What's your strap situation?

Discussion in 'Accessories [BG]' started by casualmadness, Jun 21, 2020.

  1. casualmadness

    casualmadness Man About Town

    Dec 15, 2005
    Was just perusing some pictures of bass collections on the Fender P bass owners facebook page. One guy posted a picture of his collection; maybe 8-10 basses all hanging on the wall. Each had its own strap. Looked to be nicer, Levy's type leather straps on each. Got me thinking...how many of you do this? Buy a strap for each bass? I've always been a one strap kinda guy. I'm in my 40's now and have been playing since my early teens. I gigged extensively in my 20's and some in my 30's. Had one strap for all of it. I sold the strap but wish I still had it as it was one of a kind.

    Anyhow, now I have 6 basses and I splurged for two straps. Both straps are heavy duty, Levy's. The reason I have two is because I recently bought a Fodera. The Fodera came with Dunlap strap locks whereas I've always used Schaller. So all of my basses are outfitted with Schaller and I use one strap for all. With the Fodera; I decided I would stick with the Dunlap system and invest in a new strap just for the Fodera. Any future basses, will either have Schaller or Dunlap so there'll be no need to ever buy another strap. Given the infrequency of my gigs (thanks covid) and my age, I doubt I'll wear either of my two Levy's out before the big dirt nap.

    So just curious...what's your strap situation?
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  2. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    I have 7 basses and maybe 5 or 6 straps. None cheap, other than the Fender case candy ones that I don't use.
  3. vlad335

    vlad335 Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Latrobe, PA
    I have a couple Neotech straps and that is all I will use for now on. Amazing straps that I wish I would have tried earlier. Almost completely cancel out a basses weight.
  4. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Each of my basses has a dedicated strap. They're all relatively cheap straps. I don't use strap locks.
  5. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Maybe five or six straps . Eighteen basses .
  6. Elusive1


    Jun 21, 2018
    One strap with Schaller strap locks for use with all of my instruments
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  7. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    :::raises hand:::

    Yep, every bass has a strap. Most of them are semi-permanently afixed with Grolsch beer bottle washers, two of them have Dunlop StrapLocks, and one of them has the very permanent Billy Sheehan-endorsed machine-screw-embedded-in-the-tail-end-of-the-bass attachment.

    The last thing I want to worry about when I grab a bass for a gig is "Did I remember to pack a strap?"
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  8. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    One strap, an oldie from the original TB store. Everything has Dunlop StrapLocks, except for a Breedlove acoustic which has its own strap.

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  9. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    4 neoprene straps, 2 with Schallers and 2 with Dunlops......1 of each left at 2 the locations where my basses live.
  10. Must have at least 50 straps, maybe more. I own a lot of basses ;)

    30 of them are exactly the same. Bulk order from China cost about the same as buying 3 Levys.
  11. rjovin

    rjovin Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    I have 4 basses and each has it's own planet waves bass strap.
  12. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    I have a strap for each bass/guitar/mandolin.
    As they are different sizes & shapes and the strap knobs are in different places I need different lengths--so rather than readjust a strap all the time, they each have their own.
    For my 2 basses I have a leather strap & a suede strap.
    I've never paid over $25 for a strap--the ones I have are comfortable & do what I need them to do.
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  13. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Three basses and one guitar, four completely different straps. Nice leather ones for the basses, cloth weave for the guitar. Each instrument wants and needs something different and I typically hold on to instruments for a a very long time.
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I have a whole bunch of straps that I use for different reasons. One is clear and looks really cool, two or three are very orthopedic for when I use heavy basses, and the rest I just seem to have accumulated over the years and almost never use them. On a gig, I stick with one no matter how many basses I bring because I usually have a transmitter attached to it. But rarely do I bring more than one bass, and I do that under protest.
  15. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    Pretty much the same here. I do have one instrument (the one in my avatar) that requires its own dedicated strap due to button placement on the back of the body rather than the upper horn, and a couple of cheap straps lying around for instruments I’m not sure I’m keeping.
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  16. gebass6

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

    I'm an avowed Comfort Strapp user.
    But I recently tried out a Neotech Mega Strap.
    I found that it wasn't as good as a Comfort Strapp at cancelling neck dive on my fretteds.
    But it works well on my fretless.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2020
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  17. Kro


    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    I've had one strap since I started playing bass. I've never really thought about it, but it's true. I bought this strap back when I bought my very first bass, and I've used it with every bass, for every rehearsal and every single gig.

    It's dark brown with black edges, wide, and nicely padded. I also like that it's slick so it doesn't tug on my clothes.

    Wow, that's a hell of a strap!
  18. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    I only play with the strap even sitting, so for convenience and avoiding wear and tear all my instruments have its own strap. Usually leather (3 inches or wider) or neoprene like the Neotech bass strap. No strap locks are used-tried that once (schaller style) but didn’t like the clanging of metal and it just wasn’t needed. I will use the rubber washers though if a strap hole is on the looser side.
  19. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    I use schaller style strap locks so I only have 3 straps that I use on all of my basses.
  20. Morrighan

    Morrighan la Contessa Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    This is the the strap that came new with my bass 41 years ago. It is the only one I used until I met TB. Now I have [counts] nine. They're a great deal less expensive than basses ;)

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