What Do You Want From a Strap?
I wasn't sure where to post this, so, if any mod comes past & thinks of a better place to move this to, feel free!
Basically, I've been looking into making straps, after I was talking to a close friends & we both had a good complain about various issues with our straps & things that would be cool ideas to add to a strap.
So, I'm just doing a little bit of research before I start drawing up proto-typing things.
I'm wanting to make straps for people that are comfortable, stylist & have useful features for them, so straps made for gigging musicians, by gigging musicians.
I'm planning on using high quality materials to create about 5 different proto-types, each one different, but still useful, cool & great looking!
One of the first things that was mentioned before was "strap rash", so, to stop the "sharp" edge of the leather rubbing against necks, I was going to have the soft suede underside rolling over the side of the strap.
I was told that pick-holders would be a good idea, & I agree, as I'm mostly a pick player & often drop & lose picks, for this, I'd create something almost like the card slots in a leather wallet, but with a hole in the middle, so you can use your thumb to pull the pick up.
Basically, I was wondering, what would you like from a strap, that you can't normally find from the main strap retailers?
I was thinking in terms of:
Comfort, Aesthetics, materials, dimensions & general features you'd like in a strap.
Thanks for reading, looking forward to any feedback! :bassist:
They both sound like great ideas! How about something to make clipping your wireless unit on easier, too?
That it sticks to the knobs without you having to use strap locks
Length adjustment that doesn't require disassembly of the strap (perhaps using Velcro)
Length adjusters that are not made of breakable plastic
No sharp (metal) parts
Not slipping on the shoulder
Quite rigid so it doesn't twist when you put it on (3 mm thick leather is good)
You might want to consider a vegan alternative that is made of synthetic/vegetabilic
The toughest thing to find on a strap, IME, is one that won't fall off without straplocks.
The only one I ever remember having that did a good job was also almost impossible to actually get on the bass. Most that do a decent job, stretch out really quickly. Would love if somone developed something that worked well, and would save me from purchasing straplocks for all my basses.
PS, I thought the plastic clip on straps were an awesome idea... but they broke real easily.
I also like fairly thin straps (like yer standard Ernie Ball), and I like when they slip on my shoulder. I think that's a preference kind of thing, as I like be able to easily move my bass around. On the other hand, for a few basses I own that have some neck dive, one that stayed put would be nice too. Wonder if that might be something to take into consideration... hmmm... a reversible strap that can be flipped for a secure side, and slippery side. I'd buy one of them! If of course it was reasonably priced. :)
Also don't like any artwork on my straps. Then they have to match my clothes. I'm a basic black kinda guy.
Place for wireless as already stated.
Optional weights at rear for those neck heavy basses.
I want a strap that doesn't wear out in a year.
affordable Levy clone
I love my heavy duty Levy's strap, but I'm hesitant to to spend 60-80 on every instrument. My dream strap is a $30 strap that is as comfortable as the Levy's padded bass strap. I don't want to spend on looks, just comfort.
Levy leather is my best strap.
Comfort is what I need for my old shoulder.
Check out Gruv Gear Duo strap for ideas.
I like the idea of a built-in strap-button grabber but don't consider the installation of strap-locks a big deal.
I can't find a strap with a really good (soft) padded area to go on my shoulder and built in twist style strap locks.
I'd buy one if I could find one but would never spend more than about £35 on a strap.
My two criteria are comfort and security. That's it.
I've tried various gimmicky straps in the past but have settled on a god ole thick leather strap with Grolsch washers on the strap pins for security.
A no-nonsense, comfortable strap with some sort of built in VERY simple VERY durable security system would be a winner in my books. Easier said than done I know!
Thanks for the input guys! Well, I've been working on a way to build "straplocks" into the straps, by using some form of rubbery washer (think, like the Grolsh rubber rings), but, they'll be useable with any regular straplock. This is proving to be abit of a difficulty, but hopefully I'll solve it :bassist:
I'm thinking of doing the straps in different widths, from 1", upto 3" or maybe 4" (if that isn't overkill), to allow for basses with neck-dive, or just people who want to have a thicker strap.
I'm also considering the idea of connecting a D-ring onto the lower part of the strap, to allow for other add-on parts (think, wireless holders, etc).
A padded strap that doesn't look stupid.
I would vote for the 4" width and some kind of strap lock. I have a heavy CBS era P-Bass and with both a bad back and arthritis I need the super wide strap for weight distribution. And maybe a wider hole for guys that use the Dunlop strap lock. I really hate trying to cut wider holes for those things!! Thanks for asking us our opinions!!
Currently, I use a cheap Ernie Ball nylon strap with strap locks and I love it. The main reason: length and durability. I'm a tall guy who likes to have his guitars low. It's hard to find straps long enough. Plus, this thing has lasted for YEARS!
I just wish it was softer.
Cloth (not polyester or nylon) or leather.
Solid color (usually black).
Heavy-duty eyelets... Not the single piece of junk leather like cheap straps.
These are my favorites:
Like an Italia leather 4” strap but easier to adjust and with the built in/included strap lock system as mentioned. I'm pretty damn happy with Italia straps in their current form though.
strap thats 2.5 inches wide and NOT leather
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