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Melissa82
07-23-2009, 06:27 AM
Who uses one? I just got mine in the mail and I love it! :D

http://cgi.ebay.com/UKULELE-STRAP-UKE-THONG-CHOOSE-FROM-5-COLORS_W0QQitemZ320400897002QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_ DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a9961b3ea&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65:12|66:2|39:1|72:1205|293:1|294:50#ht_ 500wt_1182

Ahnko Honu
07-23-2009, 06:42 AM
I just got this one:
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=213
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/prodimages/EMPJumpFleaColBluke-DET.jpg

leftovermagic84
07-23-2009, 07:17 AM
I go all out and install a strap button

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 07:19 AM
I go all out and install a strap buttonWhat's that?

rossjr
07-23-2009, 07:24 AM
I never felt comfortable in them, they always seemed to ride up on me... but hey if it's comfortable for you...

ukulelearp
07-23-2009, 07:27 AM
I tried one on my classical guitar, but wasn't a big fan. I'm getting strap buttons on both that and my ukulele today.

KC8AFW
07-23-2009, 07:51 AM
What's that?

It screws into the end of your uke...then you can use a regular guitar strap (or mandilin strap). It is a permanant modification...and a lot of people don't like drilling a hole in the end of their uke. Your local guitar shop can do it for you, though.

leftovermagic84
07-23-2009, 08:13 AM
What's that?

looks like this, and allows me to use a guitar strap. I like it that way because it gives me support on the neck so I don't drop it when I clumsily change chords...:cool:
Here's my Kala watermelon with the (of course) green strap .

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 08:20 AM
looks like this, and allows me to use a guitar strap. I like it that way because it gives me support on the neck so I don't drop it when I clumsily change chords...:cool:
Here's my Kala watermelon with the (of course) green strap .Very cool!

ichadwick
07-23-2009, 09:45 AM
I use one, but not consistently. They tend to sampen the top board a bit, affecting the sound. And I can't let go of the uke, like with a proper strap.At least one hand still needs to be holding on. But still nice to have one.

NukeDOC
07-23-2009, 09:49 AM
i thought you had a lithp and you were talking about thinging a thong about ukuleleth. turnth out that you were talking about a thtrap. thilly me.

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 09:49 AM
Now it's actually starting to hurt my neck... I'm probably just holding my uke wrong.

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 09:50 AM
i thought you had a lithp and you were talking about thinging a thong about ukuleleth. turnth out that you were talking about a thtrap. thilly me.Hahaha! :p

sukie
07-23-2009, 10:16 AM
i thought you had a lithp and you were talking about thinging a thong about ukuleleth. turnth out that you were talking about a thtrap. thilly me.


funny. :D



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Pippin
07-23-2009, 10:20 AM
I never felt comfortable in them, they always seemed to ride up on me... but hey if it's comfortable for you...

:rotfl: :p

baumer
07-23-2009, 11:08 AM
I just got this (http://cgi.ebay.com/ADJUSTABLE-UKULELE-STRAP-assist-difficult-to-hold-uke_W0QQitemZ370232820281QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item5633988239&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A30) from MGM. Same concept as the uke thong, but the look of it appealed to me more.

Anyway, I like it too. Helps me concentrate more on getting better at actually playing.

itsme
07-23-2009, 11:45 AM
I tried one on my classical guitar, but wasn't a big fan. I'm getting strap buttons on both that and my ukulele today.
I've always been too leary to try one on CG. By design, the entire weight of the guitar is exerting outward pressure at the soundhole, and that can't be good for a delicate top. And installing a strap button on a CG worth thousands is considered a sacrilege. :eek:

In comparison, the uke is very light and easy to hold, especially sitting down, so I'll just stick with that for now. If I ever decide I need support to play standing up, I wouldn't hesitate to put a strap button on it. :)

BrotherUke
07-23-2009, 11:51 AM
I am trying to improve my playing by recording. One of the things I've been noticing is that I make mistakes because the uke is sliding off my lap. I'm not sure this will help and I'm with itsme, I'm not drilling a hole in the side of my Kamaka. Any suggestions other than the thong?

