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Cosmin Lupu
post Jun 24 2011, 04:01 PM
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Guys, I am having trouble with the straplocking system on my baritone guitar. It never ever stays screwed, maybe because I move a lot when I play (jumping and headbanging) but I find this a serious issue as I need the guitar in perfect shape for next weeks big gig.

What would you suggest, aside from totally changing the system? I can't use a bigger screw, as the metal part in which the locking goes into is exactly made to fit that screw cap size.

Thank you in advance smile.gif


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post Jun 24 2011, 04:06 PM
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post Jun 24 2011, 04:06 PM
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post Jun 24 2011, 04:32 PM
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Hmm, I wish I could help with this Cosmin.. I'd be tempted to take it to someone with experience.


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post Jun 24 2011, 04:34 PM
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Will take a picture tonight at rehearsals and post it in this thread smile.gif thank you guys!!


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post Jun 24 2011, 04:35 PM
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Needs woodwork.
Or glue.

Cheap guitar?
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post Jun 24 2011, 04:39 PM
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Two things you need, toothpicks and wood glue. Its very simple, take the toothpicks, put some wood glue on them, and stick them in the hole. You may have to shave them down the long way, i.e. from top to bottom, in order for you to fit the screw in. Don't put too much wood glue on them. When you put the screw back in it should be a tight fit. Let it sit for at least a day or two before you use the strap again.

Essentially what you're doing is molding a new hole. The wood glue by itself won't hold it in, but combined with the toothpicks it should be tighter than a snakes ass biggrin.gif



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post Jun 24 2011, 04:40 PM
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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Jun 24 2011, 04:39 PM) *
tighter than a snakes ass biggrin.gif


I'm sure that's what Cosmin was looking for.... laugh.gif


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post Jun 24 2011, 04:55 PM
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It happens to me a lot as well, and I have Dunlop straplocks, not sure what you have, but I guess the screw is very similar. I did this job probably around 15-20 times so far.

The way I solved the problem (although it will reappear after a while, but you can always repeat the process) is by following the Mudbone's "snake ass" method biggrin.gif

For a quick fix, you can always use toothpicks only, and add any glue if you have it around. The only difference was that I used super glue, I found wooden glue having too little impact, the screw stayed in place for couple of gigs, and then the whole was big again.




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post Jun 24 2011, 05:39 PM
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I used to hang out with the guitar techs at a local shop - pretty close friends - basically what they did for stripped out holes in wood was to re-drill the stripped hole large enough for a wooden dowel, then they would glue and knock the dowel into the over sized hole and let it set. Then they would re drill the hole using a bit that was as big as the shaft of the screw, but smaller than the actual width of the screw so that the threads could bite in for a snug fit without the metal shaft of it over-compressing and crushing the dowel. I don't know what kind of wood dowel is best for that though.

But get a tech to do it since they've (hopefully) done this sort of thing enough times to do it right. I'd hate to see a split body - once wood goes, it goes.

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post Jun 24 2011, 05:40 PM
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Slightly longer and thicker screw + glue, and problem is solved ! I had the same problem on several guitars and have always worked this way - lifetime warranty wink.gif


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post Jun 24 2011, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE (Sollesnes @ Jun 24 2011, 03:35 PM) *
Needs woodwork.
Or glue.

Cheap guitar?


The Ibanez MMM Mike Mushok Signature smile.gif i wouldn't have expected it to let me down like this honestly... I have too perform 2 jumps with the guitar in the show on July the 2nd, and thus i need it to be as steady as it goes..

Thank you guys! smile.gif I'll give the snake ass method a go tomorrow smile.gif))))


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post Jun 24 2011, 09:44 PM
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I'd plug the hole. I think a good way is to stuff it with a wood filler, plastic padding. There's one made for it, becomes even harder than wood. Fill the hole, dry, drill, screw.


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post Jun 25 2011, 06:05 AM
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I hope you get this resolved, Cosmin. smile.gif


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post Jun 25 2011, 12:54 PM
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Best of luck with the show! smile.gif


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post Jun 25 2011, 01:30 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 25 2011, 11:54 AM) *
Best of luck with the show! smile.gif


Thank you mate!


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post Jun 26 2011, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 24 2011, 11:55 AM) *
It happens to me a lot as well, and I have Dunlop straplocks, not sure what you have, but I guess the screw is very similar. I did this job probably around 15-20 times so far.

The way I solved the problem (although it will reappear after a while, but you can always repeat the process) is by following the Mudbone's "snake ass" method biggrin.gif

For a quick fix, you can always use toothpicks only, and add any glue if you have it around. The only difference was that I used super glue, I found wooden glue having too little impact, the screw stayed in place for couple of gigs, and then the whole was big again.


Ivan makes a great point, regular wood glue might not provide the most strength. Thats why you should see if you can get your hands on some industrial wood glue. Theres some industrial wood glues out there that are so strong that it could possibly keep the leading members of Pink Floyd stuck together.

Also instead of using toothpicks, you could try using slivers off of a drum stick, as hickory is a very strong and dense wood, much more so than a toothpick.


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post Jun 26 2011, 04:15 PM
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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Jun 26 2011, 03:04 PM) *
Ivan makes a great point, regular wood glue might not provide the most strength. Thats why you should see if you can get your hands on some industrial wood glue. Theres some industrial wood glues out there that are so strong that it could possibly keep the leading members of Pink Floyd stuck together.

Also instead of using toothpicks, you could try using slivers off of a drum stick, as hickory is a very strong and dense wood, much more so than a toothpick.


Wow biggrin.gif thanks man! biggrin.gif heheh


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post Jun 26 2011, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Jun 26 2011, 05:04 PM) *
Also instead of using toothpicks, you could try using slivers off of a drum stick, as hickory is a very strong and dense wood, much more so than a toothpick.


I heard that it's great to use drum sticks of a really fat and sweaty drummer, because the grease from rehearsals and gigs really makes the wood sturdy over time cool.gif

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post Jun 26 2011, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jun 26 2011, 01:17 PM) *
I heard that it's great to use drum sticks of a really fat and sweaty drummer, because the grease from rehearsals and gigs really makes the wood sturdy over time cool.gif


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