Good strap for HEAVY tele?

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  1. ModernCellist

    ModernCellist TDPRI Member

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    Got the Modern Player Tele Plus.

    They say Pine is light.

    This ***** is 9 pounds.


    After playing a few days sitting down, I strapped up and had some fun. Til I bent over to adjust my amp and the strap slipped off and the ***** fell on my bare foot. Broken toe. Lesson learned. Strap locks + steel toed boots.

    Also my shoulder is killing me from only an hour of playing.


    PS: landed face down on hardwood floor, cable tip broke off, no damage to guitar. It was still in tune. Magic...
     
  2. chesire

    chesire Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I just switched to a comfortstrapp.com. My alder Tele is heavy and it helps. Made in USA too. Doesn't look as good as my Franklin but it keeps me playing longer.
     
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    jimash Friend of Leo's

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  4. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Friend of Leo's

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    My good old 78 (ash) is 9.6lbs. heavier than my Les Paul.
    You'll get used to it. I am surprised by the weight of the pine though.

    I've had a set of DiMarzio Clip locks on it for 20 years, I'd go with Grolsch Washers today.
     
  5. ModernCellist

    ModernCellist TDPRI Member

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    I was shocked when I pulled it off the wall in the store (it stared back at me. My first impulse guitar purchase ever. Sexy thing...) and of course right away I get a broken bone, and soon enough a missing toe-nail...

    I never had that happen to me before, I screamed like a battle cry. I want it to never happen again, I don't care if it takes a 4" strap permanently installed!
     
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    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

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    I've got a Partscaster build going and the bare body alone is over 3kg, it's going to be a heavy beast. I've got a nice wide Ace leather strap from the '70s that I'll use.
     
  8. ModernCellist

    ModernCellist TDPRI Member

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    Hendrix wore Ace straps, yeah? They still making them?

    Part of my problem is that I want it to look nice. I don't want neoprene and that kind of stuff. Cotton, leather, etc. something classic.
     
  9. GuitarGuy43113

    GuitarGuy43113 Tele-Meister

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    I have four straps from these guys: http://www.italiastraps.com/

    I buy the four inch wide model and it distributes the weight of my les paul very well. The leather they use is very thick and it looks great. Very nice straps.
     
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  10. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

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    El Dorado straps.
     
  11. TomTele

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    Just bought a Levy's 2 1/2 inch black suede strap for my modern player tele plus. Just what it needed. Complete comfort, soft and flexible. Looks great to me. Very strong. I think you could pull a truck out of a ditch with it
     
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    MacQuarrie Tele-Meister

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    I agree with the El Dorado. Thick, strong, very well made right here in the U.S.
     
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    MacQuarrie Tele-Meister

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    #1
     
  14. guitarzan13

    guitarzan13 Friend of Leo's

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    I have 3 of theirs.
     
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    Shrigg TDPRI Member

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    For me padding makes all the difference in managing a heavy instrument.
    Bass straps are usually better suited to heavier guitars.
    The 3.75" Eyeland Xtra Clef is pricy but wonderful, I use it with my 9.75 lb. Les Paul and it's very comfy, the Les seems nice and light on the strap.

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    I also have a 2.75" version of the previously mentioned Levy's in black and it is almost as good. It's padded too, not as plush as the Eyeland but also half the price.
    I'd say the Levy's would work okay with a 9-10 lb. guitar. I use it on my 9+ lb. 76 Tele Custom and it feels very good.

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  16. Prison Rodeo

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    +1. Wide Italia straps are great.
     
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  17. ModernCellist

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    Thanks for all the tips, guys - I only see what's on the rack in Guitar Center and whatever is popular on Amazon.

    I think I'll probably go with a wide Levy's (because it's the least amount of too-expensive...)

    The Italia straps look nice, I have a feeling I'll have one at some point...

    One other point: this was likely due to a bad strap, right? The buttons on the Modern Player series are decent enough that I shouldn't need beer washers or schallers, right?
     
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  18. GuitarGuy43113

    GuitarGuy43113 Tele-Meister

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    Hard to say without more info. You might be right if you were just standing there and the guitar fell off. If you were swinging the same guitar around your neck while crowd surfing, it would be hard to expect any strap to stay attached. Are the ends of the strap worn at all or maybe the holes are stretched and allow the buttons to fall through?
     
  19. sotob

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    You haven't asked, but I'll say it either way - drop/sell that bad boy/girl and get yourself another 6 string that's lighter/long time keeper. I've had a heavy Tele in the past with great tone/vibe, but boy was it heavy. Sold it due to that and never looked backed besides to say that it was too heavy. I see a partscaster in your future...
     
  20. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    They are a couple of inches shorter than most standard straps and if you are tall and don't pay extra for their "long" strap they are too shot.
    I bought one that was standard and it was too short... no returns allowed.

    I would recommend a Franklin strap. I have several of those and they are all I use except the straps I make myself.

    http://franklinstrap.com/collections/original-natural-glove/

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trk...w=franklin+guitar+strap&_sacat=3858&_from=R40

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitar-straps/franklin-strap
     
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