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A product nobody but the inventor asked for?

Discussion in 'Effects Pedals, Strings and more' started by zontar, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. zontar

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  2. mhammer

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    My strap is a leather one I made in 1975. It has multiple holes, such that length adjustment is a simple matter of inserting the strap peg into a different hole.

    HOWEVER...I've seen a variety of strap pegs intended/designed to prevent the strap from dislodging, even under the most athletic circumstances. Those seem to require enough finagling that a player could not change strap length/guitar height quickly and fluidly. For players using such strap pegs, I could see a gadget like the strap shifter being useful. It wouldn't be of much use for me, but there's a lot of players who aren't me.

    That said, I don't expect to see it show up at Lee Valley.
     
  3. bw66

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    If I used a device to shorten my strap, it would strangle me - I already wear my guitar pretty high.

    And no, I can't name anyone who would have a use for that.
     
  4. SaucyJack

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    I could use that.
     
  5. Mooh

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    There are two situations where I change my strap length. The first is when playing bass. I wear my basses higher when using a pick than with fingers, though I'm mostly a finger guy. The second is when playing electric guitar. I wear my electric guitars higher for playing slide.

    I accomplish these height changes by having two strap buttons on the butt of each instrument and simply changing buttons between songs. I use Schaller strap locks, they adjust faster. Two buttons also let me stand up the guitar with less risk of it toppling over, not that I ever do that. I've been doing the extra button thing for at least 25 years, happily.

    Don't think I need the advertised gizmo.
     
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  6. iamthehub

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    If I had one... I'd probably forget to drop it back to the low position after the solo. I would play like that the rest of the night.

    And of course that would be the night that Duff and Axl were looking for a replacement for Slash... And here I am rocking it out with my guitar around my neck...

    Can't take a chance... Not using it.


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  7. zontar

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    Okay--I got some other thoughts on this--interesting, thanks
     
  8. Dorian2

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    Nope. Been playing in the same strap position for over 30 years. It's the way it is. Although I did raise the position a bit when I was taking Jazz. Suppose it might be useful if you're a Rock guy going to Jazz school. But it ended there.
     
  9. Adcandour

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    I respect a person who takes an idea to fruition.

    However, I am not sure that he did adequate Market testing or Focus studies before dumping too much money to the idea. He's registered the trademark, probably got a patent, and I hope he didn't pay for that prototype.

    My dad used to tell me to go in the basement and come up an invention, so I spent more time than normal thinking of ideas. My father liked a few of them and told me to continue with the idea, make drawings, Etc. I suspect he did it for many reasons, but mostly for my educating myself.

    Once, I was so certain that one of my ideas would take off that I asked him to pay for some studies to be done, and it didn't test well. So, I guess the moral of my story is that this guy's dad sucked.

    And, in case any of you guys were wondering, my idea was a product called the poopy trap. I built the Prototype myself. I used to rip proof polyethylene sheeting that was hole-punched, cut into sheets that were about 6 by 10 and had to drawstring around the perimeter. It wasn't the greatest, but it worked. I would plant them over the backyard in late fall and then they would get covered in snow. My dogs would s*** all over the snow, and in the spring I would tug the drawstring and get bags of s***.

    Hand-picking dogshit in Spring with two golden retrievers sucked.
     
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  10. laristotle

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    I wish that you had this on the market prior to buying our home 25 yrs ago.
    We closed early April with snow still on the ground.
    The former owner came around telling us about the beautiful lawn in the backyard.
    Once the snow melted, I had to rake up 40 lbs of dog shit (two garbage bags (doubled up) full). :mad:
     
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  11. iamthehub

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    I think this is a great idea. I do a real estate photography... I shoot lots of homes in the spring and need to shoot the backyards. And in the spring when it's all muddy and wet it's tough to decifer what is mud and dog poop... Until it's on your shoe. Your invention would make my life better :)



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  12. High/Deaf

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    A solution for a problem I've never had ....... but good luck to him.

    I recently jammed a couple songs at a pub my buddies were playing at. Steamboat Steve (the guy who's rig I played through) is at least 6" taller than me and I worried about the strap length. Ended up being fine because he wears his guitar a bit higher than I do. All good, till I stepped up to the mic and it hit me in the forehead. B#(*
     
  13. Adcandour

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    Yeah, so you can see my incentive. I hated that myself. I've been shoveling that much s*** for years.

    All my ideas seem to revolve around my issues. I also used to sleep in a basement. For some reason I got in my head that I've never be able to escape in a fire oh, so I came up with an idea for a window ladder that attached to window casings. It was Compact and fit in a sort of cylindrical tube

    I wish I didn't toss everything out. I'll be curious to see what's on the market now that was similar to an idea I came up with in the past.
     
  14. zontar

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    Well you could go on Dragon's Den if you do that research
     
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