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August 28th, 2014

Girls and Guitar Straps

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Girls and Guitar Straps

Being a girl guitar player doesn’t mean that you can’t hit a lick and cut heads with the best of them. Just look at Gibson’s list of The Top 10 Female Guitar Players of All Time and you’ll have all the inspiration you need. When you play your guitar, it’s important that you have a reliable guitar strap so you can concentrate on your playing and nothing else. Guitar straps from StrapGraphics are dependable and they look killer.

Choose from the many awesome guitar straps available at StrapGraphics including illustrator Ed Hepp designed straps, burlap, patent leather and buffalo plaid straps. If you prefer, you can design and customize your own strap right on their website.

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The first step is choosing either a polyester strap or a leather strap. Next, select the color of your personalized guitar strap. To embrace your feminine side, you may want to choose a pink guitar strap. If you’re an outdoor girl, a camo guitar strap may be more your style.

Design options include adding your own image, choosing an image from their library or both. You also have the option of adding text. Add your name, your band’s name, or the name of your favorite song to your strap. It’s totally up to you, because you have the power to design your own one of a kind killer guitar strap. The simple to use online designer tool allows you to position your image and text anywhere on the strap and you’ll be able to preview your awesome creation before you buy.

All of the StrapGraphics guitar straps are proudly made in Oregon, U.S.A.

Gift certificates are available for purchase if you’d like to give the gift of a personalized guitar strap to another awesome guitar player.

If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.


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August 16th, 2014

Why cool guitar straps Speak a Thousand Words

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Why cool guitar straps Speak a Thousand Words

Like anything you wear as a musician whether in front of a small or big crowd or simply performing for friends, guitar straps speak a thousand words about you and your personality, traits and characteristics.  By choosing one that is unique and that personifies the ultimate message of your music, cool guitar straps, are those that stand out and help to maintain and represent your image.

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Think of a guitar strap as a needed piece of clothing.  For most of us, shopping for clothes, we tend to choose items we need but items that express certain characteristic traits.  For instance, choosing shirts with certain designs that define the way we see ourselves, or shirts with expressions that convey our feelings.  Guitar straps happen to have the same effect.  Why and how you ask?  Because social research suggest that musicians, talent and their appearance has a huge effect on the observer and audience.  With all that scrutinizing, why not add a cool piece to your guitar  that represents the dedication, care and hard work you put into your abilities as an artist.  With a quality crafted, custom made strap, you show an audience that you are a dedicated musician, taking pride and care in maintaining your guitar which like you, needs proper care and accessories in order to rock.

Have questions on how you can find a cool strap for your awesome rock n’ roll needs? contact us and we can be sure to help you choose a design that meets your unique demands.  Carry your guitar with confidence- get the attention you deserve.


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August 16th, 2014

Stop the Stereotypes! Defining your bass guitar straps

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Stop the Stereotypes! Defining your bass guitar straps

Tired of walking into a gig and being stared up and down by gawking spectators who are already deciding if they like you – before you play? You are the bass guitarist, so of course you are the “smart one.” We all know the stereotypes: drummers are cocky, guitarists are the most talented and the singers always get the girls. Everyone knows the bass player just took the easy way out, right?  In reality, most bass guitarists are overlooked and considered dispensable. It sounds harsh, but it is so often the label outsiders assume.

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We spend so much time and effort purchasing that perfect guitar; unique, trendy and completely a la mode. Our labors are spent browsing the internet for the hippest and most  body that complements our personality. Just as bass guitarists are often overlooked, so are their guitar straps.

Your guitar strap is like your handshake. It says a lot about you, whether you know it or not. It is about the defining moment when you step on the stage. Viewers are not just gaping at your hair, or staring at your wardrobe – they are defining your dexterity to make your way around your four strings by numerous factors. One of those factors: your bass guitar straps.

Do not be defined by your strap. Let your strap be defined by you. Strap Graphics offers fully customized guitar straps that will not only accurately characterize your personality, but help change those predisposition stereotypes about bass guitarists everywhere.

We are in the business to make a change. We want to help redefine the naïve notions assumed by those outside the industry by changing the industry from the inside out. Whether you want to look cool, ramp up your wardrobe, or just shake it up a little; Strap Graphics has something to offer for every bass guitarists.

For more information on customizing your bass guitar straps and help put a stop to adolescent stereotypes, contact us.


