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  • Do straps where no drilling is needed exist?
  • What kind of straps are on the market
  • Pros and cons of different straps

Put a Strap on Your Ukulele Without Drilling

Request by Gabriella: I would like to use a strap, especially when I am on stage, but at the same time I don’t feel like making a hole through my ukulele body… Can you give my any advice?

A lot of ukulele players like playing their ukulele while standing. There also quite a few players who will actually perform on a stage with their ukulele. While it is possible to play the ukulele while standing (holding it firmly to your body with your elbow) it is a lot easier to install a strap.

It is possible to drill a whole in your ukulele and install a strap button which allows the usage of guitar style straps, but creating a permanent hole in your precious ukulele is not something that everyone wants to do eagerly. Fortunately, there are more than enough no-drill options.

Hooking onto the sound hole

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These are the most popular traps and are very easy to install (as in no installation at all). These straps hook at the bottom of the sound hole and go down under the body where it finally loops around the neck or chest. You will still need to hold the ukulele as it will flip over otherwise. It is thus only offering support. Nevertheless it is very useful and there are many (many) different models, going from very basic black nylon straps to some fancier necklace-type straps.

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Brands such as Levy’s Leathers, Planet Waves and Neotech (Simple Sling) offer these type of straps.

The UkeLoop ukulele strap system

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This is a strap system which completely supports your ukulele. It can be used for every type of ukulele as it comes with two metal brackets which need to be attached to the instrument via an adhesive pad. It is however possible to only use one bracket. While the metal pieces are semi-permanently attached to your ukulele, they can be removed if required. Do not use on high-end ukuleles with an expensive gloss finish.

Uke Leash by Lori Apthorp

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The Uke Leash is a relatively new (2010) ukulele strap support system developed for the ukulele by Lori Apthorp. No drilled holes, adhesives or hooks needed. You will still need to hold it tightly between your body and arm as it only holds the ukulele at the headstock. This can be quite difficult, but according to the creator it should even enhance the sound of the ukulele when compared to other straps.

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