Which End of Guitar Strap Goes Where?

Guitarists use a guitar strap to make it easier to play the guitar while standing up or moving around the stage. It keeps the guitar on the body and, thus, prevents it from falling and being smashed to pieces. But which end of the strap goes where?

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It’s easy: It doesn’t matter which end goes where for as long as the strap is securely in place.

Better yet, you can follow the manufacturer’s instructions about which end of the strap goes to what part of the guitar. There are illustrations to make the task easier.

When There Are Two Strap Pins

Also, the ease with which to attach the straps to the guitar depends on the type of guitar. As well as the number of pins it has. With electric guitars, which have two strap pins, the process is straightforward.

It is also true for some models of modern acoustic guitars designed with two strap pins.

  1. Locate the two strap pins on your guitar. These should be on the top horn and the lower bout. (In some guitars, one of the strap pins are close to the base of the neck)

  2. Attach the pinhole of one end of the strap over a pin, say, the top horn.

  3. Put the other end of the strap’s pinhole over the lower bout.

Easy-peasy, indeed! You can interchange which end of the strap goes on to which pin and the result will be the same. But if you want to look cooler, you should consider attaching the strap’s adjustment end to the lower bout pin.

Plus, it makes for easier adjustment of the strap’s length.

When There Is Only One Strap Pin

Many acoustic guitars only have a single strap pin located at the heel of the lower bout. The one strap pin design is a holdover from the early days of the acoustic guitar when luthiers weren’t keen on drilling more holes.

The more holes, the more that the sound changes.

Yes, you can have a second strap pin installed, but it isn’t necessary when using a guitar strap.

Most straps have a built-in lace that can be looped through the pinhole at one end and then tied around the guitar’s headstock.

It can be done by the nut located under the guitar’s strings. Then, place the pinhole of the strap’s other end over the guitar’s single strap pin.

You may also use gulley hooks, such as the one provided by Levy’s, to attach a strap to your guitar securely.  Take a look at the features of the Levy’s Leathers Chrome Tanned Lightning Bolt Guitar Strap and the Legato Guitar Strap 3 Inches Wide Double Padded Soft Leather Black Brown.

Don’t stop with getting the straps attached to your guitar. You should also consider the strap’s length, and there’s no hard and fast rule for it.

You may slug it lower if you’re using an electric guitar or slung it higher if you’re playing an acoustic guitar.


As a conclusion, keep in mind that using a guitar strap is a matter of personal preference. You may like it or not, depending on your playing style as well as the type of guitar used and the venue of the performance.

Like any tool, you decide when, where, and how to use it to your advantage.

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