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May 24, 2020 - 11:35:48 PM
1474 posts since 4/29/2013

If you have an older Seagull like myself (an '03 S6 original), you might find that there is only one strap button, placed at the tailblock, but none placed on the heel or around that area on the body like the newer models now have. I personally don't like the tie-on straps that attach at the peghead, so I wanted to figure out the best place to put a button on the upper body.

I did a little hunting around the web to see if anyone had a recommended spot to place one. These guitars have a bolt-on neck with two bolts. Only one person I came across acknowledged this and placed it on the center of the heel in-between where these bolts are located. Seagull has a pdf detailing that here: http://www.seagullguitars.com/pdf/en/strap-pin-installation-en.pdf 

While that's ok, however, due to the curvature of the heel, a washer that can conform to it would be needed, but imo there's not much side to side support where the bottom of the button comes into contact because of this curve. There's also not much room to place it on the side of the heel facing the ground when playing, either since it has a lower profile. 

So, I decided to locate it on the body and secured into the neck block for support. I measured the block to be 3" wide, so placing the button and drilling the hole at 5/8" from the side of the heel and centered on the body left about a 1/4" of extra room to the edge of the block allowing for me to not miss it when drilling the hole (which I was leery of -- it's taken me six years to finally go ahead and put a button on lol). I used a piece of masking tape to mark the location before drilling the hole just as an extra precaution. 

Another method would be to glue a block from the inside above where I placed it if the neck block is not wide enough and screw the button on to clamp it in place, but I didn't want to go with that much fuss. Stew-Mac has a good article on the subject of upper button placement, where I verified my original thoughts on placing it at the block: https://www.stewmac.com/articles-and-video/online-resources/hardware-installation/wheres-the-best-spot-for-your-strap-button.html

So if you have one, and want an upper strap button, here's a good spot that works for me. 

Edit: I know that was a lot of verbage for a fairly simple five-minute job, but if it helps and saves someone from taking a chance on missing the block and having to fill in a hole, then it's worth it to have a thorough explanation to expose all the variables and nuances imo.


Edited by - Noah Cline on 05/25/2020 00:50:31

May 24, 2020 - 11:56:09 PM

chuckv97

Canada

50113 posts since 10/5/2013

Good to know, Noah. I just recently acquired a Simon & Patrick Songsmith (same company as Seagull) and the heel looks identical to yours. I’ll be putting a button on like you did. Thanks for the info.

May 25, 2020 - 12:12:21 AM

1474 posts since 4/29/2013

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Good to know, Noah. I just recently acquired a Simon & Patrick Songsmith (same company as Seagull) and the heel looks identical to yours. I’ll be putting a button on like you did. Thanks for the info.


Glad I could help!

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