Are you on the hunt for the perfect guitar strap? Perfect. Sweetwater carries a wide variety of options you can choose from! Leather, nylon, woven, suede, faux leather, and neoprene straps are available in many colors and designs. Let's talk about some key aspects to look for in a guitar strap.
Of all things, your guitar strap shouldn't be weighing you down, so go for something lightweight and practical. Still, it needs to be durable. High-quality straps will last for years, and won’t tear easily or break down.
Added support and comfort are essential! Check out guitar straps that feature plush pads. These have a pillowy feel so it's easier for you to play longer, without experiencing any shoulder pain. When it comes to support, the type of padding you want to look for is the one with little, rough ridges that will help the guitar stay on your shoulder. There's nothing more irritating than a strap that keeps sliding around.
Your guitar strap should stay in place, but it needs to let you move freely — especially when you're playing on stage. Make sure your strap is adjustable and will fit the length you need. Length depends on you, but width depends on your guitar. We stock guitar straps that are between 0.5'' and 4.5'' wide. As a golden rule, remember that heavier instruments require wider straps to distribute the weight more evenly on your shoulder.
Does the material of your guitar strap really matter? Well, that's up to you. Nylon guitar straps are your standard fare — comfy, lightweight, and easily dyed. For added durability and enhanced quality, some nylon straps come with leather or rubber end pieces. In others, the nylon is also combined with other materials such as neoprene, leather, or cotton.
Leather guitar straps are wonderful in terms of strength and durability. They also age really well and become more and more comfortable over time. Plus, they're super easy to customize, so if you want to give your strap a unique and personal touch, you can go as far as your creativity takes you. Woven, suede, faux leather, and neoprene straps are also popular among both acoustic and electric guitarists.
With so many options, it's possible you'll have a few questions about the best guitar strap for your guitar and your playing style. Give us a call and speak with our Sales Engineers. We're happy to give you the information you need to choose the perfect strap.
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.