What's the cheapest guitar strap you've had that was actually any good?

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  1. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I've got to hand it to my wife - she knows nothing about guitars, but knew I needed (wanted) a black leather strap for my Gretsch Pro Jet. For my Christmas present, she found this embossed "Fender 60th Anniversary" (yeah, sure...) leather strap on eBay, from China, for $2.93 shipped. When I first opened it, I wanted to tell her, "Thank you honey, that was very sweet" or words to that effect, and put it in my closet someplace to forget that I even have it. BUT.... I put the (also fake) Schaller strap locks on it, put it on my guitar, and it looks great, feels great... no complaints at all!
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    I like those cheap $10 nylon straps you see in every music store.

    I wouldn't trust those strap locks. I'm not sure how much I even trust real ones.
     
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    Looks great from here!
     
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    Cool!
     
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    The plain Ernie Ball nylon straps were $2.99 back in the day when I started playing. I still have a couple of them. Work just fine.
     
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    I can't beat that. Wish GC brought back their $20 hemp straps. Using gfs Earl Slick staps mostly.
    Not fancy in the least, single layer 'worn look ' leather, pretfy shure they were under $20.
     
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    Every strap I ever had kept the guitar off the floor.

    Neck dive, eventual falling apart was something else.

    I bought a bag of those fake Schaller locks. They work as well as the legit ones.
     
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    +1.. grey ones are now $4.99
     
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    hard wires that the singer of the band twisted around the strap buttons of my guitar. It was free, but not actually good.
     
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    I love all kinds and prices of guitar straps.

    The $12 black nylon ones I keep on hand always. (Just in case I come home with a new guitar, you understand.)

    One new strap I must comment on is the Ernie Ball Poly Lock strap.
    Brilliant design, and it features a really unique 'snap-in, lock-in' technology, and I am really impressed with it.
    I may pick up a few more.

    :)
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    Hmm, I hope that $2.95 Chinese strap isn’t soylent green leather!
     
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    On the other end of the spectrum is a Martin leather strap that I spent almost $40 for. Yep, it's better than my cheap Chinese strap, but not $38 better. The fake Schallers seem about as solid as the real ones I have, but I wasn't going to put a set of real Schallers on my fake Fender strap! That would just be wrong!!!
     
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    I've purchased all kinds of straps over the years, including a $400 alligator skin one.... and I find I always go back to the Ernie Ball nylon ones ($5.99, your choice of color on Amazon). No hassle on stage, no hassle in the case and they just do their job.
     
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    Meh, who cares? It's not like he's going to eat it! ;):D
     
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    Ernie Balls and the Grolsch cap strap locks.
     
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    An old ACE strap with this design, same model Jimi used at Woodstock.

    FREE with a great 60's nylon string guitar I play daily (guitar was $40)
     
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    Anything cotton with leather ends good here and can be found at cheap to reasonable including Franklin
    and Levy. Also ones from China are fine and have interesting looking color patterns.
    One thing on some China ones is the double up side is in the wrong end so have to watch out for that.
     
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    Cheapest?....one I made myself from three heavy-ish strips of leather (about 2"-2 1/2" wide). I laced them together in a butt-joint to make it long enough. It absorbed so much sweat that it conformed to the shape of my shoulder....used it for many years. While I now use my Levy straps exclusively, I still have that old handmade one, hangin' on the wall.
     
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    I've got Ernie Ball nylons with Schiller locks on all of my electrics. My acoustic has an Ernie Ball nylon with the quick release for the nut part of the strap
     
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