Long leather strap?

SuperDuty62

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I had a hard time over the last few years finding long enough guitar straps and I am only 5'10"!

Last year for the same or less price as those people selling 1 guitar strap, I got a big piece of leather from Tandy Leather, ($45), that I can make 9 guitar straps out of.

When I went to Tandy Leather and brought an old guitar strap to guage for same thickness and type of leather. I make my own now and made the other half of the strap about 8" longer so I can have the strap adjusted right to size or hang the guitar lower to arms length.

I had bought a 1/2 inch leather punch and an 1 1/4 inch elongated punch for the slot cuts, (both total cost $26). Took me less than 15 minutes to cut the leather and make a strap!
 

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Hi, not sure if this is the right place to post this but...

Ok, so I'm 6'2" and like to hang my LP lower than my other guitars...Ive been having a hard time finding a strap long enough that suits my LP, I just want a long black leather strap, little cushion but a fairly plain one. Any suggestions?
I found myself in your predicament a few years back. I'm 6'1" with plenty long arms, and for me its much more comfortable to sling it low, like Page. It's just anatomically correct for me and I couldn't find any guitar straps that were long enough.

You know what you ought to do? Make one. Now hear me out before you write me off. The advantage is that this will allow you to customize the strap to your exact preferred length, width, and style while also taking the opportunity to exercise your creativity and make something completely unique.

My only disclaimer is that you have to use strap locks. I install Schaller strap locks on all of the guitars that I gig because it's idiotic not to in my opinion.

Here's what you do. Go to your local Goodwill, Value Village, St Vinnie's or whatever thrift store you like. Go to the belt section. Pick out the coolest looking belt they have. Obviously your preference will come into play here, but I found this great black leather belt with this amazing pewter/silver buckle. It was perfect. Not too big, not too small. Looked really old, even antique. It cost $2.50.

Then find another belt. A close approximation to the first belt will do. Similar width, color and age. Doesn't have to be exact, but it will be much easier to match two belts than you think. It's very simple considering your average thrift store will have 50+ belts to choose from. The second belt I chose only cost $1.50.

Take the two belts home, and belt them together, the buckle of one through the notches of the other. Now you have a very, very long belt. For me it was enough to fit a 69" man. Good Lord.

Cut the ends off of each belt to an approximate desired length. Trial and error here, hold it up to your guitar at an estimated ideal strap length. The beauty is that you can use the buckle and notches in one of the belts to adjust the height another six inches give or take.

Now that you've got it the right length and the two belts are belted together, cut small incisions in the belt at each end, parallel to the edges, and insert your Schaller strap lock ends. May require some working back and forth, and some widening of the original incision with a pocket knife. Be careful, don't be stupid, you're using a sharp blade against a stiff leather belt. Probably want to be sober.

Once you've got the strap lock heads inserted through the belt(s) on both ends you're done with the hard part. At this point you can attach them to the guitar body. Now you've got it. One of a kind, entirely original, homemade, DIY, CHEAP, custom made guitar strap that suits your personal style and preferences.

If anyone wants me to take a photo of my strap to further explain, just let me know. I would right now but its down at the band's rehearsal space in one of the LP cases.

If you DO end up trying this, I would certainly be interested in seeing a photo of your finished product.
 

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I don't know how you guys rock those wide straps? I prefer a much thinner strap. a little over 1" wide, it just feels so much more comfortable to me. All of mine are nylon as I have never been able to find a strap that thin in leather.
I prefer thin straps as well. See my other post on this thread about the custom strap I made out of two belts. It's not more than a 1/2" wide. Super cool.
 

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Slick straps on guitarfetish.com are long.

Most of them are painted in cool/wacky/loud designs (depending on your perspective) BUT they have a plain leather option.
+1 for Slick straps.
I have one for my Jr and it's long. I'm 6.2"
 

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I don't know how you guys rock those wide straps? I prefer a much thinner strap. a little over 1" wide, it just feels so much more comfortable to me. All of mine are nylon as I have never been able to find a strap that thin in leather.
i got the "oldstyle skinny guitar strap" from copperpeace for $39.95. its leather, less than an inch wide and most importantly, its made by the son of the guy who made les paul's straps.

Oldstyle Skinny Guitar Strap | The COPPERPEACE Store
 

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Yes please.
Sorry this took me a few days man. Here are some photos so you can get a visual representation of the two belts I used to make a strap from.

Here is the whole strap:

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Here is a photo of the strap lock attached to the lower portion of the strap:
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This is a photo of the other end of the strap, showing the strap lock. You can definitely see the eight years of wear on the belt, but its still holding up just fine.
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Below is a photo of the middle of the strap, which is on my backside when the guitar is strapped one. One of the belt buckles connected to the belt holes of the other belt. Works brilliantly to give you a couple inches to play with for adjusting the height:

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Here you can see the strap unbuckled and clearly see the two different belts I used:

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Coffee cup showing scale:

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Like I said, this allowed me to sling it plenty low. I'm 6'1" and have long arms, below the waste, kind of wear Page slings his is what I've found to be comfortable. I definitely had trouble finding a strap that long. And this allowed me to achieve that by spending three bucks on the belts at goodwill and twenty bucks on the strap locks.
 

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Italia straps are great ones. Very comfortable. I also have a Onori strap which I love. Its great for heavier guitars (Standard is 11+ lbs). Mine is shorter, maybe 55 or so inches, but I used to have a longer one that was 60+.

This is the one I have now

Woven Design - W1 Series Jacquard | Onori Guitar Straps

Cant find a link to the old one but it looked almost the same as this just longer and with less padding.
 

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these are great straps, very long, but will make to suit you. DJW Leather

find him here while the webstore is being built, tell him I sent you. grayz209 | eBay


Offered here is our Texas Series strap which is 2 1/2" wide and is adjustable from approximately 42 to 52 inches, with easy adjust buckle and multiple tailpiece pin holes.
This strap features our "Western" hand-tooling and carving design, including fully hand-tooled shoulder and tailpiece straps.
This antique black finish leather is hand dyed. (Note:this is not jet black.)
A very rustic looking and feel of one of our popular 100% US cowhide full grain leather straps.
This strap includes a deluxe silver finish western buckle set with horseshoe conchos.
Our guitar straps are created one at a time from top to bottom and all our strap backs are finished and sealed.

"Anyone can cut a piece of leather, sew it and call it a guitar strap .... but to make a strap that becomes an old friend over the years takes time .... and a little bit of myself!"
DJW


* Product Series: TEXAS
* Color: ANTIQUE BLACK
* Design: WESTERN
* Width: 2 1/2"
* Medium Adjustable Length: approximately 42" to 52"
* Leather tailpiece strap with easy adjust buckle
* Premium full grain US cowhide leather
* Hand tooled design
* Hand dyed
* Deluxe silver finish western buckle set
* Silver finish horseshoe conchos
* Silver tailpiece adjustment buckle
* Bees wax burnished edges
* Dyed and sealed strap back
* Leather balm treated finish
* Hand worked for supple comfort
* Used for both electric and acoustic guitars
* Works perfect with or without strap locks

 

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[ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jimmy-Deluxe-Leather-Linkstrap-Guitar/dp/B001RXTB7C"]GSL5 Jimmy Page Deluxe Leather Linkstrap Guitar Strap: Amazon.co.uk: Musical Instruments[/ame]

I use one of these, they are really long, but you can take bits out to make them shorter. And if you wear it back to front its more comfy, the edges of the flat bit dig in but the other way its fine :)

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Stones Music are the people that make them too :)
 

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I solved a similar problem. I like basic, black leather straps with strap locks for all of my guitars. The kind that are two piece and loop back through. What I found was that you can by longer black loop sections, the part that hooks to the lower bout strap button. Search for guitar strap extensions. Problem solved.
 

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Bought a strap in 1980. Don't know brand. Softest leather I've felt. Faux rabbit fur inner 3" wide full length. No smaller strap for adjustment. Just multiple holes for length. Still have it. On last two holes. Right at being too short now. Tried to find suitable replacement. I'm guessing company is out of business. Doesn't suprise me, since the first on lasted over 40 years. Ended up with 3" Levys. Not really what I was after. Maybe one day I'll have one made to my specs. But for now this will work.
 


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