How is it already the 9th of January? It seems like New Year’s was just yesterday. That was a week ago! Where does the time go?
Well this past week has gone toward work, kids, friends, more work, home repair, and all the other things that make up life. But not a lot of guitar.
So when my gold strap lock buttons arrived at my local guitar shop on Tuesday, I was pretty excited to have a reason to focus on my new 1995 Epiphone Sheraton VSB. I don’t have any straps that don’t have strap locks. Wow! Double negative. How about, “all my guitar straps (all three) have strap locks and all my guitars have strap lock buttons.” But they are all chrome and the Sheraton has gold (albeit faded and worn) hardware. And I am not going to buy an entire strap lock set just for the buttons.
My local guitar shop only had chrome strap lock buttons in stock, so I ordered some gold ones. And I’m patient…usually.
But now they are here and I have a process I go through.
First, I remove the old strap buttons and save them in a small zip lock bag with a piece of paper saying what guitar they came from.
Second, I cut out a small washer from scrap leather I got a while back and punch a hole in it.
Third, I rub the new screws in some soap so they are easier to screw into the guitar (if the old hole seems a bit worn, I will use some wood glue and a tooth pick to fill it).
Fourth, I screw the strap lock button and leather washer into place.
Finally I test it with a strap!
How do you keep your strap secure?