The importance of your guitar strap

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by verb boten, Aug 17, 2019.

what is your strap situation?

Poll closed Sep 7, 2019.
  1. i have one or two cheap OTC straps, all i need.

    30 vote(s)
    23.3%
  2. .I have a large collection, but mostly generic straps that are seen everywhere.

    39 vote(s)
    30.2%
  3. I have one or two special custom straps that cost me plenty.

    16 vote(s)
    12.4%
  4. I am a strap connoisseur and have enough custom leather beauties that equal a Les Paul purchase.

    7 vote(s)
    5.4%
  5. I have a mix, cheaper than dirt to custom leather and use them all.

    36 vote(s)
    27.9%
  6. I have one fantastic leather strap worth 100s that I use for everything.

    7 vote(s)
    5.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Telecaster88

    Telecaster88 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    51
    Posts:
    179
    Joined:
    May 9, 2019
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    To be honest, straps are something I have never thought about til now. I have two... one I bought with my first electric guitar circa 1984. That's the one I still use. I have another, ratty, falling apart one that I must have found at a gig or something, that has lived in the case with my backup guitar since the early nineties. They're the cheap (?*) ones with embroidered patterns on them.

    *I have no idea how much they cost.
     
    verb boten likes this.
  2. DekeDog

    DekeDog Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    191
    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Location:
    Carolina
    This exactly...
    I found a leather smith in a small town close by who does custom straps for around $50 each. The rest of my straps about the same price from a couple of different sources like Jodi Head or Levys.

    [​IMG]
     
    tvvoodoo, verb boten, tery and 2 others like this.
  3. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    13,688
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Location:
    kamloops bc
    I have straps for each guitar, but the money units get expensive ones , strap locks on every thing!
     
  4. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    23,351
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Fort Collins, CO
    While I don't have any real expensive straps, each guitar has it's own and it lives in its case or gig bag so it's there when I need it.
     
  5. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    60
    Posts:
    2,595
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2010
    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I've used the same (£3 in 1982) wide leather strap for nearly 40 years.
     
    ClashCityTele and verb boten like this.
  6. edvard

    edvard Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,137
    Joined:
    May 15, 2016
    Location:
    Bremerton, WA
    I have two OTC straps with leather ends, and one "Monkey Man" brand strap which is exactly like the others, but much longer cause I'm 6'-2" and I need my guitars just below my ever-increasing gut line. o_O

    Sometime around the late '90s I gave up on strap locks and just screwed washers on top of the strap buttons. Simple problem, simple solution. I've always wanted a guitar strap made from that wide slick grey nylon stuff they made seatbelts from in the '70s.
     
    verb boten and rangercaster like this.
  7. johnDH

    johnDH TDPRI Member

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    83
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2016
    Location:
    Wilton NSW
    I use the the Fender cotton webbing ones with leather ends, one on each axe. They are light and comfortable .
     
    Rev Rhythm and verb boten like this.
  8. Antmax

    Antmax Tele-Meister

    Age:
    46
    Posts:
    233
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2018
    Location:
    Brit in Sacramento
    I have 5 or 6 straps but only really use two. One of them was originally a 2.5" suede banjo strap I bought years ago with my first guitar. I converted it to a guitar strap by removing the hardware, punching new holes and putting strap locks on.

    Oddly, despite having bought 5 or 6 straps since, it's my favourite strap for guitars under 7.8 lbs. Here it is on the same guitar.

    [​IMG]

    What I like about it is that it is fairly thin soft suede that has a little give and conforms very comfortably to my shoulder. The raw underside is quite grippy too.


    My other strap is for heavier 8 lbs plus like my Les Paul. Tat is a Neotech Mega strap. It's one of those 4" thick neoprene ones with memory foam padding which comes in several sizes including a short bass version. Works well for heavy guitars, has some stretch but doesn't bounce around. I mostly play lighter Fender or PRS guitars and still prefer my banjo strap overall.
     
    pelle31, verb boten and tery like this.
  9. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    Age:
    65
    Posts:
    769
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2019
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Best strap I have ever owned, Lock it brand, cotton or Bob Masse, also best guitar I have ever owned. IMG_20190817_142320.jpg
    Hate leather straps, have plenty to sell. PM me.
     
