Shoulder Strap replacement

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by lrhbass, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. lrhbass

    lrhbass Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Anyone have to replace your shoulder strap,would appreciate any info about that...thanks:cool:
  2. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Won't a strap from any large duffle bag work? I'd check a luggage store. At worse case, you can hit REI and the internet and make one yourself using webbing. They might have replacement straps there too.
  3. RCWilliams

    RCWilliams Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2007
    Merriam Kansas (Kansas City)
    owner RC Williams Co. LLC
    I have bushels of scrap strap, too short for a buggie, how long do you need?
  4. Madelineid


    Nov 23, 2012
    I have a Golite Peak and a newer Golite Jam. I'm looking to replace the Jam's shoulder straps with the much more comfortable IMO
  5. jonas


    Dec 9, 2003
    Frankfurt am Main/Germany
    Kontrabass-Atelier, Lando Music (Germany), "The Double Bass Book"/"Das Kontrabass-Buch"
    I use neotech case packer straps as a replacement.
  6. MikeCanada


    Aug 30, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I went a completely different route and got a guitar/electric bass strap and a couple of those carabiner clips. The straps are both made to be comfortable and able to handle a lot of weight. (typically the weakest part is the leather ends, but they're still rated at like 60ish lbs)

    I found not only was this more comfortable than my previous strap, but allows some "customization" if desired. You could get a simple black strap, or something else that stands out. Likewise, having a couple of guitar straps lying around, it cost me about $4 in clips and I had a "new" shoulder strap.
  7. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Cool! Clever idea. However, make sure that you got "real" carabiners, not overly cheap ones intended to be used only as keychains. I'd be concerned that they could probably bend/fail in quick order, causing a possible catastrophe. If you can bend it with your hand strength, it's probably not strong enough.
  8. MikeCanada


    Aug 30, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I definitely agree that the keychains are a horrible idea, although I'm not sure what your definition of "real" carabiners are. You can get them at the hardware store that have a weight/load rating, and similar to the leather ends on the guitar strap, you don't need anything too crazy.

    If your bass has the same amount of weight as a mountain climber and all of their gear facilitating real climbing carabiners, you need to take the kettlebells and dead body out of your bass bag.
  9. Beyond the hardware store and mountain climber's store a sailor's accessory shop is a good source for carabiners and similar stuff.
  10. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    You pretty much nailed it right there - if they have a weight rating, they're "real" - if they're on the endcap by the register at Kmart, I'd probably take a pass... ;)

    I only mentioned it because I've seen photographs of a bass that was dropped because of the player's trust in a strap contraption that wasn't up to the job.

    I'll also mention that - if you use a strap - you should probably carry it over your shoulder with an arm snugging the bass to your body for support. Many bass bags have D-rings for attaching a strap, but they are just sewn into the fabric of the bag, and the bouncing/jouncing of being "worn" like a backpack (bad idea) can cause those stitches to fail. Not to mention that not all D-rings are welded; they may only be bent into shape.

  11. MikeCanada


    Aug 30, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Thank you Mark, for this PSA. I stopped using a shoulder strap on my bag for that very reason. They were sewn into the first layer of the bag and not welded, and the D ring BOTH started unbending/opening, AND the stitching was failing.

    I have also seen a number of players with the backpack straps not duck low enough when going through doorways. Too many scrolls have big chips out of them, or have been broken clean off, and it scares me to think about it. Look at that picture. The bass extends almost two feet above her head!

    Be careful my friends. Whatever your transportation method may be, your instrument is both very fragile, and less protected than a cello in a hard case. Act accordingly.
  12. Matt Power

    Matt Power Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2000
    Magnolia, TX
    Dave Messina could whip you out a righteous one that will last into the next millenia for cheap coin, I bet!
  13. I bought a neoprene padded luggage strap from amazon. It is incredible, cheap, and I will buy one for every case I ever own.