My band, The Dirty Hillers performs at The Allegheny Ukulele Soiree 2018 and Funky Frets 2017.
Photo credit: Eric Max
The Hug Strap was invented because one day I accidentally sliced off the side of my left index finger using a rotary cutter to cut fabric. Up until that day, I had been a guitar player, but the accident left me with decreased sensitivity which made playing a 6 stringed instrument difficult. One depressingly cold winter, I bought a lavender ukulele in the hopes of entertaining my three year old. I discovered that I could easily play a 4 stringed uke and became hooked. 5 ukulele purchases later, I desired a strap to help support the instrument so I could play up the neck without feeling like I was constantly bent over it. After searching online and in stores, only able to find solutions that would either partially support the instrument or required the use of strap buttons which could potentially damage it, I decided to design my own. After several revisions, the Hug Strap was born.
(The Hug Strap’s Original Design with metal hardware and plastic hardware)
The Original Hug Strap is unique because it is made from three separate pieces, allowing adjustment at both the headstock and and around the belt portion which means it can fit any size ukulele from the Soprano size through the Baritone and it can be adjusted to be placed anywhere on the body (up high or low depending on your body size and preference for how to wear your uke.) It is made in the USA and comes in a variety of designer fabrics. The Hug Strap currently works with any waisted ukulele, and I now offer a version of the Hug Strap meant for pineapple and curved ukes like the Magic Fluke Flea Ukulele on a custom basis.
The Hug Strap has evolved over the last few years based on your feedback. I now offer a patent pending All in One Hug Strap that works on all sizes of waisted ukuleles including the U-Bass, as well as any type of ukulele with one or two strap buttons, and banjoleles. This strap can also be customized to work with pineapple shaped ukes that do not have a strap button upon request. It really can do it all.
(The All in One Hug Strap)
I also offer an updated version of the webbing series straps that is now made from two pieces rather than three, and cinches around the ukulele in the same fashion as the headstock strap. This allows for a tighter cinch around the body of the ukulele and for you to use it on a banjolele without the need for a separate adapter.
(Updated webbing Hug Strap 2018)
Please feel free to contact me about custom fabrics, wholesale pricing for school programs or music stores, or with any other questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.