  10. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    13,688
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Location:
    kamloops bc
    Polly Samson , Dave Gilmour's wife gave this strap to Dave on his birthday it once was owned and used by Hendrix

    david-gilmour-q-and-a.jpg
     
    verb boten, pelle31 and tery like this.
  11. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,120
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2017
    Location:
    York PA
    Every guitar is strapped up just right..all LP's have same strap length...same for SG's-tele's-strats & bass .Each guitar shape sits on me just where it needs, I noticed each year..bring guitar tighter to my body ..like a controlled hug..used to play the darn thing so low way back when..must of been cooler
     
    verb boten likes this.
  12. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,594
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Location:
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !
    .

    Most I have are from guitar trades, a range from barely a strap to nicer than expected on a "First Act" kind of thing.
    However, I do have a couple of hand made custom straps.

    There is a pretty good 'history of guitar straps' youtube video in two parts by 'guitologist' I believe.


    .
     
    verb boten likes this.
  13. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    8,478
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Every guitar gets its own strap .
     
    verb boten likes this.
  14. psikes

    psikes TDPRI Member

    Age:
    70
    Posts:
    5
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2019
    Location:
    Florida
    I use Lakota Leathers straps on all of my instruments. They vary from 2 - 3 inches wide and are the most comfortable straps I have ever seen. Very soft Bison hide and made by the Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota. These hold everything from my heavy 5 string banjos to my dobro, acoustic guitars and a B Bender tele. Great straps that have never let me down in any way.

    Phil
     
    verb boten, P Thought and tery like this.
  15. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    716
    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2019
    Location:
    Ohio (Nerk)
    I felt like maybe I was a minority, not seeing a one strap/guitar option.

    But what these folks say. Each guitar gets a strap. And straplocks. I own 5 electrics, only 1 has dunlop style straplocks, the others are all schaller style. Every one has its own strap. I like the texture of the levi ones that are like seatbelt material, and would probably keep on that style later. Strat has a gaudy pearloid leather and studs levi strap, tele has a non marked leather strap I feel is comfortable, and the mustang has a course texture levi plaid front one that I like the looks of but not the feel, but with light guitars it doesn't matter as much as a heavy one. I remove locks before parting with a guitar. Teles locks were on an esp v100, and the duosonics on a mustang bass.

    All about texture on heavy guitars, bo need to get bitten by course nylon, no need to overspend. If the custom leather is on budget, and is kozy, cool. If not, plenty of choices.
     
    verb boten likes this.
  16. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,406
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Cheapies. I have one red nylon strap that I bought in the 80s. Miraculously, it somehow still manages to suspend the guitar on my shoulder. Amazing.
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2019
    aging_rocker and verb boten like this.
  17. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,727
    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2011
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    I mainly choose based on looks, as I find not much difference between the different styles when it comes to real world use. I particularly like the old-style Fender ones that came with the '50s and '60s instruments when they were new. They aren't quite long enough for bass, but they are perfect for guitar (and I do use one on my my AV '58 Precision anyhow).
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
    verb boten likes this.
  18. verb boten

    verb boten Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    549
    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Location:
    Indiana
    "I have a mix..."? :)

    A choice i did leave out, maybe should add it: "I make my own".
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
  19. verb boten

    verb boten Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    549
    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Location:
    Indiana
    Yer right about the choice, the only one close is "many, equaling the price of a les paul"...a guy could have lots of straps w/o breaking the bank.
     
  20. verb boten

    verb boten Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    549
    Joined:
    May 12, 2019
    Location:
    Indiana
    Funny / odd that a cheap LP jr ($799) comes with a strap, although a cheap one, but a $2,000 LP Std does not include a strap....i suppose Gibson figures you will want a very good strap for that baby, not a cheap (flimsy) one?
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.