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claudios
02-24-2011, 04:34 AM
I know there's been a couple of questions around this before but does anyone have any experience of using a guitar strap rather than a Uke Leash or Uke Thong?

If I'm doing some standing up jamming I find that I can't keep my Tenor or Concert supported well enough.

I'm wondering if guitar straps are generally OK or too over the top?

Cheers,
Claudio
http://claudio-uke.blogspot.com/

janeray1940
02-24-2011, 04:40 AM
You can use a guitar strap or mandolin strap if you get a strap button installed. I don't think it's too over the top: see, for example, Brittni Paiva (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7957972@N06/5451122001/).

ralphk
02-24-2011, 04:40 AM
Look at the Levy Deluxe Mandolin strap (such as at Elderly). Plenty big enough for a uke.

I prefer the version with a buckle for length adjustment.

SailQwest
02-24-2011, 04:44 AM
My husband has a guitar strap on his tenor Eleuke, but he has a mando strap on his "main" uke (also a tenor). I also use a mandolin strap on my "main" uke, which is a concert.

One of the advantages of the mandolin strap is that it has a loop for the neck, so only one strap button is necessary.

heymak
02-24-2011, 04:54 AM
I use the uke leash with this strap button adapter. A guitar strap would work but I like the light, thin feel of the uke leash.

ukulelecowboy
02-24-2011, 05:27 AM
My favorite strap. Adjustable and it has a nice big, SOFT, shoulder pad. I use it on all our ukes...

http://elderly.com/accessories/items/CCUS.htm

Uncle Rod Higuchi
02-24-2011, 05:48 AM
I've used everything from string to a coconut shell (coin-shaped pieces) belt as my ukulele strap. I find that it's fun to use different things to accomplish a needed function.

I currently use an actual dog leash as my ukulele strap! I actually have several, from light weight to heavy weight. I've removed the larger swivel clip and replaced it with something lighter and smaller.

I say, whatever does the job for you, go with it. If you really like the looks and feel of a particular guitar strap, go for it. I believe Bruce Shimabukuro, Jake's younger brother, uses a guitar strap that looks like yellow crime scene tape!

Just keep uke'in',

freckleduker
02-24-2011, 11:26 AM
I use guitar straps as well. I installed a strap button on my Kala tenor on the bottom, then I use a Martin leather strap button http://amzn.com/B0002E37GS at the headstock and also I use a Planet Waves quick release system at the headstock http://amzn.com/B0002GWFEQ. They work out perfectly for all of my ukes and I can use any guitar strap with them.

rickkes
02-24-2011, 01:08 PM
I put a big ole neoprene bass strap on my concert. . . .I like irony . . .

Pondoro
02-24-2011, 02:29 PM
I have shoestrings on all my ukes.

kissing
02-25-2011, 12:34 AM
As long as the strap pins are there, guitar straps work fine

Plainsong
02-25-2011, 01:06 AM
The pickup strap attachment is the bane of all acoustic players. No one makes a strap end that fits over them. :(

claudios
02-25-2011, 06:29 AM
Brilliant information - Big help! Cheers!

Claudio
http://claudio-uke.blogspot.com/

claudios
04-01-2011, 06:03 AM
So I buoght a button and screwed it into my Kala.
I bought a leather mandolin strap and hooked it up.

Works very well except I had to clean the leather work a couple of times in soapy water. The tanning treatment or whatever was irritating my throat and nose quite badly. Doesn't seem too bad now. Shocking really.


Cheers
Claudio
http://claudio-uke.blogspot.com/

Jnobianchi
04-01-2011, 06:41 AM
Look at the Levy Deluxe Mandolin strap (such as at Elderly). Plenty big enough for a uke.

I prefer the version with a buckle for length adjustment.

Yep - i'd agree. Levy is a good choice, and mandolin straps in general are the right size and don't weigh more than the uke!

SailingUke
04-01-2011, 07:33 AM
The pickup strap attachment is the bane of all acoustic players. No one makes a strap end that fits over them. :(

This works on leather straps.
Soak the leather end in warm water until the leather is soft.
Remove from the water and put a AA battery in the hole and let is dry overnight.
For me this makes the hole big enough to slip over the pickup plug with cutting the hole and it still fits snuggly.

jgreen8240
04-02-2011, 08:20 AM
I didn't see Bailey mentioned - great guy and really nice straps.

http://www.thebaileystrap.com/index.html

fitncrafty
04-02-2011, 08:24 AM
I have a guitar strap on my eleuke.. Love that and use a uke leash most of the time on my acoustics..

austin1
04-02-2011, 08:37 AM
how about a child-sized guitar strap? are they out there?

garywj
04-02-2011, 08:52 AM
The pickup strap attachment is the bane of all acoustic players. No one makes a strap end that fits over them. :(

Take a leather strap to a shoe repair shop, with the button, and they can punch the hole larger for a perfect fit. A local shop charged me a buck and it looked like it came that way, and works perfectly (on a guitar, but would be fine on a uke as well).

OldePhart
04-02-2011, 08:54 AM
I just can't see using a stap that is heavier than the instrument... I use the strap I originally bought for my mandolin on my tenors. It's a thin braided elk strap that weighs nothing and is nice and soft.
John

Nickie
04-02-2011, 01:09 PM
I'm using a mandolin strap on my concert, and I like it fine