At first, it may seem like buying a guitar strap isn’t worth doing too much thought over. But as time goes on and you play more and more gigs or spend more time playing on your feet, it quickly becomes apparent that getting the best one for your purposes takes a bit of consideration.
It’s something that novices need to think about, for sure, but even the most seasoned of players will need to replace or reconsider as their playing style changes over time. Here are a few of the best guitar straps currently on the market.
The Legato Guitar Strep is 3 inches wide, making it a very comfortable fit. The wideness ensures that the weight of your guitar is evenly distributed. It is adjustable between 50 and 57 inches long, meaning it can be used by those who are between average to tall height.
The double leather is a great selling point of this strap. It is tough and durable, thick and comfortable. The duel padding ensures that it doesn’t dig into your shoulder.
The Art Tribute Vintage Embroidered strap is a popular choice for those looking to emulate 1960’s image when they play. It is made with a beautiful design using good quality materials. It is universally adjustable, able to be used between 37 and 64 inches, meaning it can be used by almost any stature or height.
Very usefully, the strap is sold with plectrums, strap locks, and a neck strap button if you want to uses it with an acoustic guitar.
Built with high quality, durable materials, Buckle Down guitar straps are particularly well known for their vibrant and eye-catching designs. The Marvel Comics strap is no exception. Featuring the original character drawings of Marvel’s best-loved comic heroes, this strap is fully licensed by Marvel Comics.
In addition to being colorful, this strap is also 2 inches wide and can be adjusted up to 60 inches, making it usable by both those diminutive in stature and those who are tall.
The KLIQ Aircell Adjustable strap is one of the most popular straps on the market today. It comes in three different sizes, each adjustable in their own right, which means that whatever your height or shoulder width, you are likely to find the version right for you.
The biggest selling point of the KLIQ, however, is the AirCell Technology used to offer flexibility and comfort. It spreads the weight of your guitar across not only your shoulders but your back too, meaning you can play for longer without strain. It’s also very durable and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Dunlop accessories are well known amongst professional players as top quality, and this D38 Classic Woven Guitar and Bass Strap is no different. It is widely adjustable, between 38 and 65 inches, making it useful for any size of player or instrument. It also features durable leather strap ends, which ensures it lasts a long time.
The Celtic design lends itself well to metal guitarists but is also elegant enough for other styles as well. In addition, the manufacturers have made use of Comfort Edge design, which distributes the weight of even the heaviest guitars evenly.
All Best Sounds Straps come with guitar locks and button headstock adaptors, making them a great package all round, versatile enough to be used with any guitar. It is a comfortable 2 inches wide and utilizes a highly durable polyurethane material. It is a highly adjustable 38 to 63-inch strap, fitting both children and adults.
But the main selling point of the strap is its faithful replication of Van Gogh’s famous ‘Starry Night’, a beautiful unique design for a strap.
This second Dunlop offering is a common buy for early career players. Like other Dunlop straps, it utilizes specifically engineers Comfort Edge webbing which helps reduce strain and irritation to your neck, and 100% leather strap ends ensuring durability.
These straps are excellent for larger players or those who like their instruments to hang low, as it is adjustable between 40 and a very long 70 inches. The strap material is also very thick, meaning it is very unlikely to snap.
One of the most inexpensive straps on this list, Ernie Ball’s most popular straps can be found in most guitarists collection at some point or another. These, too, are eminently adjustable, between 36” and 86”. They are machine stitched, with Polypropylene webbing which means it won’t stretch with time.
There is also a great variety of colors available, and because it is polymer based, colors will not fade or bleed into one another if the strap is washed.
If you want to give your onstage look a touch of class, or if you want to own a quality Gibson product without splashing out on a professionally priced guitar, then look no further than their Brown Leather guitar strap.
It is made of ‘ball glove’ leather, with a comfortable soft suede backing, and is sturdy enough, and wide enough to support Gibson’s notoriously heavy guitars.
If a Gibson brand doesn’t take your fancy, then maybe you’d rather buy from their biggest competitor. Fender’s Monogrammed Straps are their most popular, available in six different color options and complimentary of Fender’s inimitable guitars. They are fully adjustable between 44” and 52.5”, and feature a woven Fender logo and headstock design.
These, too, feature leather ends to offer additional reinforcement during play.
In this article, you’ll have seen a good range of some of the most popular and best guitar straps, and will have noticed there is a great amount of variation. My personal pick, certainly for practical purposes, is the KLIQ AirCell. However, if I wanted a little flair and style, I would certainly consider Best Sounds “Starry Night”, even if it may not save my shoulder or back the strain.