First of all, I don’t really understand why the hell guitars as costly as Les Pauls don’t come with it already! I mean, with an angled and glued neck which would snap right off with the slightest of blows, its really stupid of them.
I had a bad experience of my own. Didn’t manage to get the strap-lock installed the day I got this baby. And look what happened! Basically whole guitar fell down with the cord wire port downside.
Luckily, I just broke the cord-wire pin. The guitar seems intact! Kudos to Epiphone. But things could’ve gone wrong.
So I got these ProLine strap-locks installed. Did 3-4 gigs with this bad-boy! No problems so far :)
So, if you still have your axe without strap-locks, forget about showin’ off on gigs. Cuz it may fall down and have you regret deeply. Get locks, be safe! :)