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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Straps for acoustic guitars--questions

HenryJ
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Nov 4th, 2019 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have begun volunteering to help with music at a nursing home about once a month. This involves standing and playing my acoustic guitar (Yamaha FG-160). It has a strap button at the end pin, but like a lot of acoustics, no strap button at the heel of the neck.

So I looped a shoelace around one end of the end of the strap and tied it to the headstock. It works okay, but I find myself strumming over the fretboard instead of over the soundhole or closer to the bridge.

What do you recommend? What do you acoustic guitarists do when the guitar has only one strap button? (Other than sitting to play) Thanks.

hushnel
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Nov 4th, 2019 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Install another strap button.

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Nov 4th, 2019 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Install a strap button where the neck meets the body. You will never go back to the other way.

I have done it to my Martin, Gibson and National.

The only advice is that if you haven't done it before then do it on a less expensive model first.

I was out of town with a show to do and was going to do it with the Gibson J45. I figured I would be standing for at least an hour.

So I quick installed the button without really thinking it through. I ended up with a button that was too close to the body and the strap didn't quite fit.

Later I removed the button, filled the hole and moved it to the 'correct spot'. But I created an ugly scar on my favorite guitar. And who knows what I did to the integrity of the neck. Ugh.

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 03:27 PM, Nov 4th, 2019)

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Nov 4th, 2019 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

The best place is on the bottom side (from the playing position) of the neck heel.

Here.

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Nov 5th, 2019 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Other side if you’re a lefty.


HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

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Nov 5th, 2019 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for everyone's advice. You have all been very helpful. The FDP is great!

I texted my brother and he sent me back a photo similar to the one Peegoo posted. I might go to the nearest brick-and-mortar music shop (about 10 miles away) and see of they have strap buttons.

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Nov 5th, 2019 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

The only caution is to first take a peek into the sound hole and see if the neck is installed with threaded steel fasteners.

Many guitars these days use one or two hanger screws with washers and nuts, or bolts with threaded anchor sleeves to secure the neck to the body.

If there is steel hardware in the neck joint, you do not want to drill into it. Even if your guitar is made this way, you can still install the strap button by measuring before you drill.

Similar to this.

Peegoo
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Nov 5th, 2019 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Take a look

here.

larryguitar19
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larryguitar
Nov 5th, 2019 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yup concur with Peegoo. I did it the same way.

Peegoo
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Lauren's

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Nov 5th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it ends up looking like

this, you did it wrong :o)

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Nov 6th, 2019 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, but ain’t it nice to have options “o)

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

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Nov 6th, 2019 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

LOL at Hushnel!

But my brother tells me that if you put it anywhere other than the little-E side of the heel, the guitar with either slide around or even come off, especially if the button is on the big-E side of the heel.

HenryJ

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Dec 2nd, 2019 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had it done professionally at a local mom and pop music store last week. They did just what I wanted and even cleaned up the guitar, even the fretboard.

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Lauren's

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Dec 2nd, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Outstanding!

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