How to Fit a Mandolin Strap

Written by candace horgan
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The mandolin, a string instrument that has a fretted neck and is tuned like a violin, is one of the primary instruments in bluegrass music. It has, however, made appearances in other genres. Led Zeppelin famously used it on "The Battle of Evermore." It is also frequently played in country music. When playing a mandolin live, sizing the strap is somewhat a matter of playing style and personal preference, and it can be done in several ways.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Decide whether you like to keep the strap over your picking shoulder only or prefer to have it cross your back and come down around your fret arm.

  2. 2

    Examine your mandolin. There are two types: A style, which looks somewhat like a teardrop, and F style, which has an elaborate scroll on the upper left side of the body.

  3. 3

    Look at the mandolin strap to determine whether it is adjustable or not. An adjustable strap is simpler to fit.

  4. 4

    Take the end of the mandolin strap that has the hole, and put it over the end pin at the base of the mandolin.

  5. 5

    Hold the mandolin at your preferred playing distance. Take the strap and place it over your picking shoulder or fret shoulder, depending on your preference as explained in step 1.

  6. 6

    Tie the other end of the strap around the scroll on an F-style mandolin or the peghead of an A-style mandolin.

  7. 7

    Adjust the length of the strap. If the strap doesn't have adjustable length, you need to tie the strap knot shorter or longer to get the preferred length.

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