Tools for the Task: Strap Locks
This month we take a look at some of the options out there to help ensure your axe stays in your hands, and not on the ground.
Rotating Elliptical End Pins
These chrome end pins were designed to secure the strap to your guitar without bulky hardware or having to dedicate a strap to a specific guitar. The two-piece elliptical shape combines function and style, they are easy to install, and work with all guitars and basses.
These strong and lightweight strap locks feature the quick-release mechanism that players want and need to easily remove the strap. Available in nickel, chrome, gold, and black.
“F” Strap Locks
Available in chrome, gold, and black, these strap buttons for the guitar and locks for the strap keep your favorite guitar or bass safe and secure. They can be fitted to nearly every Fender instrument manufactured since 1946.
These have a push-button, quick-release design with positive locking pins to ensure the locks won’t release until buttons are completely depressed. Super Locks are case-hardened and steel-plated. Available in black, gold, and nickel.
Made from recyclable high-quality neoprene rubber and designed to fit almost any strap button for guitar or bass. Installation is simple: Slip one over your strap and button.
Street: $6 (for 12-pack), $15 (for 30-pack)
XL Strap Locks
Made for extra-thick straps and available in black, chrome, and nickel. Allows for one-handed “easy on/easy off” engage and release action, yet can still resist a pull force of 220 pounds.
Swing-top Bottle Washers
Guitarists and bassists have long utilized the red rubber washers from these swing-top bottles as a thrifty strap-lock solution. The bonus: These DIY strap locks come with beer attached.
Street: Varies according to thirst.
These zinc die-cast and brass constructed strap locks feature a custom wingnut design and plunger locking mechanism to provide a secure and confident quick-change strap connection. Each pair of locks comes with a dual-purpose wrench that also serves as a bottle opener.
This widely used system comes in eight finishes so players can closely match other hardware on their axes. Extra long screws are included with all Security Locks for use on Gibson models.
Gold Pearl Strap Locks
From basic to flashy like the gold pearl set shown here, each set comes complete with strap buttons, screws, rings, and locks. Decorative rings are available for players who already own strap locks.
Street: $24 and up
Straplok Dual Design Strap Retainers
Release-tested up to 800 pounds of pull, these Dual Design Straplok feature a 360-degree groove-and-ball design that allows full, catch-free rotation, and are available in four finishes.
Street: $11.99–$19.99 depending on finish