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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 13th, 2014

Design your Expression, Express your Design: Customizable Electric Guitar Straps

b>Design your Expression, Express your Design: Customizable Electric Guitar Straps

So you have a wicked sick electric guitar, strap locks, but some generic old strap that you’ve had for years. Time for an upgrade! Strap Graphics’ electric guitar straps are the choicest around for one simple reason: you can design your own! 

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The difference between electric guitar straps and acoustic guitar straps is how the guitar is attached. Some acoustic straps have a string that tie to the top of the neck. Electric guitar straps attach to the strap nuts at the base and wing of the guitar body. Since music is a form of personal and exponential expression, wouldn’t it make sense to further that expression with riveting visuals on your strap? Your guitar is a work of art, and your strap should be too!

When defining yourself as an artist, it is necessary to have music, lyrics, and an image that represent your style. Designing a strap could represent numerous things that could be related to a musical endeavor or just you as a person. These could include a myriad of styles and images that suit you in more ways than one.

Strap Graphic offers several different options of material for their two types of straps: Leather and Polyester. The leather straps have suede backs that feel luscious, and the polyester straps have leather ends heightening their strength potential. Both types of straps are able to be fitted with all major strap locks. In addition, this is an all American company based out of Oregon. Due to this, the materials are exquisite and derived locally.

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There are tons of straps listed on our website, and even more possibilities once you start designing! 

The best part of Strap Graphics is that there is 100% satisfaction guarantee!

If you are ready to get the best guitar strap money can buy, contact us today!


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August 13th, 2014

Secure Your Valuable Axe with Electric Guitar Straps

Secure Your Valuable Axe with Electric Guitar Straps

Playing an electric guitar is not exactly the same as playing an acoustic. For one thing, most acoustic guitars are made to be played while the musician is in a comfortable sitting position. If you are accustomed to practicing while sitting down, attach a sturdy strap and then try to play the same guitar standing up; you’ll immediately recognize the difference.

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If you want to be a well-rounded guitarist, learn to play both acoustic and electric and practice while standing up at least half the time. Doing so may increase your playing opportunities exponentially. A player who can get into the groove while strutting on stage is an asset to any show band.

Every stand-up player needs electric guitar straps they can rely on, whether they are a world-class player who owns a quiver of classic Fender Telecasters or a humble garage band guitarist who’s going electric for the first time. A well-made strap can go a long way toward enabling a guitarist to play for extended periods of time without becoming fatigued. A snappy strap says a lot about a guitarist’s personality, as well.

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Now that you’re convinced of the necessity of a comfortable and secure guitar strap, we’d like to invite you to design a custom strap. All you have to do is choose the strap size and select the materials. Use our online design template tools or upload your own images. Contact us for further info about how to order your custom strap from Strap Graphics.

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August 12th, 2014

Here’s some fun! Co-Founder, Nate DeHart’s invention on Quirky

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At StrapGraphics we are always tinkering with ideas, even non-guitar related ideas. Check out this Stroller rack idea Nate posted on Quirky for fun and while you’re there, give him a VOTE!

https://www.quirky.com/invent/1328743/action/vote/query/view=trending&categories=all

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August 11th, 2014

Flip Flop Cowboy

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Jonny Waters is a multi-talented musician from the Inner and Outer Banks of North Carolina. Recently winning the OBX Entertainment 2012 Band of the Year award, he is proud and grateful to call the islands and shores his home.

Jon began his musical career in his hometown marching band and has played with numerous friends along the way. Jon’s music has been influenced by his life’s path, from being raised on a farm in small town USA; to spending hours on the Albemarle Sound farming the waters; to keeping the peace and guarding our freedom in the US Army during a tour in Iraq; to being stationed in Germany away from his family and friends; to gaining the fundamentals of the music industry at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas; to writing and recording his original hits; and developing his grass roots fan base from Texas to Tennessee to North Carolina and the Tidewater, Virginia area.

Jon has focused his talent into his voice and guitar. His sound is country with a strong influence of southern rock, blues, and trop-rock. Jon performs in a variety of locations from solo instrumental performances in intimate settings to multi-member bands in headlining gigs, and every where in between. Jon’s talent is diversified enough to meet most establishment’s needs for quality entertainment.

Members Jonny Waters (lead vocals, lead guitar), Cory Waters (percussion), Alex Jolly (drums), various players (bass guitar)
Genre Country/Southern Rock, Trop-Rock, Jam Band, Blues

Hometown Columbia, NC

http://www.jonnywatersandcompany.com/

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August 11th, 2014

Can’t Find the Perfect Guitar Strap? Time to Design Your Own!

Can’t Find the Perfect Guitar Strap? Time to Design Your Own!

It can be difficult to find that perfect guitar strap. You need one that is comfortable and tells your audience that you’re serious about music. You may of looked through piles of straps at music stores searching desperately for the right one, the one that screams you. However, there’s no way something mass-produced will be able to reflect your personality. That is way many guitarists create their own custom guitar straps.

These custom straps come in a variety of sizes and materials allowing them to be as comfortable as possible.  There are many options to consider. You can choose either polyester or leather. On the leather straps you have the choice of having a suede back or not. Then comes deciding the width. The polyester straps are available in only 2″ and the leather straps come in either 2.5″ or 3.5″. It’s all up to you as to what you find the most comfortable or stylish.

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The customization doesn’t end there. With a large selection of colors and designs to choose from you’ll be able to create strap that goes perfectly with you’re favorite guitar. There is also option to add images, either selected from a database or your own. This level of customization is unmatched by anything that you could find in a store and the possibles are endless. 

While designing, you have the ability to see how the strap will look when being worn. This makes it easy to see if everything lines up how you imaged it and allows you to make any changes if you don’t like something. This is great because it helps you see how the strap will look from a spectators position. 

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At strapgraphics.com we help you design the perfect guitar strap that every guitarist deserves. Please feel free to contact us and start designing today!


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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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