I don’t know about the rest of you, but even with all of the guitar straps available today, it still seems like it’s hard to find great straps! Maybe I’m too picky, but to me your guitar strap says a lot about your personality. I’ve gotten great straps from Jeri Designs and Red Monkey, and I picked up a really nice, simple strap from Gruhn’s in Nashville by Long Hollow Leather. I’ve even started making straps from new and vintage belts that have turned out pretty well.
One of the big problems with the great custom straps though is their high cost. Straps from Moody, El Dorado, and Anthology are really nice, but set you back the price of at least a couple nice effects pedals! That’s why we were happy to find Pete Schmidt Straps at NAMM this year. You always find great stuff on the bottom floor of the convention center where most of the smaller guys have booths, and this year was no exception. Pete’s straps are some of the highest quality we’ve seen and the prices are super competitive compared to straps of the same quality. I picked up a Black Iguana strap with creme stitching and at $95 list price it’s fantastic! I’m 6’5″ so it’s really nice that they come in long lengths as well. Pete lives in Peru and contracts with local leather craftsmen to make these custom straps which helps keep the costs reasonable. Plus they come in the cool, round boxes you can see in the picture.
Pete and Andy are great to work with and can talk straps all day, so check out Pete Schmidt Straps and don’t hesitate to give them a call if you have any questions.