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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Aug 6, 2016.
Thanks for posting this. It looks great & is very reasonably-priced!
Love the mono Betty (love mono Full stop)
Also have two gg solo neo’s 2.5 and 4”
The 4” is huge I would say too big
If they made a 3.5” I would say perfect strap very well built
Had a sadowsky neo looks to me just like the last one on you’re list
Comfortable but too springy for my liking
I have been super happy with NeoTech Megas. My basses range to <8 to more than 12 pounds and the Neotech works great on all. I have used nothing but these since not being happy with Comfort Strapps. I've never even had to replace one.
I had the levy's which is a great one but it hurts when you lose it.
I love Mono, but their Betty strap doesn’t work for me. It’s very comfy, but the strap ends are too thin, and don’t hold the strap buttons securely. The metal buckle also dents instruments easily. The Gruv Gear is also very comfortable, but again, the synthetic strap ends don’t work well. Mine started fraying almost immediately.
That was my problem with the Comfort Strapp as well, but I had the front sewn shorter to override it.
Anyway, I'm hijacking the thread because the Comfort Strapp has served me well but I need a new strap and I was thinking of trying a 4" wide. I like neoprene and I'm now torn between two of your initial choices, the Neotech Mega and the Gruv SoloStrap Neo. What did you end up getting? The Neotech seems just what I need and it's also a bit cheaper, but to be honest the Gruv seems fancier. After all these years with the Comfort Strapp, I'd like to get something a little less boring, and I can get the Gruv in brown to match my bass (I know it's still not exactly exciting, but still a little more interesting than a piece of black neoprene!). But I was wondering if anyone has measured the distance from the front pin hole to where the padding starts, to make sure I won't have the aforementioned problem. I've also read some negative comments about the Gruv's material where the holes are. On the other hand someone said the Neotech is a bit slippy, the Comfort Strapp is grippy enough for me and I wouldn't want anything less grippy. Any thoughts and info are welcome!
I got a couple of Neotech Megas. They aren’t quite as grippy as a Comfort Strapp, but that was of little concern to me as my basses balance very well and don’t have neckdive. They’re wide and soft, and none of the edges dig in anywhere. The one thing I would prefer as if they were a bit thicker. They are very wide which takes up the weight very well and I wear my basses for long periods with no issue (just had a 5 hour practice last night), but the extra thickness of something like the Comfort Strapp does make it a bit more...comfy, for lack of a better word.
Thanks, that's the impression I was getting too from photos but wasn't sure. I do like the thickness of my Comfort Strapp... Anyone know how the Gruv SoloStrap Neo compares as far as thickness/padding goes?
I don’t own a Solo Strap. I had a couple of the Duo Strap Neos, and their thickness is roughly the same as the Comfort Strapp, so I assume the Solo is as well.
I use the levys for any heavy basses. They hold up well and are pretty comfortable. I’ve had several different ones over the years. The smooth ones are my favorite. They have some that really stick to my shirt though and can pull my shirt instead of gliding over my shoulder which I find annoying. You can safely fold the levys straps in half to put them in a gigbag or hardcase.
For basses under 9.5lbs or so I tend to use the dimarzio clip lock straps. They are affordable. I like the seat belt like feel. They glide over my shoulder which is nice if I want to move the bass around (but can be a negative if the bass has neckdive issues). I also really like how they eliminate the need for strap locks. We have a high energy show with some jumping around and stuff and with other strap lock systems particularly on heavy basses I’ve bent and even broken the screws. With the clip lock strap the screw the strap touches the body of the bass so not sticking out it may not have the leverage to bend the screws, or the screws thag come with the strap are maybe just a stronger metal.
I have a lot of straps. Levy's MSS2 4.5" leather, Franklin Straps, Comfort Straps, Ernie Balls, Fret Sling, Regular Levy Padded & others.
MSS2 4.5 is too wide for me. Cuts into my neck. Franklin OK, Use Comfort mostly or Fret Sling from the 70's, Regular Levy's OK.
I also use the Walker and Williams super wide 4" double padded leather strap for my heavier basses...eg. my Peavey T-40. Great quality and really spreads the weight. I opted for the black one.
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