rounded end of the strap lock. Pulling up on the strap lock will release the gate that keeps the strap secure on the guitar. Do this for both ends of the strap.

Tips & Warnings

  • The rounded ends of the strap locks should poke out on the outside of the strap--the side that is seen when you have your guitar on.
  • Make sure your new buttons are securely screwed or glued into your guitar. If they aren't, the wood will strip and the strap locks might come out.

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