Discussion in 'Dealer Emporium' started by TVvoodoo, Jun 17, 2017.
The slide holder?
yessir! I'm not much a slide guy, only have one here to fool with, I will let the real slide player tell me if it's genius, or utter shit. LOL! But I think it's a pretty practical and unobtrusive solution, and seems very sturdy from all my jumping around etc... the amount of "grip" is adjustable
put a couple of new Ladies straps up on Reverb... fitting squarely in my Star Power line, (bling-centric entertainer straps).
A fella could wear this, but you'd pretty much have to wear your guitar up high and be wanting to get in touch with your inner Taylor Swift.
Calling them Black Magic. Problem is, still pictures do absolutely nothing for them, so I had to take a short vid
these are shorter, very soft but strong straps, padded and showy.... most suitable for ladies. There is Red, blue, green, yellow, pink, purple,
pretty much every colour of sparkle is in these and I don't know how they did it, but the sparkles DON'T come off.
Straps show mostly as black velvet/velour. But really light up in a cool way.
Want to surprise a special gal in your band with cool strap? Look no further!
hey @TVvoodoo here's something I been wondering about - could you make a strap with clip ends? My main player (heavy 70s LP bass) came to me with a quick-release style strap screwed directly into the body in place of strap pins. It is stable, super safe and I like it so don't wanna change back to normal pins (even though I have some of yours - those will go on other instruments). Problem is that the strap itself is the plain seatbelt webbing thing and I am getting old and starting to feel it in the shoulder after a 2 hour jam. If necessary I could provide the clips (I bought a second one back after a gig when I thought I lost the one I am actually using, but then I found it in another bag).
Would love an amp'd salt n pepper one with clips ends like this. I don't need the female ends, but would be open to getting those too so they match if you're up for it. Dunno how you feel about that.
That sounds like a fookin' fantastic project! I I am over it if you send me the ends. I would love to do this for you. Plus I can cover up the DiMarzio advertising LOL! send the female ends too, if you can. I'd also like to cover up the small webbing with black leather, maybe, I could actually just sew the marshall fabric right on top of the webbing, and add padding underneath, and a new, softer lining to cover the underside and feel WAY better on your old man shoulders LOL.
I was at a skin specialist the other day to look at a mole or whatever on my back, (my wife made me go), turns out the sciency name for what I have is an "Old Man Wart".True story. Sad. I told the doc, that was'ntvery nice, how could a young fella like me get an old man wart? Then he pointed out all the gray in my beard. Dang.
I see it's a hootenanny buckle for large adjustment but the marshall fabric is really stiff, I don't know if I can do that now, that actually, I might have to actually kind of start from scratch and just make my style of strap but with the clip ends incorporated. When you send it, can you send it roughly adjusted within an inch or so of your length.There will be some adjustment, but not more than ten inches or so.
But it will be a far better, more comfortable strap when I'm done. I live for this kind of stuff!
I'll PM you my mailing address.
Just completed the first "Noel" strap I'm calling "Roll With It," went up on 'verb a few minutes ago. I've made a few of these now, one for my red 335,
and a couple of custom orders, but I haven't had a chance to put one up for general sale yet. Priced it kind of high, but it's worth it I think, lotta work.
We shall see!
Wearing something like this gives a guy free reign to berate and castigate all other straps in the room with Gallagher brother-like toxic derision.
"You call that a bloody fookin' strap mate? Looks weaker than me fookin' granny's garters, it does. Sod-off, ya barmy tosser." Just for example.
Cool - replied to yer PM; lets do this.
These are very new and killer-cool in a modern br00t7z sort of way.
"Dark Matrix," coming soon to my reverb outlet (still gotta punch some holes into 'em and make tail straps).
first Bluesbreaker II strap off the line, now up on Reverb
This is a result of me being asked to come up with a easy-to-use but not terrible looking slide holding solution. I think it's pretty darn cool, plus... pick pocket too. One guy commented this is a perfect strap not only for dudes that need quick transition to slide and back, but also for guys like me (and many others of you out there) who want to play slide more, but always forget to look for the damn thing because it's lost somewhere, or whatever.
Put your finger in, pull sideways to pull the slide off a built-in clip. Push it back on, the clip will grab the slide off. Takes a bit of practice but in about 30 seconds you'll get it. Slide is secure, will not fall off, unless perhaps you have frantic stage moves like Angus Young on amphetamines.
Got something exciting going on in the straplab this morning. a week or so ago member @Granny Gremlin asked if it would be possible to do a conversion/mod of a dimarzio strap lock strap, into a well-hung style strap. Seems the thin 2" poly DiMarzio, (and many others), loosely call a guitar strap, is wearing a bit thin on him.
Hell Yeah! I've actually played around with the clip lock system myself in my search for coming up with strap security solutions. But I didn't like the plastic, and some of them I tested seemed a bit sketchy to me, due to... plastic. Then I tried motorcycle helmet clasps for a bit, basically tiny metal seatbelt buckles), and well they were super secure, just too clunky,. I ended up giving up on it, and going in a different direction. Now this is NOT to say I don't think Dimarzio clip locks are secure enough for the avereage person, I think they can be pretty good... i just never really liked the look much. You hardly NEVER see a guitar beauty shot with a clip-lock plastic clasp in it, basically because I think most people do realize they kind of look like ass. Practical? Sure. But beautiful?
