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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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July 13th, 2014

The Luxury of Leather Guitar Straps

The Luxury of Leather Guitar Straps

Most of us are always on the hunt for a guitar strap that combines the oh-so-important need for comfort with our craving for flair. Considering the hours spent practicing, performing, and generally hunting for inspiration, this shouldn’t be too much to ask. Leather guitar straps offer a limitless range of design with the ultimate comfort and durability. Invest in a leather strap and never look back; you won’t regret it.

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There’s a leather strap for every preference. If you like the sleek, classic look and soft comfort conjured by the words “patent leather,” then try a rounded glossy black. Retro could be more to your style, with rainbow lines or square prints. Then again, it might be that you want edgy all the way, so look out for your skulls and bones.

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For the passionate guitar player, a strap that adds to the overall playing experience is the best kind of strap. Adjustability allows you to find the perfect balance. Choosing a width that suits your shoulder ensures that long sessions won’t cause aches and pains. The soft quality of the leather helps protect against irritation.

Function is important, but style inspires. If you’re looking for the truly unique to compliment optimal comfort, take the plunge and customize your strap. Add a suede back for extra softness, or go for a full-color print of the icon who inspired you to start playing in the first place. 

To learn more about the luxury world of leather guitar straps, contact us today.


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July 12th, 2014

Gain confidence with personalized guitar straps

Gain confidence with personalized guitar straps

New to guitar? We feel your pain. You have to build up callouses, memorize chords, and figure out strum patterns. It’s tough. But don’t get down on yourself. You need a boost to keep yourself motivated through those times when you feel like you should just stick with Guitar Hero. We’ve been there, and we’ve got you covered. 

Keep yourself motivated with one of our personalized guitar straps. Customize it to whatever makes you feel like a rockstar. Skulls, crosses, pictures, words, anything that brings out the Hendrix in you.

Do you have that one song that just takes you back? Put it on your strap. Add the lyrics of the song that made you want to play guitar in the first place. With those lyrics on a sweet leather strap from us, you’re on your way, kid.

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Make it personal and add pictures. Add pictures of your favorite people, favorite guitarists, or favorite view from those times in your life that someone should write a song about. You could even add pictures of yourself so when you’re old and famous you can remember what you looked like in your younger years. 

Whatever you do, don’t give up on guitar. With a little more confidence and a lot of hard work, you be added to the list of the Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists. Or the greatest guitarist on Youtube. Or in the county. Or on your back porch. You can be one of the greats no matter how you like to rock.

And when you see another guitarist starting out just like you did, pass it on. Give them a strap that gives them the confidence you found, and never stop rocking. 

Contact us to make a strap that brings out your confidence.

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July 11th, 2014

Personalized Guitar Straps

Personalized Guitar Straps

When you play your guitar the music you create is unique. Each note and every bend is a reflection of your personality. Your may have spent weeks, or even months deciding which guitar is perfect for you, searching for the one that tells everyone everything about what music means to you.

However, a guitar is not the only thing valuable to a guitarist. We each have our own favorite strings, picks, and amplifiers. We’ve all stood in the in our local music store rummaging through their collection of straps. Its nearly impossible to find the one that screams you and your music. That is why many guitarists order their own personalized guitar straps.

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These custom straps can be made from a leather or polyester and are available in a variety of sizes allowing you to find the one that will be comfortable for you. But comfort isn’t everything. You can select from a multitude of colors and patterns. Furthermore, you can add your own images, allowing your guitar strap to be totally unique to you.

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If you want to create a jet black leather strap with a skull on it, you can. Or, if having a plaid polyester strap with horses and unicorns on it is more of your style, you can do that too. Of course your personalized strap does not have to be this extravagant. Another thing you can add to your strap is Text. With a variety of fonts you’ll be able to write anything ranging from the punch line to your favorite bad joke to the name of someone who inspired you.

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The possibilities are limitless meaning that if you can imagine it, you can create it. When you perform with a custom guitar strap everyone will know that you not only take music seriously, but that you take it personally as well. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Design Your Strap now!

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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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