Leather Straps

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  1. suave eddie

    suave eddie Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm thinking of getting a quality leather strap.
    Does anyone have direct experience with any of these brands?

    http://www.actioncustomstraps.com/Guitar_Strap_Designs/Leather_Series/Blackheart/blackheart.html

    http://www.eldoradostraps.com/products-over.htm

    http://moodyleather.com/indexfl.html

    They are all pretty pricey and I wonder if they are significantly better quality than the cheap Fender and Levi leather straps.

    The most reasonable one of the above seems to be this one:
    http://www.eldoradostraps.com/new-products.htm#durnago

    The Moody ones look the most luxurious but I don't like to pay that kind of money and have the company name plastered on it in plain view

    Any other sources out there for quality leather straps?

    Thanks
     
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    I don't like to go cheap on anything gear wise because you get what you pay for, and the pain of poor gear is huge compared to the simple joy of having good stuff that works all the time. (But then I was extremely happy yesterday because I had a great ham sandwich for lunch) To me, paying for a good strap is an investment in your comfort. Eldorado straps are top notch and look good too.
     
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    I use the vintage fender leather strap and it's very cool.
     
  4. elicross

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    Those are some great-looking straps, but they are pretty pricey, and most of them don't look as comfortable some that Levy's makes (except for that one Eldorado lined with shearling wool; nice!).

    I've got a Levy's Boot Leather strap that only cost $50, and it's pretty sweet. It's not as fancy looking as those in the OP, but it's very nice looking and extremely comfortable. The underside is 3"-wide, padded, black glove leather, very supple, and the upper is 2.5"-wide tanned boot leather. Feels great even with my 8 lb. ash Strat.

    http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/productDetail/productDetail.jsp?src=3WFRWXX&entProductId=360548
     
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    I have 6 or 8 different El Dorado straps, and they are the best money can buy. Even the less expensive ones. ;)
     
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    I have an Eldorado and a custom tooled leather from a friend. They are both nice straps. This is the one my friend made for me :

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    "8 the hard way"
     
  7. suave eddie

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    Do you find that 2.5" is wide enough?

    Those Moody straps are expensive, but the leather looks softer and the 4" width would seem to provide maximum comfort. But.....you could buy two El Dorado straps for the price of one Moody.
     
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    I really like italiastraps
     
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    My favorites are my old, soft, 3" wide, leather straps.

    When I play my Paul or, my P-Bass, I need something easy on the shoulder.

    fendrguitplayr, your friend does nice work!
     
  10. allen st. john

    allen st. john Friend of Leo's

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    I have a couple of straps from Sully's and they're awesome.
    His core business is acoustic instruments, but he can certainly do an electric strap to your specs. I especially love his vintage leather straps, but they're all really nice.
    And when you place your order, you talk to Sully, talk about what you want, and he makes it to order. His prices are also lower than some that you cited.

    http://www.sullysstraps.com/new_straps.php
     
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  11. Joe-Bob

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    Do you mean the vintage style with the sheepskin pad? Then yes, it's just fine. I have both sizes and Les Pauls, and I can't tell the difference when wearing them.

    Moody straps changed ownership in the last few years, I don't know if it's still the same fine product or not.
     
  12. suave eddie

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    Italia is having a "Buy one get one free" sale until May 28.
     
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    The secret is, they always have a buy one get one free sale.
     
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    I have a wide levy strap. The only strap I need and use. It's perfect. I had one of the trendy skinny leather straps, but the buckles were denting the crap out my guitars.
     
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    +1

    They're a thick strap, not always easy to get a strap lock on it, but good quality.
     
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    The moody leather has the hottest model.:rolleyes:
     
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    Eldorado

    I've played guitar for 47 years and the narrow hand tooled Eldorado is by far the best strap I've ever owned!

    Bill Hullett
     
  19. MickM

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    Check out the straps made by forumite Otaypanky. Some of the coolest straps made for my taste and he's right accross the river from me. I should own at least one (but don't) and will remedy that situation soon. I garron damn tee it!:D The '50's style is my favorite.http://www.brookwoodleather.com/home
     
  20. elicross

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    That points out something I like about my Levy's strap, and something I think everyone should look for if he's getting a nice leather strap: No metal parts. Not even any plastic parts. Nothing that's harder than the finish of your guitar.

    Of course, a lack of metal or plastic buckles means you don't have infinite possibilities in adjusting the length of the strap...but my Levy's strap has a whole buncha slots the lower strap can pass through, which leads to a whole buncha different lengths.

    I like the black Action strap in the OP's first link a whole lot...it's gorgeous, and looks like it's made of very nice leather...but it doesn't look like it would be very adjustable. And it doesn't matter how cool your strap looks, or even how comfortable it is on your shoulder, if it's too long or short and you don't have a way to fix that.
     
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