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Strap width

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG] - NEW!' started by ics1974, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    looking for a new strap as my 2 inch Levy strap is not wide enough for my heavy bass. What size would you recommend to better distribute the weight without being too wide that it cuts into my neck
  2. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    How heavy is your bass?
    I’ve been using a Mono Betty Short with my 14 lb’er- works great.
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  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    The wider it is, the last it will cut into your neck, since it distributes the weight.
  4. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    I love my Scott’s Bass Lessons Black Edition strap. Pretty sure it’s 4 inches.
  5. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    About 11 lbs
  6. 3.5 to 4 inches is nice. I find material makes a big difference. Neoprene or soft suede is comfortable at that size while a stiff leather isn't. For me at least.
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  7. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  8. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    I’m looking at the Mono Betty. It’s not quite 3 inches wide. Is going from a 2 to 3 inch strap going to make much of a difference? Or is it the padding that will make it feel lighter?
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  9. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    The padding’s great. Honestly, any wider and it would be too wide IMO.
    My bass weighs 14 lbs but it’s also only 3/4” thick. The MONO makes it feel like 8 lbs, no heavier than any normal P bass I’ve owned over the years.

    The material in the padded part can get warm / retain heat, so if you’re rehearsing or practicing in a non-climate controlled environment, just be aware your back’s prolly gonna get sweaty.

    Picked up the Betty Short on a whim, not expecting to like it but it’s been great. Just installed some Schaller Strap Locks on mine. Zero complaints!
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  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    ics1974 , honestly: you may have to try some different widths/straps to get to an ideal strap for yourself. all of our responses work for us. and we represent different shapes/builds/body-types, with different weights and shapes and balances (basses), yada yada. if other players (guitar and/or bass) in your 'circle' can show you what they like = you can try theirs and get some idea of what direction you should head. i just don't see how an actual recommendation of a specific strap will automatically suit you...except by luck!

    just my opinion: try a few. good luck finding the ideal strap for yourself. :thumbsup:
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  11. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    "Honey, does my bass strap make me look fat?"
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  12. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    I use the Comfort Strapp.
    It's 3 3/8 wide across the shoulder point x 3/8 thick neoprene.
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    Last edited: Nov 18, 2018
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  13. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    IMO, a 3" wide strap is ideal.

    Another vote for the Mono Betty strap.
  14. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I use the 4" Italia Leather strap. Makes the heaviest bass feel light.
  15. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Mostly padded 4" straps for me.
  16. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    Hong Kong
    4.5" padded leather! It's literally made the difference in being able to gig a particular bass of mine.

    Keep in mind that material has an effect on this. I used to use a 3" woven cotton strap which was good except that it was flexible enough (especially after a few years) to pull tighter in some parts of the width of the strap than others, so the weight wasn't evenly distributed across it and it would 'cut in' down the middle sometimes.
  17. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    I ended up buying two of these. Thanks for the advice. Amazing straps!
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  18. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Awesome. Glad to’ve been helpful. Never thought I’d dig a wide strap til I tried my Mono!
  19. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    2 3/4" to 3 1/2" works for my body and a Fender bass up to about 9lbs.
    Padded after that
    2" is too narrow and 4" is too wide (for me)
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  20. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I have a couple 3" Franklin straps, one is on a maple body P bass. Very comfortable. I'm about to get one for my Squier VM Jazz that is also maple.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019

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