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What's NEW in the Well-Hung Guitar StrapLab

Discussion in 'Dealer Emporium' started by TVvoodoo, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    The Well-Hung StrapLab is located deep in the northern backwoods of Saskatchewan. In this leathery, gluey, and sometimes slightly beery sanctuary, I make all kinds of stuff, but mostly lots of guitar straps.
    I've been crafting them for nearly seven years now, experimenting with interesting materials, working to solve things like neck dive, strap length envy, backache, strap end disintegration and whatnot. I've taken on quite a few custom jobs for particular guitars, and replicas of some famous straps too.

    In this thread you will mostly likely see pre-release works-in-progress, maybe the odd contest, and announcements when a new line is released. Probably pictures of all the cuts I get on my hands, and whatever else I feel like posting.

    A little about me. I am here just like most of you, as a guitar player (not a very good one). I have been loving the guitar for about 35 years. A member of a lot of guitar-centric forums, I dig talking guitars and ogling everyone elses' amp and guitar porn. I have refinished several guitars, recovered/rehoused amps, and I too get loopy via solder fumes. So, I look at you guys and gals as my virtual brothers and sisters. I'm a husband, father of two amazing kids, and have a day job in advertising - I have worked in media, radio, television, newspapers for about 30 years. In my a small northern village on the edge of nowhere, my wife and I live in a church we have slowly renovated into a fairly comfortable home. It's real open concept - sometimes TOO open. ;-)

    Why Make Guitar Straps?

    Seven or eight years ago, I blew out my left rotator cuff, and it made playing guitar with a regular strap practically impossible. While in recovery/ physio, I found I was not alone in the need for a longer, more comfortable guitar strap, so I learned how to sew a little bit, and took it from there. At first I used old leather coats from thrift shops and made a ton of pretty cool straps. Eventually I sprung for an industrial machine to handle heavier leathers and started buying full hides, as well as alternative materials. It's maybe become a little bigger than a hobby, but still much smaller than a business. Somewhere in-between at this point. Who knows where it may go? To be able to feed my creative needs and help people out with great straps is really what keeps me so jazzed. I'm pleased that a local guitar shop also features my work.

    What Kind of Guitar Strap?

    There are so-called comfort straps out there... I simply wanted to make a distinctively good-looking more comfortable padded strap that doesn't look or feel weird, (I have made plenty strange ones too) which is tangibly different that what others offer. I personally make each and every guitar strap I send off. I do not import. Hundreds of guitars players all over North America, and even some in Britain, Japan, and Italy wear my work, professionally and/or for leisurely play. Many of my friends come back time and time again, which makes me super proud and appreciative. For anyone is interested in my work, there are a good number of reviews in my reverb store, as well as out there on a several forums, if you care to look. I hope to make some new friends here, your reviews will be welcome in this thread also.

    I am not a factory, I make guitar straps via my own creative whims and when I get time. I normally do short runs of the same or similar pieces, maybe 5, maybe 10, depending on materials I find then release them into the wild all at once. Any series of strap I make available, no guarantee I will ever make that one again. If it sells out fast and gets sweet reviews, I very well may. I have developed several successful lines I repeat from time to time, but again I do not EVER want to become any kind of assembly line.

    Enough blah-de-blah.

    The Well-Hung "Amp'd" line was first conceived and hatched about eight months ago. I the first run I made four lines of straps, 6 in Marsha Salt 'n Pepper grill cloth, a dozen in Grey and Brown matrix grill cloth, and another set of six or seven in genuine fendry tweed material. These were all 3" wide, padded. I think I still have one in brown remaining.

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    This weekend I am working on bringing a new line into this series, still trying to figure out what to name them without getting myself in trouble. These ones are 2.5" wide, still padded. Alcantara fabric is on the backside. This is THICK fake suede used in the airline and auto industry. It has fantastic grip, even better than real suede, and is super long-wearing, mildew and mold resistant - and for you hot, hot players out there, be comforted in the fact it is also fire resistant LOL! While I normally favour making 3" wide straps, these aren't bad at all. Strong and light, the silver bits in the grill cloth catch the light real nice, adding a bit of "glint" when a guy moves in hot lights.

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    If you look in the bottom corner you will also see some more salt 'n pepper that came in too. I will bring back more of those in maybe a month or two as well. For the Fendry ones? Probably in my Reverb store by next weekend so watch for 'em to pop up. There is only one with the brown end, all the rest are black. There are seven total.

    Want to know what it feels like to be Well-Hung via a different kind of guitar strap? I welcome you to have a little look at my shop. There is a link to it in my signature below.
     
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  2. Kerry Brown

    Kerry Brown Gold Member

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    My wife does a lot of sewing. She also collects vintage sewing machines. I've been lusting after your straps on reverb for a while now. I keep asking my wife about making guitar straps but she won't let me near her machines. Says I need to buy her an industrial Juki and she will teach me how to make straps. Bloody thing is more expensive than most of my guitars.
     
