Bass Guitar Strap

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Karenc, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Karenc


    Jul 7, 2013
    Greetings. My purchase of the Greco Beatle Bass came with a strap. But this strap is a real cheapie and does not stay on the knobs. (It is an accident waiting to happen.) So, I certainly don't need an expensive strap, but I was wondering while I am considering a strap, what should I look for? It seems like I need the kind that has some kind of ties that could be tied to the knobs??
    I am not really looking for a list of brands, but more about what style you like and why. I know this question probably sounds a bit trite, but actually I am interested in knowing what works for you.
    Thanks so kindly.
  2. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    consider strap locks?
  3. Karenc


    Jul 7, 2013
    I have never heard of strap locks...I'll look into it. Thanks again.
  4. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    If you love your'll get strap locks. I can't tell you how many times I've dropped, or caught at the the last moment, a bass that has fallen off of a standard strap.
  5. Saxn


    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    If you want to be uber cheap you can get some wide flat washers, unscrew the strap mounts, and screw the mounts back in using the washers to keep the strap in place.
  6. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Strap locks are 100% the way to go, or the cheapie method mentioned by Saxn.

    Also, get yourself a wide strap, that can distribute the weight of the bass more evenly across your shoulder.
  7. ProgRocker


    Mar 25, 2011
    Strap Locks aren't that expensive. Last I checked, they were $10 - 15 for the set. And it won't look cheap.
  8. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Las Cruces, NM

    Very inexpensive solution (or no cost at all if you have some hanging around the house) and offers a permanent and 100% foolproof solution to the problem of the strap coming off when you least expect it.
  9. Saxn


    Oct 23, 2010
    Nashville, GA
    It's all about using the right hardware, my friend! In my line of work I have all kinds of hardware at my disposal... And I won't bother doing any sort of addition or mod to any device I own if I can't make it look factory.
  10. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Neoprene washers from any hardware store. About .40 or .50 cents each. Put your strap over the strap button, then put the washer over the strap onto the pin. They come in various sizes. Just make sure that the hole in the center of the washer is smaller than the head of the strap button. They go on or off easily, but only if you stretch them a bit. Then they automatically resume their normal shape.

    I sold all my Schaller strap locks years ago and have been using these ever since.

  11. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    The problem with the washer method is you have to unscrew the strap buttons to take the strap off. None of my basses will fit in their cases with the strap on. I also have one strap that I like to use with all my basses. Strap locks are the way to go, IMO. I install the same buttons on all my instruments, so the strap can be used on any.

    The suggestion to use a wide strap is a good one, and this is often overlooked. I'm always surprised by the number of bass players with skinny straps. Doesn't that hurt? That said, this is not likely to be an issue with a Beatle bass, being one of the lightest instruments you could buy.

    In short, I'd go ahead and keep the existing strap, put some strap locks on it, and be done with it.
  12. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Get a 4 pack of Grolsch beer. The rubber washers on the caps are the perfect dimensions for strap locks. No screwing/unscrewing, and for half the price of a single set of strap locks you get an extra pair to put on a back up bass or to share with your guitarist - and you get to drink beer
  13. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    LOL :D
  14. rehernden


    Jun 30, 2013
    Blairsville GA
    If your new bass is neck heavy you may want to try a suede leather strap to help hold it in position
  15. I've certainly gotten by on that myself, in the past. I have a fairly wide leather strap on my P bass, along with Schaller strap locks. Works well. My Jazz bass and Strat have nylon straps with Dunlop strap locks, but I am going to go to Schallers on those too.
  16. Dr Improbable

    Dr Improbable

    Apr 15, 2013
    I like that one...
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Just get a nice wide leather strap with a suede underside and thick leather ends - they'll hold onto the strap buttons just fine. You don't really need strap locks unless you're jumping around on stage. Of course, there is never any harm in being safer than you absolutely need to...for most of us, straplocks are insurance, not a necessity.

    Ebay is a good place to find decent wide leather straps at affordable prices.
  18. Jonithen


    Dec 3, 2012
    Seacoast NH
    I can't count the number of times my MIM jazz bass slipped a(ny) strap. The best thing about getting strap locks is not even having to think about the strap - it's just there.

    Locks are awesome.
  19. I mostly use one bass. I use a leather strap and the holes remain so tight, (what I call a virgin strap) that it actually takes unnecessary force to get off the button.
    This effect goes away with excessive removing and replacing of the strap.
  20. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    GREAT idea!!!!!!!!! :hyper: