Second only to guitar picks, guitar straps are easily the most overlooked piece of a guitar player’s rig. No one hops onto Ebay (or Craigslist, Amazon, Reverb etc.) to drool over the latest strap from their favorite manufacturer. Likewise, you’re never going to pop into your favorite guitar forum and see thread after thread of people heatedly debating the pros and cons of their favorite strap. However, even though straps aren’t the most exciting piece of gear, the right one can go a long way in assisting you in your guitar playing journey.
So if you’ve ever been curious as to what strap is the best for your needs, you’ve come to the right place. This article will tell you all that you need to know about guitar straps and give you great recommendations that won’t break the bank.
- What To Look For In A Guitar Strap
- Top Guitar Straps
What To Look For In A Guitar Strap
Personally, I don’t use cheap straps. Lots of guitar players get by just fine with a $5 nylon (or polypropylene) Ernie Ball strap, but I’ve never been a fan of them. It’s worth it to me to spend another $20 or $30 to get a strap that will distribute the weight of my instrument comfortably. That being said, a cheaper strap might do the job for a lot of you who are just starting out. For the price point that the aforementioned Ernie Ball strap occupies I can’t say that I have any complaints about its quality or reliability. It’s really more of a matter of personal taste and your situation, though I will say that if you’re rocking a heavier guitar like a Les Paul you really should consider getting a nicer strap.
If you decide that you want something a bit more comfortable it can get a bit complicated. Guitar straps are a bit like t-shirts. They’re easy to personalize and there’s decades’ worth of examples to take influence from, so a lot of different companies have tried their hand at it at one time or another. Thankfully, like t-shirts guitar straps are also pretty difficult to screw up. The market for straps is so crowded that it’s not hard to find something that will work provided you’re willing to shell out some cash.
As a quick aside for all my fellow tall people, I’ve had a good experience with the Planet Waves Embossed Leather guitar strap. I use it for both bass and guitar and I’ve never had any issues. Luckily, with guitar straps you don’t necessarily have to pay a premium just because you’re a bit on the tall side. If only that were true with jeans, am I right?
The Best Guitar Straps
Ernie Ball Polypro Guitar Strap
Tried and true, the Ernie Ball Polypro guitar strap is a serviceable option for the guitar player on a budget. The strap is 2” wide, and the genuine leather ends will ensure that the strap won’t let you down when you need it most.
Planet Waves Embossed Leather Guitar Strap
As far as I’m concerned, Planet Waves offers some of the most affordable instrument accessories around. No exception to this trend, the Planet Waves Embossed Leather guitar strap offers an unprecedented value to guitar players the world over. Made from high-quality leather, this strap is a great mid-range option for any musician.
Martin Premium Rolled Leather Guitar Strap
Martin has been synonymous with quality for decades, and this strap is no exception. Measuring a full 53” long when fully extended, this strap is a perfect fit for the musician who requires a high-quality (not to mention comfortable) strap. Also, the strap’s rustic vibe will be sure to turn heads on any occasion.
Guild Leather Guitar Strap
Made from 100% genuine brown leather, this Guild branded guitar strap is sure to be a great fit for any guitar player. The strap is 2.5” wide, manufactured in the U.S.A., and is backed with high quality suede.
Levy’s Leathers 2 Carving Leather Guitar Strap With Bullets
Do you like bullets? Do you like playing the guitar? Why not combine them? This genuine leather strap will ensure that you make quite the statement wherever you happen to be playing. Note: This strap pairs extremely well with the Glen Burton Machine Gun guitar.
Dunlop D3809BK Guitar Strap
Simple and cost efficient, Dunlop’s nylon leather guitar strap is a perfectly serviceable option for most musicians. The strap is 2” wide and comes equipped with 100% genuine leather ends.