Rickenbacker Straplocks


Strap locks – you need them but you kind of hate them.  Am I right?

I used to use the Schaller or big button types of strap locks but I always hated how it took the weight of the guitar and moved it away from the guitar body and then the screw gets this strange tension and eventually strips out.

Well, it always did on me anyway. My 1983 Les Paul Custom had 3 or 4 holes just for strap buttons that kept getting stripped out.1I know a better way to fix that now but that’s not the point of this piece.

Which brings me to Rickenbacker guitars.

Like most things Rickenbacker – their strap buttons are proprietary or unique to them. If you’re a fan of Rickenbacker guitars then you know that this is almost the SOP for all things Ric. Their pickups are different, their wiring is different (5th knob?), their whole aesthetic is…different.

I love my Rics but I’m also frustrated by them at times.

Like I said before – I hate the big metal strap lock things and on a Ric they kind of clang around and I’m going to get a little “one with the universe” on you here – I feel a disconnect between me and the guitar with those other strap locks on here. The guitar feels separate from me.

There used to be this great music store in Allston MA called Mr. Music and one time I was in there and they had these leather strap locks that screwed directly into the guitar and then you had this button thing that would hold your strap in place.

I loved them. Bought them for all my guitars BUT – they do wear out and the leather will break after a while. Mr. Music went out of business a few years back and I’ve had a hard time finding these strap locks. I have bought blank leather pieces and have made my own and fashioned different things all based around this design.

If I had a music store and sold one item – it would be this straplock. In fact, I need to see how to do that.

Anyway – there is a guy selling them on eBay2https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-of-Mawson-leather-guitar-strap-locks-straplocks-in-onyx-black/172956578839?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 and they’re $16 for a set. The originals were like $4.95 each or something.3Inflation perhaps?

So yeah – have all these leather straplocks on all my guitars but Rickenbackers strap buttons are a threaded screw, it’s bigger and you can’t just put a wood screw in there.

I took the strap button off, went to Home Depot and the woman in the screw department measured it and said “yeah, that’s a 10-24x ¾ inch. They cost less than $4 for four of them and now I can put my ideal leather straplocks on my Ric.

Wanna see?

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1. I know a better way to fix that now but that’s not the point of this piece.
2. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-of-Mawson-leather-guitar-strap-locks-straplocks-in-onyx-black/172956578839?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
3. Inflation perhaps?


  1. I personally haven’t had any issues with the schallers. But I do hear that the gasket from the top of grolsch beer tops work well.

  2. With my basses I’ve been screwing the straps right to the bodies for years. One long screw, one big washer at each end. They’re totally secure and I’ve never lost a strap! I have a Strat that came with the Schaller locks and I don’t like ’em at all. They just don’t “feel” right, ya know?

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