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Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 09:33 AM
Now that I have a strap button installed, I need a strap!

I see that there are lots of options, so thought I'd ask for suggestions. I'll be using one strap button, and the other end tied to the head stock.

Is there a difference in comfort between different widths of straps? different materials?

Comfort is a major concern, but nice looking gets extra points.

These look nice:
http://www.cheemaisel.com/signature-strings/straps

Has anyone tried them? They're 1 1/5 inches wide. I have no idea if that sounds comfortable, so I'm looking forward to any and all ideas.

Jim Hanks
06-18-2016, 09:44 AM
I also like the "one strap button and the other end tied to the head stock" configuration. Here's my favorite:
http://shop.ukeleash.com/04-Guitar-Style-Strap-by-Uke-Leash_c7.htm

KanePono
06-18-2016, 09:49 AM
Those look nice to me. They are probably a little more costly than others you can buy for China, but these straps are made by someone active in the "Ukulele Culture" and a professional musician. I think the 1.5 inch width is perfect for a uke strap. Very nice designs and quality materials by Sarah Maisel.

Rllink
06-18-2016, 09:51 AM
My friend, who is a guitar player, gave me a two inch Ernie Ball strap a couple of years ago, red in color. I like it just fine. It couldn't have cost him more than ten bucks, if he paid for it at all. Someone might have given it to him. Just saying, it works great. You are holding up a ukulele, a strap is a strap.

Down Up Dick
06-18-2016, 09:57 AM
See my post on "Uke Straps". :old:

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 10:12 AM
You are holding up a ukulele, a strap is a strap.

True, but it's fun to look at the options, and I do wonder about the comfort factor. Some most likely are more comfortable than others.

I have a hard time picking out dog collars, too, even though my dogs don't care what they look like. :-)

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 10:14 AM
I also like the "one strap button and the other end tied to the head stock" configuration. Here's my favorite:
http://shop.ukeleash.com/04-Guitar-Style-Strap-by-Uke-Leash_c7.htm


I was using a uke leash before getting the strap button, and might just get the guitar style one. I like the way it attaches to the head stock, but wonder if a different width might be more comfortable?

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 10:15 AM
Those look nice to me. They are probably a little more costly than others you can buy for China, but these straps are made by someone active in the "Ukulele Culture" and a professional musician. I think the 1.5 inch width is perfect for a uke strap. Very nice designs and quality materials by Sarah Maisel.

They are pricey, but I do like the idea of supporting a "name" in the ukulele community. They look well made, and maybe it comes with good ukulele mojo.

mds725
06-18-2016, 10:31 AM
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These look nice:
http://www.cheemaisel.com/signature-strings/straps

Has anyone tried them? They're 1 1/5 inches wide. I have no idea if that sounds comfortable, so I'm looking forward to any and all ideas.

I have two of Sarah's straps. They're very comfortable and the shoulder pad is a nice touch for comfort.

If you belong to an ukulele group, observe what other people use as straps. Ask people with ukuleles that have straps if you can try on their ukes/straps to see what they feel like. I find that 1" is a little too thin and 2" is a little too wide, so my straps are 1-1/2". Your mileage may vary.



See my post on "Uke Straps". :old:

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?121126-Uke-Straps

Rllink
06-18-2016, 10:38 AM
True, but it's fun to look at the options, and I do wonder about the comfort factor. Some most likely are more comfortable than others.

I have a hard time picking out dog collars, too, even though my dogs don't care what they look like. :-)Okay, then by all means, go nuts over uke straps if that is what you enjoy doing. That is why there is such a wide variety of them out there to buy. I know that a lot of people get into their straps, and it is fun for them. I'm just someone who goes for simple and cheap, and that is why I posted what I did. :D

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 10:39 AM
Additional question:
Is it OK to leave a strap on the ukulele, or should it be removed before putting back in the case? (Sounds lazy, but if I get 5 minutes to play, I don't want to waste the time putting the strap on and taking it off again.)

