DIY Strap Lock

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DIY Strap Lock
Strap locks keep the guitar strap in place. (playing guitar image by GeoM from

DIY strap locks for guitar straps offer cost savings, ease of installation and require no modification to the instrument or strap. Commercially available strap locks consist of a two-piece system installed on the guitar body and strap. Once installed, the strap cannot be used on another guitar unless it has also been modified with a strap-lock system. This DIY strap-lock solution allows freedom of guitar and strap switching, requires no tools for installation and is readily available at any hardware store.

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Things you need

  • 2 rubber washers, 11/4-inch diameter with 1/4-inch centre hole

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  1. 1

    Put the strap on the guitar in the usual manner, by placing the holes in each end of the strap over the strap buttons of the guitar.

  2. 2

    Grasp the rubber washer with the thumb and forefinger of both hands and stretch it slightly to widen the centre hole.

  3. 3

    Place the hole in the centre of the washer over the strap button of the guitar and release your grip.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other strap button. The washer may be removed by grasping one side with your fingers and pulling away from the strap button.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep extra washers in your guitar case, as they will wear out over time and require replacement.
  • Washers from beverage containers of a similar size and plastic bread-ties may be substituted for hardware store washers.
  • Metal washers may be used, but will require removal of the strap button to install and remove.
  • Inspect the washer periodically. Frequent installation and removal of rubber washers may cause the centre hole to become enlarged and cause the washer to no longer fit snugly over the strap button.
  • The rubber washer strap lock may not hold up under heavy use and acrobatics, such as placing heavy pressure on the strap or swinging the guitar in the air.

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