I am happy to report that granny sent me some ends of good quality, he took off a strap for me to build a Well-Hung strap around, in Marshall Grill, 3" wide, padded.
He wanted to be able to use this strap with another set of clip locks, but there was problem... on the other installation, the male/female ends were reversed. So he asked if it would be possible to do a switcharoo... put the male ends on the bits that attach to the guitar, build the females into the strap.
Not a problem for me, but I soon realized.. wait a minute... the way these adjust, you need the double loop to weave the webbing through. The Male ends he sent me have the double loops, so I couldn't make the strap longer or shorter, I had to fix it so the guitar attached part would go longer/shorter. No bother, he figured he was ok with about 4-5 inches adjustment, and after diagramming out a plan for him, GG agreed that it would be ok to have the four inch leeway on the back end of the guitar.
My first job was to switch the ends, and make 'em good, because that'
scrucial to figuring out the whole length of the strap.
To get the ends off, I had to remove the metal screw pins (nicely made), and cut the threads holding the webbing together. Very strange how the thread Dimarzio uses to hold these ends together is real cheap stuff, and not sure why they used red, seems to only call attention to that fact. In this case, red kinda does mean danger. The heavy duty upholstery thread I sewed all the ends back together with is at least twice as thick, maybe more, and black.
to be continued
Below is the back end adjustment pin... this attached to the guitar. Set it up for about 4 inches adjustment that will take his guitar strap length between 56" to about 60". GG says he's a 57/58 guy, so I shot for his best length to be in about the middle of the range. Also added a bit of leather on the end of the adjustment strap, feels nice, and will make sure the end won't slip through the male clip endunexpectedly.
Sometimes the premature pull-out is a good thing to do, but never when it comes to guitar straps.
Once I had my ends made, I could figure out how long to make the strap, and where to attach them.
Luckily this marshall grill fabric is about 59" long, so I didn't have to sew two pieces together, could use one continuous. I did put a bit of leather on the nose end, because if you don't cap this stuff and glue it, it'll come unravelled and this grill stuff is a not pretty when it unravels. Ask me how I know.
Strap will be about 3" wide, with super nice padding Well-Hung straps are famous for, and really cool and grippy alcantara fake suede on the inside in none-more-black.
Did I mention one thing that bugs me about the clip lock system is, it how it looks? Is it a guitar strap? A tent strap? Hiking gear? So, with GG's permission, I decided we go a bit stealth with the clip ends on this strap. I am extending the nose of the strap, and tail too, so they will cover up the plastic connections so it will look more like a regular strap. Just have to make sure they have some leather to sew through inside the body of the strap, and the connectors are securely attached so they won’t pull out.
Just plugged in the block heater for the sewing machine... more to come later on today I figure...
Ok so now we got the front end all set up we can work on the back end ... Gonna hit 58" in the middle of adjustment...
Time for stitching... Steady want up one side, around the back end and down the other.
Do a bit more detailed stitching on the nose so it's secure and looks tight.
Added a pick pocket in black leather in the front, to hide where the front lock webbing was stitched through the back, didn't really need it, but it gave the strap a little more "oomph." Easily removable if he don't like it.
I'll let the owner show it off in full when it hits his crib. On the way to Trawna tomorrow.
Also... work in progress...
My peace dove is generously padded, and the symbols won't appear upside down!
Ever hear of Loserhide? If you are my age you remember it well, probably still have the nightmares too.
Could it be sheep, pig, dog, cat, goat? I dunno. Probably all them and more. It's black, and it's leather. That's all that matters right?
3" wide, great texture, strong and long. Totally crank up your 80's cred.
Check out my Reverb store for this baby and other cool unique straps and some other things too.
Are you ready for this?
Earned fairly new customer who suddenly came onstream on reverb recently and picked up a couple of my more eclectic styled straps. You know friends, sometimes I just don't know who's grabbing these up. Some purchases I can't even differentiate between a kid starting out, a biker chick who drives a sidecar Harley (true story), a gigging pro, or an experienced guitar salt. I do like to try to carry on a bit of a conversation with folks when I get the time, find out a bit about the people and instruments I am strapping, a little bit of market intelligence I guess. Getting to know the people and the stories, that's also half the fun of being in the custom gear game.
Tonight I got in a couple of photos from a fellow's wife, of my strap posed on a couple of guitars... seems the owner is having a little trouble deciding, so ended up ordering another similar I think, to solve the problem, which is just fine by me. He loves my straps, so much, says his wife. So when she sent me these pics, they came to me with absolutely no info. I opened the jpegs, and I was kind of uh... I guess you could say "double-takey?" set off my spider senses a little bit.
So, I had to email the lady back to ask some questions about what exactly I was looking at.
1957 Les Paul Goldtop, modelling a "Sauron" from my Dragonslayer series
1969 Les Paul Goldtop, again with Sauron, the wife referred to this guitar as "Old Barfy"
Now I don't know about you guys, but even knowing my strap slings these guitars kind of gives me the willies a little bit. LOL! So proud.
I'm gonna to steer him towards leather for the next. Sauron is a vinyl strap, so I had to send a bit of a "case storage" warning, because... well, nitro.
Hell, fresh air and clean sunshine kicks the hell out of that stuff.
Son. of. a. gun.
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