Gary52
06-18-2016, 10:54 AM
It's better to leave the strap on whenever possible. Putting it on & off tends to stretch the attachment hole.

janeray1940
06-18-2016, 10:56 AM
Now that I have a strap button installed, I need a strap!

I see that there are lots of options, so thought I'd ask for suggestions. I'll be using one strap button, and the other end tied to the head stock.

Is there a difference in comfort between different widths of straps? different materials?

Comfort is a major concern, but nice looking gets extra points.

These look nice:
http://www.cheemaisel.com/signature-strings/straps

Has anyone tried them? They're 1 1/5 inches wide. I have no idea if that sounds comfortable, so I'm looking forward to any and all ideas.

Those do look nice, and the price is decent too. Good to know, thanks for the link.

I've tried thin straps, leather straps, poly straps, fabric straps, thick straps, thin straps... And there are pros and cons to all but I've settled on these (https://www.etsy.com/listing/199056642/hemp-mandolin-strap-or-ukulele-strap?ref=shop_home_active_9). Unfortunately the price has nearly doubled since I bought mine several years ago, so - be warned, they aren't cheap. But they are renewable (hemp) and made in USA and really well-crafted, so if that sort of thing matters, there's that.

When I first began using a strap I used Levy's Leathers thin mandolin straps. They were fine, but the leather caused irritation when it touched my skin so I started to try other materials. Poly/synthetics were also problematic for my sensitive skin - hemp or cotton seemed to be the best for me. I used these cotton ones (https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Guitar-Strap-Starflower-Cotton/dp/B00NCCHK4W/ref=sr_1_34?srs=7148304011&ie=UTF8&qid=1466283203&sr=8-34) from Legacy Straps for a while but the 2" width seemed overkill on a soprano or concert uke. Not problematic from a functional POV, just a bit comical... which led me to the search for an in-between, just-right strap, which is the first one I linked. I have one of those on each of my 3 ukes and they've held up really well despite all of my abuse :)

janeray1940
06-18-2016, 10:58 AM
Additional question:
Is it OK to leave a strap on the ukulele, or should it be removed before putting back in the case? (Sounds lazy, but if I get 5 minutes to play, I don't want to waste the time putting the strap on and taking it off again.)

You're probably going to get some divided answers about this :) I leave mine on and have been doing so for 7+ years with no problems. Some people might tell you that the dye or chemicals in the leather might damage the finish of your uke. Possible, but that hasn't been a problem for me.

jollyboy
06-18-2016, 01:31 PM
I'm going to throw in a plug for this ebay.co.uk seller (http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/traci56guineapigs).

@ the OP: I'm guessing you're probably not in the uk but it looks like she posts worldwide. I saw you mentioned dog collars - she does straps and collars (sounds a bit dodgy :p) so I thought you might be interested in taking a look. Some of the designs are pretty funky - maybe a bit too much so for some tastes. I have a red velvet one that I bought from her and I really like it :)

Booli
06-18-2016, 01:33 PM
I admit to being a frugal S.O.B., and as such use a 72cm black round nylon-threaded (like paracord) bootlace for a strap. Can be had at the local grocery store for $2 for a pair of laces, so each strap costs $1.

Also, with most of my ukes being less than a pound in weight, including the baritones, having a big fat strap is like using Duct tape to cover a paper-cut to me. i.e., overkill.

I tie one end of the bootlace to the headstock behind the nut, and the other end is looped around the endpin with a slipknot to take up the slack and for adjustment, and has never slipped off, nor required removal if/when the uke goes in the case. The bootlace strap just lays anywhere in the case.

ALSO, it is very comfortable to me to have such a minimal strap, I barely even notice wearing one.

All of it is easy-peasy, and cheaply replaceable at a local B&M store if/when it wears out in 20 yrs from now....