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August 8th, 2014

Say goodbye to an old friend and welcome new acoustic guitar straps

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Say goodbye to an old friend and welcome new acoustic guitar straps

“My days are done, man. I’m hanging it up,” Old Strap said.

“You’ve always been hanging it up,” Guitar joked.

“No. I’m serious man. I’m just worn out. Time for some new blood to join the band.”

Guitar strummed low. “But you can’t leave. We’re a team. We’ve been to Nashville. We’ve been to Vegas. I don’t know what I’d do without my Old Strap,” said Guitar.

“Hey Guitar. How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Old Strap asked, trying to lighten the mood.

“In the trunk of a car,” Guitar responded. They both laughed. “I love that one.”

“But seriously, what is The Man going to do without you? He needs Old Strap around.”

“It’s all good. There’s a new kid coming on board. I hear he’s from Strap Graphics,” said Old Strap.

“But The Man needs acoustic guitar straps. I thought all the new kids were just for steel,” Guitar said.

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“Are you kidding? Those folks at Strap Graphics know their stuff! This kid will be 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch wide leather with a saweeet soft suede back. And he’ll adjust – 45 inches to 55 inches in length so The Man can have a perfect fit. Hey, remember that time we were in Miami and opened for Jimmy Buffett? How many times did The Man drop you?”

“Don’t remind me. I hate getting dropped.”

“I know you do, but I also hear the new kid will have one of those ‘strap lock’ devices so you won’t get dropped.”

“Do you think this kid will be ‘plain-Jane?’ I mean, The Man has to have some style!”

“Style? Don’t even get me started about style. This new kid will have serious style. He could be burlap-leather, patent leather, or graphic art. Whoa buddy! This kid’s gonna’ have some custom art. Something The Man can really swing with. Not like this old worn out piece of rawhide,” Old Strap sighed.

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“I hear that kind of backup is expensive,” said Guitar.

“Naw,” said Old Strap. “The acoustic guitar straps are very affordable. Don’t tell him I told you, but I think The Man had a gift certificate. They do that, too.”

“Well, I’m gonna miss you, Old Strap.”

“I’ll miss you, too, Guitar.”

If you want to know more about what is available contact us.


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August 8th, 2014

Express Your Music Style with Custom Guitar Straps

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Express Your Music Style with Custom Guitar Straps

Remember that one concert? You know, the one that stands out in your mind as the coolest, that single experience that would be impossible to beat? Even though you’ve been to hundreds of concerts, you’ll never forget that one.

Now think about how the musicians looked on stage. Maybe they had off-the-wall outfits, or maybe they looked a lot like anyone else in the audience–jeans, T shirts, normal clothes. Either way, their clothes made a statement. The way you look on stage sets the mood for your gig. For musicians, it’s not just what you wear, it’s also your gear.

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Now think about the type of music you play and how you want to look on stage. Do you want to make a statement with high-impact colors and attention-grabbing details? Or maybe you want to blend into the music and let people focus on how you’re playing, not how you look.

No matter what your style is, you definitely want to look cool. So maybe you’re not a fashion expert…we’ve got your back. If you’re a guitar or bass player, there’s one thing you’ll wear to every gig–your strap. So go ahead, wear that grungy T-shirt for the 3rd day in a row (doing laundry is a waste of your talent anyway). It doesn’t matter how gross or boring your clothes are if you have an awesome custom guitar strap.

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So where do you start? Choose a look that fits your personal style, but also the type of music you play. If you play acoustic music, you might want to go with a subtle, “quieter” look. If it’s funk, you can rock some bold colors and patterns. On the other hand, if you’re a metal head, you might want some hard-core embellishments.

Show off your own artwork with our design-your-own option. If your artistic ability is limited to music, you can still get a cool and unique strap. Check out our pre-made lines. Either way, the screen printing will be just as durable as the strap. Just like you, we’re artists and we take pride in our artwork. 

Think a guitar strap this cool has got to be out of your price range? Think again. You can get a wholesale discount on as few as 5 straps. Got 4 friends who are musicians too? Then you’re in business. Get them in on your order and you’ll all be rocking your own custom look–and still have money left over for beer.

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August 6th, 2014

Three Ways to Be Sure Your Bass Guitar Straps Can Handle the Job

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Three Ways to Be Sure Your Bass Guitar Straps Can Handle the Job

No doubt bass guitars can be pretty heavy since most are of a solid-body design. They have to be built tough in order to handle the stresses put on them with thicker strings. With such stout instruments, you want to be sure your bass guitar straps, can handle the job. We’ve got three sure-fire things to check before you make your next purchase.

