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Why don't they put strap buttons on the neck side or heel of an acoustic dreadnought. I always end up drilling one in. But I hat the thought of doing that to my newest guitar, the Simon & Patrick.
Tim
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1/12/2001 12:24 PM

Raemond Coleman (2858) wrote:

I'll guess - although I don't know the answer :)

I think on acoustics the neck out weighs the body - so putting a lock/button on the backside would cause the guitar to want to dip down at the neck end. That is I think why most people just attach the strap up past the nut - even balance and more comfort.

That's my guess :)

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1/12/2001 3:33 PM

Bruce Maag (15581) wrote:

Because of the weight distribution on most acoustics.

The neck is heavy and will drop on you. Some people manage ok with a strap on the body. Some like the neck supported with the strap at the head.

So it makes sense that manufactures leave it up to you, on how you want the strap setup.

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1/12/2001 8:11 PM

Richard Templeton (136) wrote:

What i want to know is why manufacturers still use buttons insted of straplock connectors or similar. As soon as the leather on your strap softens it slips over the button and if you're not holding the neck at the time..... I always wind up screwing the strap directly to the body using the buttons as washers but given that it would probably add about 50 cents to the production cost of a guitar to use a better system i kind of feel were getting ripped off a little
Richard.



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1/13/2001 6:33 PM

Tim Floto (6151) wrote:

I think it's a cheapness thing there, too. But I dsicovered that dunlop makes this little plastic goodie that locks over the strap. its $1.25 each. And I 've been using them for over a year on four guitars - sometimes over abuse, even and they work great. I wrote a review on them some time ago. They're an amazing buy



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1/13/2001 7:14 PM

Anthony Holden (9426) wrote:

Better yet, I know something cheaper. Go without a strap. There are many (including myself) that prefer to sit when playing an acoustic. Robert Fripp (King Crimson) sits while playing the electric! But anyhoo, if the manufacturer decided not to install it, then it's a good idea to let it be ... common sense prevails.

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1/14/2001 6:19 PM

David Mackie (11072) wrote:

It's stricly personal preference. Many (if not most) guitarist/singers like the balance and positioning that the traditional neck attachment gives them. When I bought a Taylor a few years ago, it had instructions on installing a strap button on the heel (a very simple job). I think (speculation) they don't install one at the factory, because it would mess up the aesthetics for those who don't want one.



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1/15/2001 6:21 AM

Jeremy Ledford (14379) wrote:

that is probably correct. also most manufacturers, as stated above, are cheap. so for them it is a win-win situation. laterz germ



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1/15/2001 6:35 AM

Bruce Maag (15581) wrote:

Ya - it's just like buying a bolt. Got to by the nut seperatly. It's a money thing.



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1/15/2001 8:12 AM

Chester Horton (10480) wrote:

Hi Dave
Just a little side line, some of the Taylors come from the factory with the strap button already on the heel. Both my 514CE and my Jewel did. Thank God because I would have been nervous about drilling on the heel of either one.
Chet

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1/16/2001 5:12 PM

Jim Kangas (1957) wrote:

Well, I have a Gibson ES-175 which is neither cheap nor unbalanced, and they don't come with a neck-side strap button either.

Riddle still unsolved...

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1/16/2001 5:20 PM

Tim Floto (6151) wrote:

One of the great mysteries... How about other Jazz Boxes?

Tim