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. Telefan65

    Telefan65 TDPRI Member

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    I own a nice older leather strap that’s well used, but as of late I am really into the fender tweed weightless straps. Currently placing one in each of my guitars cases.(very comfortable to me):cool:
     
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  2. WingedWords

    WingedWords Tele-Holic

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    Like Steve 78 I like DSL straps. But I've got very fond of Mother Mary's range.

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    And those little rubber washers on everything. Should be Grolsch I know.
     
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  3. tubelectron

    tubelectron Tele-Holic

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    It's a local, artisanal production, premium quality leather :

    http://www.patrick-bleses.com/

    Patrick Blésès was the foreman at Chaussures Charles Jourdan (the luxury glamour French shoe-maker) for nearly 40 years, and he his a guitarist too. Retired, he decided to transfer his knowledge of leather to guitar straps. It's now a little family business driven by his daughter. Of course, they can made fancy and custom orders... ;)

    This is my collection - resulting from a deal (guitar amp retoration :D) :

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    -tbln
     
  4. drmmrr55

    drmmrr55 Tele-Holic

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    I have about 8 straps, all are leather, two are 2" wide, the other six are 3" wide. 2 of the 3" suede straps have a sheepskin pad stitched on the underside of the strap, for use with my 2 neck-heavy guitars. (a Tele, and an SG). My Strat, Les Paul Standard, Guild Thunderbird, and Taylor 210E have their own straps, and I have 2 spares, I'm thinking about 1 more sheepskin padded to have as a spare for the neck heavy guitars.

    I'm not really picky about my strap as long as it is comfortable. (and they all are) I do have a preference for leather though...I don't use strap locks, as I don't sling my guitar around a lot. I put Gibson oversized aluminum strap buttons on all my guitars however, except the Taylor, and after many years, I've never once had a strap slip off of those Gibson buttons!
     
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  5. dsouza

    dsouza TDPRI Member

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    I’ve got neck problems so I use light fender guitars with fender straps. A thinner but strong strap puts less strain on my trapezius and neck muscles than a thick strap made for say a Gibson guitar.

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  6. LooseJack

    LooseJack Tele-Meister

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    Levy's cotton 2" black long strap on every guitar.

    Cheap AND good.
     
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  7. rocking rooster

    rocking rooster Tele-Meister

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    Each guitar has it's own leather strap, most are Levy's, one was bought online from a one-man-band leathersmith and one was made to order in Canada from best unicorn hide with conchos made from mithril.
    My old Fender Precision still has the same leather strap I bought for it in 1971.
     
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  8. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Tele-Afflicted

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    Canadian unicorn hide is just the BEST
     
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  9. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I have a plain black Franklin on my 12-string

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    And a fancier strap from Jodi Head on the SBG

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  10. P Thought

    P Thought Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    My Dog Tired canvas strap (TDPRIer Roger C makes them) is a comfortable sling for the old black Takamine GX-200T.

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    Philo here wears a color-coordinated Italia strap

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    Nonch Tidric has a SYF patch sewn on a Franklin strap I got off e-Bay

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    And Ol' Simple has one custom-tooled from my friend Bill

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  11. Jackroadkill

    Jackroadkill Tele-Meister

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    Thought that I could do a bit better than this rather poor effort, seeing as you guys have all photographed your straps, so here are mine with the guitars they hang on. I'm missing a couple of guitars and their straps at the moment (three on loan to friends, etc etc) so these are the ones I could lay my hands on:

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    Bartitone Blacktop Tele with cotton 2" Levy's strap.

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    Much-modded Squire Tele with 3" Levy's snakeskin job.

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    Baba Yaga, my '89 LP Custom with surprisingly cheap and nasty 2" no-name leather strap. I spent very neary every penny I had on this and then realised I had no strap for it, so I bought a cheap one until I could afford a better one. That was 15 years ago!

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    My much-abused '91 LP Standard and a huge 3" padded leather Zakk Wylde-type Levy's strap. This used to have huge chains on it but after I smakcked myself in the mouth with them a few times they had to go.

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    Korean Epiphone Sheraton. A killer guitar with an annoying strap; the synthetic wool / fleece means that once it's on it ain't moving - it's like having the guitar velcro'd to your clothes.

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    Ah, yes, the joker in the pack; my Giger Iceman and its rather kinky Levy's strap.

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    From the ridiculous to the sublime - my '66 Junior (yes, I know, pre-'66 spec, but a '66 nonetheless, according the the serial number) with a really thin leather strap that my old boss gave me. I wouldn't hang a Les Paul on it because the weight would kill my shoulder, but the SG's a featherweight and it looks as cool as hell with this strap. IMG_3553.JPG
    And last but not least, my Old Faithful. This was 1990's MIM Tele (I think) and given to me by a friend who was emigrating across the pond (Simon, lives in Glendale, you guys surely must know him, right?!). As you can see, it's had some minor modifications, done more than a few gigs and got the scars to prove it. I play this one more than all my others put together. Got a 2" Levy's leather strap to hold it up.
     
  12. verb boten

    verb boten Tele-Holic

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    Odd how uncomfortable a 3" strap can be. Without padding, my 3" thin strap would dig into my shoulder on its edges, had to have a cushion added.
    Fantastic pics, guys. :)
     
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  13. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Well, none of mine is a fancy “custom leather”. I do have a slightly nicer one, the others are the leather ones you find in the case when you buy (bought) and AVRI Fender. Which I like a lot BTW. AND I don’t use them all… the “Fender logo” ones stay in the closet. So all in all I keep the vote where I bestowed it … I think I belong to that stratum, strata, stratus … oh, FORGET IT!
     
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  14. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Holy sh**!
     
  15. fendrguitplayr

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  16. Matt G

    Matt G Tele-Afflicted

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    The only one I'm fussy about is for my b-bender. It's heavy to start with, and you spend a fair amount of time pulling the strap. So I use a 4" wide suede bass strap, with straplocks.
     
  17. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I honestly can't remember the last time I used a strap. Not even sure If I can play standing up anymore.
     
  18. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    What bull..t. Buy what tou like, it's just a strap.
    Many Martin owners use the old Elvis strap at the headstock to preserve the guitars'
    period correctness. What is it with straps?
     
  19. Chud

    Chud Poster Extraordinaire

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    Every guitar has its own strap, most are pretty standard, but a few special guitars get special straps.

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  20. raysachs

    raysachs Friend of Leo's

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    I've had mostly cheap, generic straps since I started playing a lot again about 2 1/2 years ago. Tried one of the Italia leather straps that are always advertised around here but it's a lot heavier and bulkier than I want or need. I mostly play seated, so the strap is more of a fail safe than something that actually holds the weight of the guitar most of the time. A couple months ago I found the perfect (for me) straps from a guy in Chicago who sells under the McMurray & Blonde name. Just thin leather, either 1 1/2 or 2 inches wide, cut to length - not adjustable. Perfect, light and unobtrusive but plenty strong - I'm barely aware of them when I'm sitting, they're more than fine when I'm standing, and they're just sort of cool rough-ish looking leather that I like. I have two of the same length for a tele and strat, and one that's got two holes at one end, the longer one fits my ES-339 perfectly, the shorter one would fit a strat or tele if I ever move the strap to a different guitar. They were expensive, a bit more than $50 each with a coupon he had floating around for a while, but I don't expect to need any others going forward. I rarely use a strap with my acoustic, but I use the cheap cloth variety when I do...

    Here are the first two I mentioned.

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    -Ray
     
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