DeG
07-23-2009, 12:09 PM
Melissa82 with a thong = :love:

Ahnko Honu with a thong = :eek:

:D

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 12:09 PM
Melissa82 with a thong = :love:

Ahnko Honu with a thong = :eek:

:D:biglaugh: Don't be so sure about that.

DeG
07-23-2009, 12:11 PM
:biglaugh: Don't be so sure about that.

True, Ahnko Honu may have a hot bod, I dunno...:D

Melissa82
07-23-2009, 12:14 PM
True, Ahnko Honu may have a hot bod, I dunno...:DExactly my point.

BrotherUke
07-23-2009, 12:22 PM
Why did I know this would go here sooner or later :rolleyes:

Jim X-S
07-23-2009, 12:26 PM
I'm not drilling a hole in the side of my Kamaka. Any suggestions other than the thong?

Not sure what you mean when you say you aren't going to drill a hole in the side of your Kamaka. If you mean the side of the neck by the body you can bypass that. I took some nylon string and use that for my strap. I tie one end up by the tuners around the head plate. The other end is a strap button on the bottom end of the Ukulele.

However for avoiding putting a hole completely in your Kamaka. There is the velcro option. They sell strong velcro that has adhesive on one side. Then you can the corresponding opposite side of the velcro to attach the strap. HOWEVER there is a chance that the Velcro adhesive might negatively impact the finish.

Finally there was a setup that was kind of funky looking but all in all it is probably easier on your Uke then the classical guitar strap/uke thong set up that puts stress on the sound hold (yikes). Just ties an appropriate string around the waste of the ukulele. Tight enough that the string itself doesn't interfere with the strings. Then finish it up by attaching taking it up to the tuners and around the head plate. Like I said it looks funky, but providing the string is strong enough, it won't be putting stresses on the sound hole.

Probably the absoute best set up though is to..... Lie flat on your back and play the ukulele that way. Your ukulele probably won't slide :D

Have a Great Day,
Jim

itsme
07-23-2009, 12:29 PM
Any suggestions other than the thong?
I'm not sure if this would work for you, but with CG I use a Dynarette cushion. Traditionally, CG players use a footstool to raise the left leg. This, as you can imagine, throws your spine out of alignment and gives a lot of people back pain. The cushion sits on your thigh to raise the instrument.

I just tried it with my tenor and it does seem to give some stability in keeping the uke propped up at a playing angle when the lower bout is resting on your right thigh.

Perhaps you could see if any local music stores carry them and go check it out in person to see if it's right for you. They come in two sizes and aren't exactly cheap (typically $30-35) so I wouldn't recommend buying one on a lark before being able to try it to see if it suits your needs. For my CG playing, though, I'd consider it one of the best investments I've ever made and could never go back to using a footstool.

The leatherette covering will not mar delicate finishes like French Polish. I wouldn't even consider one of the other alternatives that attach themselves to the guitar via either clamps or suction cups. <shudder!>

BrotherUke
07-23-2009, 12:32 PM
I'm not sure if this would work for you, but with CG I use a Dynarette cushion. Traditionally, CG players use a footstool to raise the left leg. This, as you can imagine, throws your spine out of alignment and gives a lot of people back pain. The cushion sits on your thigh to raise the instrument.

I just tried it with my tenor and it does seem to give some stability in keeping the uke propped up at a playing angle when the lower bout is resting on your right thigh.

Perhaps you could see if any local music stores carry them and go check it out in person to see if it's right for you. They come in two sizes and aren't exactly cheap (typically $30-35) so I wouldn't recommend buying one on a lark before being able to try it to see if it suits your needs. For my CG playing, though, I'd consider it one of the best investments I've ever made and could never go back to using a footstool.

