One of the most useful features found on the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster are the locking strap buttons. If you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of your guitar falling off it’s strap and crashing to the floor then you already know the value of a locking guitar strap system. My beautiful Jeff Beck Custom Stratocaster has a nasty piece of body rash on it from falling off it’s strap and landing on the cast iron base of my microphone stand. I learned a valuable lesson that day and immediately purchased a set of locking strap buttons for my Strat.
The American Deluxe Stratocaster comes standard with Fender strap locks and buttons. These fine strap locks are made by Schaller and are very easy to install on any guitar strap you would like to use with your Stratocaster. You simply insert the strap lock through the holes on your guitar strap, put the washer on the strap lock and tighten down the nut to secure the strap lock to your guitar strap. The lock clicks into place on the strap lock button which is already installed on your Fender Stratocaster. It just doesn’t get any easier to install and use a strap locking system.
The Fender strap locks are very secure and I’ve never had a guitar fall off of the strap since I’ve been using them. I have them installed on all of my guitars and have even installed the Fender Strap Locks on my Gibson Les Paul guitars. It makes it easy to switch guitars onstage when all the guitars have the same locking strap buttons on them. I do recommend checking the nut for tightness every other gig or so. They do sometimes loosen up and you’ll also want to check the strap button on the guitar itself to make sure it’s not coming unscrewed either. I add a little Big Bends Nut Sauce to the buttons to make sure the strap lock moves smoothly when the guitar is hanging from the strap.
You can play with confidence and swing your guitar around onstage knowing that it will be held securely by your Fender Strap Locks!