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    Question Hug Strap Anyone?

    Im considering getting a hug strap, which doesnt require any buttons. I got several ukes that dont have buttons, and I think it will be easier to get one hug strap that can be used on all of them, instead of installing buttons.
    My concern is that the strap will go through the sound hole, it may affect the volume by blocking the sound hole.
    What do you guys think? Anyone used it before?
    My Ukes collection:
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brle)
    Mainland Mango Pineapple
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana CK-39
    Pono MCD - Mahogany concert deluxe
    Famous FS-5
    Ohana SK-21m
    Cocobolo Super Soprano

    Looking to sell:
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana Ck-39
    (let me know if you are interested)

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    I add strap buttons myself to all my ukes (9) that don't come with them, and each uke has it's own strap. I use all leather straps because I don't want buckles that might dent the finish. They're 1 1/2" wide with rough inside to keep them from slipping, made by Levy's Leathers and only cost $12 to $14 US.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Puglele View Post
    I’m considering getting a hug strap, which doesn’t require any buttons. I got several ukes that don’t have buttons, and I think it will be easier to get one hug strap that can be used on all of them, instead of installing buttons.
    My concern is that the strap will go through the sound hole, it may affect the volume by blocking the sound hole.
    What do you guys think? Anyone used it before?
    Jake used a strap that attached to the soundhole. The attachment was a crescent-shaped piece "clip" that distributed the pressure over more of the area than a simple plastic clip. I vaguely remember seeing it listed someplace for around $45(?)

    Since I use straps on all of my tenors, I will install buttons if the uke doesn't have them.

    When stored in a tight-fitting hardcase, which is virtually all of them, I will remove the strap. The weave of the material can get impressed into the finish if left under pressure for a while. Dunno how long. Several people on these forums noticed that the cloth strap in the hard cases that prevents the tops from flopping backwards, were leaving indented patterns in their ukulele finishes. It was subtle, but definitely there. I checked, and sure enough, it happened on one of my ukes. So, I don't leave the strap on if the uke will be in the case longer than a day. Why take the chance?
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    Hug Straps are well-made and look very nice. They can be used in a variety of configurations. I'm ashamed to say that I've never been able to figure out how to use mine. Go to a uke fest, and you'll see lots of people using them.

    The Hug Strap wraps around the waist of the uke, but it does not interfere with the strings at all. It does not snap into the sound hole. Melissa, the inventor of the strap, is pictured on the page linked below. I'll have to take mine out and play around with it.

    https://www.thehugstrap.com/pages/about-the-hug-strap
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I add strap buttons myself to all my ukes (9) that don't come with them, and each uke has it's own strap. I use all leather straps because I don't want buckles that might dent the finish. Their 1 1/2" wide with rough inside to keep them from slipping, made by Levy's Leathers and only cost $12 to $14 US.


    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly West near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 6 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 41)

    • Donate to The Ukulele Kids Club, they provide ukuleles to children in hospital music therapy programs. www.theukc.org
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    Where do you get smaller strap buttons? I think guitar buttons would be too big and look awkward.
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    I'd never heard of a "Hug Strap", but from the photo I sure don't think it puts the uke into a very efficient playing position. Looks as if it is shifted way to the player's right. Might be OK for strumming, but awkward for finger picking.



    I really don't understand the aversion so many uke players have to installing strap buttons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poul Hansen View Post
    Where do you get smaller strap buttons? I think guitar buttons would be too big and look awkward.
    Strap holes and buttons vary in size very little. When uke a holes are too tight, I just work them a bit to enlarge them. I don't like putting too much pressure on the strap button.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    I'd never heard of a "Hug Strap", but from the photo I sure don't think it puts the uke into a very efficient playing position. Looks as if it is shifted way to the player's right. Might be OK for strumming, but awkward for finger picking.



    I really don't understand the aversion so many uke players have to installing strap buttons.
    Didn’t think it would affect finger picking. Now I start to feel concerned for it too.
    It’s not the cheapest strap, costs like 30+. So I need to make sure I will use it!
    My Ukes collection:
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brle)
    Mainland Mango Pineapple
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana CK-39
    Pono MCD - Mahogany concert deluxe
    Famous FS-5
    Ohana SK-21m
    Cocobolo Super Soprano

    Looking to sell:
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana Ck-39
    (let me know if you are interested)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Hug Straps are well-made and look very nice. They can be used in a variety of configurations. I'm ashamed to say that I've never been able to figure out how to use mine. Go to a uke fest, and you'll see lots of people using them.

    The Hug Strap wraps around the waist of the uke, but it does not interfere with the strings at all. It does not snap into the sound hole. Melissa, the inventor of the strap, is pictured on the page linked below. I'll have to take mine out and play around with it.

    https://www.thehugstrap.com/pages/about-the-hug-strap
    Let me know if you actually like it
    My Ukes collection:
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brle)
    Mainland Mango Pineapple
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana CK-39
    Pono MCD - Mahogany concert deluxe
    Famous FS-5
    Ohana SK-21m
    Cocobolo Super Soprano

    Looking to sell:
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana Ck-39
    (let me know if you are interested)

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    I'd never heard of a "Hug Strap", but from the photo I sure don't think it puts the uke into a very efficient playing position. Looks as if it is shifted way to the player's right. Might be OK for strumming, but awkward for finger picking.



    I really don't understand the aversion so many uke players have to installing strap buttons.
    The picture of the model holding the uke like an 80s wanbabee rock star is reason enough to turn me off this kind of strap. Maybe it looks cool for kids but is just terrible posture and prevents good playing.

    I rather invest in a good uke stand than use a strap.
    Last edited by merlin666; 02-13-2020 at 04:29 AM.

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