Homemade Strap Locks

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Homemade Strap Locks
Your strap should be securely attached to your guitar. (detail of electric guitar image by Thor Jorgen Udvang from Fotolia.com)

A strap lock is a small device that slips over the strap pins on either end of your guitar in order to keep your strap in place. A strap that slips off one of the strap pins can be disastrous because it can cause your instrument to fall to the ground, potentially resulting in serious damage to your guitar. If you don't have the time or funds to go out and buy strap locks from a music store, you can make a set of your own at home.

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Things you need

  • Plastic two-liter bottle cap
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Grolsch beer bottle gaskets
  • Knife

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    Method 1

  1. 1

    Remove the plastic cap off of a two-liter soda bottle.

  2. 2

    Poke a hole in the centre of the cap using a sharp knife. Whittle out the hole until it is slightly smaller than the strap pins on your guitar.

  3. 3

    Cut the sides of the cap away with a pair of scissors, so that you are left with a flat disk (with a hole in the middle of it).

  4. 4

    Make a cut from any point on the perimeter of the disk all the way to the hole in the middle.

  5. 5

    Use a permanent marker to change the colour of the disk if you so desire.

  6. 6

    Slip the hole in the disk over the strap pin after you've attached the strap.

  7. 7

    Repeat the process and make another strap lock for the second strap pin (if your guitar has two pins).

    Method 2

  1. 1

    Open a bottle of Grolsch beer.

  2. 2

    Pull the red washer off of the underside of the cap.

  3. 3

    Slip the washer over the strap pin once you've attached the strap.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you hold your guitar in both hands with the strap over your shoulder and give the instrument a few tugs to make sure that the strap is secure before letting go to play as usual.

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