Is your strap the jealous type that tangles itself up creating a rift between you and your beloved guitar? Tell it who’s boss as you walk it down the hallway to the garbage! Well OK, your current strap probably doesn’t have a vendetta against you, or any real human feelings at all, but I’ve got some straplocks by Loxx and a nice strap by Get ‘m Get ‘m to talk about;
Some instant perks I noticed when opening the Loxx up; I need no additional tools to install these and the screw was much beefier than my current strap button’s screw. The thicker screw means no messing around with toothpicks and super glue, just a really nice secure anchoring from the get go.
First take off your old strap buttons. As always keep all your instrument’s factory hardware for nothing more than maybe you’ll need a spare down the road. Also salvage the felt ends that sit between your strap button and the guitar’s body. This prevents the chrome from digging into the wood of your guitar. The Loxx didn’t come with felt, but that was no big deal since my bass had some on.
Next take the supplied hand tool, line up the strap lock, put the felt in place and screw the new strap lock on. The process was simple, just make sure to give it a little muscle, you want a nice and secure grip from the screw inside the body.
Here is what it looked like once I have the strap lock in place. Time to repeat the process to the other strap button. If you find yourself having trouble driving the screw in, rub a little drop of dish soap over the thread of the screw.
Next unscrew the top of the strap locks, your strap will sit in between this connection. Make sure the side with the lip faces towards the top of the strap lock as your strap needs this lip to sit properly in the strap lock.
The top 2 pictures are just added to show the mounting process. I dug in with my fingernails and a flat head screwdriver to make sure the connection was tight; nothing was going nowhere! haha.
Here is closeup of the Get ‘m Get ‘m strap. The design is called Indochine Black. The strap is 2 inches wide and can extend out 64.5 inches in length. It is made in the USA and the company donates some of the proceeds to various animal rescue projects. Definitely a heavy duty strap; thick material, leather ends and actual metal hardware instead of the usual plastic.
Here’s the finished product my bass decked out with Loxx strap locks and the Get ‘m Get ‘m strap. The package says the strap locks can handle 220 pounds of pull out force, I’d believe it. Overall it’s a rock solid connection and I can remove the strap locks one-handed making wearing and removing your instrument as easy as it’s ever been.
I got the strap and locks last Friday as I was heading out for a gig. Prior to having time to install the strap locks I grabbed the strap to use just because it looked cool. Here it is out and about.
Price: Loxx Nickel Strap Locks MSRP $24 Get ‘m Get ‘m Velvet Series $54