BY HEIDI SWEDBERG with PHOTOS STEVE SZILAGYI| FROM THE WINTER 2018 ISSUE OF UKULELE

Ready for a strap? Some straps don’t require buttons, but most do. You can take your instrument to a respected shop and have strap buttons installed, but it’s not a difficult job to tackle at home if you have a few tools and some courage. Follow these instructions from Elderly Instrument’s head repair tech, Joe Konkoly.

Here’s everything you need: strap, strap buttons with felt washers to protect the instrument, fine drill bit, Phillips head screw bit, and hand drill. Here are the steps to installing a strap on your ukulele. Check out the photos below for visual instruction.

  1. Take a look at the bottom of your instrument, known as the tailblock: That’s where the first button will go. Use a ruler to mark the midpoint of the center joint.
  2. Gently drill the pilot hole.
  3. Screw the button in.
  4. You will need another button on the neck heel, unless you opt to attach your strap to your headstock underneath the strings. Lay your instrument upside down on a padded surface and locate and mark the location for the button on the treble side of the neck heel. Gently drill at an angle about 1/4-inch into the wood. (Note the solid “sweet spot” where the button goes in.)
  5. Screw in strap button.
how to install a ukulele strap

1. Take a look at the bottom of your instrument, known as the tailblock: That’s where the first button will go. Use a ruler to mark the midpoint of the center joint.

how to install a ukulele strap

2. Gently drill the pilot hole.

how to install a ukulele strap

3. Screw the button in.


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how to install a ukulele strap

4. You will need another button on the neck heel, unless you opt to attach your strap to your headstock underneath the strings. Lay your instrument upside down on a padded surface and locate and mark the location for the button on the treble side of the neck heel. Gently drill at an angle about 1/4-inch into the wood. (Note the solid “sweet spot” where the button goes in.)

how to install a ukulele strap

5. Screw in strap button.

how to install a ukulele strap

6. Adjust to your liking and enjoy!

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