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DiMarzio Cliplocks. Widely regarded as some of the best, most durable, utilitarian straps available to gigging guitarists. I have a lime green one on a sparkle blue RG421 and a black one on a natural mahogany RG321. These straps take a beating and ask for more. I run, jump, and generally put them through their paces, and they've never failed me.

Not that I don't have a bone to pick with DiMarzio: why don't they make these straps in the same colors as their pickups? I can order a pink Tone Zone but I can't order a pink strap to complement it. In fact, I am currently looking for a pink cliplock and a yellow cliplock for some project guitars. I know DiMarzio has made yellow ones in the past, but they haven't for some time. (And it's such a primary color, you'd think it would be a perennial option.)

Does anyone know how to get ahold of a yellow or pink cliplock strap? Nowhere I've searched has any information, and so I turn to the knowledgeable folks here at the Jemsite forums for help.

Post about your own cliplocks. Do you like them? Have they ever broken or failed you? Have they ever saved your life, or barring that, your guitar?
 

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I haven't had a cliplock strap save my guitar, but to be honest I don't gig. I have had a them damage the finish on 3 occassions while in the case so no more cliplocks for me.
 

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I have the Black Dimarzio Clip lock strap the same as in the picture above, and they are awesome straps while they can damage the finish if your not careful they really give you peace of mind that your guitar ain't going to fall while your playing awesome things and if you don't want them on you can just un clip then at the ends. Best strap i've ever owned :)
 

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Levi's used to make a cliplock strap that was far superior to the DiMarzio one.

The little bits that stay bolted to the guitar were made from hard leather and never bent so they couldn't damage the finish.
The strap itself was also made from denser nylon and was not as bendable as DiMarzio straps are.
To me the DiMarzio straps are too soft and bend every which way a little bit to much for my linking so I've given up on them as well.

These days I use the Dunlop Lok Strap - go on any strap you like and are only 75p at my local guitar store.
 

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got one of these planet waves locking straps the other day:


pretty ingenious stuff... but the locks themselves look "bulky" on an RG and it takes a while to "unlock" it and if you somehow have the strap twisted, it might take a while to have it straighten. The strap works fine on my nylon classical though. I dig the pocket for picks though :)

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Clip locks are good except for the damage they cause in a case. No more clip locks for me!!
I remember seeing picstures (maybe on this very website) of one guy's solution to this problem. He made little fabric "booties" for the clip ends to wear while the guitar was cased. Voila!

I discovered that DiMarzio hasn't made pink cliplocks in something like ten years, I think. And as for yellow, I don't think they've ever made them in that color.
 

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I have an army camo one made from condura. I got tired of trying to squeeze my screwed in strap into my gig bag, so I bought a cliplock. So far no damage to the finish on my guitar....
 

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I've got a black strap for my FGM100. I don't like how it clinks and clanks all over the place. Felt like I had a fanny pack on my strap. I swapped it out for Schaller strap locks and never looked back.


Rickboot, where you live in SJ? I grew up in Almaden Valley and went to Pioneer. :)
 

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Schallers are the way to go IMO. I simply don't like the fact that the cliplocks can do lots of damange to the finish of a guitar while in the case! How ironic is it that the Dimazio Cliplocks protect the guiitar from falling but they can't protect the guitar from itself, lol.

Jimmy:smile:
 

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Yes, in my experience of repairing and selling guitars the Schaller system is easily the best - plus they are easy to get hold of - See my 3bay shop.....

And they are well priced too...... £7.75 a set AND i sell extra buttons for other guitars, then just swap straps

But.......... the cliplock on an Ibanez is "THE" look - no denying!

its just having that chunk of plastic flying about is a pain.

Maybe its time Dimarzio addressed the issue???????? Not sure how yet :wink: but i'm sure an hour with a sheet of paper would bring up some alternative fixings.......

Maybe a cliplock with Schaller locks on it???? Call it a collaboration!

Max
 

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I really like the feel of the cliplocks, but after having them installed on my RG570EX, and ending up having the finish stripped clean off where the clips fall, i havent used them on anything else.

I have though, on another guitar, removed the clips, and attached the strap (you cant beat that seatbelt material!) to a set of Dunlop straplocks, so I get the best of both worlds.
 

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Isn't it possible to protect the guitar by wrapping the clips with tape ?
I ask this 'cause just yesterday i installed the DiMarzio Cliplocks to my VWH and DNA.
 

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I seen Steve Vai's cliplock strap fail..... the screw pulled out of the body. In dimarzio's defense he is probably a lil tougher on his than most ppl.
 

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Schallers did not work well at all for me. The screws were constantly coming loose, a problem I never had with the original screws. And the nuts required constant tightening to be functional.
 

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Schallers are the way to go IMO. I simply don't like the fact that the cliplocks can do lots of damange to the finish of a guitar while in the case! How ironic is it that the Dimazio Cliplocks protect the guiitar from falling but they can't protect the guitar from itself, lol.

Jimmy:smile:
That sounds....deeply profound. Like the theme to a tragedy.
 
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