Who makes good straps?

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  1. JackButler

    JackButler Supporting Member

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    I've seen numerous strap threads, but figured what the heck! Let's do another.
    SO who is making comfy and good looking straps, other than the obvious mass-produced ones?
    My fav for comfort is the Franklin straps.
    I have been cosidering ordering an ElDorado, but not sure on the comfort level. Are they that thick hard leather?
     
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    Jodie Head, Moody Leather straps, I use both of these brands and the companies are owned by women.
    Great straps and very comfortable leather they use. I use the vintage straps by both companies.:RoCkIn
     
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    I looked at all those, the ElDorado seems to be most appealing to me visually.
    Just curious about comfort?
     
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    I love Levy's padded leather straps. So comfortable.
     
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    I have an Italia and hate the darn thing, I heard Moody is very simialr so odds are it wouldn't be for me. Appreciate all the replies though!
     
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    +1 for Moody. Hands down the most comfortable leather strap I've ever played. Pricey, but worth it.
     
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    +10000....even my 14lb Les Paul Custom was comfy for a night of gig'n!!!!
     
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    El Dorado makes a very comfortable strap. The thick leather is not a problem.
     
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    Gayle Winde. She makes custom straps and mine is the best strap I've ever owned BY FAR. In addition to being really nicely padded, the straps are slightly curved to wrap over your shoulder and across your body correctly. I met her at a show in Seattle. She doesn't have a web site yet, but for anyone who's interested, her e-mail is gaylewinde@yahoo.com
     
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    Jim, is that who makes the straps that come with your guitars?
     
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    Jim any pics of those?
     
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    No. Those are Eyeland straps from LM and once the current batch is done (I have two left) I won't be giving them out any more.
     
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    Here are a couple shots I took at the Seattle show. BTW, I had her make one for me that was non adjustable and cut to the exact length that I need. That's really the way to go. Without the tail, it hangs perfectly all the time.

    She also makes them in any degree of flash, from plain solid colors to complex designs. I didn't think of mine as especially flashy until I took it to the Gear Page NAMM breakfast. Everyone there seemed to think mine was a tad on the Vegas side, but that says more about me than it does about Gayle. :)

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    Looks good Jim.

    I just ordered up a Jeri Designs stock model, man looks so cool.
    Also have a message out to ElDorado on one of their aged or distressed straps.
    And dang, I found leatherheads site and am awaiting their response. The ergonomic desgin looks great, but not too much info on their site.

    I'm just sick of the crappy straps I find around here, there just aren;t too many cool ones to choose from. My fav is an old 3" ACE-type looking one that is literally falling apart. Also, the Franklin I have seems to be the softest leather I have found, but so looong.
     
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    Brookwood Leather (Otay Panky here on TGP) is also very good (and extremely durable). But Gayle just seems to have gotten the functional design part just right. She was a purse designer for years and she's brought a lot of what she learned there into her strap designs. The guitar hangs different, and better, than any strap I've ever had.
     
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    I like my Levy's straps. Also, I checked out LM Products at the NAMM show and they have some very nice stuff.

    http://www.lmproducts.com/

    Terry
     

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