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    Default Jake's Ukulele Strap

    Pricey at 74 bucks, But the brass "hook" serves as a pickguard. Tried to post a picture, but UU says it's spam. UU is the most user unfriendly site.

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    I don't wear a jakestrap.

    John Colter

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    Quote Originally Posted by tejastani View Post
    Pricey at 74 bucks, But the brass "hook" serves as a pickguard. Tried to post a picture, but UU says it's spam. UU is the most user unfriendly site.
    If you submit your post, then go back and edit it, you can add links.

    Here is a link to Jake's strap, for anyone who hasn't seen it.

    https://jakeshimabukuro.colortestmer...p-japan-import
    Last edited by Joyful Uke; 04-07-2020 at 06:11 AM. Reason: Added link

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    What's the point? From the picture it looks as though the ukulele will fall if he lifts his right arm up. My strap costs around $80, the same as his approximately, but mine is made from leather that is thick enough to hoist an engine, it is festooned with beautifully contrived designs, and it allows me to use both my hands to adjust music on the music stand, re-light a cigar, or whatever other musical task that requires ambidexterity. I'm a fish-or-cut-bait kind of guy. Either strap or don't strap.

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    That sure doesn't look like $75 bucks worth. It looks like something you would make for a 9th grade metal shop project.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    Not a good choice if you need both hands to adjust mic stands, play small percussion or diddle a keyboard with an 'ukulele tangling. But better than nothing.

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    I use a strap similar to the one Jake uses. I only use it on my KoAloha Tenor. I purchased the uke last November while in Hawaii. It was a scratch and dent and the price was really good. There's a slight ding on the headstock. I didn't want to install a pickup or strap buttons so I bought an appropriate strap. It takes some getting used to, much different feel than using a traditional strap. I don't feel comfortable playing with this strap while standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts56 View Post
    I didn't want to install a pickup or strap buttons so I bought an appropriate strap.
    Serious question: What is is about a having strap button installed on your ukulele that bothers you? If you had a nice guitar would you not want a strap button?
    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts56 View Post
    I don't feel comfortable playing with this strap while standing.
    Then what's the point of using it if you're not comfortable playing it while standing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snargle View Post
    Serious question: What is is about a having strap button installed on your ukulele that bothers you? If you had a nice guitar would you not want a strap button?

    Then what's the point of using it if you're not comfortable playing it while standing?
    As for question 1, I have nothing against strap buttons. I have a Kamaka and a Kanilea Tenor as well. I use a traditional strap, I hook on end around the headstock and the other end on the pickup jack.
    Question 2. I do most of my practicing and performing sitting down. I do perform standing up but am more comfortable with the traditional strap. Because they have pickups I use the Kanilea or Kamaka for performing.
    I thought about having a pickup and strap buttons in stalled on the KoAloha but decided to save a few $$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuts56 View Post
    I use a strap similar to the one Jake uses. I only use it on my KoAloha Tenor. I purchased the uke last November while in Hawaii. It was a scratch and dent and the price was really good. There's a slight ding on the headstock. I didn't want to install a pickup or strap buttons so I bought an appropriate strap. It takes some getting used to, much different feel than using a traditional strap. I don't feel comfortable playing with this strap while standing.
    Whatever works for you is correct.

    I hate the thong with a clip type of strap. The tenor uke ALWAYS tries to do a face plant if I forget to hold it tightly to me with one of my arms. Two managed to do so. One, a Fender Nohea, when the plastic clip broke. The other, a Pono ATD when I stood up and, yep, forgot to grab it as I did so.

    I used to play with a strap button on the bottom and tie the other end around the headstock. First with a shoelace and later with a mini strap and the strap went over the button on it. (A real metal button, not a bulbous peg.)

    After a year, I was getting more and more annoyed with having the strap attached at the headstock. It seemed to get in the way a lot. So, I installed a button on the side of a heel and started playing with the strap attached at the heel and the butt. Much more gooder. Now every one of my ukes has two buttons, or a heel button and a Jack/button.

    I like to use 2" guitar straps on my tenors. I tried the 1.5" Ukulele straps, but they bother my shoulder too much. Besides, there are way more cool looking guitar straps than there are ukulele straps.

    Jake's strap clip did not distract or flash much when I saw him in concert. It was a matte brass. The glare from his gloss Kamaka was far worse.
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