Straps breaking

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by sleepypunk1111, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. sleepypunk1111


    Dec 26, 2009
    So I play a Fender Made In America P-Bass. It's kind of heavy

    My wife bought me a SLDR strap and I found a way to break it. (somehow managed to tear the strap hole)

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a heavy duty strap that can stand up to me being a spaz?
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Strap locks. Not only will they keep you from flinging your bass across the stage, but they also use washers to clamp down on the strap. This will make that strap hole more durable.
  3. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
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  4. sleepypunk1111


    Dec 26, 2009
    My concern is the weight of the bass somehow widening the hole/tearing it outright. It was always my understanding that all straplocks do is keep the strap from slipping off the hole
  5. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    All but one of my straps are Levy's and I'm a jumper who had some heavy basses, no significant hole-widening.
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    They use washers to "squeeeze" the area around the hole in the strap.

    It's hard to describe, but it it is absolutely true and will absolutely fix your issue. You put strap locks in a $4.00 nylon strap and you will never be able to tear through it.
  7. briandavismurph


    Jul 1, 2013
    agree 100%
  8. WindyCityHawk

    WindyCityHawk Inactive

    Jun 17, 2017

    Find a Leather-smith and have him/her make you a strap out of 10 or 12 ounce hide and then add the strap locks / Schaller locks will work with 12 ounce, but will need compressing. The locks should be re-tightened after 24 hours & should be checked/re-tightened periodically as the leather contracts and expands due to weather/humidity, etc.

    DO NOT have any slits cut through the holes!
    A drop of Loctite 242 Medium on the locks' threads is an additional option...


    Main strap is 12 ounce full grain drum dyed veg-tanned leather and the adjustable end is 9 ounce top grain hand dyed veg-tanned leather, the locks are Schaller.