How to Put a Strap on an Electric Guitar

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How to Put a Strap on an Electric Guitar
Electric guitar with strap (detail of electric guitar image by Thor Jorgen Udvang from

Using a strap when you play electric guitar is a must if you plan to stand while you're playing. Most guitar players want the freedom to move around the area (or stage), which is exactly what a strap allows you to do. Attaching a strap is a fairly easy process, but it must be done correctly or you stand the chance of your instrument dropping to the ground.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Electric guitar
  • Strap

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  1. 1

    Find the end of the strap closest to the adjustable buckle. Slip it over the end pin closest to the neck of your electric guitar. (You will see a button-sized hole in both ends of your strap, which makes this possible.)

  2. 2

    Toss the free end of the strap over the shoulder of your fretting hand.

  3. 3

    Reach around and pull the free end of the strap back around to your front underneath the arm on your picking hand's side.

  4. 4

    Slip the hole in the free end of the strap over the end pin at the base of your electric guitar.

  5. 5

    Hold the guitar in both hands and pull downward with a firm motion three or four times. This will test the strap to make sure that it's attached properly and not going to slip off the guitar.

  6. 6

    Adjust the length of the strap if necessary. Do this by sliding the adjustable buckle to shorten (or lengthen) the strap.

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