Why a lot of Guitar Straps on Amazon are Cheap Junk
You might be tempted to just get a couple of guitar straps Amazon lists, but don't go that route. Here's why.
Guitar players know how important quality is.
Unfortunately, many professional and semi-professional musicians struggle to make money doing what they love. It's hard to get off the ground and with studio, instrument, and promotional expenses still being through the roof. You've got to cut costs somewhere.
A lot of guitar players end up settling for buying second-rate guitar straps on Amazon instead of well-crafted ones. Not only are they sacrificing their own comfort by doing this, but these cheap straps often break, which can potentially ruin a guitar.
Today, we're going to discuss why these guitar straps on Amazon are cheap junk and why putting a couple of extra bucks into your strap will pay off in the end. Guitar straps might seem like an item you can cheap out on, but your back, neck, and your axe will thank you when you get something better.
Let's talk about guitar straps.
Why Buying Guitar Straps on Amazon may be a Bad Idea
There's no question that Amazon has allowed us an unprecedented level of convenience when it comes to buying things. You can throw a guitar strap in your cart, buy it, and have it delivered to your door by the next day.
But, let's not focus on how convenient it is for you to get one of these guitar straps, let's focus on the quality of the guitar straps. Often what you're getting is a cheap version of a better kind of strap. Something that'll barely hold your guitar in place and will have your neck and shoulders in pain after playing for a few hours.
Cheap plastics and nylon are often used to make these straps, which will have no protection for your neck. Even worse, the weak and sometimes fake leather that they use for the ends of the straps is prone to tearing, which can result in your guitar falling violently to the ground if you're not able to catch it.
Spending $10 on a strap might feel good in the wallet, but you're going to be cursing the day you cheaped out on one if your guitar is splintered at the neck. For a professional musician, your instrument is your livelihood, so having to do large-scale repairs done on it can be devastating.
And, if you're standing with your guitar for a couple of hours per night playing gigs, your back is going to be in tatters with a cheap strap. If you want quality, then you've got to ignore the deals that Amazon gives you and buy a strap from a company that knows the importance of quality and durability in guitar straps.
What a Good Guitar Strap Can Do For You
A good guitar strap will contain a few key components that you cannot live without if you're a serious musician. The material is crucial, but so are the length, width, and locking mechanism, among other things. Let's talk about why these components are so crucial in guitar straps.
The materials that your guitar strap is made of will determine how durable it's going to be after hundreds of hours of use. There are a few common materials that are used; nylon, polyester, leather, and neoprene.
Nylon guitar straps are what you're typically going to see from Amazon straps. You can make a durable nylon strap, but a lot of the cheap Amazon-based sellers aren't focusing on the quality. It's a cheap material and you can mass-produce straps for very cheap with it.
If you like the look and feel of a non-leather strap, try out one of our soft polyester straps. Combined with the standard leather button slit attachment, they're a classic looking strap that takes into account the player's comfort.
Neoprene straps are made with the player's comfort in mind, but they're extremely bulky, so it's impossible not to notice them. Many guitar players are distracted by them and shy away from this material.
The most durable and nice-looking straps are made from leather. Our soft-backed leather straps come in a natural leather finish and adjust from 45 to 55 inches. Not only is it a classic look, but the nubuck leather makes it incredibly comfortable to wear as well.
Length, Width, Components
When you buy a strap on Amazon, you can never be sure what type of components it's going to have. Cheap plastic length adjusters often get stuck or break when you're trying to lengthen or shorten the strap. A good strap will have a smooth adjustment mechanism so players of all ages can easily get comfortable.
Buying from StrapGraphics allows you to choose between various strap sizes. Our polyester straps come in a 2-inch width and adjust up to 63 inches in length. With the leather straps, you can get either a 2.5-inch or a 3.5-inch width and a classic leather adjustment style.
Looks Aren't Everything, But They're Something
Aside from the issues with comfort and durability when you buy guitar straps on Amazon, you've also got the issue of looks. If you want to get a cool, personalized guitar strap to represent your playing style, Amazon isn't the place for it.
Instead, Strap Graphics, in addition to providing the most comfortable leather and polyester guitar straps, allows you to completely personalize your strap. With our custom guitar strap designer, you can upload your own images and position them on the strap exactly how you want them.
If you've always wanted a one-of-a-kind guitar strap, there's only one place to find it. After you've settled on a design and text, submit it and we'll have it ready for you in 5-7 business days. Then, you'll be ready to rock for hours on end with a completely unique, comfortable, and durable guitar strap.
We don't stop there, either. Visit our online store to view custom ukulele straps, camera straps, and even custom dog collars. You don't have to settle for the cheap stuff you get on Amazon, use StrapGraphics to design the guitar strap that you really want.