Shoulder Pad for Bass Strap

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by JEBassman, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Hi TBers,

    As bass players we've all dealt with wearing heavy instruments. I've been searching for a shoulder pad that I could wrap around my bass strap for extra comfort. An old shoulder injury is causing trouble.

    The shoulder pad must wrap around the beginning of the strap, close to the strap button near the neck. My straps are the Neotech or Comfort Stapp. The Comfort Strap's padding isn't close enough to that strap button. Neotech is perfectly located but not enough padding.

    These wrap-around pads look good but are not wide enough.

    What do you use?
     
  2. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    I have reached old age. Played some of the heaviest made basses during my years and yeah, with the added years comes discomfort. My wife had a leather strap custom made for me thirty years ago that I wore because it was meaningful to me. I wrapped one of those seatbelt padding contraptions around it with a modicum of success. Two years ago a fellow TB'r turned me on to a Moody strap. I cannot express how wonderful the difference is. Soft and supple doesn't begin to touch it.... But I stray only to suggest that a high quality strap may be worth looking into!
     
  3. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    That's a wonderful link for folks whose needs aren't as specific as yours, thanks for putting that together.

    I use Comfort Strapps on most of my basses; I don't have any issues with where the padding is located, and they suit my body and basses perfectly (so long as I remember to buy the correct length strap. Er, I mean, strapp).

    But I have an aftermarket pad on a generic strap for one of my instruments just because A) I simply haven't gotten around to buying a Comfort Strapp for that instrument yet, and B) it's heavy as hell. I'm pretty sure that pad was made by D'Addario/Planet Waves. [Edit: Yes, it's this D'Addario PW-FSP-1. ] It is very soft and certainly wide enough for my needs, and it can be located anywhere along the strap.
     
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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

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  5. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Thanks for your suggestion. I was considering trying the Moody strap; I might just do it. I'm glad it's working for you.
     
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  6. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    You're welcome regarding the link I sent I've spent way too much time looking at these shoulder straps online. Maybe others will benefit from these possibilities.

    The Comfort Strapps are awesome. I've bought and recommended them for years. Their padding is wonderful. My only issue is that my current playing position, made necessary by various shoulder and back injuries, leaves me wanting more padding at the top end of the strap. Hopefully I can still use either the Comfort Strapp or the Neotech, if I can find a comfortable pad to add to the strap(s).

    I hadn't seen the pad you recommend. I'll definitely look into it. Thank you :)
     
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  7. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    If you check out a local upholstery shop you can Test different foam densities and lengths.

    Have it custom cut and covered along with some hook/loop.

    I had a custom pillow cut for me with excellent results.
     
  8. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Ah yes the Mbrace guitar / bass holder. I have one. It solves the issue of weight on the shoulder, although it comes at the price of not allowing the bass to move much (loosening the attachment where the brace meets the mic stand allows some sideways motion, but be careful to not leave it too loose).

    I used the Mbrace for a while but had some difficulty adjusting to it. I will probably use it again though. Right now I'm hoping to find a strap that lets me play seated, without the brace. I already play short scale basses, which definitely reduce weight and pressure on my shoulder. Extra padding might just give me enough comfort to play with a strap, which is my preference when possible.
     
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    yep: it's an adjustment for sure. i think if i can get acclimated a bit more = it will at least be another option.
     
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  10. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Definitely. The Mbrace is a very clever design. I contacted the designer once and ordered extra straps, allowing me to have more than one instrument ready to hook up to the stand more efficiently. I also found that adjusting my posture helped me transition to the brace. Playing in front of a mirror let me spot problems quickly.
     
  11. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    JEBassman , yeah, it's posture! extra straps are a good idea, too. i'm going to put some strap locks on the straps and see it that can work...all of my instruments have schaller-style locks.
     
  12. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Gotta have those strap locks. Hope your shoulder feels better. :bassist:
     
  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I'd just get a wider strap. The most comfy wide strap I've used is the Levy's MSS2-4.
     
  14. Morrighan

    Morrighan la Contessa Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    A horse's fleece girth cover slides over most strap widths. Plenty of options in synthetic or sheepskin in a variety of colours.
     
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  15. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Wow that is an option I didn't know about. I started looking online. There seem to be many products sold for horse owners that could be useful. Cotton or synthetic fabric would be ideal.

    Thank you for telling about these covers!
     
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  16. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Thanks for the suggestion Jimmy. There are some really beautiful leather straps out there. I can see why lots of players like them, especially the wider straps.

    I prefer the way nylon straps can be adjusted; they offer subtle adjustments. That works well for me. I'll either add padding to what I have now, or consider another nylon strap with different padding.
     
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  17. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Thanks all for your ideas. I ordered a Gruv Gear Neo Solo Strap. Hopefully that will work for me. It has a lot of padding.

    If I still have shoulder pain I'll consider the Gruv Gear Duo strap, with two shoulder pads. Single straps fit my playing style better though. Now I'm waiting for that package to come! :bassist:
     
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  18. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    THAT looks great. Please let us know how it works out.
     
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  19. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    Will do. The Gruv Gear straps look substantial. I hadn't seen them before; that will change in a few days. :thumbsup:
     
  20. JEBassman

    JEBassman

    Jun 25, 2008
    Connecticut
    My UPS man delivered my Gruv Gear SoloStrap Neo, which I've been waiting for eagerly.

    It is the thickest bass strap I've seen, and feels really good on my shoulder. Some players have said the straps slide around too much for their liking. So far that has not been an issue for me. In fact it holds my bass in place very nicely. I definitely recommend the SoloStrap Neo to players who have shoulder issues, or who just like extra padding on their straps. This strap should also help with heavy basses. Gruv Gear also makes a dual, two shoulder version, which is another option.

    As far as helping me cope with shoulder and spinal injuries, and reducing pain while I play, time will tell. My initial take is that it does help reduce pain, even more than my Neostrap or Comfort Strapps. Any reduction of pain is a good thing! Hopefully this padded strap will enable me to keep playing bass! :cool:
     
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