[EDITED to add]: Had I not been happy with the bootlace for a strap, I'd be looking at getting one of fellow UU sister Lori's Uke Leash straps (http://www.ukeleash.com) for each uke (which were on sale for the anniversary - not sure if they still are), with the guitar endpin adapter piece and wear it like a 'full strap' as opposed to a half strap, since all my ukes have endpins or endpin jacks now.

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 02:14 PM
I'm going to throw in a plug for this ebay.co.uk seller (http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/traci56guineapigs).

@ the OP: I'm guessing you're probably not in the uk but it looks like she posts worldwide. I saw you mentioned dog collars - she does straps and collars (sounds a bit dodgy :p) so I thought you might be interested in taking a look. Some of the designs are pretty funky - maybe a bit too much so for some tastes. I have a red velvet one that I bought from her and I really like it :)

They look nice. And if she does dog collars, I'll have to look at those too. One needs replacing in the near future. I am in the US, but that just means it would take longer to get here.

Lots of options!

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 02:18 PM
I admit to being a frugal S.O.B., and as such use a 72cm black round nylon-threaded (like paracord) bootlace for a strap. Can be had at the local grocery store for $2 for a pair of laces, so each strap costs $1.

Nothing wrong with being frugal. I have a birthday coming up, and thought I'd find something that I could put on my wish list. I'd put a Moore Bettah on my wish list, but thought instead I'd try for something that I might actually get. :-)

Joyful Uke
06-18-2016, 02:25 PM
I've tried thin straps, leather straps, poly straps, fabric straps, thick straps, thin straps... And there are pros and cons to all but I've settled on these (https://www.etsy.com/listing/199056642/hemp-mandolin-strap-or-ukulele-strap?ref=shop_home_active_9).

Someone else has been through the strap quandary!

The straps that you linked to do look nice! Expensive, but if it holds up well, which it sounds like it does, maybe that makes up for it.

Lots of options to browse through!

I think you've made a good case for the 1 1/2 inch strap, too.

Inksplosive AL
06-18-2016, 02:49 PM
I bought a couple of old green neckties from the goodwill if I ever find I need a strap. My 20's banjolele has such a tiny pot it needs a strap to play. Old crappy belt that comes free with my wrangler cargo pants. Sewing some Velcro to the ends I can now use that as a strap for the small pot and not tie anything to the banjolele. I could even connect the ends in a morbius strip configuration. No patent infringement meant.

~AL~

JessicaM
06-18-2016, 03:34 PM
I have been surprisingly happy with this $11 one from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018BSYKJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xyFzxbJAEF2BV
Not as cheap as a bootlace and mostly likely from China, but...it's better quality than I expected and the cotton is very soft.

WCBarnes
06-18-2016, 04:23 PM
I haven't bought it yet, but I plan to purchase one of these Lakota straps in the next few weeks.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?120766-Lakota-straps-wow!&highlight=Lakota

kvehe
06-18-2016, 04:26 PM
I have three of Sarah's straps, and they are my favorites. They are very easy to attach, quite comfortable, and beautiful.

OhioBelle
06-18-2016, 06:25 PM
Hey, Joyful! I have looked at the Chee Maisel ones and been tempted myself. They are so pretty, and look comfy with the shoulder padding.

I've also got a small stash of really pretty silk ties from the local thrift store. A dollar each. I've considered tying the narrow end to the headstock and sewing a buttonhole in the wide end to attach to the end pin. Haven't done it yet, but it's fun to think about!

I also thought about making a braid from strips of fabric and just using that. Perhaps cotton flannel with torn edges for softness? Or strips of fleece?

Have fun deciding and/or experimenting! I totally get the part where you agonize over dog leashes. Ha ha! It has to be "just right", somehow combining all the elements of comfort, functionally and, most importantly, self-expression. :cool:

Mivo
06-18-2016, 07:56 PM
I only have one ukulele with a strap button. Sine I had seven or so Uke Leashes anyway, I bought the Uke Leash strap button adapter. It works just fine. :)

Booli
06-18-2016, 08:21 PM
Nothing wrong with being frugal. I have a birthday coming up, and thought I'd find something that I could put on my wish list. I'd put a Moore Bettah on my wish list, but thought instead I'd try for something that I might actually get. :-)


I am not opposed to a nice 1/2" or 3/4" leather mando strap that does NOT have a buckle, but instead has some kind of thing you tie to hold the adjusted length...

