- May 25, 2015
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I have a Gibson Firebird and an Epiphone Thunderbird bass, and it seems to me the neck dive thing is due to the placement of the strap button. The strap supports the mass between the two points where it is attached to the body, so without a "projection" on the upper part of the body like a Strat or Fender bass etc, where a strap button could be located, everything beyond the strap button is unsupported by the strap. SGs can have this issue too but it doesn't seem to be as bad. Though I have to say I relocated the strap button on one of my SGs to the back side of the upper cutaway and as far forward as I could - problem solved. But there's nothing there on a Firebird or Thunderbird body to do that. Wrapping the strap across the top of the upper body Collins-style definitely helps, though. And if you use a leather strap, the rough side of the strap on your shoulder takes care of most of the issue.