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PedalFreak
03-21-2011, 01:34 PM
How long has Jake been using a strap on his ukulele?

Wonder why he started to wear one?

Nov 2, 2010
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1387/5151964182_cbd6225294_m.jpg

Dec 5, 2010
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5048/5243740346_9e089a68c9_m.jpg

Jan 4, 2011
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5005/5329397153_30c71460ab_m.jpg

Mar 13, 2011
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5132/5531635142_227a0e9f47_m.jpg

Plainsong
03-21-2011, 02:13 PM
Maybe he just got tired of it slipping around? Why does it matter? :)

Lexxy
03-21-2011, 02:17 PM
I'm guessing he needs that tad bit of support? (Or, he's just tired of holding up the uke with his biceps :P )

Ronnie Aloha
03-21-2011, 03:02 PM
He started using it last fall I believe.

fabioponta
03-21-2011, 05:14 PM
is part of a term insurance of your Kamaka ukulele that took effect in July 2010.

wickedwahine11
03-21-2011, 05:19 PM
Everytime I see him with that strap I cringe at the thought of it damaging the koa wood near the sound hole. He should get a Uke Leash from Lori! ;)

sukie
03-22-2011, 09:15 AM
Why do people freak out about the uke thong so much? They're terrific. I use it and I really, really like it.

janeray1940
03-22-2011, 09:25 AM
Why do people freak out about the uke thong so much? They're terrific. I use it and I really, really like it.

I keep wondering the same thing. I hate playing standing up, but when I have no choice I use a uke thong on my Kamakas because I find it more comfortable than the other options.

I'd be curious to know if the soundhole damage has ever actually happened to anybody here?

Ronnie Aloha
03-22-2011, 10:17 AM
If Jake and Sukie use it on their ukes I can't see an issue with it. Those two have two of the most expensive ukes around!

johntz
03-22-2011, 10:36 AM
I just got a Mya-Moe with strap buttons and used a strap for the first time and I LOVE it...what freedom when standing up and not having to worry about dropping the instrument....hell I even like it sitting down on those occasions when I'm learning new chords and the neck slips out of my hands. I think the straps and leashes are brilliant.

Lori
03-22-2011, 10:42 AM
I hope to see Jake at The Canyon this Friday, and offer him a Uke Leash. I have always been nervous about those hook-lanyard straps. They were originally for classical guitars, which have a thicker sound board (I think). The idea of placing a hook on the thinnest part of the instrument (and the part that is responsible for sound) seems scary. Of course, Jake is plugged-in most of the time, so it probably doesn't matter if the vibration of the sound board is restricted. Those lanyards give a different balance point than a Uke Leash, so it is probably a different technique involved to make the neck stay still.
–Lori

Viola Harpstrings
03-22-2011, 11:05 AM
I hate standing up to play too. I'm lazy. But I do use a strap when I stand, I'd really hate to drop the uke!

Lexxy
03-22-2011, 11:30 AM
So has anyone seen Jake with his 'new kamaka'???

philpot
03-22-2011, 03:07 PM
I must be weird... I don't seem to have common problems O.o I've never had problems playing while standing, actually I prefer it... it'd be nice to have a strap, but I do fine without it :P

Brad Bordessa
03-22-2011, 08:43 PM
You can play some things easier standing up with a strap. I'm sure Jake knows what he's doing and has every right to be burnt out on holding up that 'ukulele show after show (for how many years now???).

He's probably still playing the old 'ukulele to see how much he can stress you guys out!:D I saw him a few weeks ago and didn't notice anything different (except for the strap - he still plays pretty good with it).

Landshark
03-23-2011, 05:07 AM
So has anyone seen Jake with his 'new kamaka'???

If I get home in time I am supposed to see him play Thursday evening, I will let you know

haolejohn
03-23-2011, 05:51 AM
I must be weird... I don't seem to have common problems O.o I've never had problems playing while standing, actually I prefer it... it'd be nice to have a strap, but I do fine without it :P

i agree. i will never play with a strap.

mds725
03-23-2011, 08:13 AM
I hope to see Jake at The Canyon this Friday, and offer him a Uke Leash. I have always been nervous about those hook-lanyard straps. They were originally for classical guitars, which have a thicker sound board (I think). The idea of placing a hook on the thinnest part of the instrument (and the part that is responsible for sound) seems scary. Of course, Jake is plugged-in most of the time, so it probably doesn't matter if the vibration of the sound board is restricted. Those lanyards give a different balance point than a Uke Leash, so it is probably a different technique involved to make the neck stay still.
–Lori

What a great idea! Maybe you could include one of your Uke Leash converter things, in case he'd prefer to try attaching the Uke Leash to the amp thingie on the bottom of his ukulele.

Plainsong
03-23-2011, 12:22 PM
The pin adapter of the uke leash is really really really difficult to put on an output jack attachment. Those need a bigger hole, and it's a problem for guitar players as well. All the strap makers make the holes too small if you're using a pickup. I stretched it slowly for the Eleuke, but since that adapter is bolted from the outside, it's safe. For a standard jack, it'll work the thing loose. Again, it's a problem not just for Uke Leash.

There are adapters out there you can google that you use use with strap holes and pickup jacks to attach them. In the case of the Uke Leash it would be an adapter for your adapter. :)

Lori
03-23-2011, 06:33 PM
The pin adapter of the uke leash is really really really difficult to put on an output jack attachment. Those need a bigger hole, and it's a problem for guitar players as well. All the strap makers make the holes too small if you're using a pickup. I stretched it slowly for the Eleuke, but since that adapter is bolted from the outside, it's safe. For a standard jack, it'll work the thing loose. Again, it's a problem not just for Uke Leash.

There are adapters out there you can google that you use use with strap holes and pickup jacks to attach them. In the case of the Uke Leash it would be an adapter for your adapter. :)

Yes, I know the pick-up jack needs a bigger hole. I would like to offer a larger hole for those who need it, but I am not sure if the demand is big enough to buy another die. If you could tell me how big to make the hole, I might be able to get a punch the right size and enlarge the hole. The size has to be just right... too big and it will slip off. I am not sure how much these pick-up jacks vary in diameter, but if I could get some feedback from those who own them, I would be happy to make adjustments as needed.

–Lori

Plainsong
03-24-2011, 03:26 AM
Well that would be awesome! I'll take a pic of a Shadow pickup end pin tonight. I have an incoming uke with misi at some point, but she's not here yet. Bumpage so that people see if they need a larger diameter that they should let you know!

Huna
03-25-2011, 07:27 AM
how about just velcroing the uke to your shirt? I got one of those classical guitar straps off amazon and it seems ok--I need to shorten it a little.

phil_doleman
03-29-2011, 02:44 AM
I always use a strap when performing. Endpin buttons are difficult to get a strap on, defintely. I use wide, soft suede guitar straps that stretch over the endpin. The straps are adjustable without a buckle, too, so I can leave them on the uke in the case and they won't scratch it. My ukes have a strap button fitted to the heel.

If I'm playing at home I rarely use a strap, and have no problem holding the instrument, but on stage, often for as long as two hours, it gets very wearing without one, plus two of my ukes are solid bodied ones which are just a bit too heavy and slim to hold onto comfortably.