All guitar and other straps that I've seen with metal or plastic buckles, metal or plastic slide-adjusters all are going to scratch the heck out of the instrument over time. At least for me, Murphy's Law is the default here, so I have to hedge against it/him.

In the past, I tried putting various things like velcro, tape, adhesive foam strips over buckles and slide-adjusters, and it all seemed like putting lipstick on a pig, and too fiddly and cumbersome.

On an electric guitar that weighs ~8lbs, or an full-sized dreadnaught acoustic that weighs ~5lbs, sure, I'll use a 2" strap. Planet Waves has ones that have a ratcheting closure, (http://www.planetwaves.com/pwProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4115&productid=397&productname=Planet_Lock_Guitar_Strap_Polypropylene _Black) which is padded with foam for the endpins, (Musician's Friend has them on sale often for $11) and are easy to take off when you put the instrument in the case, thus no wearing out of the holes...in the picture below, the hole closes down with a rotating collar that is not unlike a camera shutter, and it clicks into position as you turn it, and a simple press of the lever, and it opens easily.

http://daddario.com//resources/JDCPLW/Images/Products/pw_prod_50pll00_main_1.jpg

When I was playing bass often, I used one of these kind of straps:

http://media.musiciansfriend.com/is/image/MMGS7/2-1-2-Suede-Leather-Guitar-Strap-Black/364707000001000-00-290x290.jpg
Which were 2.5" wide and used no buckles or slide adjusters, just how you looped the end thru the slots is how you would fix the length.

Ideally, I want no wood, metal or plastic on my strap, just the strap itself.

Would that I could find one of these in a 1/2" or 3/4" width, I'd consider it for use with a uke. But for now, the bootlace works fine for me. :music:

Croaky Keith
06-18-2016, 09:14 PM
I have found that the adjusters all slip on every strap that I have tried - maybe a camera strap would work better(?)

janeray1940
06-18-2016, 09:30 PM
I have found that the adjusters all slip on every strap that I have tried - maybe a camera strap would work better(?)

I never encountered that problem with any of the straps that I mentioned in my earlier post - not sure how readily available most of the ones I mentioned are in the UK, but it looks like Legacy Straps ships internationally (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XLegacystr aps.TRS0&_nkw=Legacystraps&_sacat=0) via their eBay listings and they now have some options narrower than 2". Worth a try!

JariT
06-18-2016, 09:36 PM
Hi.
Here is my diy paracord strap.
Strap is 3 cm wide and 0.5 cm thick.
Its took 2 hours to made and cost about 6$.
Strap pin end is made of old belt9197791976

Tootler
06-18-2016, 10:34 PM
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I'm going to throw in a plug for this ebay.co.uk seller (http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/traci56guineapigs).

@ the OP: I'm guessing you're probably not in the uk but it looks like she posts worldwide. I saw you mentioned dog
collars - she does straps and collars (sounds a bit dodgy :p) so I thought you might be interested in taking a look. Some of the designs are pretty funky - maybe a bit too much so for some tastes. I have a red velvet one that I bought from her and I really like it :)

I have several of her straps and I really like them. Attractive designs and just the right width as far as I'm concerned.

I also have uke leashes which I bought strap button adapters for. I use them on my sopranos and the don't feel too narrow with the light weight of the instrument.

