Schaller vs. Dunlop Strap Locks. Which one is better? I would go for the Schaller. Why? Please let me explain. I have seen so many guitars fell off from their straps, and that’s why I am glad somebody invented the strap locks. It hurts to see a guitar dropped and more so if it is an expensive guitar.
What is the Difference Between a Regular Guitar Strap and a Guitar Strap with Strap Locks?
A regular guitar strap has a slot where you will insert the regular strap buttons. The regular strap buttons are installed on the guitar. This is not a secured system, as the slot is just on a piece of leather and has no locking feature.
On the other hand, a guitar strap lock system consists of two parts. The guitar strap locks button which is installed in the guitar and the guitar strap lock/ retainer which are fixed in the guitar strap. Then the two parts are locked together using a locking device. This adds more security to prevent the separation between the guitar strap and the guitar.
Schaller and Dunlop are the two of the most popular guitar strap locks available in the market. Both are well made, but they are of different design.
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Dunlop Dual Design Strap Locks
It is one of the most popular brands of strap locks. It is well made and the price is reasonable. It comes in black, gold and chrome/nickel finish.The Dunlop Strap Locks comes in two parts, the strap lock button which is installed in the guitar and the guitar strap retainer which is installed in the guitar strap. The Dunlop featured the dual-design feature where you can also use a regular strap without the locking retainer.
It is intended as a very convenient alternative in case you forget to bring your guitar strap with the strap lock retainer installed. This design could be a cool feature for some, but I do not like the idea of using a regular strap without a strap lock retainer on an expensive guitar. Even temporarily as it is an invitation to a disaster.
So this feature is a no-no for me. It is very tempting to use a regular strap without the lock retainer as an alternative if the proper strap is not available. If the guitar strap with the Dunlop Strap Lock Retainers installed is not available, I will not dare use that expensive guitar. I will drop it sooner or later. There is also a feature that I think is scary with the Dunlop Strap Lock. The locking mechanism on a Dunlop is a ball type lock, and if that ball lock fails, you will drop the guitar. I do not like a design that if one safety feature fails, there is no backup.
There is also a feature that I think is scary with the Dunlop Strap Lock. The locking mechanism on a Dunlop is a ball type lock, and if that ball lock fails, you will drop the guitar. I do not like a design that if one safety feature fails, there is no backup.
This strap lock is well-made but my only concern is the design features.
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Schaller Strap Locks
It is one of the most popular brands of guitar strap locks. It is priced almost the same as the Dunlop and it comes in black, gold and chrome/ nickel finish. The Schaller Strap Locks comes in two parts. The Strap Lock Button is installed in the guitar while the strap lock is installed in the guitar strap. The Schaller has a horseshoe clip on the strap lock ( the one installed in the guitar strap) where you insert the strap lock button and locked in place. If the locking mechanism fails, the strap lock button is still in the horseshoe clip and will not get detached. Gravity will keep the strap in place as long as you do not raise the guitar over your head abruptly.
I like that redundant security feature over the Dunlop. Another feature of this design which I like is you can only use a guitar strap with the strap lock installed. You can not use a regular guitar strap without the strap lock installed. This feature is good because you will have no choice but to use the guitar strap with the strap lock installed otherwise you cannot use the guitar. This means your guitar is always protected from being dropped.
That is why we provide strap locks, so we do not use regular guitar straps without locks. Using regular straps without a lock is hazardous for an expensive guitar. The guitar will be dropped sooner or later. So it is always a good idea to have that guitar strap with a strap lock attached to that expensive guitar whenever it is out of the case. You will save it from being dropped.
I will opt for the Schaller Strap Locks than the Dunlop Dual-Design Strap Locks. The Strap Lock Buttons will set on the Horseshoe slot which is a redundancy which I think is a good backup if the lock fails. I also like the idea that you will not be able to use the guitar if you do not have the strap with the Schaller Strap Lock installed. The guitar is protected all the time.
I do not like the idea of the Dunlop pin type lock as it has no backup if it fails. The idea of being able to use a regular strap without the Dunlop Strap Lock Button is an invitation for disaster. You will be tempted to use a regular strap without a strap lock button installed as an alternative. Guitars should not be used without a strap lock. Even temporarily.
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