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

  1. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    What fresh sort of zonked-out hippie Hell have I talked myself into?

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    We got long-nosed dinodogs, an "M" volcano, a fire-breathing bird-dragon, very pointy mountains, some strange angular plumbing-cacti, a glowing pyramid and even a big ol' groovy mushroom. About four feet of what just HAS to be dope-inspired leather carvings, coming soon to some veg-tan leather near me.

    Not my original artwork. This, another straplica from days long past.

    This outta be far-out, man.
     
  2. Granny Gremlin

    Granny Gremlin Gold Member

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    Loving the clip on strap @TVvoodoo

    So comfortable. Stable. Classy looking (hiding the clips worked out). The adjustment for length works very well too - because it's on the butt end's clip end, you can just reach over and tighten or loosen very easily (as opposed to seatbelt style straps where the adjust clip is somewhere down your back and you have to take it off to adjust properly (and then rinse repeat because you didn't get it exactly where you wanted the first time).

    To be fair there is 1 negative, but only one negative. The thing doesn't exactly pack well. I was able to get the old strap rolled up in the (shaped vs rectangular) LP case right in the spot where the cutaway is. This strap doesn't have a chance of fitting in there. Worth it if that's the trade off.

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    ^ A happy man.

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  3. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    Thanks for those great pics and nice write up GG... It was a pleasure learning more about the clip lock system. Sorry, my straps are way more robust to roll up and stash.
    The trade off is super comfort!

    What is that guitar?
     
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  4. Granny Gremlin

    Granny Gremlin Gold Member

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    It's a 1975 Gibson LP Triumph bass (bass version of the LP Recording guitar with low impedance pickups). Originally white; don't smoke kids.

    I forgot to mention my bandmates complimenting me on my new strap matching the beard. And no worries - I knew this thing was not going to roll up as nice as a seatbelt and it totally is worth it.
     
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  5. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    OK well, not sure if I can top that last post here with this but let's do a little show-and-tell. Recently a guy asked me if I can do a "mountain" strap, as in Duane Allman in the early days. The original was made in Atlanta, and given to him by a ms. Dixie Meadows. My attempt is actually trying to make a replica of a replica
    because it's hard to find photos of the original that I can see much for details on.

    Anyway... I cut leather, 8/9 oz vegtan, to about 2-3/4" wide, and traced my reasonable handdrawn facsimile from white paper to clear acetate.
    Lay the acetate on the leather and have a look before tracing the pattern onto the leather.

    OK well, not sure if I can top that last post here with this but let's do a little show-and-tell. Recently a guy asked me if I can do a "mountain" strap, as in Duane Allman in the early days. The original was made in Atlanta, and given to him by a ms. Dixie Meadows. My attempt is actually attempting to make a replica of a replica because it's hard to find photos of the original that I can see much for details on, and the nature of the strap is there is a lot of detail.

    Anyway... I cut leather, 8/9 oz vegtan, to about 2-3/4" wide, and traced my reasonable hand-drawn facsimile from white paper to clear acetate. Lay the acetate on the leather and have a look before tracing the pattern onto the leather. I'd show more shots of this stuff but for some reason CGF limits pics to only five, but you get the idea. Acetate is just that clear plastic used for overhead slides. Remember those? This was what ancient business people used before powerpoint. Well Powerpoint ain't going to help me here. Anyhoo... I traced the pattern from the paper onto clear acetate so I could transfer it to the leather easier.

    I do aim to pad this strap and sew a lining to it, so it's going to be an "improved" version, not like the original, or any other replicas. To accommodate that I need to put in some stitching channels on each side, and then I can know to keep my art inside the boundaries. After properly "casing" the leather, (dampening it so it takes a good impressions), I press in this channel with ruler and a high tech tool called screen-door-gasket-presser-thingy. This same tool also has another name in the Tandy store, but costs about four times as much if you plan to use it for leather work.

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    Then I use a scallop carving tool, to do the wave edge. This will take about thirty minutes of tappedy-tappy, tip-tap, (in adam sandler voice)

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    I secure the pattern on to the leather and trace with a modelling tool, staying as best I can inside my boundaries. This necessitates going off-pattern here and there a little bit. Creative license.

    I do a light press on the acetate with the tool, then remove it and go over the light impression by pressing even harder with the tool to make some nice lines. This will give you beautiful hand cramps after about five minutes. So I take a few breaks. Note there was some shrubberies in the pattern, but I didn't have a proper tool for, so I ended up grinding and filing a carriage bolt to come up with my "shrubbery" tool. Of course I also take some time to test it out on some scrap, to get to know it a bit. Each tool has it's own little techniques, and there are hundreds of them. Anyway, mine is not perfect, but aigh't enough for me. I should stop right now and state I am NOT the most experienced leather carver, far from it. But, I'm not afraid to try, and this is how we learn stuff. We dive in.

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    I go over the pattern again with the modelling tool after the acetate is off pressing in even harder.


