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    Default Strap buttons

    I spent a decade in R&D, so I’m always thinking ‘outside the box’

    I’ve installed a strap button on in my Kala Acoustic/ Electric, but I wonder if anyone makes a strap button that plugs into the pickup for when I’m NOT playing Electric.

    Perhaps I’m just too California ‘New Age’, but to me, a musical instrument is a beautiful ‘living’ entity and cutting or drilling into it is almost scacreligious.

    Is there such a beastie - a Pickup strap button?

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    Ill start with the disclaimer that I am new the the Ukulele and string instruments in general, but I would be concerned that the pressure would damage the port, similar to how a cell phone or laptop charging port can go bad. the port itself is designed to have pressure in one direction i.e. in and out. not side to side like the pressure that would come from the strap. Just my 2-cents

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    Acoustic pick-up jacks almost always double as a strap button. Attach the strap to the outside of the extruding jack. There are strap locks you can get which will fit through a straps hole into the jack to make it harder to accidentally pop off. This is generally an issue for much heavier instruments than ukuleles.

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    I use the Tapastring Strap Keeper on my two ukes with MiSi pick-ups. Locks the strap to the pick-up end pin very securely. Easy to remove as desired. Available online or from Elderly Music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    I use the Tapastring Strap Keeper on my two ukes with MiSi pick-ups. Locks the strap to the pick-up end pin very securely. Easy to remove as desired. Available online or from Elderly Music.
    ooh, ima hafta look into that. I'm having slip-off issues with a few of my ukes and I think at least 2 have the MiSi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Ukulele View Post
    ...a musical instrument is a beautiful ‘living’ entity and cutting or drilling into it is almost sacrilegious.
    Not in my opinion. I've added strap buttons to every one of my ukes that didn't have them, I will only play with a strap. It's wood, it's not living, it died the moment it was cut down.


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    I've been using 'Strap Jacks' when playing unplugged and I've been pretty happy with them. They're available from their web site or Amazon.
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    Yep Strap Jack is what you are looking for:

    https://smile.amazon.com/Strap-Jack-...gateway&sr=8-1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Yep Strap Jack is what you are looking for:

    https://smile.amazon.com/Strap-Jack-...gateway&sr=8-1
    I have looked at these before and think they are brilliant. But all my pick ups are active and when you plug a cable end in they turn on. I am assuming this would happen with these and seeing as I keep my straps attached 24/7 it would kill the battery. Maybe the plastic end pin doesn’t turn the pick up on, can anyone confirm this. With passive pick ups there would be no issue

    Just like Rafter Girl I have been using Tapastring Strapkeeper on my ukes and guitars and they work great.
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    I got a pair of these yesterday, and they're very good. I couldn't figure out how to release them, so I had to look at the Q&A n Amazon. Your thumb pushes down on the button while your first two fingers reach below the strap and pull up. Yes, they are large, but only when the strap is on the uke, so it doesn't matter. Easy on and easy off.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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