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Differences between types of straps

Is there any real difference between a strap made for, say, an electric bass and a strap for an electric guitar or an acoustic?*
The short answer is no.

What matters is the player's comfort. If I make a strap one inch wide for a ukulele or a mandolin and you use it on your Les Paul for a three-hour gig, you will ache. This is nothing to do with your amazing fitness or lack of - it is pure physics.

A wider shoulder-pad spreads the load over a bigger area. Simple as that. You have a heavy guitar? Get a wider strap and it won't feel so heavy.

On straps with a separate, sliding shoulder-pad, the pad has to be substantial. If is too thin, it will bend into a U-shape and you are back where you started with all of the weight concentrated down the middle. The pad has to be stiff enough to resist the forces trying to bend it, so heavyweight leather is necessary if the pad is separate from the main strap.

If the strap simply widens into the shoulder pad, the weight gets spread as a matter of course - provided that the leather is not wafer-thin, the pad is reasonably long and the taper is not too rapid.

*Not all acoustics have a strap button at the top, but thonging or twine can be used for a strap.
Actually, some acoustics don't have any strap buttons at all because the maker assumes that they'll be played sitting down. They can be fitted fairly easily, although you'll get no Brownie points for screwing them into a pretty little Flamenco.
1. Design Limits 2. Length Adjustment 3. Adjustment Range Bass Strap or Guitar Strap? Design Ramblings 1
Phil Lesh - bass player with The Grateful Dead - used to use an extra-wide strap with a sheepkin lining back in the day when they did dusk-to-dawn gigs.
Sheepskin is messy to stitch and also probably needs a do-it-yourself removable option for cleaning with maybe a clip- or tie-on system.
I've some done work on a design. If the demand is there I'll spend more time on it.
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