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Listening to Guitar Knobs podcast today and the guest is Micheal King of Cow Brand guitars --- looking at some of his designs (this guy makes every part of his guitars btw) I find this strap not-button very cool. 

Wondering if I'm alone on liking this so much, and if it is something he borrowed. Anyone see anything like this before?

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Never seen it but I can see a couple of issues with that. First, how long will it take that the lock chews through the wire or vice versa depending on the materials, and second, how long will it take the lock to seriously relic the edge of the guitar.

Just today I saw a 1930's hollowbody jazz guitar in almost mint condition which makes me a bit hypersensitive for things that may cause excessive wear.

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Noob question, but could this result in "clacking" or other weird noises being sent trough the body out the soundhole? Metal hitting metal (with one being firmly secured onto the body)... not sure I'd go down this route. 

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5 hours ago, Gogzs said:

could this result in "clacking" or other weird noises being sent trough the body out the soundhole?

That's another good question. I've experienced quite nasty noise from locking strap buttons when the vaseline wears out.

Instead a locking hook a leather belt might work, similar to a bag handle. At least it would be less noisy and less chewy.

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6 hours ago, Gogzs said:

Noob question, but could this result in "clacking" or other weird noises being sent trough the body out the soundhole? Metal hitting metal (with one being firmly secured onto the body)... not sure I'd go down this route. 

I will tell you what definitely will produce clacking, when your guitar hits the ground from some junk-ass strap button.

This is secure, and follows my formula of function over cosmetics all day long.

Functionally, it's as secure as you could ever hope for.

Cosmetically, up to you.

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7 hours ago, Gogzs said:

Noob question, but could this result in "clacking" or other weird noises being sent trough the body out the soundhole? Metal hitting metal (with one being firmly secured onto the body)... not sure I'd go down this route. 

In one of my bands, we played Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner. During the quiet bit with the ships timbers creaking, the other guitar player would rock his guitar back and forth on his leather strap which made creaking noises exactly like the record. It was dumb but super effective.

Semi-related:
-We also did YYZ, and would kick a small PA that had reverb springs during the solo where the whip snap sound is.
-At the beginning of Ozzy - I Don't Know, we moved a mic in circular motions over a cymbal while the drummer used soft mallets. Sounded just like the record.

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