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Thread: Strap users: one button or two??

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2015

    Default Strap users: one button or two??

    Do you use two buttons or one and tie off at the headstock and why? I am getting an OU soprano and plan on hiking with it as well as taking care of my kids while playing my uke(stay at home dad). Not sure which way to strap it on.
    Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Sparta, Wisconsin, USA


    I started out tying the headstock. Then I used a button strap at the headstock. I found that the strap just gets in my way when it's like that. Not for actually playing the ukulele, but in general.

    My hand just feels freer when using the fretboard with the strap attached to the heel. But that is probably all psychological.

    The tradeoff is having the uke turn (flop) forward when it's attached on the downward-facing side of the heel. It's no big deal, just a tad annoying.

    Some ukuleles you can attach at the front facing part of the heal. (MyaMoe comes to mind.) Some people like to attach a pin to the bottom of the heel. I don't like that at all. Especially putting the uke in a case.

    You can always try tying the neck. (I recommend the short button strap instead of the shoelace.) And if you don't like it, retrofit a heel button. Or get two buttons installed and try both ways. You don't HAVE to use the heel button if you prefer tying your uke off.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Los Angeles, near the Beverly Center.


    I always use two strap buttons, if my ukes don't have two, I add them myself. A strap tied to the headstock slips back off my left shoulder. I use leather straps without buckles and a rough inside to hold it in place.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Melbourne, Australia


    Two for me. As most of my instruments have pickups one end of the strap attaches to the jack pin and the other end I prefer on the heel of the neck.

    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Sunny Jersey - where the cows come from!


    My smaller lightweight instruments, ukuleles, mandolin, etc., are all tied off at the headstock, most of my heavier instruments, jumbo acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo and bass etc. use a button (or other fastening) at the heel.

    For me it's all down to balance of the instrument and style of playing. There's no "fixed rule". Try both and be prepared to switch from one configuration to the other if it suits you better.

    YMMV ...
    There are those who will wax lyrical about the ability to play a double shuffle with a split fan and a tight G-string ...
    it just makes me walk funny!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Pickering, ON, Canada


    Do yourself a favor and get two buttons installed. You can then experiment with the strap attached to both buttons or tied to the headstock and attached to the bottom button. Done
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Oop North in England


    I use two pins for tenor and baritone and one pin for soprano,and concert. I tie the headstock end between the tuners rather than just behind the nut as they're more out of the way there.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    North Carolina


    I had two pins installed on both of my ukes but I only attach to the bottom pin. I tie off to the headstock. For me, attaching to the headstock seems to give a bit more support to the fretboard.
    Kala KA-SRMT Tri Limited Tenor
    Kala KA-SMHB Baritone

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2017


    Two buttons on all my ukuleles. No matter what the size. Secure, comfortable, balanced, and no interference with fretting hand.

    I did learn the hard way.....make sure you or whoever installs your strap button on the heel of the neck, puts it in the right location & at the right angle. Make sure your ukulele still fits in your hard case with the strap button in place.
    My ukulele family.....
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2012


    I tie the strap to the headstock, you can put a button on the end of the body and tie the headstock end off, if you don't like that, you can add another button on the heel, if you add 2 buttons, then decide to tie off at the headstock, you have a useless button and/or hole in the heel of your neck. I don't like to drill and add useless stuff to my uke.
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