What's The Safest Strap For Your Guitar?

It's very important that your strap is safely attached to your guitar.   Nobody likes to see a guitar hit a stage floor, or possibly worse if you're busking on the street!   The damage can be bad, very bad.   Not only will it put your guitar out of tune.  It will scratch the paintwork, crack off the lacquer, or dent the wood.  You might even break the neck or snap off the headstock.  

damaged telecaster

You've worked hard, you've saved up, and now you have your pride and joy hung around your neck.   Are you really going to suspend it on flimsy fixings?

If you want a REAL relic effect on your guitar, then go ahead and risk dropping it, but of course there are good-looking dings and relic effects (usually faked) and ugly ones, like the big scratch on the front of this expensive acoustic guitar:

Scratch on acoustic guitar

So how do you make sure your guitar is safe?

We put a lot of effort into the fixing points on our guitar and bass straps.  We do our best to make sure that the leather is tough enough to keep its shape.  On cheaper straps the crappy thin leather will stretch and give way after just one gig.   So your best bet is to buy a decent strap like one of ours, and check that the leather is good and firm around the pin holes.

Pinegrove Leather stap attachment to guitar

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 https://www.pinegroveleather.com/guitar-extras/guitar-strap-jack-endpin-adaptor

jack endpin adaptor 2.jpg

For extra safety, many players add a rubber washer, commonly known as a Grolsch bottle grommet.  You can pull one off an empty bottle of Grolsch beer - the type that has the funny old fashioned stopper with the bent wire around it.  They work great.  Guitar strings maker Ernie Ball make a similar item especially for the job.

Ernie Ball Strap Block in action.jpg

The safest method is to use proper straps locks.   These come in two metal parts.  One part is a replacement for your guitar's original strap button.  You unscrew the old button and screw on the strap lock stud.  The second part fits on the strap.  Together they form a 100% safe snap-together system.

Guitar strap lock

The usual big downside of strap locks comes when you want to put a different strap on the guitar.  The problem is that you can only attach a strap that has the matching part fitted.  What if you get to a gig and find you've forgotten that strap?   Disaster!   OK, so somebody lends you a strap, but it doesn't have strap locks and won't fit securely on the studs.  Big disaster!

Here comes Schaller to the rescue with their S-Lock system.   The studs on these strap locks look just like ordinary strap pins, and can be used as just like ordinary strap pins.  So, if you forget your strap with the straps locks on, you can quickly use any other strap.

Schaller S-Locks in box

See our page on using strap locks for more advice: What Strap Locks Should I Use?

We're always here to help if you need advice.   Email info@pinegroveleather.com or use the Get in Touch page.

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

Rod, main man at Pinegrove Leather