Accessory File: Straptight Strap Locks

I’ve always been a sucker for brilliantly dumb ideas.
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I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A SUCKER FOR brilliantly dumb ideas. They jump out of nowhere. They’re surprising. And they made you ponder with equal parts shame and self-loathing, “Crap. Why didn’t I think of that?”

So when Joe Satriani showed me his Artist Series Straptight Strap Locks ($12.99 for four; $7.99 for four basic Strap Locks) after a recent GP interview, I was dumbfounded. How could something so small, so light, so drop-dead simple actually work? I’m tempted to say it’s magic, but the USA-made, flexible locks— molded from a proprietary, plastic-like material— are the real deal. Slip the device over your guitar’s strap button to keep the strap secure, and you’re done. Thicker straps and buttons may take a bit of gentle wrestling to get the Strap Lock in place, but I tried it with all my guitars and straps of all types (leather to cloth), and never was denied. I even grabbed the strap, and swung my favorite Epiphone Dot in circles, and the Strap Locks didn’t slip, break, or jettison my guitar to an untimely end. In addition, the Straptights don’t require you to do any modifications to your instrument, and, in a pinch, you can even use the Strap Locks as guitar picks. Genius! Thanks to guitarist Bill Lonero (the inventor) and Rob Stephani for crafting these custom GP Strap Locks. The basic models are black.