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  3. sulphur

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    I'm in like Flint!
     
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  4. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    I started with an old '53 singer I purchased on a buy and sell site for $40. The '56 and below singers are brutes, but need mods like bigger flywheel, and higher horse motor to do much with leather. I worked with mine for about 3 years, but as I got better and better at sewing, and more ambitious with materials, I eventually outgrew the machine because I was spending more time cussing and tearing stuff apart and starting over, than I was sewing LOL After '56 manufacturers started putting plastic bits in the drive chain to save money, and they won't punch much worth a damn before something busts on you. I made a couple thousand with that old $40 machine, after I put another hundred and twenty into it.

    Fabric, you can tear it apart and resew no problem if you have problems. with leather, once you punch those holes and you have to pull thread and go over it again, it looks like crap most times.
    I have a Consew 206 now which is pretty much the telecaster of industrial sewing machines. I bought it used and it cost me more than any of my guitars, for sure, but a lot less swearing.
    Moving from a domestic to an industrial is like from a ford focus to a dump truck, they sew so strong and fast you can drive that needle right through your finger if you're dumb.
     
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  5. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    I did also forget to mention if you are a lefty, and specifically custom-order a left-handed Well-Hung guitar strap, expect a $25 surcharge. I do this only because I know you're used to it by now.
     
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  6. davetcan

    davetcan Staff Member

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    Are the leather ends supple enough and thin enough to accept standard Schaller strap locks?
     
  7. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    Dave, do you have a measurement for me, thickness? I have some old locks around here I guess I could try. Not a big fan of them. I've been sending straps away
    for about seven years. I have had one other complaint about a strap NOT accepting locks at about year two or so. It just doesn't seem to have been an issue for anyone since then. I do not use any mechanical strap locks - I do my very best to make sure my strap will not randomly fall off your button/pin.
     
  8. davetcan

    davetcan Staff Member

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    It's only a problem if you've converted all of your guitars to strap locks and can no longer find the original pins :) (like me) Thickness likely won't be an issue and I've actually cut straps in the past to open up the pin hole a bit.
     
  9. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Gold Member

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    Yes but check them once in awhile. I had the outer nut pop off this month, but I had it on there for maybe 8 months. I suppose that could happen with any strap.

    I have 3 Well-Hung straps and love them! Pics to follow. But I discovered Well-Hung while looking for a strap to cure a neck diver. I was about ready to give up and sell it. Thanks to a Well-Hung strap I still have the guitar, and use it at every gig.
     
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  10. sulphur

    sulphur

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    I think that it's the hole size (diameter), rather than the thickness of the strap end.
    Though something too thick may hinder the threading of the nut onto the locker.

    I've had to bore the hole bigger in a few leather straps to accomodate the Schaller lockers.
     
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  11. davetcan

    davetcan Staff Member

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    Exactly! Well I'll order one and see for myself, have to support forum members when we can :)
     
  12. sulphur

    sulphur

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  13. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Gold Member

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    My Well-Hung collection...
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  14. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    I so have an excellent assortment of leather punches. if you want a hole a specific size fellas, just let me know. I also cut a about a quarter inch (old school canadian) slit in the leather above the hole to facilitate the "puttin' the thingy, on the whatsit" process, as well as a way, way smaller teeny hole to guard against "the slit thingy kept ripping farther up my strap, because I manhandled my strap too many times" factor.

    If you look close on these you will see what I am talking about.

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    Seriously fellas, strap locks hardly ever get mentioned at all when it comes to my straps. I think that`s a real good thing.

    LOL! Dave you got one of the pimp straps! (princely tribute).
     
  15. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    The Blackface series is now up.... plus a couple new straps in my store.

    Came up with the "Matrika" series a couple years ago... I source some genuine Sari trim all the way from way way way east across the big pond, and commence to make straps out of it. The 3" trim is harder find, but when I can get it is just gorgeous stuff. Harder yet to find? Good plastic tri-buckles and loops that handle 3" wide materials. But after a couple tries at it, what I finally found is fantastic. These patterns feature metallic thread, wonderfully embroidered. Sometimes they try to sell absolutely insane colour combos, like purple and brown or whatever, I try to stay away from those. o_O

    Very comfy padded strap, if you got an orange, inca silver/grey or vintage white guitar, this one on your shoulder just might make the ladies swoon.
    Careful, you might forget you are wearing a guitar too. Neck dive killer.

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    I have a couple of blue ones also in the making... coming in a week or so.
    Great strap for a heavy Pelhman blue something-something.

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    Also found a 3" left-over back stocker I didn't even know I had, from my last "Brad's Paisleys" run.
    Metallic silver embroidery on black. I was digging around the workshop looking for a lost piece of leather for to
    make a custom I'm working on.

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    new genre created: Groovy Glam - Didn't find the damn leather either. :(
     

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