Howdy U-T family.
So we had this poll up in another thread about who uses a strap.
According to the poll, a few of you think Jake Shimabukuro and Brittni Paiva are weak because they uses straps
But by far the most responses to the question “Do you use a strap” were for “No, but I'm starting to think maybe I should.” At least one of you is not sure how to install a strap button in your ukulele. (Not that I would call out Thongar by name in this thread … oops.) Well, since I cannot afford airfare to Australia to help install one, here are some step-by step instructions instead.
NOTE: these instructions apply to a standard wood ukulele that has a tail block. Some ukuleles have plastic bodies (lookin’ at you, Dolphin). Some wood ukuleles don’t have tail blocks, either (though that is rare). You will need another approach for those, and I’m happy to post about that too if you’d like.
So here is a list of what you need:
1. A strap button with screw
OK, I’m going to have to interrupt here for a little more info.
Strap buttons are cheap and easily available. I got a pair for $1US each here in Columbus at Bluegrass Musicians’ Supply. http://bluegrassmusicianssupply.com/ They had a nice selection of ukuleles, too!
You could order online at StewMac:
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Hardware,_p ... ttons.html
or google shopping:
https://www.google.com/search?q=strap+b ... 66&bih=636
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid= ... s&_sacat=0
Or your local music store. (I vote local. Did I mention that little bluegrass shop in Columbus? I walked in during an impromptu concert. Happens all the time there, I hear.)
We now return you to your regularly scheduled list of stuff you need:
- A strap button with screw
- Some felt or other cushiony material
- A marker
- Masking tape
- A drill bit (probably 3/32” or 2.38 mm – more on that later)
- A drill
- A manual screwdriver
Your first step is to mark and cut some of the felt to a size slightly smaller than the diameter of your button. This will be a washer to protect the finish and add compression to hold the hardware in. (Some buttons come with felt washers – lucky you!)