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How to measure for your strap

Determine your strap length:

  • Simply hold your instrument at your most comfortable playing 
    position and measure from the end pin over your shoulders to the 
    TOP of the scroll, or nut / headstock, or strap button at the heel if 
    your mandolin or ukulele's has the extra button.


  • Use a string or cloth seamstress's tape to do this measurement.  
    That's your length that I will need.  


  • Straps have about two-three inches of adjustment at each 

Loop and sliding 
bead that attaches 
to the end pin or a 
strap button at the 
heel on A-style

The leather bead cinches the lace down tightly around the end pin.

Other leather straps with slots and holes for the end pin connection 
are not secure and or safe.  Slots and holes end pin connection get 
baggy and stretched and can come off the end pin.  I have had many 
customers “bounce” their instrument on the floor because of a 
baggy strap hole at the end pin.

How to measure a strap for an F-style mandolin

Stand with your instrument in your most comfortable playing position 
and measure from the end pin over your shoulders to the top of the 
scroll.  A piece of string or a cloth measuring tape can be used for 
measuring.  A friend can make the job easier.

How to measure a strap for an A-style mandolin or ukuleles

A sliding leather bead can be installed on each end of the strap for 
A-styles or ukulele's that have a strap button installed at the heel.
  Remember to request two 'beads' if you have two strap buttons.

"Your strap should never

be an after-thought."

---Bill Bailey

(adjustable about2-3 inches at each end)

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