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%
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  1. urbandefault

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    Thinking about the thread title, this came to mind:



    I have more straps than I have guitars, and I have a lot of guitars. ;)
     
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  2. Chunkocaster

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    I have a cheap strap for every guitar and a couple more expensive straps with strap locks fitted. I end up using one decent strap most of the time. It's a Jaykco suede backed strap with silky geisha girl style material. Super comfortable.
    If I had to replace all my straps i'd just buy a couple nice straps and fit strap locks to them.
    I don't like the stiffness of the cheap nylon or hard leather straps.

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  3. muscmp

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    need another choice: i don't have cheap nor expensive straps but they do their job.

    play music!
     
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  4. pelle31

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    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's

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    i have 4 x DSL leather straps with colour complementing stitching. They are basically the same feel as generic leather straps which I find most comfortable, and not very expensive. I have a couple of generics around the place as well.

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  6. NewKid

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    I have two very nice straps that I never use because I play seated at home.
     
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  7. tvvoodoo

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    Even seated, it is good technique to wear one. Most pros do I find.
     
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  8. Moriarty

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    My strap is a red canvas job with a padded shoulder piece. It's comfy, and the leather bits that hold the strap buttons are thick and durable.
    It doesn't look all that cool, but it works.
    Thinking about getting something wider with better padding as age sets in, but I'm not there yet
     
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  9. scottser

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    I've got one nice suede strap, made by boss for pretty much everything guitar shaped with no adjustment necessary. Then I have a nice leather strap I've had for years made by a shoe and belt guy I used to know and that does everything else like bouzouki and mandolin. I have cheap nylon straps that would cut the neck off you but they live mostly in a drawer. Also I'd like to add my utter contempt for the standard fender strap - it is an offence against nature.
     
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  10. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    I have a cheap generic nylon strap and my good but affordable strap, 2.5" wide, padded, microfiber material underneath for grip and a black and silver paisley woven fabric on top. I only have 4 guitars though and its not that much hassle to swap as required.
     
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    I probably have 8-10 Planet Wave straps. I love the locking mechanism, I just wish they were wider than 2".
     
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  12. Obsessed

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    I'm a Levys fan too. One for each electric and the bass. I sit and play all of my acoustics, so no straps for them.
     
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  13. P Thought

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    I have one of those. Great strap, crazy comfortable! I had my friend sew my Life Scout badge on mine.

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  14. OttoCorrect

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    I exclusively use the planet waves Beatles straps for all four of my guitars. While I do enjoy the Beatles a whole lot, the actual reason I got into these specific straps is because I’m tall and I like to sling my guitar low, and these straps were the best “long enough” option I could find at the time. $20 a pop, they have style, are comfortable, and they never seem wear out. They’re also vegan, which I don’t care about at all but maybe the lack of leather adds to the never wearing out factor? Who knows?
     
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  15. P Thought

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    Lester here has a Jerry Garcia replica strap from there.

    This thread needs 'way more pictures.

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  16. tfarny

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    I'm working towards every guitar on its own strap, and I favor a light, cheap, wide suede strap (no padding) that I get at a local store, and Grolsch thingies in lieu of strap locks. I find it very comfy and non-slip. I used to be a "one nice strap, strap locks on everything" guy but I saw the light.
     
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  17. verb boten

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    Yes! Really diggin the pics.
    I made my own strap one time, a 3" piece of brown leather from an amish harness shop with holes punched in both ends. I added a piece of fake fur sewn into a loop about 6" long that i could slide on the strap where i wanted it (for my shoulder cushion). Did many many gigs with it on a LP Firebrand but let it go when i sold the LP and my amp....wish i woulda kept that strap.
    Many interesting replies and pics!
     
  18. pelle31

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    I have one of the Fender road worn leather straps. I love it. Very comfortable.
     
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  20. Les H

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    Worst strap I owned was (sorry can't remember the brand) a 3 inch wide deluxe padded strap with a nice leather top. I thought the extra width with padding would improve the distribution of weight. I used it for a couple months and developed a severe strain in my neck and shoulder. I eventually had to have ultra sound treatments on my neck and shoulder. I never attributed my pains to my strap until I quit using it and then the pain went away.

    My favorite strap is a cheap Rogue 2 inch wide strap that has plastic ends the will snap around the strap buttons. Sort of a strap lock. It works great and feels good to me. I've had it for almost 20 years now.
     
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