...pass the wood filler
That does seem odd. I put the strap button on my MT just around the corner on the treble side of the heel. I emailed Collings first and they assured me that this place was OK.
That wouldn't be a deal breaker. It can be easily filled and touched up.
It looks like MTs resale value is holding up.
I will admit I just got one and it is really hard to put a strap thru the headstock.....But I really LOVE the mando..I have two old Gibsons.......they should have thought about the strap
never ever for mine
People do that with guitars all the time. Guitars are expected to have a hold drilled through the nicely applied and buffed finish into the carved mahogany neck heel for a strap button. What's the big difference?
Do you own this or just looking at the pix?
Honestly, I don't see anything that couldn't just be a weird reflection off the finish from taking the picture. Is that white near the button really wood??
Maybe I need new glasses.
Oops!! See edit in next post. My bad.
“Sharps/Flats” ≠ “Accidentals”
This pic from a different angle looks a little different.
Oops!! Looks like I missed the point. You just don't want a button on the mando!
Sorry. Point taken.
“Sharps/Flats” ≠ “Accidentals”
my only beef would be the placement--my thumb likes to hang out right where the button is when playing up high, but I see no issue with having a strap button in that region. People put all kinds of cooky stuff on mandolins, this is at least functional...
I put my thumb there too but rarely, I guess since it's already there I'd use it though a dowel,some glue and a lttle stain would be a good option too.
It is so easy to tie a piece of leather around the top of the body, under the fret board extension, I don't know why I would bother with a strap button.
Why isn't the thread called 'What not to do with your A style mandolin'? Or is it just a problem when people want to install strap buttons on their Collings mandolins?
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.I agree. A little further down toward the treble side, and maybe a 1/8" further toward the body and it would be just fine
The placement on this one is a little off. But other than that, I love strap buttons on A5s. They just "feel" and work better than using the headstock.....YMMV. Now on short neck oval hole models, I prefer using the headstock for the strap.
I really can't stand to have a strap tied to the peghead. It just doesn't hang on me right, gets in the way, feels terrible and I don't like the looks of it. That being said... I did not drill and place a button on the heel of my old oval hole. Used a string and tied the strap to it and it feels when I hold it like the position it would be in if it had a strap button on the heel. On a newer mando I probably wouldn't have a problem with a button on the heel. I don't think they look that bad. I would just worry about the wood on the heel cracking or something even more terrible happening.
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Would it be possible to modify a tone guard to provide strap attachment?