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July 27th, 2014

Axeman – Want the Best Electric Guitar Straps in the World?

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Axeman – Want the Best Electric Guitar Straps in the World?

Axeman Make it All Happen

Everyone wants to be an Axeman but few make it to the level of a true master.  It is a real skill to be able to bring the music out of the instrument you live with all day, every day. You express yourself with the most versatile instrument in the world and you do it with style.

“The guitar is the most complete instrument because you can play the lead on it, the rhythm, the background music, the bass parts, it can be percussive, all at the same time. It is a band all in one that you can pick up and carry, which you can’t do with a piano. And you can’t bend notes on a piano.”

Straps to Match Your Style

It’s time to get your electric guitar straps updated to match your riffs.  You have been laying down cool tracks for so long you don’t even remember where they came from but your straps are not keeping up!

Electric Guitar Straps

Want one that is uniquely you?  Check out our Custom Straps Here. Whatever your style or genre or mood, select a strap that fits. Materials and styles include leather, polyester, burlap, buffalo plaid, cultured, darkside, flipside and patent leather.  Whatever you need, we have it and you can have it on your ax within a few days. 

The Guitar Man

Who draws the crowd and plays so loud, baby, it’s the guitar man Who’s gonna steal the show, you know, baby, it’s the guitar man”

Time to upgrade – check out our selection here and get some that match your style.


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July 26th, 2014

It’s Hard To Find Cool Guitar Straps

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It’s Hard To Find Cool Guitar Straps

If you’re looking for stylish, cool guitar straps it’s easy to be disappointed. Musician’s are known for having a great sense of style and knowing what they want when it comes to fashion, but for whatever reason, guitar straps available at music stores just don’t seem to keep up with popular trends.

Most retailers offer guitar straps that are either completely generic, so they can appeal to anyone, or they offer guitar straps with patterns that seem outdated.  Of course, everyone’s sense of style is very personal, so its hard for the local music store or even the massive online retailers to offer enough variety to please everyone.

However, there is a solution.  You can find a cool guitar strap that perfectly suits your need, by custom designing your own strap.  Strap Graphics sells classic sublimated polyester guitar straps and single ply or two ply luxury leather guitar straps that you can design yourself.  The quality of the printing is amazing, the graphics on these guitar straps will not disappoint you. They are so confident you will be pleased that they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

If you don’t think you have the artistic chops to create something you would love as a guitar strap, Strap Graphics also features straps designed by Ed Hepp, as well as trendy buffalo plaid and burlap guitar straps.  There is just no reason you should have to use a plain black guitar strap anymore.  

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If you’re tired of shopping for lame guitar straps, please contact us, we’ve built an amazing company in Oregon that will amaze you with our domestically produced, quality guitar straps featuring your own design.

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July 24th, 2014

What Type Of Guitar Straps Should You Choose?

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What Type Of Guitar Straps Should You Choose?

Buying guitar straps may not be quite as fun as picking out a new guitar, however since a strap is important if you ever want to stand up whiling playing buying one just may rank up there.  There is a huge selection of guitar straps available that range in color, material and style, so picking the perfect one may be a hard choice, especially if this is your first time having to buy a decent strap. Most straps on the market today are made out of nylon, polyester or leather, and here we will explore the differences in the three options.

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Nylon

Nylon straps are thin and lightweight, with slick feel that make it easier to slide your guitar on and off easily if you ever need to. Most nylon straps are 2 inches wide, and the length can be changed as needed. Of course, most nylon guitar straps come in any color or design you could want. Additionally, if your shoulders hurt from wearing a strap you can easily find a padded nylon strap that has extra padding around the shoulder area to offer more support with a comfortable feel.

Polyester

Beginner guitar players will usually start with a polyester strap; they are cheap, lightweight and durable. Polyester straps are close in weight and size as nylon straps, but they are not as slick so they will not slide around your shoulders as you sway to the music. Polyester straps are good to use until your body gets adjusts to the feel and weight of a guitar and once you feel that you can stand up without hunching your shoulders inwards then you can decide what type of strap will work the best for you. Most polyester straps are 2 inches wide just like nylon ones.  They come in every color available and a ton of designs.

Leather

One of the sturdiest guitar strap materials is leather. Leather will last the longest, offer the most strength and take a beating. They also can have awesome designs inscribed into the leather. Leather straps are anywhere from two to 4 inches wide and an adjustable length. The only bad thing about a leather guitar strap is that it needs to be broke in, and that can take a while depending how often you use your guitar. To make breaking in a leather strap easier, when you are not wearing it, hold it in your hands and flex it back and forth, you want it supple and smooth like an old baseball glove.

