Gift for a bassist? Souldier straps

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by dilsad, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. dilsad


    Jul 23, 2013
    Hey guys, I would like to get a strap for my friend he is crazy about bass guitars and a great bassist. I checked many different websites and decide to get him a strap and souldier has custom straps.

    I think I will buy one with tribal fabric or vintage. Not a really colorful one, because I am not sure whether he will like it or not. My question to you guys would you prefer a plain leather brown or burgundy or a souldier strap?? Also is there a way that I have his initials put on the strap some how? Do you have any recommendations where I can get it? I have a limited budget though and also I wonder whether leather ones are comfotable or not?

    here is the link:

    Please help me with this :help: thankss!!
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    They look cool but I would think the material they are made of could be slippery and help promote neck dive.
    I prefer suede.

    If you do go for one of them be sure to get extra length. Basses need longer straps.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    I would strongly prefer plain leather, black probably...but that would depend on the color of the bass.

    The thing with basses is, a wider strap is usually better. Those don't look all that wide, maybe 2" or 2.5"

    A little more expensive, but here's what I use:"
  4. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    If I wanted initials on a leather strap, I'd head to a western wear shop. I mean a real hard-core western wear place, where they do hand-tooled leather belts onsite. Depending where you live, that could be hard to find. I suggest you call ahead.
  5. Souldier straps are very cool, although seem geared to guitarists rather than bassists because of width.

    Basses almost universally weight more than guitars. A wider strap distributes the across more of the shoulder and is usually more comfortable. My brother (a guitarist) swears by Souldier strap and I've gotten him a few of them as gifts.

    I use Franklin straps.
  6. I use Planet Waves straps
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I think a wider and even padded strap usually works better for bass players, the shoulder likes that better. Many do play with thinner straps though.
  8. dilsad


    Jul 23, 2013
    thank you All! I decided to get a leather one I think Levy's black M4GF, 3-1/2 inch.

    I have one more question, I am worried about the length of the strap. The ones I checked are adjustable from 36" to 52". Do you think this is a good size? or should I get XL? which is not available on amazon and more pricey on levy's website. I do not know exactly but I think my friend is at most 5' 11'' tall. There were some reviews people were complaining about the length..
    XL adds 12 inches to overall length.

    please :help: thanks
  9. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Again, personal preference by the player. I have no need for the XL strap and I'm 6'1"
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Can you measure his current strap?
  11. dilsad


    Jul 23, 2013
    unfortunately I don't have the chance to measure his current strap. He lives abroad, and I just wanted to get him a nice gift. Because there is no option for return, I am just trying to make sure that it will work for him. thanks for your help!
  12. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Get the regular size strap. Extra long straps are not common and chances are that the strap that he already owns is a regular length one. For me, even the regular length ones are too long and I have to shorten them (I'm 5'11").
  13. dilsad


    Jul 23, 2013
    thanks a lot!! you guys are awesome :bassist:
  14. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    You're welcome. Thanks for noticing. :D