How to Adjust Guitar Straps

Written by jennifer hudock
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Adjusting your guitar strap to the proper length can be a bit of a challenge, as first you need to find the right positioning for your guitar. Sitting or standing while playing requires different positioning, and every guitarist will have a personal preference. Old-style guitar straps had adjustable buckles, which were often frustrating and hard to manage. Though these types of straps are popular among some retro-style players, many of today's guitar straps are easier to adjust thanks to the slots and buttons on the strap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Test for the right length for your desired playing position and comfort by experimenting with the different slats on the strap's back. You may need someone to hold the strap in place while you are testing the length so that you don't drop your guitar.

  2. 2

    Move the adjustment loop and insert it into the slat through which you will be threading the other end of the strap. Make sure the adjustment loop is securely snapped in place.

  3. 3

    Thread the thin strap into the back of the open slat and through the adjustment loop.

  4. 4

    Draw the thin strap tight, tugging to make sure it's secure.

  5. 5

    Thread the strap through the top slat of the main strap and draw it tight. Tug the thin strap to make sure it is tight and secure; otherwise, your strap may slip and you could drop and damage your guitar.

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