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  • Materials: Bass guitarists tend to be a chill bunch, pretty laid-back and soft, with a heavy back-beat; kind of like their guitar straps should be. Leather has always been first choice for a material that can handle the solid weight of a bass. If the leather look doesn’t do it for you, the advent of burlap straps with a leather backing could help fit your image better. Either way, you want to make sure the strap is soft and pliable. Some guitar straps are made of cheaper materials and don’t have much give to them. You’ll also want a bit of padding in the strap to help cushion the weight of your guitar. Lacking these, you could be in for a long uncomfortable evening.
  • Width: Since your shoulder is ultimately going to handle most of the weight, you want to make sure the width of the strap fits your shoulder properly. It should be wide enough to distribute the weight evenly, yet not so wide as to hang off your shoulder. It also shouldn’t be so thin that it digs in to the soft spot, or that the edge ends right on your shoulder bone. Either of these mis-fits can be become painfully distracting during a gig. Popular widths for bass guitar straps are 3″ and 3 1/2″ wide.
  • Style: You spend a lot of time not only honing your skills as a musician but getting your stage look just right. The last thing you need is one of your accessories to look like an afterthought. After your guitar, your guitar strap is the most noticed accessory you have. Some time should be taken to pick out a strap that compliments your stage appearance.

Making the right choice in purchasing your new guitar strap is easy after taking into consideration the materials, widths and styles offered. After all, on stage you wear your guitar as a badge of honor, the strap you hold it with shouldn’t be a reminder of the pain it took to get there.

If you’d like to Contact Us. about your bass guitar needs, we’d be happy to hear from you and get your feedback on ways we can help you make music. Thanks.


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August 5th, 2014

Four ways leather guitar straps can make you happy

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Four ways leather guitar straps can make you happy

Aside from old men who shake their fists at kids in their yard, who doesn’t want to be happy? Well, here are four ways leather guitar straps can make you a happier guitarist while you’re jammin’ with your friends on stage, or in the garage.

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  • Durability: The look and durability of a leather guitar strap is unsurpassed. A leather strap will last most players for many years to come. As an added bonus, the leather stays flexible and comfortable even in some of the most extreme playing conditions. Plus leather is tough stuff, so you have the added security you need to help protect your prized possession.
  • Material Combinations: Recent innovations from leading custom guitar strap makers are combining materials for a number of well thought-out reasons. For example; combinations of leather and burlap guitar straps help give the performer a more natural presence. These material combinations are very stylish looking straps without sacrificing durability a bit.
  • Ideal Width: Pure leather straps, and the newer burlap and leather combinations won’t sacrifice your comfort for style either. You’re relying on the guitar strap to help take some of the weight off your back. But a skinny little guitar strap is going to put it all on your shoulder. Just like the original leather straps, these innovative material combinations are available in 2.5″ and 3.5′ widths from Strap Graphics.
  • Adjustable Length: Most leather guitar straps are adjustable from 45″ to 55″. This length makes them ideal for most adult guitar players, from the smallest to the tallest. A full range of adjustment is necessary to put your guitar at just the right height for you. Plus for safety’s sake, leather guitar strap button holes are sewn snug to fit all standard strap locks.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a new guitarist just learning to walk-the-talk, or an old pro with a rock star attitude, a custom made leather guitar strap is sure to make you happy. Not only will you notice a difference in your ability to wrangle your guitar, but so will everybody else. To talk more about leather guitar straps, or anything else, please Contact Us. Thanks.


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August 4th, 2014

Finding the right guitar strap that will stay looking cool and feeling comfortable

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Finding the right guitar strap that will stay looking cool and feeling comfortable

Remember your first guitar strap? Might have been brand new, with a sweet design and the leather not broken in for years. Or it could have been the one that came with the guitar you picked up for a used price, kinda smells, faded colors. However, whatever it was, used or new, it was still your first. 

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Finding the right guitar strap doesn’t have to be difficult, but finding one that you are comfortable with and keeps up with style trends can be factors that are definitely considered. One must consider the durability and flexibility of the material, a design that captures your interest and your audiences’, and be a strap that you will love using for years to come. At StrapGraphics, we not only offer sick designs to get you noticed, but also a variety of materials to cater to different types of preferences.