UkerDanno
06-19-2016, 03:46 AM
I like these...
http://www.samash.com/kala-ka-stp-bk-ukulele-strap-kkastpbkx?cm_mmc=GoogleShopping-_-Guitars-_-Channeladvisor-_-Kala+KA-STP-BK+Ukulele+Strap&utm_source=GSH&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=Channeladvisor&CAWELAID=1594752898&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=28120526597&CATCI=pla-41500232236&catargetid=500002510000062811&cadevice=c&gclid=CIS7xLubtM0CFZGJaQodI1sK_w

HMS has them too, but shipping is extra...

bunnyf
06-19-2016, 05:09 AM
I am not opposed to a nice 1/2" or 3/4" leather mando strap that does NOT have a buckle, but instead has some kind of thing you tie to hold the adjusted length...

All guitar and other straps that I've seen with metal or plastic buckles, metal or plastic slide-adjusters all are going to scratch the heck out of the instrument over time. At least for me, Murphy's Law is the default here, so I have to hedge against it/him.

In the past, I tried putting various things like velcro, tape, adhesive foam strips over buckles and slide-adjusters, and it all seemed like putting lipstick on a pig, and too fiddly and cumbersome.

On an electric guitar that weighs ~8lbs, or an full-sized dreadnaught acoustic that weighs ~5lbs, sure, I'll use a 2" strap. Planet Waves has ones that have a ratcheting closure, (http://www.planetwaves.com/pwProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=4115&productid=397&productname=Planet_Lock_Guitar_Strap_Polypropylene _Black) which is padded with foam for the endpins, (Musician's Friend has them on sale often for $11) and are easy to take off when you put the instrument in the case, thus no wearing out of the holes...in the picture below, the hole closes down with a rotating collar that is not unlike a camera shutter, and it clicks into position as you turn it, and a simple press of the lever, and it opens easily.

http://daddario.com//resources/JDCPLW/Images/Products/pw_prod_50pll00_main_1.jpg

When I was playing bass often, I used one of these kind of straps:

http://media.musiciansfriend.com/is/image/MMGS7/2-1-2-Suede-Leather-Guitar-Strap-Black/364707000001000-00-290x290.jpg
Which were 2.5" wide and used no buckles or slide adjusters, just how you looped the end thru the slots is how you would fix the length.

Ideally, I want no wood, metal or plastic on my strap, just the strap itself.

Would that I could find one of these in a 1/2" or 3/4" width, I'd consider it for use with a uke. But for now, the bootlace works fine for me. :music:

I have the Lakota in a 2" for my Bari but I'm sure they have 1" or less for a mando/smaller uke. They have nothing on them but super soft leather and have the adj system you were looking for. Came quick too.

Joyful Uke
06-19-2016, 06:17 AM
Ideally, I want no wood, metal or plastic on my strap, just the strap itself.

Would that I could find one of these in a 1/2" or 3/4" width, I'd consider it for use with a uke. But for now, the bootlace works fine for me. :music:


Food for thought on the idea of having nothing metal, plastic, or whatever to scratch the instrument.

Where did you get the strap that you used on your bass?

Booli
06-19-2016, 09:00 AM
I have the Lakota in a 2" for my Bari but I'm sure they have 1" or less for a mando/smaller uke. They have nothing on them but super soft leather and have the adj system you were looking for. Came quick too.

Thanks for the info. I've looked at their straps before. Not exactly the same with the mando straps as per the adjustments, I would still need to use a cord of some kind to tie on both ends. Cystom straps from them cost $300 as per their web site.

At that price, I'm better off going to WalMart and getting a leather belt for $7 and modifying it to suit. Problem is that the leather used for a belt is usually very hard and inflexible IMHO.

Booli
06-19-2016, 09:04 AM
Food for thought on the idea of having nothing metal, plastic, or whatever to scratch the instrument.

Where did you get the strap that you used on your bass?

Thanks for the suggestion. This kind of strap:
http://media.musiciansfriend.com/is/image/MMGS7/2-1-2-Suede-Leather-Guitar-Strap-Black/364707000001000-00-290x290.jpg

Is available absolutely EVERYWHERE, but I have not found one SMALLER than 2"-2.5" wide. That is the problem.

