Straptight Strap Locks for Guitar and Bass
By Anderton |
There’s nothing wrong with doing a cover version of “Free Fallin’”—but it’s not cool when your guitar takes those words literally
By Craig Anderton
I’ve had a guitar come off its strap a few times, which always produced many milliseconds of extreme anxiety. Fortunately, in each case I had my left hand on the neck, and was able to catch the guitar before it went crashing to the floor. But, there’s always a first time…and I’d like to avoid that if possible.
Enter Straptight, which is a simple and inexpensive solution that doesn’t alter your guitar or strap. It looks like one of those twist ties for bread, but thicker (about the same as a dime) and somewhat bigger. Your place it on top of your strap, then push it into the strap post collar so the Straptight stays anchored to the strap post by wrapping its two “jaws” around it.
And now, for the “review” part of the review: Yes, it works. I tried to pull the strap off several guitars and bases, without success. The only real limitation is the Straptight does not work on Fishman Transducer Pickup endpin jacks.
A four-pack costs $7.99, with your choice of black or white Straptights. There are also two Joe Satriani artist models, which go for $12.99. One has four Satriani Straptights, while the other has two Satriani Straptights and two black ones. The only difference between the Satriani ones and the basic models is the artwork and cost; functionality is the same.
This may seem like one of those “so obvious no one thought of it before” ideas, but I have to say, I no longer fear my guitar falling to the floor. And that’s a good thing.
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Craig Anderton is Editorial Director of Harmony Central. He has played on, mixed, or produced over 20 major label releases (as well as mastered over a hundred tracks for various musicians), and written over a thousand articles for magazines like Guitar Player, Keyboard, Sound on Sound (UK), and Sound + Recording (Germany). He has also lectured on technology and the arts in 38 states, 10 countries, and three languages.