A guitar strap is a very helpful accessory for your guitar; it’s a thing that you didn’t know you wanted. You can play guitar without the strap, but it doesn’t give you much freedom. Playing guitar requires two hands, and if you don’t have a strap, you get the feeling that you’re restricted. Guitar straps are simple and affordable, yet, they play a crucial role in playing expressively. If you don’t have a strap yet, then, buy one. If you’re looking to replace a strap or plan on upgrading, then you need the best guitar strap.
- ProTec Guitar Strap With Leather Ends & Pick Pocket
- Ernie Ball Black Polypro Guitar Strap
- Planet Waves Basic Classic Leather Guitar Strap Brown
- Jim Dunlop D3814GY
- Levy’s Leathers M8HT-13 Jacquard Weave Hootenanny Guitar Strap
- MoozikPro Acoustic Guitar Strap
- Levy’s Leathers M8HT-04 Hootenanny Style Guitar Strap
- D’Andrea 1313 Ace Guitar Strap
ProTec Guitar Strap With Leather Ends & Pick Pocket
Combining comfort, sturdiness, and convenience, the simple Protec Guitar Strap is one of the best simple guitar straps in this list. The genuine leather ends feel nice and will not scratch your precious guitar’s finish. The whole strap is also free from any metal components as well as materials that are hard enough to cause some scratching on your guitar. The connection to the guitar is snug and secure thanks to the slightly elastic nature of leather. You can also be confident that the ends won’t give way under stress because leather is meant to be resistant to tearing and it has a superb lifespan.
The nylon strap is 2-inches wide and is made of high-quality nylon fibers that ensure high tensile strength and malleability, as well as give you comfort for long playing sessions. Most cheap nylon or other synthetic straps tend to dig in on your skin and can even leave you with mild abrasions. The 2-inch width of the ProTec ensures a comfort by spreading the pressure over the entire width of the strap. As a bonus that you don’t usually get with other guitar straps; you have a nifty little pick pocket near the end of the strap. This clever little feature allows you to keep your pick within easy reach in case you need it while playing.
If you’re looking for a sleek strap that doesn’t stand out, the ProTec Strap is the one for you with its all-black finish.
Ernie Ball Black Polypro Guitar Strap
The Ernie Ball Black Polypro Guitar Strap is a simple and cheap guitar strap that just works. You won’t find any clever features or designs in this guitar strap; these are your simple install, adjust, and jam away straps. The straps are 2-inches in width like most guitar straps and are made from a very lightweight synthetic fiber called Polypropylene which is a kind of soft plastic. The fabric is tough, waterproof, and easily washable. The Polypropylene is also resistant to stretching as well as being able to withstand tears and is woven to be able to survive slashing.
The ends are made from genuine leather, and they ensure a secure fit without any risk of scratching your precious guitar’s finish. Like the ProTec black strap, the Ernie Ball Black Polypropylene Guitar Strap looks sleek and simple with no eye-catching designs to break up the look. However, if you would like to stand out, the Ernie Ball strap is also available in many bleed-free colors such as brown, forest green, gray, navy, olive, purple, red, white, burgundy and even a striped rainbow design that looks super cool.
The stitching on the ends that join the leather mounting point to the main polypropylene strap is done with a computer to ensure precision and quality. This high standard in quality ensures that the straps are free from stitching that might fray and compromise the ruggedness of the strap.
Planet Waves Basic Classic Leather Guitar Strap Brown
Nothing says quality and classiness more than a genuine piece of leather. The Planet Waves Basic Classic Leather Guitar Strap is made with 100% genuine brown leather. However, not only is it made from genuine leather, but the leather is also of a high-quality standard that won’t be uncomfortable and won’t be damaged easily.
The design of the strap is simple; I’ve seen more belts that have intricate designs than the Planet Waves Leather Guitar Strap. However, despite the simple looks, this simplicity is what allows the strap to go together so well with many guitar designs because it doesn’t attract so much attention. Looks aside, the strap just works. It provides excellent playing comfort even for long periods of time, especially when standing on the stage where all the weight of the guitar is focused on your shoulder.
The strap can be adjusted from 44.5-inches in length to an extended 53-inches using the notches on the strap which can accommodate a wide range of body sizes and various playing styles. The strap is designed to be comfortable and tapered, so it will discourage and twisting which can reduce the rigidity of the strap. The notches are also used to secure the adjusted length without the need for any abrasive metal or plastics which can damage the finish on your guitar.
Jim Dunlop D3814GY
This list caters to different players and if you like your strap to sport some lovely designs, then the Jim Dunlop D3814GY an excellent example. The Celtic Gray strap design has a Celtic marking on the entire length of the strap and pairs well with the black color of the strap that it strikes a balance of subtlety with eye-catching design. The straps are made from tough nylon webbing that is resistant to stretching and are ensured to give you a comfortable fit that will never give your neck any abrasion problems or irritation.
The strap features custom buckles that allow for quick and easy adjustment even while playing on stage; just pull the strap, and it tightens, lift the buckle, and it slides out to loosen. The 2-inch strap is finished with 100% genuine leather ends that come stamped with the Dunlop badge. Made for excellent adjustability, the straps can be made to fit from 38-inches to 65-inches.
Dunlop’s patented Comfort Edge design gives you comfort especially on the edges of the strap which usually grazes on your neck especially if you keep moving or sliding your guitar around while playing. Unlike your usual nylon strap, the edges have extra fabric that is rounded to give it padding and prevent abrasion on your skin.
