Anyone else have problems fitting the guitar strap over the electric end pin jack on acoustic/electric guitars? I've asked music stores and strap manufacturers and neither seem to think it's a problem....but it is...
Here is my solution (again since I got all the info and pics done then clicked add reply and got a message saying this page isn't working right. Try again later grrrr)
I make my own adapters from a 4"X1" piece of leather (4-5oz or 2 mm) with a properly cut 7/16" hole and 3/4" slit which fits most enlarged end pin jacks. The other end uses a decorative, screw on concho to secure it to the end of the strap.
Here's what it looks like attached to my Taylor DDX
I could use a couple of these.
Nice idea ... I definitely fear for the health of my guitars every time I try to secure the strap over the stubby little strap pin coming out of the electric pickup.
I am considering making these in a larger quantity and selling them. I'm not sure how wide a selection I wish to offer but I would make both brown and black leather and offer a choice of conchos. They would likely retail for around $10 - $12.
Check out "lockit straps." They are locking straps and they fit over the large acoustic end pin jacks...they are all I use now!
I'm guessing you can only buy them online and not from music stores. That means shipping charges on top of the prices. I live in Canada and getting things from the US online is a big hassle and more expensive than it is worth sometimes. What size is the opening (dia.)?
Yes, this is a basic design flaw in the Taylor line, I believe (and one of the very few).
I buy only straps with a single layer of leather, either totally or at least at the attachments. Then I don't have a problem. Early on I had a couple of thicker straps and could never get them on.
I LOVE the Byzantinne straps and have three in different colors, expensive straps and they are VERY Hard to get over the end pin. I actually worry sometimes I am using too much force on the end pin when trying to get them over the pin.
The final product is now complete. I made them an inch longer than the prototype and have them in both brown and black. I settled on one style of concho (also a little larger) - the western star. The black adapter comes with a silver star and the brown comes with a bronze star. They are available for $10 each.
I call them Fit-Rite Strap Adjusters
I just use Perri's soft leather straps. I have one for each acoustic. They adjust easy to fit various end pins but when they expand for the big ends like my Taylor, I don't use them on other guitars with small end pins--they have their strap. They are not expensive and you can roll them up tight and put a rubber band around them and keep them in the case pocket. Then you won't show up at a gig with everything but the strap.