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Guitar Sling

NormanD 09 Nov 06 - 07:34 AM
GUEST,Fred Bailey 09 Nov 06 - 08:06 AM
NormanD 09 Nov 06 - 08:20 AM
McGrath of Harlow 10 Nov 06 - 07:57 AM
Scrump 10 Nov 06 - 08:15 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 10 Nov 06 - 08:27 AM
NormanD 10 Nov 06 - 01:06 PM
Clinton Hammond 10 Nov 06 - 01:19 PM
GUEST,Fred Bailey 10 Nov 06 - 03:18 PM
NormanD 10 Nov 06 - 03:35 PM
GUEST,Abbot 23 Nov 06 - 06:32 AM
GUEST,guitar nut 24 Nov 06 - 05:12 AM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 24 Nov 06 - 05:53 AM
GUEST,Tim 04 Dec 06 - 08:47 PM
Big Al Whittle 05 Dec 06 - 06:01 AM
GUEST,Miss Janet 09 Dec 10 - 09:59 AM
GUEST,Red Shepherd 10 Aug 11 - 08:20 PM
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Subject: Guitar Sling
From: NormanD
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 07:34 AM

Where can I get hold of a guitar strap / sling for a classical guitar - one that goes around your neck and under the guitar and hooks into the sound hole. I'd like one that's nice-looking, or could maybe be decorated with beading. Willie Nelson's looks ideal - anyone know anything about it? (I'd like his guitar too, but that's a whole different dream.)

Norman


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Fred Bailey
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 08:06 AM

Just got one mail order from Elderly in Lansing, Michigan -- not exactly like Willie's but same principle -- further details if you need 'em -- think it was 15 or 20 dollars.


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: NormanD
Date: 09 Nov 06 - 08:20 AM

Fred: "further details if you need 'em"

Yes please, Fred. Ta!


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 07:57 AM

Here's one (acroll down the page) - no beads, but I imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to add them yourself.


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: Scrump
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 08:15 AM

I've seen these for as long as I remember, but for some reason I've never considered getting one, or even used one.

It now occurs to me that it would have the advantage of being more easily detachable (which might also be a disadvantage, if done by accident!); but perhaps there would be a disadvantage (untested by me) of less stability than you might get from a conventional strap (if I may thus refer to a strap that attaches to the button at the body/neck of the guitar), i.e. the guitar might tend to swivel around the hook, which is the only point of support apart from the player's hands. I stress this is all theoretical as I've never tried one!

Can anyone who has used a sling, comment on whether they have found it worse or better than the other type, and if so give their reasons? Just interested to know, in case I'm missing out on something.


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 08:27 AM

I love the sling! I feel totally secure sitting or standing. Give it a try!


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: NormanD
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:06 PM

Ta for info, McGrath of Harlow. I've got one of these - they're a little bit tight, not a lot of slack, and they're a bit limited for self-decoration.

Regarding their stability - they are stable, but you have to keep a hand on the guit, on neck or body, otherwise you run the risk of it "unfurling" and the guit flying off. So, not easy to have your hands free. So no clapping hands over head, etc.....


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 01:19 PM

Ya... I was just about to come here and ask about the "Hands Free" thing... When I'm playing I often find it necessary to be able to let go of my guitar and let it rest against me, hanging by the strap.... I suspect that in a situation like mine, a "Sling" would be a disaster just waiting for me let go of it! LOL

I'd also be concerned about the 'pull' exerted on the part of the sound-hole that the 'sling' clips to....   Is this unfounded?

What about those "Cross Your Back" guitar straps? Some people swear by them...


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Fred Bailey
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 03:18 PM

www.elderly.com is where I got mine -- they offer a couple of "classical guitar" straps in their catalog -- $15.55 and $4.70 -- sorry I couldn't find my invoice.

For all the general useage comments -- I've been using these things for 40 years now, ever since I first saw Bud and Travis live.

Yes, you HAVE to keep one hand on your guitar, although a right elbow on the box bout is almost as good and leaves you one and a half hands at least. Frankly, I think the lack of "stability" in this design is more than offset by the increase in "controlability" of the whole system -- much more freedom than the conventional straps all my friends use.

Besides, I can throw my left arm around a pretty bystander, grab the next chord and keep right on playing!! Yet to have an objection, since any move she makes might interupt the music -- this is something that us dirty old men guitar pickers everywhere need to utilize!

Yes, my old Martin shows some slight wear at the sound-hole -- that might be a factor for anyone who tries to keep a pristine machine (not me). Ditto the decoration. Never tried.

As far as the "pull" on the top goes, its something I've been unable to discern -- notice that all the force is edgewise and will NOT act to pull the top out.

Try it -- I think you'll like it.

Fred


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: NormanD
Date: 10 Nov 06 - 03:35 PM

OK Fred & all, ta for the info.

Fred, if I drop the guitar AND end up with no pretty bystanders to put my arm around then you'll have some explaining to do......


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Abbot
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 06:32 AM

It' just a plain old simple wire (I guess cut cloaks-hanger would do it). Wind some soft tape around the "hook" and loop cord through the closed end. Then get someone to make you a neck strap from silk string and hook it up to your own "Trigger". You're looking for a Martin n20 by the way, Norman. You need to fit a pickup (a Prismatone if you can get one) and a set of La Bella Folk 830s. If you find one, let me know. January Wembley Arena!!!!


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,guitar nut
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 05:12 AM

There's a guy up in the North East who makes straps to order.
Don't know if he makes slings but his straps are superb with names, patterns etc. in leather which will last a lifetime. Lots of locals use them but don't know his name. Try Cutty Wren folk club - Skelton


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 05:53 AM

Guitar Nut,
I think you mean Stan Gee in Redcar. His work is superlative.


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Tim
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 08:47 PM

I used to make Willie style straps years ago. It's easy. Just get some red white and blue nylon macrame cord. Drive some finishing nails into a narrow board (long enough to reach from the back of your neck to the bottom of your guitar) staggered left and right every two inches or so and zig zag a blue cord from nail to nail. Tie it securely on each end. Then run the red white and blue cords straight from top to bottom and do a half hitch whenever they cross the blue zig zag cord. Pull the inside cords tighter to round off the corners of the zig zag as you go.

You'll be doing this twice. There are two sides to the strap and they tie together behind the neck.   

Leave long loose ends to secure to a ring at the bottom and enough at the top to knot with the other side behind your neck. Of course you can decorate the loose ends on top with beads.

Then run another cord through the hook and tie the ends to the rings.

You can buy a proper classical sling at online stores that specialize in classical guitar. But the coat hanger trick would work just fine too.


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 06:01 AM

you want to end up with a guitar like Willie Nelson's.......!


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Miss Janet
Date: 09 Dec 10 - 09:59 AM

The best sling type guitar strap is at Flying Possum Leather. Check it out! perfect for vintage guitars, no peg needed/ www.flyingpossum.com Willie Nelson uses one. Check out Connor Oberst wearing this strap at: Conor Oberst - Cape Canaveral
www.youtube.com


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Subject: RE: Guitar Sling
From: GUEST,Red Shepherd
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 08:20 PM

Check out Septemberschild.com website under guitar straps. They have a few including Willie's a little pricy though. good luck


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