How To Put On A Guitar Strap Acoustic

by Matthew David | Updated: 01/25/2024

How To Put On A Guitar Strap Acoustic

Have you ever struggled to hold up your acoustic guitar for an entire gig or practice session? Do your shoulders start screaming in pain after just a few songs? Don’t worry, friend, we’ve all been there! Attaching a comfortable strap to your acoustic guitar can be a total game changer when it comes to playing longer and preventing any embarrassing instrument drops.

In this handy guide, I’ll walk you through all the steps for attaching a strap to different types of acoustic guitars. We’ll go over acoustic-electrics with two strap buttons, simple acoustics with just one button, and even fancier classical guitars with none at all. I’ll also give you tips for adjusting the strap so it fits you perfectly. And for extra security, I’ll even teach you how to install locking strap buttons.

Time to strap in and learn how to put on a guitar strap acoustic style! Let’s rock and roll.

Prerequisites

Before we dive in, let’s go over the basic supplies you’ll need:

Okay, now that you’ve got the essential gear, let’s get strappin’!

Acoustic Guitars with Two Strap Buttons

Many acoustic-electric guitars come with two strap buttons already installed. One button is located on the “top horn” where the neck meets the body. The other is on the “lower bout” towards the bottom of the guitar.

Attaching the Strap

To attach your strap:

Adjusting Length

If your strap feels too loose or tight, you can easily adjust the length:

And that’s it – you’ve attached and adjusted your strap! Now you can rock out strap-free and focus on your music.

Acoustic Guitars with One Strap Button

Many acoustic guitars only come with a single strap button on the lower bout. But don’t worry, you can still attach a strap with a simple trick.

Securing the Strap

Here’s how to secure a strap on a one-button acoustic:

Now your strap is secured on both ends – time to practice those chord changes!

Watch For Neck Pressure

One thing to keep in mind with the one-button method is that it puts more pressure on the neck joint. This can potentially damage the finish over time. Just try to avoid sudden jerky movements that yank the neck while your strap is attached this way.

Acoustic Guitars Without Buttons

If your acoustic guitar has no strap buttons at all, you have two options:

A) Take it to a guitar shop and have two buttons professionally installed. This avoids any risks of cracking the wood that can come with DIY installation.

B) Install the buttons yourself following these steps:

Installing Strap Buttons

If you want to install your own strap buttons, here’s how to do it safely:

Be very careful when drilling as you can easily crack the delicate finish or wood. If in doubt, it’s best to have an expert handle installing the buttons.

Classical Guitars Without Buttons

Classical and flamenco style guitars often have no buttons at all. But specialized straps have been designed to work with these instruments.

Specialty Straps

These unique straps have a few possible styles:

The key is evenly distributing the weight and preventing the strap from sliding around. Be sure to keep at least one hand on the guitar at all times as well when using these strap methods.

Adjusting Your Strap

Getting the perfect strap fit makes all the difference in comfort. Here are some tips:

Take the time to really dial in the fit. It will make playing with a strap so much more enjoyable.

Using Strap Locks for Security

For some extra insurance that your strap won’t ever slip off accidentally, strap locks are your friend. These handy devices hook into your existing strap buttons securely.

Types of Locks

There are two main types of strap locks:

Installing Locks

To install strap locks:

It’s that easy to add some extra security! Metal locks tend to be more heavy duty.

Conclusion

Phew, we covered a ton of ground here on attaching a strap to your acoustic guitar!

The key takeaways are:

With your guitar now properly strapped on, you can focus on mastering those new chord shapes and melody lines. So grab your axe, strap up, and start jamming!