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Offline batwoman

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Strap for bass
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:05:37 am »
I've been looking at the wide straps for bass guitars. Some are as much as 7.5cm (3"). I have skinny, bony shoulders, so not much padding. Some questions:

*  Are the wider straps more comfortable?
*  Are they ergonomically better?
*  Are the neoprene straps more comfortable? They seem to be more padded. https://www.basscentre.com.au/collections/straps/products/colonial-leather-neo-comfort-strap
*  Is there any reason to buy leather? I'm a vegetarian. This one is padded https://www.basscentre.com.au/collections/straps/products/colonial-leather-soup-3-padded-leather-strap
*  are there any other things I should be considering?

Thankyou very much  :)
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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2018, 07:24:45 am »
I just use an ordinary guitar strap, but that doesn't help you much I'm afraid.

I dislike leather straps, but not on ethical/moral grounds.
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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2018, 04:48:33 pm »
Wide straps will spread the weight out more over your shoulder, padded straps buffer some weight too.  But neither of those really matter if you're playing sitting down or you don't wear the bass for very long periods of time.

Unless one of those things is an issue for you, go for looks and you'll be happy.  Leather's not important, nylon is great.

I have a basic nylon strap for practicing and a wide padded strap for live.

 

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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 02:11:30 am »
I just use an ordinary guitar strap, but that doesn't help you much I'm afraid.

I dislike leather straps, but not on ethical/moral grounds.

Curious to know why you don't like leather straps joueur de guitare?
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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2018, 02:13:20 am »
Wide straps will spread the weight out more over your shoulder, padded straps buffer some weight too.  But neither of those really matter if you're playing sitting down or you don't wear the bass for very long periods of time.

Unless one of those things is an issue for you, go for looks and you'll be happy.  Leather's not important, nylon is great.

I have a basic nylon strap for practicing and a wide padded strap for live.

Thanks very much Endureth. That narrows the choice. I really don't want leather. I feel better standing up to play. It feels more like it belongs to me. I'll also condition the muscles faster.
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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2018, 05:51:29 am »
Curious to know why you don't like leather straps joueur de guitare?

Nothing specific, I've just never been keen on them. The ones I have tried all seemed slippy. :)

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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 06:02:26 am »
Nothing specific, I've just never been keen on them. The ones I have tried all seemed slippy. :)

OK thanks  :)
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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 04:02:21 pm »
I almost always play bass standing, and use regular guitar straps except on my very old jazz bass which is three times as heavy as my other basses - I use a wide, padded Yamaha strap on that one!

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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 07:44:46 pm »
I almost always play bass standing, and use regular guitar straps except on my very old jazz bass which is three times as heavy as my other basses - I use a wide, padded Yamaha strap on that one!

Thankyou Fox, valuable info. Your jazz bass sounds interesting. Thanks too for the photos you put up in another thread a while ago showing hand positions for playing, I still refer to them.
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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2018, 07:57:42 am »
I'm skinny and kinda boney too. My bass weighs about 10 pounds, and a nylon guitar strap like I use on my Strat was cutting into my shoulder/neck. I tried some neoprene bass straps, and to me they were too slippery on my shoulder and they were also too "springy", like a big rubber band. I ended up going with a suede bass strap I found at a local shop. It's 6.5cm wide(just over 2.5"), wide enough to comfortably disperse weight over my shoulder, and because it's suede it never slips around.

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Re: Strap for bass
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2018, 02:37:44 am »
Thanks very much noob, that's something I hadn't thought of. If I could find faux suede that would suit. I might even make my own.
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