Maybe a dumb question: guitar strap

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Gin Mill Cowboy, Dec 22, 2019.

  1. Gin Mill Cowboy

    Gin Mill Cowboy Tele-Meister

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    This may be a dumb question or more like a dumb poll. When ever I put my guitars in a case, I have to try and fold the strap to fit it in the case as well.

    So the question: do you take the strap completely off before putting the guitar in the case or do you leave the strap on and do a fold technique?
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  2. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    I recommend not leaving the strap on the guitar. Depending on the finish there can be leeching or off gassing and the contents from the strap may get permanently embedded into the guitar finish.
     
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  3. djh22

    djh22 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    My straps all come off. Most of them are leather.
     
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    I take mine off and put it in the storage compartment of the case. It's leather and I roll/fold it up trying to break it in a little bit.
     
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    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Straps always off before casing up. Trem bars, too.
     
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    My straps are semi permanently attached at the lower bout strap button by a washer over the strap and under the button, so I extend the strap along the strings and fold the end of the strap over the end of the headstock.
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I leave all my straps attached to the bottom strap button, and put the guitar in it’s case or bag with the strap laying over the fretboard.
    I done it for decades.
    I have had no negative experiences.
    It works for me.
     
  8. Dan German

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    If storing, it goes in the compartment. If just a short trip to be used outside the home, I disconnect the bottom, and roll it up by the upper bout (if I can't do that, in the compartment). All of mine are cloth, with no metal whatsoever.
     
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    I leave mine on, but they're all Franklin leather straps so there are no metal buckles.
     
  10. Gin Mill Cowboy

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    My Tele case allows the strap to fold in nicely, but I haven’t felt good about laying the strap across my Collings.

    Thanks for the feedback. I’ll be taking the strap off.


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  11. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I have a strap for every guitar.
    They always stay on and I've never had one damage a finish.
    I have seen finish damage from strap that were against the guitar stored for decades.
     
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    Yeah, it depends...

    My bass has a 3 inch leather strap, I have to take it off to get it into the case without scrunching it up. It has strap-locks, so not too hard.
    6 string has a canvas strap, stays on permanently.
     
  13. Texicaster

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    I leave my Jaykco straps ON!

    PITA to take Grolsh strap locks on and off. Quality leather has yet to make an impression in the thin skin nitro finishes. Don't care about metal buckle dings and there are less than pick marks so....
     
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    If it’s going in a case, I usually remove the strap and fold it up in the compartment, but with Fenders I’m usually carrying guitars in a gig bag, in which case I leave it attached at the bottom and lay it across the fretboard, folding the other end over the headstock. I also usually have a soft t-shirt or towel between the strings and the strap. I guess I worry more about a sweaty strap killing my strings than any finish damage. Just a habit I got into after outdoor gigs in Texas.

    I do have some finish damage on some nitro finished guitars from the strap rubbing on the body where it attaches to the button, but none from storage.
     
  15. Gardo

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    Always off
     
  16. NewKid

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    Good question and good answers.
     
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    My biggest concern is the buckle getting between the guitar and case, so I take mine off.
     
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    Mine ALWAYS come off the guitar and get stowed in my gig bag, along with cables, compact guitar stand, notebooks, etc.
     
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    I use schaller strap locks so I just take it of
    For the few without schallers I always take off before placing in a case
     
  20. rolandson

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    See that horn on the upper right side of the guitar body? Imagine for a moment a strap, rolled around itself, and placed right there...!?!

    Why, it fits perfectly! And better still, will not damage the guitar just being there...

    as opposed to the plastic length adjustment device being pressed into the body by the cushion of the case...

    Just say'n
     
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