One of the strap buttons on my bass is stripped. I’ve seen several methods for repairing this, all of which involved filling the hole with some bits of wood.
- Insert matchsticks, toothpicks, or a dowel.
- Optionally add cyanoacrylate or wood glue.
- Optionally drill a pilot.
I first tried the simplest method, with just matchsticks and no glue, but the screw just shredded the filler. Next I tried what I thought would be the surest repair, filling the hole with a snug dowel and a drop of super glue, but the screw wouldn’t thread tightly in that either. I didn’t really trust it for a weight-bearing screw, and sure enough I was able to work it loose pretty easily.
I’d rather not take the guitar to a luthier for a repair that seems like it should be simple to do at home. What can I do to strengthen this repair so that it will not just keep stripping?