Attaching a guitar strap to an acoustic guitar

Advice Guitar Straps

So. You've got yourself an acoustic guitar, and you have your self a guitar strap. In many cases however, you'll find that your acoustic guitar only has one strap button, on the 'body end' of the guitar. So where do you attach the other end of your leather guitar strap?

There are two ways to attach the other end of the guitar strap. One is pretty hands off, but rather more ineffective than the alternative, which requires a small amount of DIY but works a treat!

The Simple (yet not recommended) way to attach a guitar strap...

Someone once said that a video is worth a million words. So here's a video of method one, which we don't recommend. Below the video, we'll tell you why.


There are 2 main reasons why we don't recommend attaching a guitar strap using the tying method:

  1. As far as guitar positioning goes, attaching a guitar strap this way tends to make the guitar slip down into a very un-natural playing position.
  2. You can put unnecessary strain on the guitar neck. Especially if, like me, you tend to 'rest' on your guitar body while chatting to the audience in between songs.

So what is the best way to attach a guitar strap to an acoustic guitar? Again, we'll let a video (quite literally!) do the talking:


Don't let that image of a drill frighten you too much. The process is pretty simple and the video shows you exactly what you need, and how to do it. If you're not fancying it, ask someone who is handy with a drill or alternatively take a trip to your local guitar shop.

Using the method in that second video, your guitar will sit at a natural angle, meaning you play better. You won't damage your neck, or pull it in directions which you shouldn't pull a guitar neck. Importantly, where the video shows you to attach your strap, on every single acoustic guitar, should be solid wood which means the fix will be a strong one.

Anything Else?

Once you have the strap button attached - you're pretty much done. Of course a good quality Leather Guitar Strap is always preferable to a cheap nylon strap. Leather Guitar Straps are more robust and less likely to break, as well as they're more comfortable and less likely to dig in.

You can check out some quality UK made leather guitar straps here.

Until next time,
Mark (Co-owner, Guitarist, Regular Bloke)
Dangleberry Music - Instruments & Accessories Online


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