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Thread #107298   Message #2223456
Posted By: Murray MacLeod
27-Dec-07 - 07:36 PM
Thread Name: Fitting a strap button on a Martin
Subject: Fitting a strap button on a Martin
the time has come to fit a strap button on my beloved Martin HD-28VS .

I am going to fit this myself (perfectly competent to do so, just canvassing opinions)

I cannot come to terms with drilling a hole in the side, adjacent to the heel (ie into the neck block) it just seems like sacrilege.

by the same token, I am extremely reluctant to drill a hole into the side of the heel, that seems like sacrilege as well.

so the only solution as far as I can see is to drill a hole into the base of the heel (ie the "triangular" bit covered with white Micarta ) and insert the screw there.

the only slight worry I have is that the Martin heel is quite delicate compared to the chunkier heels of some other makes, and I have a niggling worry that the strain of the pull of the guitar strap might cause problems. I don't think it will, but I would be interested to hear the opinions of others who have tackled the problem.

please, don't tell me to attach the strap to the headstock, that is not an option for a style victim like what I am ...