How To Fit A Guitar Strap - Basic Steps

Fitting a guitar strap properly is essential for comfort and stability while playing. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you fit a guitar strap:


Attach the Strap to the Guitar

Most guitars have strap pins  (AKA strap buttons) on the body and at the heel (where the neck is attached to the body). If your guitar has these, simply attach one end of the strap to the button at the heel , and the other end to the button on the body at the bottom of the guitar.  

Many vintage or upmarket acoustic guitars do not have a  strap pin at the heel. In this case you need to attach the strap to the headstock where the tuning pegs are.  You can either tie the strap on with a shoelace or similar, or use a Pinegrove Headstock Loop.  See

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Many acoustic guitars have a pickup fitted so you can plug the guitar into an amplifier. These often have a large strap pin which is also a jack socket. These endpins are larger than normal ones and often impossible to fit a strap onto. The best solution is to use a Pinegrove Jack Endpin Adaptor.  See

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Adjust the Length

Most guitar straps are adjustable in length. Adjust the length of the strap according to your preference. The ideal length will depend on your height, playing style, and personal comfort. A good starting point is to have the guitar positioned at about waist level when standing up.


Check for Comfort

Once you've adjusted the length, put the strap over your shoulder and position the guitar in playing position. Check for comfort and make sure the guitar feels balanced. You may need to adjust the length further to achieve the right balance and comfort.


Secure the Strap

Once you're satisfied with the length and comfort, securely fasten the strap to the guitar buttons. Make sure the strap is securely attached to prevent the guitar from falling while playing.


Test it Out

Take some time to play the guitar while wearing the strap to ensure it feels comfortable and secure. If necessary, make further adjustments to the length until you find the perfect fit.


Practice Standing and Playing

If you plan on playing while standing up, practice playing in this position with the strap to get used to the feel and balance of the guitar.


Fine-Tune as Needed

As you play with the strap more, you may find that you need to make further adjustments for comfort and stability. Don't hesitate to make these adjustments until you find the perfect fit for you.

Remember, the key is to find a position that feels comfortable and allows you to play without straining your body. Experiment with different strap lengths and positions until you find what works best for you.


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Remember: When you put a strap on a guitar, always check it's on safely and securely!

Rod, main man at Pinegrove Leather