Guitar straps are easily one of the most overlooked guitar gear pieces in a guitarist’s gear set. Most guitarists take a look around on Facebook or their favorite music blog to fantasize about a newly released instrument or amp, but no one really gives guitar straps the attention that they deserve.
While a guitar strap isn’t the most exciting piece of gear in your setup, having the right guitar strap in your gear can really help to make sure that you’re going down the right path in your guitar journey.
The difference between a quality guitar strap and a poorly made guitar strap can honestly change the quality of your sound and change how well you’re playing.
A quality strap will evenly balance the weight of your instrument on your shoulders, be adjustable so that you can customize your strap to your height and/or body type, and you won’t feel any pain or discomfort in your neck when you do have the strap resting on your shoulders.
What you should look for in a guitar strap
There are three basic things that you should look for before purchasing a guitar strap: comfort, functionality, and style. A guitar strap that is worth your money will rest comfortably on your shoulders won’t have any sharp edges that dig into you, and won’t feel like it’s pulling too heavy on your neck.
You should also keep an eye out for a guitar strap that has an adjustable length on it, because there may be times when you’re playing where you would prefer to keep your guitar lower towards your waist, while there may be other times where you want it a little bit above your waist.
The size of your stomach and your height will also affect where your guitar is laying on your body, which you can adjust with an adjustable strap.
This is really just up to personal preference, but it’s better to have an adjustable strap than not to have an adjustable strap.
The position of your instrument does make a big difference in your playing quality, so make sure that you take the time to ensure that your guitar strap fits comfortably on your body.
You should also want to purchase a guitar strap that is made of high-quality materials, mainly if you have invested a lot of money into your instrument.
If you have spent several hundred (or even thousand) dollars on your instrument, don’t trust a cheap $1 strap to hold up your instrument. If the strap breaks, your instrument is hitting the floor and possibly becoming damaged.
Investing in a guitar strap that is made of high-quality material will help to ensure that the strap lasts longer, which helps to ensure the longevity of your instrument.
This guitar strap from Walker and Williams was built for the guitarists out there that are looking to play on a comfortable hootenanny style strap. The physical build for this strap is two inches wide and can be adjusted from 32-inches to 55-inches in length and is comprised of woven nylon and a non-scratching polyester adjuster.
You also won’t have to worry about your adjustment slipping, as there are thick leather ends that hold your instrument in place. This guitar strap costs $20.
The Levy’s Leather M8HT-04 Hootenanny guitar strap has a few extra features included in the strap that make it great if you’re looking for a strap that has more than one person.
Not only is this strap visually eye-catching, but it is a very soft feeling in comparison to other straps at this same price range. This two-inch wide guitar strap is completely adjustable from 37.8-inches to 54-inches, which will comfortably fit most children and adults.
As extra features, you will find that you can hold extra picks in this strap, which is extremely convenient if you find that you’re continually dropping your picks.
You can comfortably play bass guitar, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar on this flashy strap and not feel like there is the uneven weight being held on your shoulders. With the purchase of this strap, you will also receive three guitar picks, too!
The Air Cell guitar strap by KLIQ features a simple design but is popular in the guitar community because of its simplicity, durability, and comfort.
If you aren’t looking for a whole lot of bells and whistles to come with your strap, this is a strap that is a bit of an investment but is a bit more affordable compared to other straps of the same quality.
Three different sizing options come with this instrument, which means that people of all body sizes will be able to find an Air Cell strap.
With an adjustable length from 46-inches to 56-inches, is three inches wide, and is comprised of an open fabric to encourage breathability. Air Cell has synthetic leather ends to hold both bass guitars and electric guitars safely.
The look of old, worn leather is something that is very attractive to a lot of guitar players. If you are a guitar or bass guitar player and you’re looking for a leather guitar strap that’s worn-looking and comfortable to play with, this Iconic Leather guitar strap may be something that you want to look into.
You can extend this strap from 43-inches to 54-inches, with 3.25-inches in width and a dual-layer of padding to provide extra comfort.
This Leather Graft Leather Guitar strap is a real leather guitar strap that is made to comfortably fit all guitars – bass, electric, and acoustic guitars.
While the design of this strap is straightforward, there are a few different colors that you can choose from. This is a 2.7-inch wide strap that is adjustable from 40-inches to 49-inches, with a non-slip back that will help to ensure that the leather strap is comfortable to play and doesn’t slide around on your shoulders, which will make sure that your instrument is evenly balanced.
This is the cheapest guitar strap that we have on this list because we wanted to give beginning guitarists access to a sturdy guitar strap without having to worry about blowing your budget.
Ernie Ball is one of the most well-known guitar accessories manufacturers around today. The Black Polypro guitar strap is incredibly affordable (it’s under $10!) and has surprising durability for being so affordable.
There is real leather used on the ends of the straps, which are strong enough to hold acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and even bass guitars. This guitar strap is two-inches wide with polypropylene webbing that is adjustable 36-inches to 68-inches. Another exciting thing is that you can choose what color you would like your guitar strap to come in, so have the ability to customize your look!
While a lot of musicians are fine playing on an inexpensive guitar strap, you may find that these cheaper straps dig into your shoulders, aren’t very sturdy feeling, and/or don’t distribute the weight of your instrument evenly across your body. At the end of the day, if you’re trying to decide whether it is worth investing in a quality guitar strip or just go with a cheap strap, the choice is ultimately up to you.
However, it is entirely worth it to invest some extra money in purchasing a guitar strap that is going to evenly distribute the weight of your instrument across your shoulders, as this will help to make playing much more comfortable and increase your playing stamina.