Learning to play guitar takes years of practice and dedication. But, once you learn playing it, there’s no way you will not love the instrument. And learning to take care of your guitar is one of the essential traits.
One might think that why are we writing a whole article about something as simple as how to put on a guitar strap. As easy as the process might seem to be, you will be surprised to know that most people get it wrong.
And even when they do manage to do it, there is going to be something that could have been done in a much better way. So without any further delay let us get into it.
Attaching the strap:
First check where you are going to attach the strap. The initial part that you would need to do is identify the strap buttons on your guitar. These buttons are what will help you to put the strap on. We mentioned this at the very beginning because it might be possible that your guitar might not even have strap buttons, to begin with.
Look for them at the bottom of the guitar or on the neck or backside. If your guitar has two strap buttons then you are good to go. However, this article is not for them but rather for the ones who do not.
There is nothing to worry about because it is very common for acoustic guitars to not have strap buttons in them, so we will give you a better alternative.
The Cheapest Way to Do It:
So let us assume that you have spent all of your hard-earned money on your guitar and now you do not have any money to buy a new strap. Well, we got you covered. All you will need are your shoelaces.
Tie your shoelaces to one end of the guitar through the loop on the end of the strap and the other around the headstock of the guitar. Make sure to tread the shoelace behind the nut and underneath the strings so that it does not get in the way while you are playing it.
Once you are done, make sure to tie the knot in a hard double knot and that should be it.
The Problem with the Shoe String Method:
As easy and cost-effective as it might seem to be, it comes with it a huge disadvantage as well. While it does get the job done, you will realize that the guitar becomes extremely tough to hold as the strap will be going very far away from you and will also not be very stable.
Even if you do tie the double knot very tight, it still cannot be guaranteed that the guitar won't fall off.
The Best Alternative Is To Put A Button On The Guitar:
The best and the safest alternative will be to install a button on your guitar. We will suggest you take your guitar to a shop to get the button installed. However, if you want to save some money and have the right tools at home then you can do it at home yourself as well.
The things you will need are a strap button with a screw and a drill. You will need to ensure that you have the correct size drill bit. Where you put the drill is entirely up to you. If it was up to us, then we would put it slightly under the heel cap.
Prior to starting your drilling, put a bit of tape around the drill bit so that you are able to identify the depth. This will make sure you do not drill down too far below. Once you are done, just insert the button and tighten it down with a screwdriver.
A Replacement for Drilling Inside Your Guitar:
As you have spent your hard-earned money on your guitar, it is very much obvious that you would not like to damage it by drilling it. Keeping the anxiety and horror aside of drilling, there is another way you can put on a guitar strap, and it won't need any drilling.
If you look online, you will be able to find quick-release guitar strings. These things are like belts with clips, that will help you to take the guitar strap on and off very easily. All you will need to do is attach one end of the cord to the guitar and then attach the guitar strap along with it. You don't have to worry about stability because these belts are usually very sturdy. Still, make sure you get a good quality one.
How Do I Keep My Strap Locked And Always In Position?
Depending on how you play your instrument, you will come across moments when you will feel that your strap is coming loose and making your neck or shoulder very uncomfortable. This is something very common and it won't really matter how you tie your strap.
To overcome this, you can use something called a strap lock. There are strap locks available of many shapes and sizes and they are super nice and easy to install as well. Find the one that suits you the best and then just go for it.
Things to Look For To Buy the Best Guitar Strap for You:
Famous guitar players from all over the world have had different types of playing styles. While some kept their guitar nice and high, some liked to keep it real low. No matter what your preference is, you won't be able to play around with those if your strap does not have a minimum length of between 40-60 inches.
No matter what strap material you are using, make sure the length is measured alright.
You will realize that there are different straps of different widths, with both having their fair share of pros and cons. If your guitar is a heavy one, then go with thicker straps as it will give you more support and padding. But keep in mind that the thicker the strap, the bulkier it will be to carry your guitar around.
Thicker straps will also be pricier. On the other hand, if you like to carry your guitar around and move around a lot then a thinner strap would be ideal for you.
3. Strap Locking System:
We have mentioned strap locks and locking mechanisms before, as you can make additional installments for that. However, if you do not want to go through all that hassle then just get a strap that has a built-in locking mechanism. There are many like this available these days.
This might not seem to be very important, but the type of material that your strap is made up of will make or break your performance on the stage. The four types of leather straps that you can find out there are nylon, cotton, leather, neoprene, and memory foam with all having their advantages and disadvantages.
At the end of the day, it is all up to you on what type of strap you feel the most comfortable in, and go with that. We would suggest you get something with a mixed material as they offer value for money.
5. Price Range:
There are a number of guitar straps available in multiple price brackets. It is very normal for each and every one of us to have a personal budget on how much we would want to spend on a strap. Nonetheless, we would suggest you to at least spend a minimum of $30 to $70 on a good quality one.
Ever wondered why there is a bidding war of millions of dollars when a rockstar sells his guitar strap or any musical accessory? Well, it is more because of their identity through it, rather than them owning it that drives the value so much. The same should be the case for you as well.
Apart from all the quality and the different types of guitar straps out there, it is far more crucial that you are able to connect with the accessory and it defines who you really are. Your strap is your identity.