#1
New player here.

Real new....as in just got my new guitar home from the music store yesterday.

I spent four hours playing with it and getting a feel for things. By the end of "session" I'd worked my way up to a level of competence on Iron Man & Rock You Like a Hurricane that was making my dogs cringe. I think the neighbors dogs were howling.

Noise, sweet noise. Big grin the whole time.


One glaring discovery.....aside from my total lack of skill....is my guitar strap. It's a $5 nylon Ernie Ball strap. My neck is not as happy as my fingers are.

I want a real deal, no kidding, proper guitar strap. The nylon job can be stashed in my gig bag if ever needed.

I'm wide open for suggestions.

I've seen models that secure nicely to the guitar and wondered if that's what I should look for.

I'd rather not have to modify the existing buttons on either guitar.

I'm looking for comfort and security.

Budget is whatever I have to spend to get a high quality comfortable strap.

I'd love to know what you have found was best for you and why.
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#2
Planet Waves locking straps are probably a good place to look. People seem to like them, and they have a very good rep of being secure.
Ones currently being delivered to me actually, so I hope they are decent.

EDIT: that's a solution that wouldn't require changing strap buttons. However I think it'd be a good idea to get a set of locking strap buttons (schallers), as usually it seems stock strap buttons eventually come out of the body.
Last edited by ambler3 at Dec 10, 2013,
#3
Leather strap and Schaller straplocks are the only way to fly.
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#4
Quote by Cathbard
Leather strap and Schaller straplocks are the only way to fly.

+1

I have a decent 2.5" sued leather strap that is super cumfy and a 3" Italian garment leather strap that is amazing. The sued strap was <$30 the garment leather strap was $75.

I did have to have the small part of each strap remade because I like my guitars to be at waist level or a little below and the stock piece was just too short
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Quote by ambler3
Planet Waves locking straps are probably a good place to look. People seem to like them, and they have a very good rep of being secure.
Ones currently being delivered to me actually, so I hope they are decent.

EDIT: that's a solution that wouldn't require changing strap buttons. However I think it'd be a good idea to get a set of locking strap buttons (schallers), as usually it seems stock strap buttons eventually come out of the body.



Thanks. I do like the simplicity of this and the fact that I can use my strap on other guitars with quick ease.

I wonder, however, if the strap itself is more comfortable than what I already have. I'm guessing that it'd almost have to be.


Quote by Cathbard
Leather strap and Schaller straplocks are the only way to fly.



This may very well be the way I go, too. I looked these up on youtube. The installation isn't as involved as I first thought.

A 3" leather strap would be really nice.
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Quote by DubfromGA
Thanks. I do like the simplicity of this and the fact that I can use my strap on other guitars with quick ease.

I wonder, however, if the strap itself is more comfortable than what I already have. I'm guessing that it'd almost have to be.



I have a half-dozen of the Planet Waves lockers, and they are excellent! Quite soft, comfortable, secure and reasonably priced. I've never had one even hint at coming off, although let's note that I don't do guitar spins...

I also note that all of mine are patterned, I don't know if the plain ones are as comfortable/made of the same material.

I personally prefer them to straplocks at this point, although that's Blasphemy of the highest order to some.
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Last edited by Arby911 at Dec 10, 2013,
#8
Burn your nylon straps (or atleast resort to one as spare only for new guitars you may get). Leather strap makes a huge difference.

Padded leather straps that I have tried do feel comfortable but they tend to be soft and do not offer much support much like nylon straps. So if you have bit neck heavy guitar, it stays neck heavy.

Wide, stiff unpadded leather strap helps keeping a neck heavy guitar up a bit thanks to added friction. Not as comfortable as padded but infinitely more comfortable than nylon.

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Last edited by MaaZeus at Dec 10, 2013,
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Quote by Cathbard
Leather strap and Schaller straplocks are the only way to fly.

+1

Also make sure it's a padded leather strap.
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#10
Cath has pretty much nailed it on the head. Schallers and leather is exactly what you need. If I may, I would highly recommend Levy straps. www.levysleathers.com
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Last edited by Maineguitarist at Dec 10, 2013,
#12
I use nice suede leather strap on one neck heavy axe and keeps it up right with the friction and super comfy and soft. and a thick padded leather strap on a savagely heavy axe and again makes it super comfy. both on still on standard pins and neither have ever fallen off as they fit so tight around them.

Leather is the way!
#13
I use a Levy's M7GG3 along with Dunlop straplocks. It's a 3" wide, 69" long garment leather strap (I'm kind of tall so I got an extra long one). It's very comfortable even with my 10lb+ Les Paul and seems like it's going to last forever. They run $55-$60 in the US.
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#14
I use Dunlop D-38 straps exclusively. I have about 8 or 9 of them (and I only have 7 guitars right now!). They are thick and comfortable, and cheap. Some sort of poly material, no idea what exactly. Soft, but not shitty thin soft, they're fairly rigid. 2", because I hate the way 2.5" & 3" straps feel and look.

Those cheap thin straps will really cut into you, and that is a big fat no. These ones are just comfortable and have substance to them.

This is all subjective of course. You just gotta try some stuff out until you find something that works for you.
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Quote by flexiblemile
watch for easy strap locks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yvWZGBSNpk



Saw the same trick on Justins channel. "Buy a strap lock and get a free beer with it."

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