What is strap peg on the back of vintage Jazz bass headstocks all about?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by troyus, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    Always wondered... I can no longer handle it- WHY does it exist??? :hyper:
  2. it's a spare!

    really I think it goes back to the days where people strapped electric guitars like classical ones
  3. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator All panic, no disco.

    Mar 26, 2006
    Never made sense to me either. I've never seen someone strap their bass that way, nor have I seen a vintage strap that was long enough for that application.
  4. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt

    Jan 22, 2006
    It is the way you used to attach straps way back in the day. Originally, guitars were more a rhythm instrument and were played in a sitting position. Country guys started to use banjo straps that tied around the neck behind the nut so they could stand. Early rock and rollers followed suit, so when Fender introduced it's stuff they were thinking along those lines as far as strap attachment.
    Check out real early Elvis photos, or even Paul McCartney w/ the Hofner.
  5. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    OK... so it goes in the trash bin along with chrome bridge covers... ;)

    I'm trying to decide if i want to add this 'vintage' piece of flair to my Jazz bass build.. Didn't add the pickup covers or the thumbrest, DID add the copper grounding strap... Hmmm.. :)
  6. nmancusi10

    nmancusi10 Guest

    Mar 20, 2008
    believe it or not i actually use mine sometimes. When im playing sitting down, its easier to just move the strap from the upper horn to the headstock than it is to adjust the length of the strap
  7. aiglos

    aiglos Guest

    Jul 24, 2008
    It's called a hootenanny button if I recall correctly. You attach the strap there and play the bass in a position more akin to an upright.
  8. Coelho


    May 10, 2006
    Astoria, NY
  9. rorykins

    rorykins Guest

    Nov 29, 2005
    Northwestern Ontario
    i was told it was an anomaly of the neck production process. something to to with the way they clamped and shaped the necks, it left a hole...so they stuck a strap button in there.
  10. ive seen guys back in the day use a strap that was slung from the neck button thru the shoulder strap and then to the horn button as a remedy for neck dive.......cant say how well it worked but i know my mid sixties pre was really neck heavy
  11. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    Fender made the three way strap for the 60's basses,
    normal part attaches to the horn and skinny piece to
    back of the headstock gives it perfect balance sitting
    or standing,a friend still uses one on a 60's p-bass nostalgic.