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Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Jathon Delsy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:54 pm

Best strap? Especially for head heavy instruments that tend to slip? And heavy instruments generally, like Les Pauls and Fender Precisions?
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Sam Spoons » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:18 pm

Levi's or similar of me though I do have a very old an cherished 2" leather strap I made many years ago to use with my Les Paul. It's non adjustable and quite short (which suits me) and the leather has gone nice and soft over the years. Wouldn't use it (or any TBH) without strap locks of some kind though, especially on a heavy guitar.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:29 pm

+1 for leather and strap-locks :)
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Stef Andrews » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:05 pm

Without trying to sound like this forum is a stuck record...!

Wide leather strap, and strap locks. I've recently bought a 2017 Les Paul traditional, which is non-weight relieved - 9lbs ish total weight. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Real-Vintage-Leather-1-3m-Guitar-Strap-UK-Handmade-for-Bass-Acoustic-Electric/380872735724?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=651036108066&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 I have one of these straps for it and it's fab.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby zenguitar » Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:10 am

A lot depends on what your shirts/sweaters/jackets are made of.

But I've just realised that the piece of gear i've owned longest is the strap on my main electric guitar. I got the guitar in 1989, and the strap was 10 years old already. Got it on 1979 possibly late '78. It's a 3" wide leather strap and very soft now.

I did go through a slightly OCD phase with my gear. Every time I got a new guitar I would make a fixed length strap from 3" wide leather. I had an adjustable webbing strap which I only used to find the right length for the new guitar's strap. Once I had the right length I would get the leather, mark out and punch the holes and leave it permanently attached to the guitar.

I am better now. I have some adustable webbing straps, and strap locks on the old leather strap. But I am often tempted by a thin leather strap with a sheepskin lined shoulder pad.

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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby SecretSam » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:29 am

Webbing and strap lock for me.

As long as the strap is good and strong and wide, this is an item that you don't need to spend a load of money on: they can't hear your strap.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby ore_terra » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:17 am

this topic is like "what shoes are best". everyone will have his favorite straps...
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:35 pm

Wide and without a logo. Dark colour, although if there is a nice purple then maybe. :blush:
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Music Wolf » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:25 pm

zenguitar wrote:But I am often tempted by a thin leather strap with a sheepskin lined shoulder pad.


I have one but I wouldn't buy another. I find that if you relax the load on the strap (i.e. you lift the guitar slightly) then the sheepskin pad has a tendency to slip out of position.

I favour a leather strap and I have a predilection for straps that bear the guitar makers name (which is how I came by the sheepskin strap). The nicest strap I ever owned was by PRS (about 10 years ago) in a very soft leather. Unfortunately it did eventually wear out (although I kept the strap for longer than I kept the guitar), I've not been able to find a replacement.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Rain » Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:05 pm

I have a few of these and they're really nice...

http://www.hypnoticstraps.com/
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Dynamic Mike » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:08 pm

Music Wolf wrote:
zenguitar wrote:But I am often tempted by a thin leather strap with a sheepskin lined shoulder pad.


I have one but I wouldn't buy another. I find that if you relax the load on the strap (i.e. you lift the guitar slightly) then the sheepskin pad has a tendency to slip out of position.

Agreed but a couple strips of velcro sewn in will prevent this. In the past I've tried just a few random stitches or even a couple of pop rivets to hold it in place, but not only does it really make it specific to one instrument, it tends to lead to annoying wrinkles over time. It works with webbed straps too, although I find they don't tend to stretch as much.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby InactiveX » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:15 am

I've found Couch Guitar Straps do the biz. I've got the RacerX in green and black on my green and black Strat and it looks great.

They're all hand-made, cruelty-free products and use reclaimed materials. Postage to UK has always been easy for me.

https://www.couchguitarstraps.com/
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:47 am

a guitar pick holder keychain? How brilliant is that!
Xmas is coming.......
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:04 am

I've been searching out electric guitar harness which looks more comfortable than a strap.
https://www.slingerstraps.com/harness-s ... strap.html

Has anybody ever tried one?
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Music Wolf » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:32 pm

Rain wrote:I have a few of these and they're really nice...

http://www.hypnoticstraps.com/

They look to be good value - thanks for the link
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Wonks » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:22 am

I've standardised on 2" Levy's suede straps, and the straps I use have a slide length-adjustment mechanism. Because I use Schaller straplocks, the slide adjustment is a lot easier than having to remove and refit a straplock if I want to change the length (my waistline is always changing in dimensions) or someone else wants to use the guitar.

Both my Les Paul and Yamaha SG1000 (a new-old acquisition) weigh around 10lbs and I find the 2" strap with fine for those, and the rough suede finish means they're grippy enough to cope with slightly neck-heavy guitars.

But I did succumb to buying one of these to use with my DG Strat.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TRACOLLA-CHIT ... 1583210637
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby InactiveX » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:51 am

Another big up for Schaller strap locks.

For my Les Paul custom, I use a nice soft leather suede-lined 3" strap. I got it from a local music shop before it closed, and I've never seen another quite like it. It's very comfortable for such a heavy guitar.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Wonks » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:47 am

Though for heavy instruments, a stretchy, springy strap is also very good. I did use a nice stretchy foam (possibly neoprene) webbing and leather strap from the late '80s and into the late '90s (I think I got it from Chandlers in Kew) that really made my guitar feel weightless. Eventually it started splitting and I changed to over to Levy's straps, but I'd happily use one again if I could find something similar.
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Dan LB » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:01 am

Wonks wrote:Though for heavy instruments, a stretchy, springy strap is also very good...........
..........I'd happily use one again if I could find something similar.

I use one of these on my jazz bass and haven't found anything I like better
http://comfortstrapp.com/
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Re: Best Guitar and Bass Strap?

Postby Wonks » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:24 am

Dan LB wrote:
Wonks wrote:Though for heavy instruments, a stretchy, springy strap is also very good...........
..........I'd happily use one again if I could find something similar.

I use one of these on my jazz bass and haven't found anything I like better
http://comfortstrapp.com/

They look very similar to the one I had. In the UK, Bass Direct do both the guitar and bass versions. http://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar ... trapp.html
Whilst The Gallery sell just the bass versions but at a slightly lower price (£2 less) and with cheaper postage (£4 vs £1.50). http://thebassgallery.com/accessories/straps.html
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