How to Create Your Own Custom Guitar Straps

October 04, 2018 6 min read

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How to Create Your Own Custom Guitar Straps

Are you tired of gigging with uncomfortable guitar straps? Do you want to stand out more and make a statement onstage? Normal guitar straps are cool, if you can find a good one. More often than not, you're stuck with guitar straps that aren't original - or high-quality.

If you want to personalize your gear, you should invest in custom guitar straps. You might already make your own picks and customize your foot pedals. Custom straps are a great way to express yourself onstage.

Studies show that guitarists think differently from the rest of us. When an experienced guitar player is soloing, they access their subconscious mind. But there are millions of guitar players out there: how can you stand out?

We'll take you through the process of creating custom guitar straps. Once you know what you want, it's pretty easy to make a professional final product.


The first step in finding the best acoustic guitar strap is to pick your material. Polyester is a good choice because it's durable and won't show wear. It offers a classic look and you can easily customize it with your own graphics. We offer edge-to-edge printing with the graphic of your choice.

When you're picking out types of guitar straps, you should think about what will be visible from stage. You might want to put your band name on your guitar strap, but will people be able to read it from the crowd? Same goes for graphics: you shouldn't get too intricate if you want your image to be legible.

When it comes down to it, however, you're customizing your guitar strap for your own enjoyment. If you've got a graphic you like, go for it. If you're going to go with a polyester guitar strap, you've got the choice of a black leather end with plastic hardware or a brown leather end with metal hardware.

Your custom polyester guitar strap will have a slide adjustment that's fully adjustable up to 63 inches. This makes it work for players of any height. Even if you're a kid or a teenager, you'll be able to adjust the strap to a comfortable position. Commercial guitar strap lengths can vary, making it hard to find the perfect one.

If you're not sure what kind of graphic you'd like, you can test it out on our customization tool. You can upload your graphic and play around with it to see what the final product would look like. Don't commit to a strap until it's exactly what you want.


Another great option for your custom guitar strap material is leather. Have you ever seen aged leather? It shines in the spotlight and conforms perfectly to your body. Nowadays, you can customize leather straps with graphics or text, and they look fantastic.

Our custom leather straps have a loop adjustment and a 10-slot slide. Their maximum length is 55 inches, and they're the best guitar strap for heavy guitars. If you're in the market for a guitar strap that will last for decades, go ahead and design a custom leather strap.

We've also got a luxury guitar strap made from the best quality leather, mixed with "bonded" suede. These straps are also adjustable to a max of 55 inches. You can pick a brown, black, or custom adjustment tail. Some guitar shops will offer custom strap options, but we're going for perfection.

Our leather straps are designed to retain their color and won't bleed through onto your clothing in the middle of a performance. They have a soft back and we can print in any color. If you're good at digital illustration programs, you can go ahead and upload your graphic. If you need a little bit of help, just contact us and we'll go from there.

Leather is a great option because of the way it ages, and because of the quality of the strap. It takes about two weeks to make a custom strap, but rush orders are a possibility. Ultimately, you need to design a custom strap that you're going to use for years -- or maybe decades -- to come. If you've got a great idea, we can work with you to make it a reality.

Text or Graphics?

Once you've settled on the material for your custom guitar strap, it's time to think about what you want it to say. You could go for your band name, or you could put on your favorite graphic. Flames are always popular, but you might want to branch out and find something unique.

If you want your text to be visible and legible from the stage, use a simple font. Do you have your drum kit customized? You could always use the same text, just to be consistent. But again, you should go ahead and make a strap that suits your personality.

On the other hand, if you're going for graphics, use our customization tool to make sure that they're positioned correctly. Do you want a graphic that goes from edge to edge? Or would you prefer one that is centered on the strap itself?

There are more than 1 million guitars sold in the United States every year, so how can you work to distinguish yourself? Practice, practice, practice. But you need to enjoy the guitars and straps that you buy, so why not make a custom model?

Other Options for Custom Guitar Straps

You may have seen tutorials online about how to make your own guitar straps. All you need is some twine and some fabric. It might sound good, but you're going to end up with an inferior product that's probably going to break.

We've got custom bonded burlap guitar straps as well as a dark-but-lovely "tattoo series." We love to see what our customers come up with for original guitar straps, too!

If you're a serious guitar player, you've probably got more than one guitar. So why stop with one custom strap? You should always be striving to have a strong stage presence, so create a custom guitar strap that complements your performance outfits.

We're not saying that you have to match your outfit exactly, but you could get a pattern or color that looks good. Some people go full out and want the same color guitar strap, amp cover, and pick. You don't have to do that, but we want to make sure your strap fits your stage persona.

Another option is to make a custom strap with the logo of a band you admire. You love their music, you learned how to play by listening to their songs, so it's a tribute if you put their graphic on your strap. Music is all about connecting with your audience, so spread the love and get a strap that honors your roots.

If you need a strap that's longer than 63 inches, let us know and we can work with you. We are committed to making our customers happy and enjoy creating custom solutions. Younger players should make sure that their graphic will be visible once the strap is adjusted.

How Can I Get Started?

The first step to creating custom guitar straps is to figure out whether you want to do text or graphics. It might take you a while to make this important decision, so don't rush yourself. Think about what kind of image you want to portray while you're onstage and try to design a strap that fits your personality.

Do you want to go with leather or polyester? Leather rocks because it's so attractive and durable, but polyester's come a long way in the past few years. It can be printed with bright, memorable graphics that can be seen all the way from the back row. If you're choosing polyester, make sure you use a high-resolution graphic file.

Make sure you've got a high-quality guitar pick and amp to go with your strap. Guitar is a fun hobby, especially when it comes to gear. If you haven't customized your own pedals, it's time to start. Build your image from the ground up and make sure you have a good time while you're doing it!

Is It Too Late for Me to Learn Guitar?

It's never too late to learn to play the guitar. If you're not a guitar enthusiast, we hope that this article piqued your interest in learning to play. It's not that hard to get started: you can find a lot of information online.

Whether you want to play jazz guitar or rock, it's just a matter of getting started. It might take a few weeks to learn to play your first song, but you just build on your skills the longer you play. Serious students can get pretty good within six months or so.

Take the time to figure out what kind of guitar you want to get, along with amps and custom guitar straps. We recommend that you clean your strap regularly to keep it in top condition.

Drop us a line and ask us any questions you have! We offer endorsement packages and wholesale strap options. Looking forward to talking with you!