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July 22nd, 2014

Guitar Straps can bolster your comfort, your image, your skill, and your morale.

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Guitar Straps can bolster your comfort, your image, your skill, and your morale.

In an Ezine article, The Benefits of a Quality Guitar Strap, writer Matt Saunders emphasizes stability, appearance, durability and, most importantly, comfort and stress protection, as the hallmarks of a good guitar strap. A quality guitar strap won’t stretch or bleed color onto your clothing, it won’t snap in the middle of a gig, it will enhance your professional image, and it will protect you from stress and backache.

Guitar player Dave Eichenberger advises to always play with a strap. Writing on the Seymour Duncan Blog, he acknowledges that different players have different preferences, but there are good reasons for his choices. Even though you might play fine sitting down with the weight of the guitar on your knee, you have to bend your body to meet it, and that, over a period of years, may eventually cause back pain. He explains further:

“. . . .I want the angles of the right and left wrist to be consistent no matter what chair I sit in, or if I stand. I don’t want to learn one way to play something sitting, and struggle to play the same thing standing. All of that muscle memory is important to me, so the guitar needs to be in the same place all the time.”

Guitar Straps are a key element in developing your skill. Close your eyes, and envision yourself playing your guitar with comfort and style. Do you want a custom guitar strap, or do you want to see existing designs?

If you know what you want, then you are half-way there already. Watch our designer tutorial video so that you can use our design tool.

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There are no limits to the colors or graphics that you can use. You can upload your own logo, or photos, or you can use our existing graphics.

Keep it simple, or funk it up. Re-size the design, move it around, make the color brighter, change the graphic.

Get your custom strap in Polyester, single ply leather, or suede back leather. Browse our guitar strap store for additional options and materials.

Our straps are fully adjustable, fully professional, designed to last, designed to please you, designed to impress your friends, your agent, and your fans. Our straps are designed by guitar players, including you.

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For questions, suggestions, assistance and information about playing guitars in general, contact us today. We love what we do, we manufacture our straps in Oregon, and we will help you get the strap you need. 

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July 19th, 2014

A Custom Guitar Strap: Your Most Important Accessory

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A Custom Guitar Strap: Your Most Important Accessory

If you’re serious about playing the guitar (and if you’re reading this, you probably are!), then you’re serious about getting the right accessories for it.  That means everything from the pick you use to distortion pedals to capos.   And, for serious guitarists, there’s no accessory more important than the guitar strap.  Given its importance, more and more musicians are not satisfied with the “off-the-rack” options they see in music stores and are turning to custom guitar straps.  If you’re thinking about such a purchase, there are several things you need to consider before you make your final decision.  Here are some of the most important.

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Think about Width

The width of your guitar strap is an important consideration, not only for reasons of comfort when playing long sessions, but also because of visual appeal on stage.  The straps available to you in music stores are pretty standard, usually varying from 2 to 4 inches in width. A Custom Guitar Strap  Your Most Important Accessory 2

It’s all in the Design

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Chances are you’re going to want to personalize your guitar strap by printing it with a design.  Again, store shelves will limit your choices, but when you customize, the sky’s the limit.  You can choose the lettering you want (for example, your name or the name of your band, or even the lyrics to a favorite song), or you can add personalized designs, anything from prized photos to cartoons to geometrical figures.  The important thing about the design of your strap is that it be meaningful in some way, both to you and to your audience.

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July 18th, 2014

Unique Gift Idea for Musicians

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Unique Gift Idea for Musicians

Whether you are shopping for a Birthday present, an Anniversary gift or even getting a jump start on your Christmas shopping, you probably want to find an incredible gift that will surprise and delight the person you are shopping for.  

The best gifts are thoughtful, they consider the recipient, who they are and what they are passionate about.  Great gifts usually involve a favorite hobby or pastime.  Nothing beats the feeling of surprising someone with a gift they have never thought of before, but they truly love.

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If you know someone who plays guitar, a custom guitar strap is the perfect gift for them. Guitar straps can be made from any of your original art.  So, if you want to congratulate your friend on the release of their new album, you can take their custom album art and turn it into a guitar strap to commemorate their success.  You could make a guitar strap out of photos of loved ones, lyrics from songs, or anything else you can imagine.

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If the person you want to give a custom strap to is an amazing artist as well as a musician, you can give them a gift certificate to make their own custom strap, so they can design it with their own art, exactly how they want it to look.

You can choose between polyester and leather straps of various sizes, so there is a custom guitar strap for every budget.  If you’re not sure where to start, there is a video tutorial that shows you how to design your strap.

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A custom guitar strap is a gift that will be remembered. If you’re ready to wow the guitar player in you life contact us to get started.


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July 17th, 2014

A Custom Made Guitar Strap Can Help A Musician In Many Ways

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A Custom Made Guitar Strap Can Help A Musician In Many Ways

When a person plays guitar, they will want to have a guitar strap that fits their situation. There are a wide variety of guitar straps available. If it’s an acoustic guitar or an electric one, there is a guitar strap that will work. An important thing for a musician is standing out in a crowd. They want to be remembered by the audience. Successful guitar players do this in many ways, including having a custom made guitar strap. They choose this type of strap because it can be deigned to promote their brand to an audience. It can also help them prevent any damage to their shoulders and more.

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Leather

Experienced guitar players know a leather strap will take a period of time to break in and become comfortable. Once this is done, their softness and comfort make them the most popular choice for a guitar strap. They are very strong and durable. Musicians like how leather guitar straps can easily move around on their shoulders when needed.

