When I got my Les Paul (one shipped in the first week of Epi LPs) I wanted a cool tooled leather strap for it. Looking around the music stores, nothing I even vaguely liked was under $50. No way was I going to spend that much. I went to several local thrift stores off and on for a week or so looking for a good piece of leather. I ended up with a long belt made in Chile that had a nice pattern pressed into it, leather wrapped buckle, and which was 1.5 inches wide. It cost $1.95. I cut the belt roughly in half and punched holes for my strap buttons in the newly made ends. Then I bought a $4 piece of leather at the shoe repair shop and made a shoulder pad with cuts in either end to let the belt through. The strap looked awesome with the paul and I made it myself. All for about $6. That was a sweet Les Paul. I wish I hadn't sold it.