Levy’s Leathers M8HT-13 Jacquard Weave Hootenanny Guitar Strap
Feeling nostalgic and groovy? Where here’s a blast from the past for you; Levy’s Leathers offer the M8HT-13 strap in a retro Jacquard Weave Hootenanny design complete with intricate designs to complement your vintage design guitar. While it may be more expensive than any other item on this list, it does make up for in design and durability. Unlike most straps with designs, the M8HT-13 has the intricate designs woven into the strap which makes it a part of the structure that holds the strap together. On the underside of the strap, it is made of polypropylene to add strength to the strap.
The ends are made from genuine leather and are stitched using computer-aided machines to ensure precise stitches and be free from any defects. The stitching keeps the strap and leather end together, and the area around the notch for the strap attachment is reinforced with stitching to keep everything rugged. The strap features a tri-glide adjustment buckle which gives the strap quick adjustment as well as maintains a secure hold on the preferred adjustment. The maximum length of adjustment for the strap is up to 54-inches which can fit most electric guitars and bass guitars. If you find the strap a bit limiting, you can opt for an XL sized strap which adds an extra 12-inches to the overall length making it a 66-inch strap.
MoozikPro Acoustic Guitar Strap
If you’re looking for something unique and comfortable, you can go for a cotton strap. The MoozikPro Acoustic Guitar Strap is specially designed for the light weight of acoustic guitars. The cotton strap is unlike nylon and polypropylene straps because this causes zero abrasion on your neck and it keeps the strap secured with zero sliding. The straps are highly adjustable and allow the strap to extend up to 57-inches from a maximum tightened length of 29-inches.
The strap’s adjustment buckles and loop that connects to the genuine leather ends are made from polished metal which gives the strap a nice trim which makes it look classy and professional. On the ends, the leather ends are riveted to secure the two pieces of leather together and are reinforced with stitching. Like the ProTec guitar strap, the Moozik Pro Acoustic Guitar Strap has a handy pick pocket on the leather ends so you can easily grab your pick when you need it and store it once you’re done.
The minimalistic look of the strap is free from any unnecessary logos and gimmicks that make it look simple and clean. You don’t need logos and gimmicks to make a good guitar strap; all a guitar strap needs is to do its job and do it excellently. However, I have a few nags about the Moozik Pro Cotton Guitar Strap; the metal fittings such as the loop and the adjustment buckle can damage your guitar’s finish by scratching it or cause dents on the paint/coating. The loop that connects the leather end and the cotton strap is the main thing to watch out for as even the most minor of bumps on the guitar body will damage the paint finish.
Levy’s Leathers M8HT-04 Hootenanny Style Guitar Strap
Just like the other M8HT-13, the M8HT-04 is the same guitar strap from Levy’s Leathers but feature a different look. The hootenanny style weave on the strap is very intricate and is very attractive. These designs will compliment any vintage or modern guitar, especially for acoustic guitars. Like the M8HT-13, the M8HT-04 is a double layer strap design that has a polypropylene inner portion that makes up most of the structure of the strap.
The genuine leather ends are tapered and are stitched with computer-aided sewing machines to give it precise stitching that will ensure zero fraying and keep the guitar secure with the stitching reinforced eyelet. The 2-inch strap and thick padding of the 2-layer design give you comfort for long playing sessions. It doesn’t matter if you’re either standing up or sitting, the quickly adjustable tri-glide buckle can quickly suit your playing style, so you won’t have to face any awkward moments on stage while adjusting your guitar strap.
The strap can be adjusted up to a maximum length of 54-inches long with an extra-long XL-sized variant that adds an extra 12-inches on the maximum length which will give you a 66-inch long guitar strap. The hootenanny design is clean and free from any inconsistencies with the weave, the colors are locked and will not bleed from washing. The adjustment buckle is made from a soft plastic that will not cause any problems with your guitar such as scratching. In its dual-layer design, the thicker strap means that there won’t be any uncomfortable lumps on the buckle area where it can get painful for long sessions.
D’Andrea 1313 Ace Guitar Strap
If you’re looking for a cheap and classy hootenanny weave strap, then you’ve found the best item that fits your bill, the model 1313 Ace Guitar Strap from D’Andrea is a simple guitar strap that has a hootenanny weave design. For a fraction of the price of other straps in this list (especially the ones with a hootenanny weave design), the D’Andrea 1313 is an absolute steal for what it is.
The 2-inch wide strap is woven with multicolored hootenanny designs that are both attractive and functional. Unlike the more expensive Levy’s Leathers hootenanny designer guitar strap, the D’Andrea is not made with a dual layer strap design and only uses the hootenanny weave as the main strap. While it’s good in its right and delivers the right amount of strength and security, the buckle can get uncomfortable in the long run.
Another minor gripe about the strap is that the leather ends are simple, perhaps too simple to inspire confidence. The way the plastic loop is secured to the leather strap is by folding a small portion of the strap then stitching it to keep it together. The problem here is that the fold is a bit too short and the leather is a little on the thin side. However, you can expect that kind of quality from a strap that’s cheaply priced. If you’re buying it for the looks and utility, the strap can perform admirably; just don’t ask too much from it.
Guitar straps don’t have a lot to offer regarding features, and most don’t need those to become good guitar straps. As long as they can perform like any other strap, then you’re good. However, there are a few specifics that can make the deal for you. First of all, the design. A strap’s design can add not only to your guitar’s looks but also to your look as a musician; if you’re looking for a confidence-inspiring look, go for a strap that goes well with you and your guitar. Second, you have security, which is what will keep your guitar in place while performing. Buying a strap with a questionable build can raise a few concerns, so it’s a good idea to go for a sturdy strap.