Such a strap, leather or suede, is just ginormous and fat to me for use on a uke that weight less than a pound. These straps seem to weigh more than the uke itself, and for me, that's overkill. Hence the bootlace, which feels like it weighs nothing.

rappsy
06-19-2016, 09:09 AM
I also like the "one strap button and the other end tied to the head stock" configuration. Here's my favorite:
http://shop.ukeleash.com/04-Guitar-Style-Strap-by-Uke-Leash_c7.htm

Another vote for these. I put the separate head stock piece on all my Ukes and then use either the standard or the guitar strap (it is has a pin) with it. One or two straps for all the different Ukes you have.

Joyful Uke
06-19-2016, 10:08 AM
The only solution is SAS, (strap acquistion syndrome), and give them all a try. LOL.
I do have a few that are on the this-may-be-the-one list, thanks to all the ideas here.

Lori
06-19-2016, 11:10 AM
I also like the "one strap button and the other end tied to the head stock" configuration. Here's my favorite:
http://shop.ukeleash.com/04-Guitar-Style-Strap-by-Uke-Leash_c7.htm
The Uke Leash anniversary sale is still on until the end of June. Use coupon code:ukeleashUU2016 for 20% discount. I make all the straps myself, and source most of the webbing at a local mill here in Los Angeles. When you buy a Uke Leash, you are supporting one of your dedicated fellow UU members. I thank you all for your kind and enthusiastic support!
–Lori

Down Up Dick
06-19-2016, 11:26 AM
I like Lori's type straps. They're handy; they look good, and they're very adaptable. :old:

Nickie
06-19-2016, 01:45 PM
Booli, you could make that shoestring strap look very cool by braiding 3 of them together.....just sayin'.

Al Davison
09-30-2016, 04:45 AM
I am trying to decide on a strap. I will have a button on the lower end but some kind of tied-on, looped, etc arrangement for the head.

I saw a friend play the other evening and she had a strap made from an old necktie - it was pretty cool but I never got to see how she attached it.

Al Davison
09-30-2016, 04:56 AM
OK, Lori. I'm sold. I just ordered. ;)

bariukish
09-30-2016, 05:20 AM
My ukes are all the larger size; tenor and baritones so I use straps on all of them. My favorite strap buttons are the D'Addario oval shape since they are far more likely to hold the strap securely. I buy inexpensive 11/2 inch wide guitar straps and then add a sheepskin automobile seat belt cover. This makes a super soft feel to the area that lays on my neck. Anyway, this works for me.

Joyful Uke
09-30-2016, 10:31 AM
I buy inexpensive 11/2 inch wide guitar straps and then add a sheepskin automobile seat belt cover. This makes a super soft feel to the area that lays on my neck. Anyway, this works for me.

I like the idea of the sheepskin seat belt cover added to a strap Gonna give that a try.

farmerjones
09-30-2016, 08:13 PM
Maybe a little late, but I got a strap button at a local store for about $0.70. It's really, really easy yourself especially if you are only doing the one in the tail end (and securing the other to the neck). If you can play a ukulele, you are good enough with your hands to do this yourself. You can find lots of videos on youtube to walk you through the process.

Here is one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTC_saWQ8DU

For a strap, I use a mandolin strap. Not much, around $15. It's leather so it will last a while. The size works well for tenor and baritone I've found, and it's not so thick that I find it aesthetically unappealing like a standard guitar strap. It looks right for the instrument and more importantly it works.

I've bought a uke leash in the past, and it works well too. I just like the ability to totally let go of the instrument and know it is safe. I'm pretty sure Lori sells a standard style strap as well.

bonesigh
10-01-2016, 07:23 PM
Lol, you know what I mostly use for straps? Old belts! Thrift store finds. I have one that is a cool beaded belt another that is nice soft worn leather and another that is actually suspenders that I cut one side of the 'Y' off. Super comfy and flexible (: