Best strap for heavy Norlin LP Customs

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  1. Lurko

    Lurko Senior Member

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    Hello folks,

    I've been playing my LPC (11#) out more often, and what didn't bother me at 20 bothers the hell out of my shoulder at 47. Wondering if any other Norlin owners with boat anchors have a preferred strap to distribute the weight better and make this beast more comfortable to play for a whole set. Thanks in advance.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Yeah, I shelled out for a thick, wide (4") leather strap for my anvil Northern. It has made a difference, but it's still an anvil after a while. I don't use it for gigs anymore, preferring my new lightweight Yamaha Revstar. Really, that was the only and best solution. Now, I just use it at home for practicing songs in standard tuning (our band uses Eb for everything).
     
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    I have 5 straps that I rotate among 16 guitars. To keep things simple (and safe) everything's equipped with Schaller strap locks.

    My go-to strap for heavy LP's and my Fender bass is Levy's 3" Black Padded Neoprene Strap. While not the most stylish strap out there, it's without a doubt the most comfortable I've found. Extremely well padded and comfortable on shoulder, makes any instrument I use it with feel 2 to 4 pounds lighter.

    www.musiciansfriend.com/accessories/levys-3-padded-neoprene-strap
     
  4. Jeremiah

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    I use a Levy's No1 stretch for all my guitars. It helps, but as NGG pointed out, it is still an anvil, so eventually, you're doomed.
     
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    gball Senior Member

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    I use 3.5" Perri's Leathers straps with my Les Pauls. They distribute the weight nicely and have just the right amount of "give" to them. Really well (Canadian) made also.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I use this wide Levi strap for my 11 lb love machine!

    It helps that I prefer sitting while playing anyway (HA!)
    But it does make a difference over skinny, cheap, or nylon straps.
    I use a white nylon strap, still wide, with my Mexicaster, but with the boat anchor it just creases in the middle and digs into the shoulder.
    You need wide, with pad, and adequate load spreading reinforcement in the strap.
     
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    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    I have an old buttery soft 3.25" wide leather strap that has served me and my 10.3 pound Norlin well over the years. I do sit a lot more than I used to though ...
     
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    Burny FLG Senior Member

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    I use a standard jacquard strap because I figure if I use a wide leather one, where do I go from there? Anyway I'm getting used to it after 6 months. The tone keeps me playing as it really is sublime. But everytime I pick up after a few days there's always that moment, you know what I'm talking about. Btw I'm 56 this year.
     
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    kiko Senior Member

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    Levi' leather is a looker but the wide width planet wave strap is the most comfortable one i've used with my 10 and 11 lbs boat anchor japanese LPs. Not much of a looker but does the job quite well.
     
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    You can just see the edge of it my avatar. I have a 4" rawhide strap I use. It really helps with the weight.
     
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    Does anyone use one of those two shoulder straps?
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Me too! Last December! Happy Birthday , mate! :cheers:
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    I'd like to know too, 'cause I've thought about one myself. That or the ZZ Top waist strap thingy!
     
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    craigeymac Senior Member

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    The heavier the better in my opinion, I use a Red Monkey Ammo Strap. I like to feel like ive played my LP after lol
     
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    A company called Gruv Gear makes a strap for heavyweights (often, basses) that is excellent. I have one. Great for guitar. No crazy engineering -- just very comfortable and wide enough to spread the weight around.
     
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    We're like twins connected by Norlin LPs
     
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    A 5-6er here.
     
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    Gibson Fat Boy strap is the best strap for any heavy les paul bar none. It expensive but built like a tank and you'll have it forever. Probably be the last strap you'll ever buy and only one you'll use ever again. Good straps is one area you don't wanna skimp.
     
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    Gracie stand.
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    A match made in Heaven.....:laugh2:
     

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