Ukulele Straps with No Drilling

By | January 23, 2015

My last post about how to install strap buttons on your ukulele assumes you’re using a traditional guitar-style strap with metal buttons at the bottom of the neck and on the tail of the instrument. I believe strap buttons are the most supportive and best option for a strap, but installation can be daunting. Luckily, there are alternatives. If the thought of drilling into your ukulele is too much, these ukulele straps offer no-drill installation while still providing varying levels of support.

Soundhole Hook Style Straps

Hook style straps need no installation at all. They loop around your neck and/or chest, underneath the instrument and up to the soundhole where the strap hooks onto the edge. The benefit of this strap is that there’s no installation and you can remove it without any effort. The drawback is that you still need to hold the instrument. These straps carry the weight of the instrument, which is definitely helpful, but you still need to hold the instrument or it could fall to the floor.

neotech-simple-sling

The strap pictured above is the Neotech Simple Sling. Levy’s Leathers also sells a number of colorful hook style straps, and Amazon sells many different models for ukulele players.

The Uke Loop

Instead of strap buttons, The Uke Loop strap uses one or two metal brackets that attach to the instrument via an adhesive pad. You can install the strap to balance the instrument from a single point as shown below or from two points for more stability. This offers as sturdy and stable a strap as strap buttons will, but has the drawback of one or two unattractive metal pieces permanently affixed to your instrument. You wouldn’t want to use this on a high-end uke as it would surely devalue the instrument.

uke-loop-strap

The Uke Loop sells for $15 on Amazon.

The Uke Leash

The Uke Leash is the least supportive of the options listed thus far, but some players swear by it. The traditional way to support a ukulele is between your right arm and torso, and the Uke Leash still relies on that to hold up the tail end of the instrument. What it adds is support for the neck by looping around the headstock. This is where many ukulele players struggle – it can be hard to hold up the neck with the left hand while changing between complex fingerings.

Here’s an image from the Uke Leash website that shows how the strap works:

Uke Leash instructions

You can buy the Uke Leash direct from the creator at shop.ukeleash.com.

Ukulele Grip Strips

This last option isn’t a strap at all and provides the least amount of stability. Made by The Magic Fluke Company, these are two rubber adhesive strips that you put on the back of your instrument. The rubber grabs your clothing and helps to support the ukulele. If you don’t mind holding your ukulele but find it sliding around too much, these might just do the trick. And at $5, you can’t beat the price.

ukulele grip strips

Have I missed any? If so, please leave a comment to let me know!

5 thoughts on “Ukulele Straps with No Drilling

  1. Melissa

    Hi-
    You hadn’t really left any out of this article at time of publishing, but I just designed my own handmade ukulele strap and if you want to include it that would be great. We are a brand new company and are trying to get the word out. I would be happy to send you a free sample.

    I designed a ukulele strap that has three separate parts, is fully adjustable for waisted ukes from soprano through baritone, and doesn’t require strap buttons, adhesive, or hooks. It acts more like a traditional guitar strap and cinches around the body of the ukulele which makes it more comfortable to play and keeps the possibility of dropping it at bay.

    You can check them out here: http://www.thehugstrap.com

    Thanks.
    Melissa

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  2. Tim Mullins

    My invention, the Mobius Strap, gives completely hands-free support for the ukulele. No modifications to your instrument are needed

    No strap buttons or other attachments are necessary. Its unique, patented design holds any size ukulele comfortably and securely and frees both hands for any playing technique. Once installed, using the strap becomes as easy as using a button-style strap.

    It puts no stress on the instrument’s neck and is reversible for left-handed players. It easily attaches and detaches and rolls up for storage in your case or gig bag pocket.

    Straps are hand-made in Santa Barbara, California of soft, durable polypropylene webbing with no metal parts. Easy-to-follow instructions are included and they come with a money-back guarantee of complete satisfaction. Complete information is at:
    http://www.mobiusstrap.com.

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    1. Brad Bordessa

      I have to put a plug in for Tim’s Mobius Strap. Does the best job of any button-less strap I’ve seen. Clever to the max. You should add it to your roundup, if possible.

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  3. AnAverageUkuleleUser

    Is it okay if i screw some hook on to the end of my ukeleles body as an inexpensive strap button , the reason im asking is because my ukulele doesnt have an end block

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    1. Matt Post author

      Drilling or screwing into the uke where there is no supporting wood probably isn’t a good idea. Google for ukulele strap no drill and you’ll find a number of straps made for ukes that don’t require an end bock or drilling.

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