The Old Strap Button...

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Duo Slinger, Jan 14, 2021 at 2:52 AM.

  1. Duo Slinger

    Duo Slinger Gretschie

    Sep 11, 2020
    California, USA
    Well, the hole for the bottom strap button on my G5420 is stripped, and it couldn't hold anything. I've been debating getting Schaeller's, and this seems like the time. But before I do, does anyone have any tried-and-true solutions?
  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Toothpicks and a dab of Elmer's White glue and reinstall works for some folks. I opted for the Schallers and don't have to worry anymore. It's insurance.
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  3. El Marin

    El Marin Gretschie

    Oct 4, 2018
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    I would change to Schallers BUT I also would do the toothpick and glue thing
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  4. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    Jan 19, 2017
    Yes, you can use either a match or a toothpick. Remove any sawdust or debris from the hole, fill it with Elmer's glue, stick in the bit of wood, clean excess glue, cut flush (pre-cut if you don't have a fret cutter to cut flush without hurting the finish). Let it dry for a couple of hours, redrill.

    As for the pins themselves, I find this type of design secure enough:
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  5. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Schaller Strap Locks insurance policy for a guitar . You'll never worry again

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  6. michelb

    michelb Synchromatic

    Mar 27, 2020
    Schaller S-Locks all the way. The screw is a bit bigger then the default screws, so you should be able to reuse the stripped hole.
  7. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
    I use Schallers on all my guitars.
    The Gretsch strap buttons look really cool but they do work loose..
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  8. Scott

    Scott Country Gent

    Jun 27, 2008
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Dunlop strap locks. They're good enough for Duane Eddy...
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  9. BentFX

    BentFX Electromatic

    Dec 15, 2020
    Pacific NW, USA
    Well, seeing all the love that Schaller locks get, I decided to order a pair. I've got a set of rubber washer type locks that I use under the basic screw on nuts, they work for me and beyond that I don't care.

    But given the price of the Schallers, it's worth the investment just to look like I do care. ;)
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  10. Paulie26

    Paulie26 Electromatic

    Sep 7, 2020
    2027FF58-63C8-4A60-A11E-D13A0505A60A.jpeg I just fitted them yesterday. Great quality product
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  11. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    whats w the elmers white glue..?? :) :) c'mon kids!
    my 2 scents
    Cocktail toothpicks (theyre flat and absorb more glue than the round ones and DO USE superglue gel (cyanoacrylate ) means youre in business in an hour, mask w cheapy blue painters tape.. redrill pilot holes (w a bit half the diameter of the screw threads) and insert schaller strap locks, and yes use the little felt washers they stop any spin (use the white ones, stew macs schallers come w black ones for $10, but they carry the white).

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  12. AllenK

    AllenK Gretschie

    The hole for the neck strap button on my 5622 stripped. I ordered a replacement set of Gretsch strap buttons. They looked like the ones on the professional series. When I compared the mounting screw from these with the one from the original set, it was thicker and with a more pronounced grove to the thread. It screwed nicely into the stripped hole and, so far, has been holding very nicely. Certainly feels well supported. One of those little differences between the Electromatics and Pro series that don't seem much in themselves but all start to add up.

    My Annie comes with Schallers and these are good. Don't know how they compare pricewise with the Gretsch replacement buttons but don't think you can go too far wrong with either.
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  13. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    having a gretsch strap knob come off and roll away on stage is totally irritating. hence locking strap systems like schaller and dunlop on all straps
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  14. Skydog

    Skydog Gretschie

    Dec 19, 2014
    Schallers are great and I have them on all but my new Gretsch, but they won't solve the problem the OP stated. Yes, the screw is slightly larger, but as others said, still do the toothpick and glue treatment.
  15. Viking Power

    Viking Power Gretschie

    Jun 11, 2018
    Shoreline, WA
    Schallers and then when they work loose, toothpicks and wood glue.
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