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    Default Strap locks.

    Iím thinking of putting them on my solid body. Is there anything stopping me?

    What about acoustics? Can they go on acoustic mandolins? I have them on my telecasters. I canít think of any reason why they wouldnít work, but you good folks know more than I do.

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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    I use rubber washers on all of my instruments. They are inexpensive, work great, and you can get them at the hardware store too.

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    I have used the same thing a mandowilli. I got mine at the local hardware store for much cheaper. It is surprising how well they lock the strap. But I am not out standing up performing either. Give them a try.

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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    I recently put straplocks on my solidbody baritone, and I'm thrilled. I primarily did this to keep the strap from coming of the pins, but the best thing about it: It's breeze to put the strap on and off! This way, I can roll the thick and padded leather strap and store it separately in the gigbag for transport. Makes packing up so much easier...
    However, on all my other isntruments with more flexible straps I don't see why I should invest that much money... As long as the strap stays on the pins I'm fine, and otherwise I'd also use rubber washers

    I also see no reason why they shouldn't work on acoustics.
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    The end pin coming out won't be helped by a strap lock. A small loop of string/leather around the tailpiece attached to the strap is more important to me than a strap lock.
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    To put a strap lock on a mandolin with an end pin you would have to drill the hold straight and plug so you can screw the lock button on. You could glue the end pin in and cut it off flush, but either way you would be modifying your mandolin. Not a big deal, but not necessary either unless you like the ease of the strap lock. I don't take the strap off anyway so I won't be putting on on, tho I have installed many on guitars.
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    I've been using rubber washers on my Breedloves for years with no problems. Both have metal "end pins" for ľ" plugs.
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    Once the end pin has been changed for a 1/4" plug I don't worry about the strap coming loose. I fit it tight and don't take it off. When performing I am plugged in and it can't come off so not worries there.
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    I've been a fan of the Dunlop plastic locks, but since I got a Bailey strap, one leather loop around the strap button sinched with the very tight leather disk seems more than enough. Not a fan of the button slit in many straps. A bread tie works great if you don't mind funky.
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    Had a great player suggest Groelsch beer bottle cap washers. Work great and the beer does too. A super deal.

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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    Quote Originally Posted by barrytx View Post
    Had a great player suggest Groelsch beer bottle cap washers. Work great and the beer does too. A super deal.
    Some of us don't imbibe and I'm not going to buy a bottle of beer for the washer. I'll stick with my hardware store washers. They've served me well for many years.
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    Another rubber washer user. It's amazing how great a rubber washer works for a low cost solution. The beer bottle washers, gaskets, some specifically made for guitar strap locks, etc can be found easily and cheap online and in hardware stores. I buy several at a time made for guitar end pins online/ebay for about $1 +/- for 4 or so and they work great.
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    I guess since I make my own straps and make the fit to the endpin tight, I have never felt the need for anything to help it stay on. I sometimes double the end of the strap on the pin so there are two and both are tight. I would be more worried about the pin falling out with the strap on than my strap coming off the pin.
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    I would be more worried about the pin falling out with the strap on than my strap coming off the pin.
    I would, too, except that both of my Breedloves have ľ" plugs/endpins and the units are 2-piece screwed together through the end of the mandolin.
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    I've used the SureLock Strap Lock from LM Products for a number of years on my solid bodied mandos. They've worked well for me. NFI
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    Default Re: Strap locks.

    As a long time lover and user of StrapLocks I have to say that I recently saw an advertisement for a new locking strap design by D'Addario that I thought ingenious and worth investigating. Sorry I can't remember the name, but it should be easy enough to Google.

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