View Poll Results: Most comfortable strap width.

45. You may not vote on this poll
  • 2 inches

    10 22.22%
  • 2.5 inches

    15 33.33%
  • 3 inches

    16 35.56%
  • 3.5 inches

    5 11.11%
  • 4 inches

    3 6.67%
Multiple Choice Poll.
Reply to Thread Bookmark Thread
Posts 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1

    User Info Menu

    This should help us kill some time in our socially distanced lives. I find that the width makes a huge difference (guitar straps that is). Between 2 inch to 3 inch straps, my guitars feel like 3 pounds lighter.

    I have never owned straps that are wider than 3 inches. I wonder at what point going even wider starts to get uncomfortable on the neck.

    What's your favorite guitar strap width on especially heavy guitars?


    The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
  3. #2

    User Info Menu

    Never tried anything other than 2" for guitar or bass; acoustic, electric, solid, hollow or otherwise. Never felt the need.

  4. #3

    User Info Menu

    I have a 3" cotton strap on my Super-400 + Cabronita-Tele and a leather 3" strap (43 years old...) on my ES-345.
    The banjo has a 3" Neoprene strap on it, bought directly from Roger Sadowsky about 20 years ago (Frankfurt Musik Messe).
    The rest of my herd have the more standard 2" strapped on....

  5. #4

    User Info Menu

    2" leather (some padded, some not) for guitars, 1.5" cloth for tenor ukes, 2.5" padded leather for bass.
    I generally like Levys, but they often require customization - carefully enlarging the peg holes and cutting off the excess (I'm 5' 8").

  6. #5

    User Info Menu

    none of the above...

    i prefer the vintage look...levys m25

    Strap Width Poll-vxkoxlrkyzvmdrhpkdjy-jpg


  7. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    none of the above...

    i prefer the vintage look...levys m25

    Strap Width Poll-vxkoxlrkyzvmdrhpkdjy-jpg

    Just to clarify, by width I mean width of the strap where it's in contact with the weight bearing part of the body (shoulder and upper back). As that's why the width and padding matters. The weight is distributed to a wider area of contact is what makes the guitar feel lighter. From the picture that strap looks to me like it's 3 inches wide where it matters.
    Last edited by Tal_175; 04-07-2020 at 12:33 PM.

  8. #7

    User Info Menu

    This Brookwood Leather strap (3" wide pad, mine has a golden buckle, same color scheme .....) helps in holding up my Super Eagle in style :

  9. #8

    User Info Menu

    I use these, 4.1 inches wide with padding. Great belts. Their shop is close to where I live, so I bought a few at even lower prices.

    Strap Width Poll-classic-bass-padded-black-jpg

  10. #9

    User Info Menu

    Long ago I saw Woody Allen and his band play live and I thought "jeez, those old duffers are all sitting" and nowadays I sit while playing :-)

    My straps are all solid leather at 2.5" to keep from scratching the git in the case and are worn mostly to correct balance issues.

  11. #10

    User Info Menu

    You didn't go narrow enough in the poll... my straps are 3/4 inch wide.

    The width of a strap prevents it from digging into the skin between your neck and shoulder, but the major problem with running a strap there is not solved. Distributing the load does not decrease the total force, and it is the total force that produces tension on the muscle between the neck and shoulder - it acts to pull the neck to your left, and the width of the strap does not reduce that, just makes it more comfortable.

    Just like bending a string - the same increase in string tension yields the same pitch whether you use one uncomfortable finger or spread the load with two or three fingers...

    The old straps that tied to the head stock tended to naturally run off the point of the shoulder, which is extremely tough. I use a 3/4 inch wide mandolin strap with the "sliding wide section" discarded; perfect length without buckles or other complications, runs off from the corner of my shoulder, I can play my almost ten pound guitar standing for four hours without ever noticing it, and it looks very retro sharp.

  12. #11

    User Info Menu

    From 1 1/2" to 2 1/2", suede only. The guitar stays still even when I'm moving is my main aim.

  13. #12

    User Info Menu

    I don't use straps w buckles or anything that could scratch a guitar as I store it behind the neck in my gig bag.
    I used a plain black 2.5 Levys for about 25 yrs but I worked a couple outdoor gigs in the hot summer heat and it ruined a couple white dress shirts.
    Switched to a similar Italia black leather strap, very high quality though the inside leather is a buffed natural color, no bleed w these straps and they annually run a buy one get one 1/2 off deal in the slower summer.
    I have 2 as a result and I'll probably never need another one.

  14. #13

    User Info Menu

    I play sitting nowadays. I want the guitar to balance without a strap, and my guitars do.

    Back in the day, when I played a Les Paul standing up, I had a quilted leather strap made which was 4 or 5 inches wide. It was pretty comfortable. Used it with a straplok.

  15. #14

    User Info Menu

    I have a couple of guitars that tend to neck-dive so large suede Levys straps are what I use to reduce the neck-dive - I use similar straps on all my guitars.

  16. #15

    User Info Menu

    I have never measured or took note of how wide my straps are. I have no idea.

  17. #16

    User Info Menu

    Serious leather only!

    Regarding width/weight: our electric bass-playing colleagues often use quite wider straps, and their basses are typically quite heavier than our guitars, so that may say something.

  18. #17

    User Info Menu

    Never really thought about it, so I just checked. Mine are around 2.5" Maybe I should get a wider one? And heavier strings? And a heavier pick? And a thicker cable.....

    And then there's this insanity, probably heavier than the guitar!

    Strap Width Poll-bensonstrap-jpg

  19. #18

    User Info Menu

    Just wanted to add that I use a strap all the time now. That way the instrument stays in the same place relative to my body whether I'm sitting or standing. YMMV!

  20. #19
    I use straps when I'm sitting as well. Almost identical to the way Joe Pass positioned the guitar with a strap while sitting. It can be seen in Rich Severson's guitar demos that he also uses that position while sitting whether he is using an 18 inch guitar or a solid body. It's takes some getting used to but it gets very comfortable after a while.
    Attached Images Attached Images Strap Width Poll-joe-jpg 
    Last edited by Tal_175; 04-09-2020 at 08:55 PM.

  21. #20

    User Info Menu

    As a Les Paul player I have ended up to 7 cm (2,75") wide leather straps & Schaller strap locks.

    Minotaur had a model called 'Old Rocker' and I bought them some, some new some used. Nowadays I can't find that model anymore, but hey, I have them enough!

    I tried the Klondyke 'Vintage' straps but the wide part never stays where it should!

    I also had some Italia straps, but oh boy they are thick! And very stiff.

    Have I found my style or do I have a fixation?

    Strap Width Poll-img_0571-jpg
    Attached Images Attached Images Strap Width Poll-img_0571-jpg 

  22. #21

    User Info Menu

    I think all mine are 3", but I'd like to get a super wide one to try.