Every guitar and bass player should seriously consider modifying their instrument, especially since most of us aren’t getting custom orders straight from the factory. It’s like having a tailored suit—maybe the one off the rack fits nicely enough, but one that’s specifically tailored to make you look good? There’s just no comparison. Instruments are like that. With a few adjustments, you can turn a decent instrument into a great one, or take an already great instrument and make it even better. Which mods you make is up to your specific needs, but we have two in mind that we consider to be mandatory and universal. As soon as you get a new instrument, you need to install the Straplok® Retainer System and Super Pot Potentiometers. Like, do it as part of your first setup.

Here’s why.


Installing a set of Straplok Strap Retainers is the best way to prevent a tragedy that is all too common among musicians: your instrument slips free from its strap, and the body lands on a hard floor or the headstock smacks a wall, and the thing’s busted. Don’t be that player!

Take the initiative. Seriously, there’s a reason that the Straplok Retainer System been the industry standard for more than 30 years now. The world’s top artists and instrument builders, from the bands 311 and Trivium to the Fender Custom Shop, trust in the Straplok Retainer System to keep their instruments safe and secure.

The Straplok System consists of two components: the strap buttons for your instrument and the plunger mechanism for your strap. After installation, you just plug the plunger into the strap button, and your strap will remain locked tight to your instrument until press the plunger’s release button. Pull-tested up to 800 lbs. of pull, and with a 360º groove-and-ball design that allows rotation without catching, your instrument will not come loose under normal playing conditions.

Our most popular set of Straplok Strap Retainers is the Dual Design Set, available in 24K Gold, Black Oxide, Black Nickel, Brass, Nickel, and Vintage Nickel finishes. Its strap buttons feature a wide flange so that if you want to try out a different strap that doesn’t yet have the Straplok plungers installed, you can simply slip your strap end over the Dual Design button for a snug fit.


Super Pot Potentiometers are a cure for one of the most inconvenient and obnoxious ailments experienced by instruments: scratchy pots. It happens to everyone—it’s just a matter of time. You show up one day to practice, or even worse, a show, and you set up and plug in. You adjust the volume or tone of your instrument, and there it is, that crackling sound. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to those of us who play stringed instruments. You’ll have no choice but to eventually replace the offending pot, and if you use an instrument often enough, you’ll have to do so on more than one occasion.

Why bother with all that when you can take one simple preventive measure and never worry about it again? Dunlop engineers put a lot of brainpower and hard work to design Super Pot Potentiometers for high performance and resistance to dust and corrosion. They provide a smooth audio taper, and they won’t ever get noisy or scratchy. We tested them to 7 million cycles—that’s turning the volume knob 7 million times, in other words—and we had to just stop counting at that point. Seriously, they’re made to last a lifetime—we’re so confident about this that we put a lifetime guarantee on them. You’re going to have to replace your pots at some point. Might as well get it out of the way now.

Super Pot Potentiometers are available at 250K with a split or solid shaft and at 500K with a split shaft. If you’re comfortable with a soldering iron, these are a cinch to install—we made sure that the back of each pot is solder-friendly. Just heat up your soldering iron and create the nice, shiny flows that will keep all your wiring snugly in place.


Every instrument is an artistic investment. Installing a set of Straplok Strap Retainers and Super Pot Potentiometers will protect that investment by keeping it safe and making sure that it sounds great. Unless you feel comfortable making these modifications yourself, we recommend that you take your instrument to your local guitar repair tech to get the job done. Make sure that you, and your instrument, live happily ever after.