Nylon, polyester and leather all have their fine points, and can all be customized to fit any guitarists moods, so you just need to find the strap you feel the most comfortable with and enjoy your music. Contact us anytime for more information about guitar straps and the various choices you have. 


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July 24th, 2014

Awesome Bass Guitar Straps Can Showcase The Creativity Of The Unsung Heroes

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Awesome Bass Guitar Straps Can Showcase The Creativity Of The Unsung Heroes

Becoming a musician should not be about competing against someone else. It should be about the chance to do something amazing, meet new people, and open your mind to an amazing musical world that you have probably dreamed about. However, there are some band members who only want to compete with others in the band and outside the band. In the middle of all the struggles, they seem to forget about the great music.

In the middle of all of this, someone seems to get left out. That person is the bass player. Not many bass players get to step out into the spotlight on stage. However, there are some musicians who were bass players early on in their musical careers, such as Sir Paul McCartney and Sting, two of the most gifted musicians around. Every bass player is essential to his or her group’s sound.

Sometimes the bass player’s role is overshadowed due to the singers or the lead guitarist. This should not take away from the bass player’s significant role in the group. As the unsung hero, it is important for a bass player to find ways to express himself or herself. He or she can even showcase the amazing creative side of a bass guitarist. 

Bass guitar strap

Custom bass guitar straps are a great way for you to express yourself through your own creative designs. Your cool bass guitar can hang against your body, and your personality can shine without you even speaking one word. Since a bass guitar will weigh more than an electric guitar or an acoustic guitar, you will need straps that are durable. Wider straps will be better for your bass guitar, and you will not have to worry about straps digging into your shoulder. If you have several shows to play or long shows, you will not want your shoulder feeling sore after the shows. 

When you are thinking of your awesome design, you should consider your style, personality, and the comfort. Bass players should be proud of their role in their group, and he or she should feel the need to make amazing contributions to the music world. Bass players will always get chances to show how talented they are. Are you ready to show how talented you are and how cool you are with new bass guitar straps? 

Contact us so you can get the guitar straps that will showcase who you really are. 


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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 22nd, 2014

How to Talk People into Giving You Guitar Straps without Having To Wait for Christmas

How to Talk People into Giving You Guitar Straps without Having To Wait for Christmas

The only thing better than wearing awesome guitar straps may be receiving them as a gift. You can start dropping hints for Christmas now or shorten the wait with a little creativity. These are 3 ways to persuade your friends and family to give you the strap you want right away.

Once you see our selection, we may not need to say much to get you interested in our premium leather straps, custom designs and other accessories. Of course, you may need to do a little negotiating to get your holiday gifts early. These are 3 offers your friends and family should not refuse:

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Feature them in a YouTube video: You never know who is secretly dreaming about being in a band. If your roommate gets you a strap, you could let them stand on stage with you in a YouTube video performance. If they’re camera shy, you could announce their name at the end and thank them for the special strap.

Give them Future Celebrity Memorabilia: You may be a future rock star. Promise your uncle that you’ll return the strap to him some far off day if they invest in you now. Our straps are so durable that this will take a while, but it could be worth a fortune by then.

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Write them a Personal Song: Does your girlfriend or boyfriend keep asking you to write them their own song? That could be the opportunity you need to mention how effective a new strap would be for sparking your creativity.

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Even if you try all this and nothing works out, we still want you to have a chance to score a free guitar strap. Visit our Facebook promotion where we give away a strap every month.

Don’t settle for low quality guitar straps. Contact us to see the difference craftsmanship makes.

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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 14th, 2014

Love Your Acoustic Guitar Strap?

Love Your Acoustic Guitar Strap?

Close your eyes and picture the musician. Standing on a street corner, picking and strumming a beaten acoustic. The acoustic guitar strap is an irreplaceable part of that iconic image. The music may be country, rock or blues but when you see that acoustic player the strap and what it does for the player is part of the performance.

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When you first start playing an acoustic you start play sitting down, but eventually all of us want to stand up and play, and that moment is when you discover the importance of your strap! A bad strap hurts your shoulder, and makes playing a nightmare. The intricacies of playing can become impossible with a neck breaking, throat cutting, shoulder busting cord. How did Elvis ever stand those things?

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The first good strap that you get is a revelation. Suddenly you don’t feel like you have a baby grand strapped to your chest — you have a lean, mean support machine that becomes a part of your gig.

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Now that you know what it means to have a good strap, you probably want a strap that fits your attitude. Here at StrapGraphics we have great, comfortable straps with attitude. Straps designed by Ed Hepp, leather straps plaid straps, cultured straps — a look for every player and every guitar.

And if you want even more attitude, what about a custom strap? Design your own strap and upload the design to us and get a beautiful custom strap that is made for only you.

Want to talk about straps for your axe? Contact us, we love talking music, guitars and straps!

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