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jhawkr

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It's all gravy from here on...
Aug 8th, 2017 06:26 AM        

I have a bunch of leather (and other) guitar straps. Levi, Fender, Planet Waves but my favorite are cheap, simple leather guitar straps by Perri (Canada) from Musician's Friend. As low as about $9 and up to about $15 depending on color and width. UPS is coming today with 3 more, all brown, 2 -2" and 1 -2 1/2". I use the 2" for lighter guitars and the 2 1/2" for heavier ones. I have a lot of straps because I don't like changing them out guitar to guitar and most of my guitars hang out. I like the simple Perri straps because they are soft, comfortable and cheap to replace although I haven't actually replaced one yet. It would take some serious use & abuse I think. I can have a whole armload of Perri straps for the price of one high end strap.



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Aug 8th, 2017 06:45 AM        

+1<br /> <br /> I've got a handful of them. They are great bang for the buck.<br /> <br /> Another brand of leather strap I've discovered recently is Walker & Williams. They are quite ornate and I paid less than $30 for each from Amazon.



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GospelBilly!
Aug 8th, 2017 07:04 AM        

I'm still using the same black leather guitar strap I bought back in the early 80's.



Ryder

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Butterscotch Blues
Aug 8th, 2017 08:08 AM        

I use padded straps for my ailing back...mostly levys.



pombrio



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Aug 8th, 2017 09:17 AM        

I'll have to check them out.<br /> <br /> I've been buying much wider straps because of my bad left shoulder. Not padded yet but I'm well into bass strap territory of 3+ inches wide.<br /> <br /> For years I used the narrower Ernie Ball nylon ones for about $4 a pop but can't anymore. My favorite strap came with an old Guild acoustic. Very soft leather on top and suede on the underside with nice hand-tooling along the length. Great width on it too.



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counting it all joy
Aug 8th, 2017 09:26 AM        

I like the wide 3" ones--I use the Levy`s Cotton braided--they are very soft and do not slip---although I have many leather ones---<br /> Actually I just came up with a new design and am in the process of prototyping it--- now sure what the next step is after I finalize the design....Patent or what?



BbendFender

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Aug 8th, 2017 09:52 AM        

I had some leather straps years ago but today most of mine are cotton braided. I use a 3" wide strap for my Tele and it is very comfortable.<br /> I like any strap that holds my guitar around my neck. I'm not particular.



MLC



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Aug 9th, 2017 07:06 AM        

I've lost count of the number of straps I've collected over the years.<br /> <br /> I have a bunch of nice, 3" wide leather straps that I think are mostly from Levy, but these days I find that they aren't ideal for wearing at a gig. It just gets too hot under those things.<br /> <br /> So now I ALSO have a bunch of cloth or nylon straps. (;^D)<br /> <br /> And while I love the look of some of those high-end, boutique-y leather straps, I just can't justify spending over $50 (and sometimes a LOT more) on a strap. Not when I can find them from Perri, Levi, Fender, etc. at a fraction of the cost.



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Aug 9th, 2017 04:17 PM        

I'm a plain black leather fan. 2-1/2" single layer leather (mostly).<br /> <br /> There's an Australian-made brand (DSL) that I've bought on sale as low as $15 that fit the bill for me in the "plain" department.<br /> <br /> Like you Bbend, I have a strap on every guitar.<br /> It's way faster/easier than using strap-locks.<br /> I just use silicone bottle gaskets keep the straps on the buttons.<br /> <br /> There is also another Aussie brand, Colonial Leather, that make very nice straps, but they're way too up-market for me :^)<br />



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Aug 9th, 2017 05:23 PM        

I've got a lot of straps and try to have one for each guitar however I've got a bit behind. I like 2 1/2" straps and have several Franklin & Levi.<br /> <br /> A few years ago I got turned on to El Dorado Straps out of Pasadena, CA. All hand made product, fairly high end on the price scale. I have been try to buy one Durango model at each show I attend. The are super supple and soft, do not stretch much if at all and look much better in person than on the website. These guys build a nice guitar strap.



BlondeStrat

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Aug 9th, 2017 05:37 PM        

Mine are all leather and all made myself.<br /> <br /> One for each guitar and then some.



guitargeezer

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Aug 9th, 2017 07:35 PM        

I'm a pathetic "strap ho". I must have 20-30...leather, woven, nylon...you name it. Brand names, one offs I found on Etay, one that looked like Suane Allman's famous strat...<br /> <br /> I'll have to take a photo of the herd and post it here.



BlondeStrat

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Aug 9th, 2017 07:51 PM        

I've made some that are *versions of* or *inspired by* famous straps.<br /> <br /> The *XXXXX* Hendrix strap that David Gilmour now owns.<br /> <br /> Also a ring strap rendition of the Duane Allman strap. I couldn't come up with the big saddle ring Duane's had, but found a large ring of another sort.<br /> <br /> And being that this is Las Vegas, I always have one or two *Dice Straps* around.



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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Aug 9th, 2017 08:07 PM        

I'm still using the same black leather guitar strap I bought back in the early 80's.<br /> <br /> 5Strats<br /> <br /> Same, here. Well, since the late 80s, for me, when I had a guitar built with a b bender installed. After 15? years, 200 shows a year and who knows how many bender pulls, the strap was showing some wear. <br /> I swapped it out for a few different straps. All were the same width and I adjusted all to the same length. I can't explain why they shouldn't have all felt the same but they didn't. I ended up taking the old strap to a cobbler and had him reinforce the wear areas. <br />



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Aug 9th, 2017 08:41 PM        

You get tired of that dice strap you let me know...



BlondeStrat

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Aug 9th, 2017 09:06 PM        

"You get tired of that dice strap you let me"<br /> <br /> There are a few of them scattered around the FDP, I can tell you that much ...



5Strats

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GospelBilly!
Aug 10th, 2017 05:55 AM        

JDC - My old black leather strap still has some duct tape on it from when I used a wireless unit. Otherwise, it's still in great shape.



Hammond101

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Aug 10th, 2017 09:44 AM        

BlondeStrat, I also made a Hendrix/Gilmour strap out of a Franklin. Not exact to the original but it captures the Gilmour vibe with the black Strat.



stinger22



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Aug 10th, 2017 10:29 AM        

+1 on the Walker & Williams. Got one a few weeks ago and plan on buying more.



BlondeStrat

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Aug 10th, 2017 12:41 PM        

Hammond101, part of the fun of making them is that there are absolutely no limitations (aside from one's level of skill) in what you can do. <br /> <br /> Mine all start out as a giant side of cow hide, so my freedom to imagination begins from that. <br /> <br /> The lightening bolt strap on the rack there was made to go on a Gibson Explorer that in the end I never brought into the stable. <br /> <br /> Guitar Center had it on the used gear wall for $800.00 including a HSC. I couldn't let it stay on the wall, so I put it on layaway.<br /> <br /> I knew I did not have the money to buy it, but thought if I bought myself a few weeks I might wrestle my finances and bring it in. <br /> <br /> Well, I ended up letting it go. However the strap came into existence from all the excitement and now is my memory of a great deal I couldn't quite pull off. :(



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