How to Install a Ukulele Strap Button

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How to Install a Ukulele Strap Button
Ukuleles are used in many different genres of music. (tuning the ukulele image by Shirley Hirst from

The ukulele has come a long way since its development in Hawaii in the late 19th century. Ukuleles are now very customisable and can be altered with different aftermarket parts such as the strap button. The strap button allows the ukulele player to attach a strap to the ukulele to hang the instrument around his neck. This frees up the player's hands and forearms, which traditionally hold the ukulele during play. A strap button can be install in most ukuleles in a few steps.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Grease pencil
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit
  • Driver bit
  • Strap button

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  1. 1

    Mark the desired location for the strap button on the body of the ukulele with a grease pencil. Ukulele strap buttons are generally installed in the tail section of the body of the ukulele, in-line with the neck of the instrument.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole through the strap button mark using a power drill with a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw from the strap button kit.

  3. 3

    Pass the included screw through the strap button and felt washer of the strap button kit.

  4. 4

    Drive the screw into the strap button hole with a power drill and driver bit until the strap button is firmly attached.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use wood putty or other chemical fillers or adhesives when installing the strap button. Altering the original wood of the ukulele can lower the instrument's value.

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