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    Default Strap for a Martin Style C

    I was wondering what strap you would recommend for a Martin Style C from the 30's and how does it attach? Thank you in advance.
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    Question Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    FAQ..

    If it has an end button the other end goes around the headstock

    Can You Tie a Knot in Parachute Cord?

    how about a Uke strap, hooking onto the sound hole? (I use one with my D'Jangolin)


    Lots of players didn't need a strap .. Dave Apollon ,

    and Jethro Burns for his whole era with Homer Haynes


    just tuck your arm under it a bit ..


    Or sit in a chair .. typical Pub sessions are sitting around a table.. handy to the pints..





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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    Martin Style C mandos don't have an end button. But you can install one by removing the single screw in the tailpiece and then screwing in a strap button. Here is a selection of buttons at Greg Boyd's House of Fine Instruments: https://gregboyd.com/product/strap-button-nickel/

    Then, you can use some straps originally intended for F-styles. You need to find one that laces around the headstock just north of the nut. The other end of the strap has to have a buttonhole. Here's a possibility, again at Greg Boyd's: https://gregboyd.com/product/levys-l...andolin-strap/

    Good luck with it.

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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    I just thread a nylon boot lace through the channel in the bottom of the tailpiece and make a knot.

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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    A thong that will thread through the tailpiece and tie around the headstock above the nut is what I use on my Style A. The Martin mandolins are so light that a thin strap is all you need -- needn't worry about padding on your shoulder or fancy adjustability. I have acquired a number of lengths of leather thong at a now-defunct local craft store, in several thicknesses (or should I say thinnesses?).

    I'd avoid adding a strap button unless you're really set on it.
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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    Rather than just above the nut, I tie on thru the tuners to avoid fretting-hand interference.
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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Rather than just above the nut, I tie on thru the tuners to avoid fretting-hand interference.
    +1 I do this also, it is more comfortable out of the way.
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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    Thank you all for your suggestions.
    Tony Huber
    1930 Martin Style C #14783
    2011 Mowry GOM
    2013 Hester F4 #31
    2014 Ellis F5 #322
    2017 Nyberg Mandola #172

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    Default Re: Strap for a Martin Style C

    When I decide to use one I do the same. I don't use a strap to hold the instrument up but to catch it if for some reason I do slip up and drop it. Hasn't happened yet but cheap insurance just in case. I was bumped once and it did slip out from under my picking arm but the fretting hand was able to hold. That's when I decided it was cheap insurance.
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