How to fix a broken strap pin
Learn how to DIY your knackered strap pin holes in your guitar’s body the proper way using household tools
Guitar strap pins are always coming loose. You tighten it up and after practice, it’s loose again. In the worst-case scenario the strap pin can come off all together – which could result in you chucking your guitar on the floor. This is exactly what happened to James King, the bass player in Spring King, on stage. We sorted this out for him just before he headed off to his next tour date, upgrading it in the process.
The standard screws that hold strap pins in aren’t usually much cop and they also get a lot of abuse – especially if you’re prone to swinging the guitar around your neck. When a screw hole is as wrecked as James’ there’s no choice but to put a whopping 9.5mm dowel in there. Now, it has to be hardwood, and that means a wood that’s hard – so no pine! There’s little point in repairing this with matchsticks (they’re just soft wood made for burning, after all). We’ve gone for oak but ash, walnut, oak or maple are all great choices; you can get them on eBay.
Strappinscominglooseare acommonproblemfor guitarists... and bassists