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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-10-2007, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

Will the rear clip scratch the guitar? How hard do you have to push the clips to get them off?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-11-2007, 03:05 AM
 
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

nah they do not scratch the guitar, not too hard
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

mine has scratched the paint on my 570, because its only a thin layer, but has done nothing to my 560. and i've never had one come outof its socket.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

If you're concerned about potential scratches, you can cut to size and stick on the soft half of a velcro strip to the inner surface of the clip that's on the but-end of the guitar. Makes a nice, soft buffer between the guitar and the clip.

This biggest problem is accidentally closing a tight case while the clip is sitting on the top of the guitar. The previous owner of my JPM-P1 did that and made a nice ding.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

The rear lock WILL scratch/chip up the finish. I use cliploks on my strats and unfinished guitars, but Schaller locks on guitars I want protect the finish.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

It apparently chipped and gnawed away at my RG520's finish over the years... It looks pretty bad, although it's in the back, just around the corner where the strap lock ends reach. It's a gigging guitar and stuff is bound to happen, but I wish I had known that issue previously as I could've possibly prevented it with something like velcro, as suggested above.

It's kinda interesting, because the strap lock ends themselves don't directly touch the body when the guitar is on you, so I think it happens when you're taking the guitar off/putting it on, as the angle of the strap changes. I'm trying to be careful with my JPM, which also has the DiMarzio strap lock, but I'm also thinking about padding it one way or another.

It makes you wonder though... how come all of the big guys (Satch, Vai, JP, etc.) are all using it on their precious guitars? It must work well-enough for them, right?!?!?!
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It makes you wonder though... how come all of the big guys (Satch, Vai, JP, etc.) are all using it on their precious guitars? It must work well-enough for them, right?!?!?!
Well, guys like Steve and JP don't really care if the finish gets screwed or not. I haven't seen Joe use cliplocks in a long time (if ever). He has used Dunlops and schallers but I don't remember seeing him use dimarzios before (aside from the JS10). He has had dimarzio straps but I still can't recall seeing straplocks on his axes.

Nevertheless, those pro's could really care less b/c most of their prized posessions are usually stored away and not on tour.

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If you're concerned about potential scratches, you can cut to size and stick on the soft half of a velcro strip to the inner surface of the clip that's on the but-end of the guitar. Makes a nice, soft buffer between the guitar and the clip.

This biggest problem is accidentally closing a tight case while the clip is sitting on the top of the guitar. The previous owner of my JPM-P1 did that and made a nice ding.
nice idea, i use a padding that came on my guitar when it's in the case, and i got a scratch paint chip from my strap so i think i'm going to do that velcro idea.
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...Nevertheless, those pro's could really care less b/c most of their prized posessions are usually stored away and not on tour...
Right, but I wouldn't quite say that they use beaters for live performances either. Maybe JS was a bad example, but that's beside the point. And maybe they don't use their MOST prized possessions live, but I would guess that they rely on the "better" of their guitars to carry through in a live performance. Although they could probably replace them easily, I would be reluctant to believe that they wouldn't care bout them that much. Yet they still use cliplok straps... I just wonder if they're being extra careful, not-caring at all, or their guitar techs put a little "custom-work" into it (velcro or something). You never know! ;-)
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I've never noticed any scratches caused by the DiMarzio Cliplocks before, and I have used a fair few of them now for a long long time. Imo they are still the best straps around, and I have no reason to try anything else ever. I'm sure they might cause some very light surface scratches/marks on the clear coat, but then again, all straps probably do that. At the end of the day, it's not big enough of a deal to worry about it. But I couldnt care less if the finish gets scratched or not, so I might not have the eagle eye like others do.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

On my swirl it's got a real thick top layer and the locks only caused a small surface scrap, hardly noticable. My mates RG1570 on the other hand has such a thin coating it's taken the paint off, thats with any strap. I don't rate new ibanez finishes at all. You can just peal the paint off.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

Mine didn't scratch. (I have almost every guitar with a ClipLok.)
However, when I put my guitars in the case, I use a soft cloth to put between the body and the bottom strap.

No issues whatsoever!
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I haven't seen Joe use cliplocks in a long time (if ever). He has used Dunlops and schallers but I don't remember seeing him use dimarzios before (aside from the JS10). He has had dimarzio straps but I still can't recall seeing straplocks on his axes.

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That's cause now he has Planet waves signature straps. He drws the pictures I think you've sen them. Planet waves are made by D'Addario.

I just bought a black strap with Joes drawing of purpple skulls to match my purple RG.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

I have an SA with a weathered brown finish, and the clip locks do scratch it up a bit, but the finish isn't typical to begin with.
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Re: DiMarzio Cliplok Straps

I've been using Dimarzio straplocks since the 80s, and not once have they contributed to any damage on the guitars.
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