Strap Button fell out

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by WallyN, Jul 14, 2013.

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  1. WallyN


    Jan 11, 2013
    So today is a NBD for me. I picked up a used Fender MIM P bass. She looks great, plays great but I noticed after about a half hour workout that the strap button on the guitar was quite loose to the touch. I gripped the button and it pulled right out of the body. The screw and the button are in good shape.

    How do I fix this without screwing up my new toy?

  2. Dtrull87


    Jun 22, 2013
    Take a tooth pick and fill the hole with the broke toothpick and then just screw it back in problem solved!
  3. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Fill the hole with toothpicks and woodglue, and crank 'er back in there while the glue is still wet...

    - georgestrings
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    This. A simple fix for a very common problem.
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I'd use my chopstick method.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    And for an extensive discussion, search the forum for the word "toothpick" or "strap toothpick".

    This question is asked every week and it never seems that the person asking has tried to find related threads.
  7. WallyN


    Jan 11, 2013
    I actually did try to search but never thought to include the word toothpick as part of my inquiry. After reading a bunch of posts explaining how to remove a stripped screw I figured I'd just ask :)
  8. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Toothpicks and Tite-bond or any wood glue.
  9. Toothpicks and glue. Dip the toothpicks into the glue. Jam them into the hole. Trim them flush. Install strap peg. Works great.

    I look forward to this hitting 6 pages in under an hour.
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I salute you! You've done more work than most people who ask this question.
  11. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    You're on! While we're on the subject, those little plastic sword-shaped olive toothpicks won't work...ask me how I know. OTOH, the toothpicks with little cellophane tassles (used to align club sandwiches) are my fav's.

    Hey...we're still on the first page and nobody has mentioned drilling out the whole works and plugging with a hardwood dowel. Wait for it: 10...9...8...7...6...5...

  12. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired

    Maybe a shim.......?
  13. OK,

    Well after that other thread, in the future I am doing nothing less than installing a Keensert or perhaps a helicoil and a nylock bolt.

    I am still undecided about the red Loctite though
  14. JLS

    JLS Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Or maybe wood putty?
  15. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Flatwounds and string thru body. Oh...set your witness points.

    To the OP: on behalf of myself, J, Turnaround and the other jolly jokesters, I apologize for the juvenile behaviour. Toothpicks and glue are your best bet for any repair of this nature. Do use a clean PH bit and back off if you encounter an inordinate amount of resistance.

  16. I have done this if you need a picture to see for your self I would be more than happy to post one. All you have to do is run a 1" wood or dry wall screw through the strap button and in to the original hole. Problem solved no goo, no snapped tooth picks, and no re drilling a bigger hole and filling it with a dowel.
  17. If you want a clerk at Home depot will give you 2 screws if you ask. A small 1lb box of screws is like $5 or $6.
  18. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    How dare you? Asking a question that's already been answered. You're like a crazy person.:D JK My friend. The toothpick method is a great method.
  19. If you go with the wood screw don't forget put a patch of felt, or a little black O ring. A patch punched out of a flat rubber band with a hole puncher works well too.
  20. WallyN


    Jan 11, 2013
    Thanks for the advice and help, the toothpicks are in and the glue is drying. I will take her with me to rehearsal tomorrow.
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