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    I'll never understand why ukuleles come with no strap pin installed. While it is possible to strum open first position chords without a strap, any up the neck closed chords or chord melody playing is nearly impossible to play standing and holding the uke without a strap.

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    You got me.... I like it when second-hand ukes already have them..not that I mind fitting a uke with end pins and strap buttons, but I feel weird doing so with really nice ukes.
    My Kiwaya KTT-2K tenor and KTC-1 concert, for example, are both crying for straps but I can’t bring myself to drill them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Yates View Post
    I'll never understand why ukuleles come with no strap pin installed. While it is possible to strum open first position chords without a strap, any up the neck closed chords or chord melody playing is nearly impossible to play standing and holding the uke without a strap.
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    I have 'em on all my 'uku, not only for better fingerboard access, but also you can quickly play smaller percussion or reposition mics, etc., without dropping your instrument. But here in Hawaii most players shun straps but can play upper position solos and barré chords surprisingly well while trading off support duty between hands.

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    Funny, when standing, I like straps on the ukes, but not the mandolas, and mandolas are almost twice as heavy. Go figure.

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    I’m actually okay without the strap pin preinstalled on the uke. Sometimes the pin has this slight corrosion or oxidation when the uke is stored for such a long period before it is bought by someone. I tend to over scrutinise my ukulele before buying it.
    I like strap pins but I also like having choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Yates View Post
    I'll never understand why ukuleles come with no strap pin installed. While it is possible to strum open first position chords without a strap, any up the neck closed chords or chord melody playing is nearly impossible to play standing and holding the uke without a strap.
    Possessing a genetic disposition for clumsiness, all of my Ukes have had strap pins installed. They also all have pickups so the lower bout end is taken care of with the output jack. I prefer the actual strap pin to be located on the underside of neck joint. Not all neck designs lend themselves to this but I get as close as possible so gravity is playing a part in keeping the strap attached

    Here's is a photo of where I had the pin attached on an old Mya Moe of mine:
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    I use strap pins also. Makes things easier, and I'm less likely to drop the ukulele by accident.

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    I don't have heel pins on all of my ukes, but I'd like to have a pin at the bass (butt) of my ukes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Customers have personal preferences for these things...
    Yes! I try to match the buttons to the uke - silver, gold, black, wood, etc. I have some quick release strap locks I want to try.
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