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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:02 am    Post subject: Straps for heavy guitars? Reply with quote

Hello shortscale long time no see n' all that.

So I've been playing a bit of bass recently. I've got one these cheap Harley Benton ones from Thomann and it's fucking heavy. If my scales are right it's 5.5kb (about 12 lbs). I can barely play it for 20 minutes standing up before my left shoulder has turned to jelly.

I'm guessing I want a new strap for this thing but I don't know what. A big wide one to spread to load? One of those weird padded ones? The ol' etsy special leather one with LIVE LAUGH LOVE stamped into it? Help me out here.

BTW this is what I've got and I really rate it. It feels super solid and well made, no sharp fret ends or rattly hardware or dodgy tuners.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's great you like the guitar but your back and shoulder is more valuable. I would seriously consider finding a lighter guitar because in the end you'll be better off.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sell it and buy a lighter bass. 9lbs is too heavy. 12lbs is just unreasonable. I don't think any padded strap would make that feel light.

See the recent thread about guitar weights.

http://shortscale.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=69177
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was worried you'd say that, but you're probably right...

Time to go stare at mustang basses again.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A) Reece you motherfucker!

B) Buy a new, lighter body and swap the other bits over. The body doesn't mean shit on a Fender-style guitar.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a strap system that works like a pants belt. The downsides are it requires drilling the guitar to move the strap button to the lower horn or around it and generally it all looks super weird. The guitarist from the Screaming Females is rocking one with her G&L ash strat which is probably quite heavy and she makes it look cool. On me it would look super stupid
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There is a strap system that works like a pants belt. It's called a gu-girdle-itar. I can make you one?


In all seriousness though; Steve Albini pulls this off without any special fuckwittery, he just uses an extra long strap (and some stilts). Obviously forces you to be pretty low-slung though, which is more of a drag with bass.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hahaha priceless as ever paul.

I've tried the steve albini belt...strap...thingy on a guitar before but you can't angle the neck up towards you so it was pretty uncomfortable. You can see he's got the bent wrist claw hand in that photo to reach.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it's probably inherently prone to make the neck sit low.
I found the link to the company which makes such straps

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol I've got the sunburst one and yeah it weighs a ton. Feels alright though using a Fender Monogrammed strap.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a wide strap because a guitar strap was giving me trouble with the neck muscles/nerves on the left shoulder, and that was just for a JB copy.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Reece, lovely to see you here.

Reece wrote:
Time to go stare at mustang basses again.


I too have been staring at Mustang basses (and Burns 12 strings, of all things).
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a mono Betty. It does indeed help with heavier guitars, but it’s not a very attractive piece of gear. You kinda ruin the rockstar look but wearing a piece of orthopaedic equipment.
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