I design a strap firstly around the required shoulder-pad width to suit the instrument.

If you have to think about the weight on your shoulder you cannot concentrate on playing.

The widths - and their matching tapers - given on the Options page are based upon years of informal trials - and on aesthetics, of course.

I use heavyweight leather, about ⅛" thick or more, which is durable and spreads the load.
3⅜" doesn't overhang most people's shoulders yet is wide enough for fairly heavy basses, whilst at less than 2½" typical electric guitars might start feeling a bit weighty, although that does depend on the design - especially the wood used.

The sizes shown on the Option Details will cover most players' needs, but a little wider might suit some people and a mandolin player might prefer something... rather narrower.

Please ask if you need an alternative size.

Shoulder-Pad Width - The Key to Comfort

 
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