How to Put a Strap on a Guitar with no Buttons

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If you have a guitar that has no strap buttons attached to it, you will probably want to add them to your guitar. However, there are different ways to attach a strap to a guitar without performing any modifications or damage to it.

It may be that you have a vintage guitar, and you do not want to modify it, but you still need to attach a strap. It is always more convenient to have a strap so that you can play it standing up.

Also, a strap will help support the guitar’s weight and keep you from becoming tired of holding it. Read on to see how to add a strap to a guitar that has no strap buttons attached to it.

How to Put a Strap on a Guitar with no Buttons

There are several ways to attach a strap to your guitar if it happens to have no strap buttons.

Classic Guitar Strap

For the classic guitar that comes with no strap buttons included at all, the quickest option is to make use of a loop strap. This strap comes with a little plastic hook attached to the end of it that can easily hook into the soundhole of the guitar.

After you have hooked it, take the strap under the guitar and bring it up behind the guitar where you can just hook it around your neck. This way you will be wearing the strap with the guitar attached to it like a necklace hanging in front of your chest.

This strap comes with glide adjustments on the strap, so you can adjust it to the preferred length. There are two types of these straps available, but they both work in the same way and serve the same purpose.

Take a look at this strap and this one to see how they look and work.

The Slimline classic guitar strap is another type of strap that you can use with guitars that have no strap button installed. This one also hooks into the soundhole but will hang over one shoulder only, with a strap going around the torso.

The additional strap going around the torso will help secure the strap and guitar into a more comfortable position for easy playing. This type of guitar loop also allows easy access to the guitar without any obstructions that might hamper your playing or movement.

If You Have Only One Strap Button

Sometimes, guitars have only one strap button installed at the bottom, but none on the neck. For this, you need to attach a classic guitar or banjo loop to the guitar neck.

This is quite easy to install, and you only need to hook it under the strings just after the nut of the guitar. When it is looped and tightened properly, it will serve the same purpose as a strap button, so you just need to add the strap.

Another type of loop is the quick release system that can also be easily attached to the guitar neck. It comes in two parts – one part is looped around the neck, and the other part is looped in the buttonhole of the strap.

You just need to put the two parts together and they click in safely and securely. Simply press the quick-release buttons to disengage it. Both of these loop methods work with one-button guitars without permanently modifying the guitar or requiring you to drill any holes.

The great advantage of these types of loop straps is that they do not damage or scratch your guitar in any way. You also do not need to permanently modify your guitar and perhaps reduce the value of a very expensive or vintage instrument.

Install a Strap Button On a One-Button Guitar

If you have a standard non-vintage or cheap guitar that you love to practice with, you can easily add a strap button to it. This will require some drilling, but it is easy to do and does not require you to be very tech-savvy.

If you are afraid that you may cause damage to your guitar or if you have no experience with this type of work, it is easier to take it to an expert. However, if you are up to the task, see the following steps on how to install a strap button on your guitar.

  1. Purchase a strap button from a musical instrument store.
  2. Put the guitar down on its back with the highest “E” string facing away from you.
  3. Now, lift the guitar towards you to let it stand on its side – the high “E” string will be at the top.
  4. Looking down on the guitar, look at the heel of the guitar, and drill a hole into the crook of the heel.
  5. Before drilling, put a piece of tape on the place where you want to drill to protect the wood. Mark that spot.
  6. The drill bit size should be slightly thinner than the screw of the strap button you want to install.
  7. Slowly drill at a 45-degree angle, but do not drill the hole too far, only about the length of the strap button screw.
  8. Countersink the hole with a Phillips screwdriver, and install the strap button into the hole you just drilled.
  9. Make sure you put the spacer down first and then the button, and make sure it is firmly seated in the wood.

That’s it! Now, you have a second strap button installed. See the following Youtube video for the complete instructions.

To install another strap button on the body of your guitar, make sure there is an end block on the inside of the body. You only need to do this if the guitar does not have any strap buttons installed on it.

Conclusion

Adding an extra button or two to your acoustic guitar will not take a lot of time and can be done by anyone. As you can see, there are also other temporary ways to attach a strap to a guitar without any strap buttons.

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