View Poll Results: Black or chrome strap button?

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  1. #1
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    Default Black or chrome?

    I'm thinking of putting a strap button on my uke but I'm trying to decide what would look better, a black or chrome button. (See pictures below.) This uke originally came with boxy gold tuners and I HATED them. I had them changed out for silver open-geared tuners but I couldn't change out the ferrules for fear of ruining the finish so I have the silver tuning posts coming out of of gold ferrules. It's actually not a bad look if even that noticeable. I'm not a fan of gold so I ruled that out and I'm left wondering if I should go with chrome to match the hardware or black to match the trim/binding?

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    Brass. I vote for brass.

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    My Cocobolo, has two wooden strap buttons, looks great.
    DEPENDENTS:

    In order of age:


    Martin C-1K Concert, C Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018
    Kamaka HF-2 Koa Concert C Linear 6/26/2019
    Cocobolo Concert #433 C Re-Entrant 2/3/2020
    Martin S1 Soprano, C Re-entrant Tuning 3/19/2020

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    I doubt anybody will notice the difference except for you and those you point at it. Anybody who complains about it is a

    I'd probably put silver on to match the hardware (and 'cause I have a few hanging around), or I'd go for the third option and get a wood endpin. Satin may look better than shiny chrome. Or maybe not since the uke looks glossy already.

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    Black doesn't really suit the "vintage" style of this instrument. I'm debating if silver is the perfect solution, but that was the other choice. The brass mentioned above would be better as an antique brass and wood could look good if it matched the binding.
    Glenn

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    I am looking for ebony or bone buttons but have so far failed to find any(at a reasonable price) in ukulele size. I think guitar buttons would look awkward on a ukulele.

    I have used a violin end pin but it needs a big hole, which I'm not prepared to drill into my better instruments.
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    Not black. Chrome or a wood that is similar in color, imo. Usually you match the hardware. But you can use whatever you like.
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    I don't really like the look of wood strap buttons so that option was left off intentionally. Brass would be close to gold so I probably wouldn't go for that. Antique brass might work but it would kind of be adding a new element.

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    What kind of strap do you have? I had to go look at my ukulele to see if I had black or chrome buttons. When I looked, I couldn't really see the buttons because I have a nice leather strap and the black button was fairly well camouflaged by the rich darkness of the leather.

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    None. No strap button.

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