i recently traded my Jem7DBK for a Jackson USA SLS - great trade (except for the crappy case i got when he got my nice, clean UV1000 case, but that's another story!). i love the guitar. the moron part of the story is my inability to pay attention sometimes. i have 2 other guitars i put Dimarzio locking straps on with no problems. the SLS didn't have strap buttons installed but did come with a new Dimarzio locking strap. i put the strap ends on but put the ferruls (brass inserts with a washer type side piece that keeps the screw from pulling thru the strap) on backwards - with the washer side ON the guitar - DOH!! i played a gig the week i got the guitar and never had a problem even as much as i run and jump around it didn't fall off.
i was packing up a few of my guitars last thurs night and was holding the strap end that stays on the guitar and - BOOM! - the strap end pulls off! i tried valiantly to catch the SLS, but with the thick, smooth laquered finish she just slipped thru my fingers (and tore off a hunk of one of my fingernails!) and dove headstock first to the floor. the floor is thin padding with small knit burber (sp?) - in other words, not very soft.
the weight of the guitar came crashing down on the headstock tip. my heart completely stopped until i gave her a FULL inspection to see what damage she took on. to my fortunate suprise, she only recieved a small "smash and chip" spot in the laquer and wood where she hit on the very tip of the headstock. i was also lucky that it is on the backside of the headstock tip. whew!!! i got VERY lucky!
with a neck thru guitar - i can only imagine the trouble i would've had with a broken neck or headstock!
i have barely had this guitar in my possesion for a week and almost lost her.
i wish there was a moral to this story - but sadly, there isn't.
i just wanted to share a "moron moment" that almost cost me a nice guitar and hope if this saves at least one other person from doing the same thing, it's worth looking stupid over - i know, i know, chances are slim to none that anyone else could be this stupid.
sorry for the bad pics - i suck at using my camera
i need to get a couple close ups. you can actually scroll thru the pics to see the others.