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    Then I figure out how the ends work around the ring join (2.5"), and try to plan ahead a bit. There are various tools used to define the pattern and give it some depth. basically anyone who has done craft time at camp and made a keychain will understand how tedious this is. After maybe 4/5 hours of tappedy tap, and making my wife cranky because she was trying to grab a nap, as well as some judicious swivel knife use, we have a basic leather carving, along approx 47/48" of strap.

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    These don't look like much when they are raw, they take on a new life once the stain happens. Well, I hope anyway.

    The original strap was red, and yellow mountains etc.... and black sky, with painted bits, moon stars etc. The red dye faded over the years to pretty much nothing, and is now pretty much veg-tan in colour, as on display at some Hard Rock Cafe somewhere. The black part, (where all that texture is in the sky) stayed black. The guy I'm working for wants it to look more like the strap looked new.

    So I think I will have to dye the whole thing yellow, then a bit more carefully dye red, so I can keep a little "cherryburst" effect on the mountains and shroom etc... Then I will have to even more carefully fill in the sky with black dye. That's going to be maybe the toughest part. After all that, a little paint for the starts and dragon fire, etc... she will be looking.

    I'll detail the next steps here if anyone is interested in this sort of stuff.
     
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  6. jdto

    jdto Gold Member

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    That’s gonna be sweet!
     
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  7. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    Dyed some bits yellow where there are CSB moments then the whole thing got suddenly made red.

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    now the filling in of the sky area....

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    looking at these extreme closeups taken before I touched everything up kind of makes me cringe, but good things are happening as we continue.

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  8. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    So I have finished the Duane Allman Mountain guitar strap, it will be going to a fellow Western Canadian. Funny thing.... someone else saw the pics I posted of this build, and ordered me to get busy making another one, only slightly longer. I'm not going to do the green leaf on the front part. That's what I saw on several replicas, but they all got it wrong, so I'm not gonna follow them any more. It's actually supposed to be another dragon.



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    Also got sent this photo of what he called his '56 Les Paul Conversion by the same customer that owns the '57 goldtop above.
    I actually had to look up what a "conversion" is, but it's very cool! Learn something new each day.

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  9. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    One cool thing is all the great artists I get to know a little bit, and the photos they send me! Below, Earnest from TX sent me a great photo of him and one of my "Stage King" straps in action.I get the sneaking suspicion he's not belting out a Justin Beiber tune, I'm a bit insightful like that.

    Great beard, my man!

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    Here's a photo tip for you others out there if you want to look as cool as Earnest.
    1. Wear proper western garb, and OWN it.
    2. Neon Beervertising sign, open longneck, and appropriate flags in the background
    3. Most important of all... a Well-Hung Guitar strap slinging your guitar.

    Met another super cool fella on TDPRI a few weeks ago. He was interested in my Fender paisley pattern print I spent hours on separating the layers so it could be made into ANY colour combo possible. I think I talked about it earlier in this thread. Funny thing is, after all my work he wanted me to provide him something close to the traditional pattern, then he had it printed and applied to a tele body. Coming along very nice.

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    Not sure exactly how he was able to wrap it around the sides so well, but the man definitely has skillz!

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    One of the main challenges in recreating the "proper" paisley pattern is the dang background. While my background
    is not exactly the silvery bubble medium the original paisleys are printed on, it's not a bad fooler, at least in pics.

    Also uploaded possibly one of the most insane guitar strap I have made, (except for maybe the I-Robot one, or the punk duct tape ones I made years ago). I call this one The WMD

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    oh and some brand new bad hombre mexi-straps also are up... in tan, grey and dark indigo/black.
    Bad Hombre become one of my more popular thigns.

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  10. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    re-imagining the shakey strap a bit, adding some "Well-Hungitude" to it I guess. Not a total copycat, because well a maybe guy deserves his own spin on things?
    NOT silkscreened. Had the patches custom-made - couldn't find any the right size, so I just designed my own and ordered them. They look and feel way more legit and hippy-riffic. Leather, denim, rock and roll!
     
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  11. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Gold Member

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    I know @TVvoodoo likes shots of his strap matches. I ordered the Bad Hombre for an acoustic that's still being built. So here it is with my Shyboy tele:

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  12. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    For some reason teles and acoustics really pair well with the earthy bad hombres!

    Thank you for the photo I absolutely LOVE to see pairings
     
  13. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    Some super-duper Cancon in the straplab today, I expect some of my countrymen or women will recognize

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    This one is called "General Dumont", I have "Riel" on the bench being built. What an honour to be able to make what will surely become family treasures.
     
  14. TVvoodoo

    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Dealer

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    Rodeo Queen went up this morning another one of my "No Prisoners" series, where i re-purpose cool belts I find in thrift shops and make interesting on-off straps out them. It can be quite the challenge sometimes. There's also a couple of other manly grommety straps on the 'verb I put up a couple weeks ago. These straps are not for folks who are concerned about a scratch or a ding. But if you want to earn that relic'd look honestly and "be the star" onstage, No Prisoners straps can help with both.

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  15. jdto

    jdto Gold Member

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    Very nice!
     
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