Polyester

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Many people new to playing the guitar enjoy using a polyester guitar strap. This gives their body a chance to adapt to having the weight of a guitar on their shoulders. They are less expensive than a leather guitar strap. They are comfortable and easy to use right out of the box.

Lengths and Width

When choosing a guitar strap, it’s important to realize that straps are adjustable. The most common lengths for a guitar strap is between 35 and 53 inches. A person who is very tall may need to have a longer one. The width of a guitar strap can also be made to meet a personal preference. Some musicians feel they have better support with a wider guitar strap. Others don’t want people paying too much attention to their guitar strap. They may prefer a thinner one because it’s light and functional.

Wearing a Guitar Strap

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How a musician wears their guitar strap will influence what type they use. When a guitar player has their guitar hanging low, they will need something strong to hold their guitar in place. Others will play having their guitar chest level. This will require a wider guitar strap for increased support.

If you would like to know more how a custom made guitar strap can be designed to meet your individual needs we can help. Contact us and learn more about the benefits of custom made guitar straps. 

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July 11th, 2014

How to Buy Cool Guitar Straps

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How to Buy Cool Guitar Straps

We all love to play our guitars. Feeling the music in our ears, hearts, and coming off of our fingertips is the ultimate pleasure. Having a great-sounding, quality guitar is probably one of our top priorities as musicians. However, having cool guitar straps is something many of us are interested in as well. We don’t have to buy a generic guitar strap and just deal with it. There are options for a customized guitar strap that fits our style, our music, and our guitars.

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There are ways to have cool guitar straps that are unique to ourselves and our music. Among the best ones around are those made out of premium leather with quality craftsmanship. To make the leather guitar strap stand out, many of us choose to apply graphics and designs to the strap. There are awesome designs available that can make it stand out and give your guitar the look you are going for. Because it is made out of quality leather, the strap will be made for longevity and heavy use. 

It is amazing how many designs, themes, and graphics can be applied professionally to a guitar strap. Choosing a strap company that has the right printing process and the experience to handle the customization of a guitar strap is crucial. Looking at previous work done by a guitar strap company is a good indicator on how well they get the job done. It’s also a great way to get ideas on how you may want to customize your own cool guitar straps. 

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Another material commonly used for straps is polyester. Sublimated polyester works well for some guitarists because of the look and feel. They are also made to last and give a guitarist flexibility because of their ability to adjust width and length. The designs can come out looking really cool on polyester guitar straps, especially when the company applying the designs is experienced and detailed. 

If you are interested in learning more about cool guitar straps, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.

http://www.strapgraphics.com/custom-guitar-straps

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June 18th, 2014

Mobile is here to stay and Flash is going away

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new guitar strap designer coming

Yes we have come to terms that our beautiful flash guitar strap designer is now out of date with todays technology. Stay tuned as we are launching a new mobile friendly designer set to be live July 15th 2014. This will give out users the ability to design you custom guitar strap from your smart phone or tablet.

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November 14th, 2013

Guitar Strap review by Julia Kosterova

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We wanted to share this nice guitar strap review from Julia Kosterova. Julia is a amazing guitar player from Russia. We had a chance to meet her at the 2013 NAMM show and we have to say, we are lucky to have her rock our straps! Julia is known worldwide for her talent in writing catchy melodies with her main focus being on instrumental melodic/ progressive rock / metal.

http://www.julyshredder.com/2012/09/25/strapgraphics-com-custom-guitar-straps-review/

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You can see more of Julia and follow her on her blog at

http://www.julyshredder.com/

If you would like to see more about StrapGraphics custom guitar straps visit our custom page at

http://www.strapgraphics.com/custom-guitar-straps

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September 20th, 2012

NEW: BURLAP GUITAR STRAPS

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StrapGraphics Burlap Guitar Strap

We’ve been working like mad scientists on new concepts for guitar straps, and are excited to present our latest creation, the Burlap line. The concept is pretty straight forward, take a top sheet of natural looking burlap and reinforce it with a supple leather back for comfort and durability. We have three burlap colors to choose from: black, white and more traditional natural green.

Yes, this line is a deviation from our typical graphic approach, but we’re sticking with the principle of not letting our brand get in your way. You won’t find flashy logos on the front of these straps. Instead, we’re using an understated red bar tack stitch – our calling card for non-graphic straps.

Check out the burlap guitar straps in our store: http://www.strapgraphics.com/store/guitar-straps/burlap-guitar-straps

Let us know what you think!

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September 5th, 2012

StrapGraphics + Ed Hepp

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Ed Hepp Artist Series Guitar Straps

We teamed up with NW design hero, Ed Hepp, for our first artist collaboration project. Check it out here: Ed Hepp Artist Series Guitar Straps

Ed Hepp is an illustrator and surface designer with a focus in apparel, textiles and other product applications. His designs adorn a variety of brands in sportswear, outerwear, technical fabrics, footwear and fashion. A life long passion for connecting with the natural world, deep history in screen printing, an eye for pattern, and compulsiveness with a camera, all contribute to the continued evolution of his works’ aesthetics and style.

www.edhepp.com

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October 11th, 2011

New Site & New Products

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Hey internet! We’re super stoked to share what’s been going on around here during the last several months. We launched a new site with new online guitar strap design tools, we introduced polyester guitar straps to the custom line-up, and we finally have gift certificates for the masses. If you’re wondering where to start, check out our custom guitar strap gallery or jump right in and design your own custom strap. We’d love to hear your feedback so we can make our products and website even more kick-ass. So don’t be bashful – email, tweet, Facebook or reply directly to this post. Let us have it.

Cheers – SG

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