I’m on the verge of buying a new Martin D-28 (my first acoustic guitar) and I’m hoping you can advise on whether I should have Sweetwater drill to add the strap buttons (with one on the heel of the treble side of the neck) or go with a headstock strap (like the strap tie Martin sells). I'll be using this guitar primarily for recording.
My rep recommends adding the buttons as he feels the headstock strap adds unnecessary weight to the neck and isn’t a great long term solution. However, I admit, the idea of drilling into a new $3,100 guitar isn’t exactly settling and it'd be great to avoid it, if possible. On the other hand, the idea of the guitar coming loose and falling down, or damaging the neck long-term, is also not settling. Since I'm not too familiar with this world, I just wanted to get some feedback on your experiences, any other pros and cons I might be missing (e.g., resale value), and whether it makes sense to just bite the bullet and get the buttons installed if using the headstock strap really isn't recommended. Any feedback is helpful.
If there is any remote chance you might need or want to sell it, I wouldn’t put a strap button on it. If you know it ain’t going anywhere, then I would. It won’t really decrease the value of it that much but could be a deal breaker to someone who is more of a purest.
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Post by Michael Carnes on Nov 29, 2022 21:23:39 GMT -6
If I were you, I'd spend a few months with the guitar before you decide to drill it. It's possible (if only a little) that there's a problem with the instrument. It happens--it's happened to me--and you don't want to cloud your ability to return it. It it might be that you simply don't like the instrument. A D-28 is a great guitar, but it might end up not suiting you for what you want to do. Those little holes could affect the resale value of the instrument.
If it turns out to be love at first, second and third sight, then you can get a local luthier to drill it safely. But I wouldn't be in a hurry.
Thanks for all your help, everyone, much appreciated. I actually asked Sweetwater if drilling voided the return policy and, surprisingly, it did not, so I went for the strap button. They did a great job, so I'm glad I got it over with. So far, the guitar's been absolutely fantastic.