How do I attach a guitar strap?
This is how you can easily attach your guitar-/bass strap to your guitar/bass.
Basically, the guitar strap is attached to the "strap pins" (or strap button, guitar button and end pin) that are affixed for this purpose. However, the number of these fixings can vary. There are guitars with two strap pins, some with only one, as well as instruments that do not have a pin at all. A strap pin is a screw with a wider attachment. The hole of the guitar strap is slipped over this attachment. These (attachments) are of different shapes, materials, and colors. The most common colors are alloys in gold, silver and black. In the following pictures we explain the different ways of attaching a strap to an instrument.
Attaching guitar strap to a guitar with two strap pins
(Attach guitar strap without drilling)
Most electric guitars, electric basses, as well as acoustic guitars are nowadays equipped with two "strap pins". Attaching a guitar strap to these guitars is pretty simple. Just pull the strap holes at the ends of the guitar strap over the "strap pins". That is it! In the following picture you can see how to attach a guitar strap to an electric guitar.
Attaching a guitar strap to a guitar with one strap pin
Attaching a guitar strap with the help of a cord (without drilling)
- Attaching a guitar strap with the help of a "strap button" (without drilling)
Attaching a guitar strap with the help of a "second" strap pin (with drilling)
1. Attaching the guitar strap with a cord
2. Attaching the guitar strap with "strap buttons"
3. Attaching the guitar strap by installing a "second" strap pin
Attaching a guitar strap to a guitar with no strap pin
(Fastening a guitar strap without a button)
Guitar strap for classical guitar
As an alternative to the strap pin assembly, there is the "classic guitar strap". This strap is placed around the neck and hooked into the sound hole of the guitar. Note that this mount is not very secure. You would always need to hold the guitar with one hand. When using a classic guitar strap, please remember to always secure your instrument with at least one hand. When using these guitar straps, the instrument can tip forward and in the worst-case crash. In addition, if you have a valuable instrument (e.g., with valuable inlays around the sound hole), you should always check that the strap hook is not damaged in any way that could possibly cause scratches to the instrument. In the following picture you can see the attachment of a guitar strap to a classical guitar.