#1
Hey UGers. Lately, I've been trying to break my habit of practicing my bass while sitting down, but when I play standing up my strap cuts off the circulation in my left arm after a while and it begins to lose feeling and cramp. If anyone out there have some advice I can use to keep this from happening it would be greatly greatly appreciated.
#2
Quote by Fishticuffs
Hey UGers. Lately, I've been trying to break my habit of practicing my bass while sitting down, but when I play standing up my strap cuts off the circulation in my left arm after a while and it begins to lose feeling and cramp. If anyone out there have some advice I can use to keep this from happening it would be greatly greatly appreciated.


How wide is the strap you are using? Esp if you bass is heavy you need a wide, well padded strap. It almost sounds like you are using a guitar strap.
#3
I suspect the same thing. A heavy bass with a small strap is a bad combination. Get a good 3" leather strap, and say goodbye to the pain.
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#5
Not leather. Simply a padded, slightly elasticted strap will do fine. This meansit moulds to the shape of your shoulder, to reduce pressure, and the slight elactic properties (only stretches about 1" total) allows you shoulder a bit of room to more against a moving instrument.
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How wide is the strap you are using? Esp if you bass is heavy you need a wide, well padded strap. It almost sounds like you are using a guitar strap.


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I suspect the same thing. A heavy bass with a small strap is a bad combination. Get a good 3" leather strap, and say goodbye to the pain.



Wow, I never thought of that. I wasn't aware that there were different straps for bass and guitar, but I guess in hindsight a wider strap should have seemed like an obvious solution. Thanks to both of you. I think I'll keep my eyes peeled for a wider strap.
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Quote by Fishticuffs
I wasn't aware that there were different straps for bass and guitar

There aren't. The "wider straps for heavier instruments" concept applies to guitars as well.
#8
Quote by gm jack
Not leather. Simply a padded, slightly elasticted strap will do fine. This meansit moulds to the shape of your shoulder, to reduce pressure, and the slight elactic properties (only stretches about 1" total) allows you shoulder a bit of room to more against a moving instrument.

Valid point. In my opinion, the "leather vs. synthetic materials" argument is purely a matter of preference. I prefer leather, as I find it more comfortable. Just try them both, TS, but make sure its a good wide strap. The width is what matters, not the material.
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#9
How tall are you? If you're fairly short (I'm 5' 7" about) you'll have to shorten the strap. I got a strap fitzy recommended and I still haven't gotten around to cutting the thing up. At its highest, its probably a good 9 or 10" lower than I would like. Just something to consider.
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Quote by IndianRockStar
How tall are you? If you're fairly short (I'm 5' 7" about) you'll have to shorten the strap. I got a strap fitzy recommended and I still haven't gotten around to cutting the thing up. At its highest, its probably a good 9 or 10" lower than I would like. Just something to consider.


Not to turn this onto a different course, but IndianRockStar, do you have to modify all of your straps? I'm 5'4" and except for a no name leather strap I bought years ago, I have to bring every leather strap I own to the shoe shop to have extra holes punched. Or cut up the back pack type ones and resew the nylon loop. Its frustrating and if anyone knows of a brand that suits us shorter folk, I'd appreciate it.
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Quote by Your41Plague12
Valid point. In my opinion, the "leather vs. synthetic materials" argument is purely a matter of preference. I prefer leather, as I find it more comfortable. Just try them both, TS, but make sure its a good wide strap. The width is what matters, not the material.



No way man, Leather straps give a better tone!

And +1 to the short people straps, i'm around 5 6"
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#13
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No way man, Leather straps give a better tone!

And +1 to the short people straps, i'm around 5 6"


Forcemaster, I am glad I am not the only one. TBH, I have problem finding guitar straps for my 11 year old son for the same reason. A standard strap drops his strat to just about hip level at its shortest length.
#14
My strap holds my bass at hip-to-belly-button level at its highest point. It's comfortable, but I'd love to be able to play with it higher up to experience the advantages and disadvantages for myself.
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#15
One strap that my few shorter friends have found comfartable (it works for me too and i'm 6'2") is a Levy strap like this one: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Levys-MP15-Nylon-YinYang-Pattern-BlackWhite-Guitar-Strap?sku=360552

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Not to turn this onto a different course, but IndianRockStar, do you have to modify all of your straps? I'm 5'4" and except for a no name leather strap I bought years ago, I have to bring every leather strap I own to the shoe shop to have extra holes punched. Or cut up the back pack type ones and resew the nylon loop. Its frustrating and if anyone knows of a brand that suits us shorter folk, I'd appreciate it.


Well I've bought 2 straps. The first strap I bought was a planet waves generic 2" strap, and that went to about 38". I have it pretty close to that. I don't know of any shorter straps that are of good quality though. We should petition Levy's or some other company to make a specific strap for us
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Forcemaster, I am glad I am not the only one. TBH, I have problem finding guitar straps for my 11 year old son for the same reason. A standard strap drops his strat to just about hip level at its shortest length.



Indeed! my current no name strap gets my bass to a good height, but all other ones are a PITA to deal with, then again, I suppose I wear my bass to high to be cool anyway.
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Indeed! my current no name strap gets my bass to a good height, but all other ones are a PITA to deal with, then again, I suppose I wear my bass to high to be cool anyway.



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