- Jun 15, 2013
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I have yet to encounter the new S-Lock design in person; that does sound like it would, indeed, obviate the need to check the nut twice a year. But I'm not so sure about the new button/screw combo; while the buttons on the old separate-screw style could turn by themselves (while I always - well, twice a year - check them, I have _never_ retightened one; can't say the same about the strap end) it seems at first glance that the new style would tend to work loose. Can anyone assuage my fears from first-hand experience?+1 for the Schallers (and their ilk, eg. Fender/Grover/whatever licensed ones).
One bit of advice for the older design with the normal-type hex nut securing the strap lock to the strap: use a dab of blue locktite on the nut/shaft to prevent the nut from loosening off on you inadvertently over time. I'm talking about the ones that look like this:
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Nothing worse than placing confidence in your strap lock system, and then having the lock itself slowly dismantle itself over time and fall off of your strap.
The newer Schaller-branded-only version with the knurled collar and set-screws more or less obviates this concern (the set-screws prevent it from self-loosening... as long as you remember to actually tighten the darned things).