Help adding strap button to my acoustic.

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  1. billboneys

    billboneys Supporting Member

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    I have an Epiphone Masterbilt DR500M that I want to add a strap button to.
    B makes the most sense to me but some youtube videos suggested that C might be the better choice. The neck block would allow me to safely put it in all 3 places but I just want to make sure the guitar hangs normal. Anyone have any experience with this. Feel free to suggest another spot if there is a better one. Thanks.


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  2. SteveO

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    Either B or C, but definitely not A, that angle would cause the strap to want to pull off of the button.
     
  3. billboneys

    billboneys Supporting Member

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    Any other comments before I do this?
     
  4. Flying Panda

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    I put mine centered on the bottom part of the heel, the white part in your photo. I've always liked 'em best there. If not there, then "C".
     
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    +1 for flying panda's comment, on the flat of the heel, pre drill the hole and lubricate the screw when fitting it.
     
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    Most I've seen/owned have been 'C'.
     
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    C is the most secure, IMHO.
     
  9. billboneys

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    Does the guitar hang weird. Seems like it would want to fall forward.
     
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    C here too. Once you mark the hole dimple it with a nail so that your drill bit doesn't dance around. Covering the entire area with low tac tape just in case.
     
  11. HEY!YOU!

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    In the center of the white area, strap hangs right in that location.
    Otherwise the strap will be twisted.
     
  12. Stringrazor

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    That's how I did it too.
     
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    Me too also.
     
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    Yes. That's where I put mine. The guitar hangs perfectly. Strap stays put & doesn't twist.
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    I put mine in C, after doing a lot of research on the net. Looked weird to me, but it sits well. I think it's the most stable position.
     
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    I have tired B,C and on the heel (white area in this thread), all more than once. When hung by the white area the guitar does try to rotate forward, not terrible but it does. C is by far the best "hang" for me & out of the way of the fretting hand, (well from your picture actually about midway between B & C). It does not seem from looking like that would be the best spot (the "logical" place is on the end of the heel) but it is the best hang. I have replaced some heel caps for folks that have switched to the C-ish position & are left with heel cap holes.

    Do mark the spot with an awl or something similar. Run your drill in reverse to start the hole. This will greatly minimize any finish chipping & get you a nice controllable start. The drill size should be size of the shaft of the screw, the solid part inside the threads. Do wax the screw prior to installing. Be careful with the screwdriver. Working at that kind of odd angle I have seen several guitars with nasty marks where the screwdriver has slipped putting on strap buttons.
     
  17. billboneys

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    Definitely C and you wanna place the strap 1/3 of the way down from the fretboard. As some has already mentioned, the guitar balances the best in this position.
     
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    Mine is at B, and it is perfect for me. perfect balance, (no cutaway if that would affect anything) no twisting, no top heavy or anything either.

    Those headstock ones always scared me that they would put too much pressure on the headstock and risk bending my neck...i know they were used for years, but always worried me.
     
  20. HEY!YOU!

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    This.
    Beat me to it, I was going to post a pic of my guitar.
     

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