I've been researching the whole thing for a while now... and saw something yesterday that I kinda liked the idea of. And after conversating with Ari (WarriorOfMetal), I decided to give these strap locks a try. They're designed similarly to the 'Marvel' strap locks seen online. These are made by Hennessey, which is owned by On Stage Stands.
First off, my problem with the 'popular' strap locks: Dunlops, I don't like the push-pin type of release mechanism. Schaller, I don't like how far they stick out from the guitar's body.
So I decided to give these a try:
So here's what its going to replace:
And I'll use my new 'Guitar Toolkit'
Skip the bullshit pics with the screwdriver () and here's what it looks like:
From the front:
Here's the one on the back of the guitar:
How to disengage it (Which I really really like the idea behind. Removes just about every 'accidental' chance of removal):
And then removed:
The distance of the strap away from the body has always been my biggest concern. This one is 18mm:
Anyone who uses Dunlops and/or Schallers, can you measure the distance between the backside of the strap and the body of the guitar? I'd like a comparison. I only bought the one pair to try. I plan on getting 4 more pairs (two for me, two for my bro) but only if we decide we like them. So I'm still going my research at this point.
The Gotoh straplocks on my Ibanez stick out a bit... well, duh, you're going to know this shit as well, Rog, since you have a RG2127.
Well, at any rate, I love 'em. Plus, I find the sticking out a bit part a benefit, as it helps overall balance. Even with 2 allen wrenches/holder and a battery box (for fretboard LEDs - I love gadgets too ) my guitar balances perfectly. No neck dive.