The leatherette covering will not mar delicate finishes like French Polish. I wouldn't even consider one of the other alternatives that attach themselves to the guitar via either clamps or suction cups. <shudder!>


Thanks itsme and Jim... great suggestions. GC playing?

itsme
07-23-2009, 12:34 PM
Thanks itsme and Jim... great suggestions. GC playing?
CG = classical guitar :)

BrotherUke
07-23-2009, 01:02 PM
Thanks itsme. I'm definitely going to try to find a Dynarette cushion this week.

haole
07-23-2009, 01:37 PM
I have the tiki-print Flea Collar. Love it. :D It's not a true strap because it doesn't hold the uke in place by itself, but it DOES make it a lot easier to hold when standing up.

DeG
07-23-2009, 01:41 PM
Why did I know this would go here sooner or later :rolleyes:

Sorry, it is my nature... :)

KC8AFW
07-23-2009, 01:45 PM
For a cheap solution...that you can do yourself...get a shoestring or rope and make a "strap". Here's a video showing the concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JziOxEusOkw

Just tie it around the "waist" and the headstock...and viola.

UkuleleHill
07-23-2009, 02:58 PM
Another option would be to do what Dominator did here. (http://dominator.ukeland.com/index.php?title=6_11_2005&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1)

http://dominator.ukeland.com/Images/P6111229.JPG

Ahnko Honu
07-23-2009, 05:04 PM
Exactly my point.

Ya haven't seem me in my leopard skin speedos. :cool:;):D

Ahnko Honu
07-23-2009, 05:35 PM
Yup, not a fan of the strap button either, adding a chunk of metal on beautiful wood is sacrilege. :eek:

ricdoug
07-23-2009, 09:34 PM
I also like Mike Barclay's leather thong. Super cool and unique! Ric

http://www.barclaycustoms.com

http://www.barclaycustoms.com/mediac/450_0/media/Ukulele$20strap.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele178.jpg

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele179.jpg

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-24-2009, 01:10 AM
i want 1, prob wudnt use it... but i want one :D

ichadwick
07-24-2009, 01:51 AM
Throughout this discussion, I've been waiting for someone to post this:
http://www.ukuleleray.com/PunnyFartyThongsCover.jpg (http://www.ukuleleray.com/punnyfartythongs.html)
It's one of the first things that pops up in Google when you search of the words ukulele and thong together.
Then I saw this:
http://images0.cafepress.com/product/95239530v11_240x240_Front_Color-White.jpg (http://www.fishpie.com/q/classic-thongs/fishpiegifts.95239530)
Which is, I suppose, the in-thing for the modern ukuette.

sukie
07-24-2009, 03:16 AM
Wrong thread Ian. :rotfl: Goes in the Ahnko Hanu thread. Check out the infamous post 609. Yikes! I can't believe I wrote that!

Ahnko Honu
07-24-2009, 07:04 AM
I also like Mike Barclay's leather thong. Super cool and unique! Ric

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele178.jpg



That looks like something David used to slay Goliath. :eek:

bbycrts
07-24-2009, 08:39 AM
Yup, not a fan of the strap button either, adding a chunk of metal on beautiful wood is sacrilege. :eek:

As much as I love the beautiful koa on my number one uke (Betty), I have it to play more than look at. The strap button was the most comfortable and best solution to help me play!

ukulelearp
07-24-2009, 08:49 AM
As much as I love the beautiful koa on my number one uke (Betty), I have it to play more than look at. The strap button was the most comfortable and best solution to help me play!


I found that strap buttons come in enough colors and styles you can usually find some that will complement the look rather than hurt it. I bought chrome for mine, but I saw gold, ebony, mother of pearl, teracotta-colored, and quite a few others.

DeG
07-24-2009, 12:31 PM
I was started thinking about using a uke thong on a G-string Uke, but had to stop 'cause I thought my head was gonna explode...

lisaxy424
07-24-2009, 12:39 PM
Until Brad's Boobulele is for sale, I gotta keep using my thong!



...weirdest sentence I've ever typed...

ichadwick
07-25-2009, 05:28 AM
...adding a chunk of metal on beautiful wood is sacrilege. :eek:
That's what the Druids said just as the Romans were about to introduce them to ballistas...

Ahnko Honu
07-25-2009, 07:18 AM
That's what the Druids said just as the Romans were about to introduce them to ballistas...

Yah, stupid Romans. :rofl: