Bass Players: What's your favorite less expensive strap and pick?

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  1. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    I'm playing bass next week in a jam and need to buy a strap for my bass. I also use a pick when I play bass and figure there's likely a preferred pick among those who play bass regularly and use one.

    Tx in advance.
     
  2. adi

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    Hi, I use levy's neoprene straps and mostly play finger style but sometimes I use Dunlop primetone 0.88 or Dunlop sharp 1.14 picks
     
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  3. Help!I'maRock!

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    I use a levy's 2" wide adjustable leather strap. I needed a strap with a suede backing, and this one fits the bill nicely. My pick of choice is the trusty old Dunlop Tortex purple. They're not as bright as the Ultex picks I use on guitar.
     
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  4. The Golden Boy

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    I use the same straps and picks I use with my guitars.

    Picks are Herco Flex 75s. Jim Dunlop 88 nylon and the Dunlop Max Grip 88s work in a pinch.

    My all around favorite strap is one I had custom ordered off eBay before the turn of the century. The strap was $35 from some guy who made leather goods- not like a "strap maker." I told him what I wanted and he did it EXACTLY. I wanted it to be like Peter Green's strap- gave him a couple of pix and boom. I hated it for a few years because it was so stiff- over the years it's gotten so much more supple and soft. I love that thing. Unfortunately, most of my strap pictures all went with peebucket (photo bucket) or image crap (image shack). Time to take new pics I guess.

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    There's a 3" wide ultra supple strap that I use for those 3 or 4 set nights. Just makes it easier on my shoulder. That strap was so supple that it would fold in on itself at the neck- I had to sew in a reinforcing strip of leather there.

    A couple of years ago I got a Souldier strap like Jimmy Page's Yardbirds era strap. That is NOT just a remake of an inexpensive old Ace or Bobby Lee strap- this is a really nice, durable strap with seat belt nylon backing and quality leather and hardware. TOTALLY recommend.

    [​IMG]TeleStrap by Dave The Golden Boy, on Flickr
     
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  5. RustyAxe

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    I use a NeoTech strap, and Dunlop Gator 1.5mm. Nothing expensive, nothing made of unobtainium.
     
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    Tommy Biggs Silver Supporting Member

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    I use the same picks and straps on my bass as I do on guitar, Jazz III Maxx Grips, and Black Nylon straps (the heavier straps, not the really cheap ones).
     
  7. feet

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    I use couch straps. Always pleased. Picks are Clayton rounded triangles (1mm white or .88 black ones) or Dunlop 207. Same stuff I use with guitar. I like having a little extra grip space which helps on bass. keeps me from having to level up to a fatter pick and making the sound too bright and picky.
     
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  8. Buck Private

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    Straps are cheapest used. See Craigs. I get strap locks from Grolsh. About six or seven bucks,and you get two free designer beers thrown in. Picks I'll leave as I rarely use them.
     
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    Dunlop 1.14 tortex picks for me. Anything thinner starts to flex too much for me.
    I like Couch guitar straps as well, but if you need it cheap and quick, then GC probably has some simple black nylon straps that would work.
     
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  10. Dave M

    Dave M Supporting Member

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    Could you define "less expensive", WRT the strap?
     
  11. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the feedback. Picked up a neoprene strap from GC.
     
  12. Buck Private

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    Do not forget strap locks. Trust me.
     
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  13. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I had (until now)!
     
  14. Doctor Morbius

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    I use regular Fender straps. Nothing special. And for picks I use some freebies I got from Sam Ash.

    Pretty boring, eh?
     
  15. Jignant

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    I like the Comfort Strapp for bass. Extremely comfortable...Can't help you with the pick.
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  16. The Golden Boy

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    The store I used to buy all my gear at used to have a bin full of old straps that came in from trade ins. Nearly every time, the owner wound throw in the strap for free.

    He’d let us valued customers pick through the old straps- This was 25 years ago or so- but I still have and use 3 of those straps.
     
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  17. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    Just good old Fender Heavy for me. Over 5 decades and countless others, I always come back to these. Just have the right feel and sound

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  18. Buck Private

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    Check out ABC liquors and ask for 2 bottles of Grolsh.
     
  19. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    Yep, this is my brand, also.

    Never use a pick on a bass. I'm fingers only.
     

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