Leather guitar straps - why so expensive?

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  1. Chris Pile

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    I mean, it's just dead cow or goat skin, etc. Frickin real leather straps are stoopid money right now. So glad I've kept all my leather straps from back in the Stone Age.
     
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    Tan pants guys will spend the dineros.
     
  3. ACfixer

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    What's expensive? I honestly haven't shopped for a guitar strap in ten years. I still have my Levy's straps I bought back in the stone age as well.
     
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    The cheapest I've found lately is $70. Some as high as $100!!!
     
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    The ones I always liked the look of are that expensive because they're man-made. Usually a small home business with a talented craftsman doing the work. To me, the price makes sense when you see the finished product. Glad I ordered mine all these years ago.

    It'd be cheaper if you had a machine-made one from China but the quality would most likely be pretty poor compared to what I own.

    Hard to find great quality components, great workmanship, and a cheap price. Choose whichever two out of those three.
     
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    I prefer leather guitar straps but haven't bought one in at least 5 or 6 years. $70 seems high to me. Is that really what people pay for a basic leather strap?

    Peace,
     
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    Or did you mean why are the expensive ones so expensive?
     
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    I get the leather from vintage Ferrari and Porsche seats, then fly it to my custom strap guy in Italy. It goes first class, just like me, so it costs a few bucks, big deal. The mojo and smell that comes off that leather, just makes it all worth it.
     
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    Good quality leather has always been spendy... those Planet Waves straps shown above are cheap for a reason.
    I have two on beaters... both felt like cardboard for several weeks of use, they are more broken in now but it is still obvious they aren't as nice as other leather straps I've seen / own.
     
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    It's like anything else, there are leather jackets for $50, or you can get a Schott for $1,000. I'm pretty sure anyone that tried on a Schott would figure out why the price difference in short order.
     
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    Yes. Not all materials or craftsmanship are created equal.
     
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    I have this exact strap in tan. (to match my pants;)) Anyway, it is super comfortable and extremely well made. I highly recommend the Vorson straps.
    http://www.zzounds.com/item--VORLRGST
     
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    I bought a couple from Italia straps when they had a 2 for 1 free shipping sale. Very nice leather straps, soft and supple. And quite good looking.
    I also have one from Bob at Brookwood Leather. Amazing strap!
     
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    What's the service life on one of those? It can't be as short as a hand-wired overdrive pedal - those need to be replaced every 2-3 weeks.
     
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    Hmm, I paid about $45 each for some Levy's leather straps not too long ago. They're well made in Canada out of good materials, they last a long time and they look sharp. I don't know where the OP is shopping, but that was at a mom and pop guitar store. You could probably get a better deal from some internet whore, er, store. <edit> I just found them on Amazon ranging from $27-$70 depending on how fancy and how wide. I like the 3" suede ones and those are about $40 online. I'd rather keep my local stores in business over $5...
     
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    Italia always has sales and you can get 2 for 1. they are good quality leather
     
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    reminds me of the best, heaviest and cheapest strap i ever owned; took the measurements to a local Amish leather harness shop and waited while he cut it out of 3/16" thick strap, paid him 10 bucks and took it home to punch holes & slots. i couldn't bring myself to buy a high-dollar strap just for bragging rights.
     
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