Types of Straps 

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  • Nylon/Polyester: Softer than leather and super durable. These types of straps are popular because they are dependable and run a tad cheaper than other materials.
  • Leather: Timeless. Period. As the strap ages, the leather “loosens up” and, if cared for, can last years beyond a regular polyester strap. Not many other materials feel as great to the touch as classic leather.
  • Patent Leather: It’s leather, but coated in a shiny finish. This sheen catches and reflects light, giving off a glossy and eye-catching glow.
  • Suede: Also made of leather, but often carries a little extra padding inside for comfort. It does not pack into a case as easy as a polyester strap, but the comfort is worth it. 
  • Burlap: When you hear this term, you probably don’t think of comfort or durability, but StrapGraphics burlap has both. With a leather base, it won’t feel like a flour sack. On you, it has the feel of smooth leather but a natural, old school look. 

Whatever choice you make on your next guitar strap, make sure it has the feel, look, and durability you like. At StrapGraphics, we not only offer a variation of types, but also cool designs along with customizable options.

To talk more about this, or any other guitar strap needs, please Contact Us

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August 1st, 2014

Finding Your Own Cool Guitar Straps

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Finding Your Own Cool Guitar Straps

A guitar strap is like the final piece of any guitar, the tool you use to sling your guitar over your shoulder or to make sure that your guitar is right where you want it to be. A cool guitar strap is right at your finger tips. Maybe you already have an old guitar strap lying around but when it comes to guitar straps you want one that’s comfortable and also has an awesome design.

What Kind of Cool Guitar Strap Do You Want?

A guitar strap is like an extension of yourself, something that helps you hold your guitar and helps you play it. When trying to find the right cool guitar strap for you, you want to have a great design, something that helps ignite the passion in you, but you also want to be able to choose what that design is. But before we even get to the design, you want to know what type of guitar strap you want, and more specifically, how big? Some musicians like to have thicker straps for added support. When choosing your own cool guitar strap you can choose from a 2″ polyester strap, a 2.5″ leather (single ply) strap, a 3.5″ leather (single ply) strap, a 2.5″ leather (suede back) strap, or last but not least, a 3.5″ leather (suede back) strap. The single ply leather straps are available in two sizes, regular and long.

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Choose Your Own Cool Design

The size and material you choose is really up to you but once you decide on that then you can pick any cool design you want for your strap that you choose! Your chosen image is printed in full color on your strap by using a digital process. The print on the cool guitar strap you picked won’t be ruined by washing it, sweating on it, or spilling liquid on it so you don’t have to worry about getting the print damaged. By being able to choose your own cool guitar strap design the possibilities are nearly endless, now that’s cool.

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If you’re looking for cool guitar straps that fit your taste as a musician then look no further and if you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us or join us on Facebook, every month we give away a free guitar strap!


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July 29th, 2014

3 Steps to designing an amazing acoustic guitar strap

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3 Steps to designing an amazing acoustic guitar strap

As a musician, you know that next to creating awesome music, your image is a big part of what defines you as an artist. While you might have the absolute best acoustic guitar, it’s also important to be sure your strap is just as great. If you’re still using the same strap that came with your guitar when you bought it, don’t worry. StrapGraphics is here to help you with three important steps to help you choose an amazing acoustic guitar strap.

Step 1: Choose your material

We know you don’t want nylon for your strap, otherwise you’d stick with the one your guitar came with. There are plenty of materials to choose from, and you’re sure to find one that gives you the desired visual effects you’re looking for. For example, if leather is your thing, you’ll have a classy look that will serve you well for years to come. Polyester is another popular material, and many guitarists choose it because it’s comfortable and it looks great too. 

Step 2: Choose your design

Your design should be reflective of who you are as an artist. What is the image you want to portray? Do you want a color that will stand out, or that will sit back in the shadows and allow your guitar itself to take over center stage? Choosing the right colors is critical because they will make or break your design. This is the fun part, so take some time and think about it before you start designing. 

Step 3: Opt for customization

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If you search long enough, you’ll probably find a guitar strap that meets at least some of your expectations. However, many ready-made guitar straps just don’t fit the needs of most artists. The best option for many of us is having our guitar straps custom made. This gives you more control over your design, as well as a finished product that you can truly be happy with. 

If you’ve been thinking about designing your own guitar strap for quite some time, you’ll be happy to know that we make it easy for you to get the exact look you want. Visit our design tool page or contact us for more information.


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