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Best guitar straps 2022: play in comfort and secure your guitar in style

A selection of leather guitar straps with brass and silver stars fitted to them
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Are you graduating from the couch to the main stage? Regardless of if you're out gigging or whether you just want to pose in front of the mirror, buying one of the best guitar straps is something that every guitarist needs to do at some point. If you want ultimate comfort and security for your guitar, then buying the best strap for your budget is imperative – and if it's comfy, then that's a serious bonus.

Buying a strap isn't the most exciting thing in the world, but it is pretty unnegotiable – so the sooner you do it, the sooner you can get back to playing your guitar and saving up for the more fun stuff.

A guitar strap will let you hang your guitar from your shoulder at whatever length you set it at, but they’re also a great way of introducing some personality to your set up. There are plenty of different guitar finishes available now, but there are even more patterns, designs and colors when it comes to straps. The best guitar straps should also make it comfortable to play when stood up.

Whether you’re a punk rocker and you wear your guitar down by your knees, or you’re a straight up jazz player that likes the guitar a little higher, you’ll need something reliable that does the right job for you. This reliability is also crucial if you're going to be using your guitar in the boisterous settings of school or college, as one drop, slip or strap breakage could spell disaster. 

With all the options on the market now, it can be a little daunting when it comes to choosing, which is why we’ve put together this list of our favorite guitar straps out there right now.

Best guitar straps: Our top picks

While it won't win any prizes for head-turning aesthetics, the Fender Broken-In Leather Strap (opens in new tab) does score highly where it counts. Of all the guitar straps on display here, this is one you could comfortably call the 'everyman'. It won't offend anyone, yet it'll quietly get on with doing its job, year after year. 

The materials are well chosen, the buckle-less design means one less thing to go wrong in the middle of your solo, and the finishes are tasteful and give an air of authority and craftsmanship to the package. Pound for pound, this is one of the best guitar straps on the market today.

The Ernie Ball Neoprene Polylock (opens in new tab) guitar strap is another favorite, if you're more into functionality over dazzling looks. The extra thick padding means that crippling neck pain will be a thing of the past. Pair that with the built-in guitar strap locks, and you've got yourself a recipe for success. 

Much like the Fender strap, it's unlikely to feature on a runway in Milan - but you're bound to see a few on stages worldwide.

Best guitar straps: Product guide

Best guitar straps: Fender Broken-In Leather guitar strap

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1. Fender Broken-In Leather guitar strap

The best guitar strap hands-down – understated luxury that lasts

Specifications

Material: Cowhide leather
Width: 2.5”
Adjustability: from 46” to 54.5” length

Reasons to buy

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Ultra-durable
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Will only get better with age
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Classic and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Not so vegan friendly

While for some a guitar strap is another way to express themselves, for others a strap is merely a tool to allow you to concentrate on playing. That's not to say there can't be a quiet elegance to a strap though. That's exactly where the Fender Broken-In Leather guitar strap comes in. 

Coming in four tasteful finishes – green, brown, black and tan – this classy strap gives you the confidence that it will last the distance. We found that the oiled finish gives the cowhide leather a softness, while the generously adjustable length makes it ideal for guitarists of any height. Hands-down the best guitar strap available right now.

Best guitar straps: Ernie Ball Neoprene Polylock guitar strap

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2. Ernie Ball Neoprene Polylock guitar strap

The best guitar strap for when comfort trumps anything else

Specifications

Material: neoprene
Width: 2” or 3”
Adjustability: from 46” to 54” length

Reasons to buy

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Ultra-comfy
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Good value
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Built-in strap locks

Reasons to avoid

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Not a statement piece

A sad fact of life, for many of us, is that the body starts to give up long before the mind does. So, while in our heads we could play for hours and hours every night of the week, often our neck and shoulders have other ideas. Thankfully, the good folk at Ernie Ball have a solution.

The Ernie Ball Neoprene Polylock guitar strap is designed, first and foremost, with comfort in mind. Coming in both 2” and 3” widths, this strap is the equivalent of playing with a pillow tucked under the strap. Not only that, Ernie Ball’s patented Polylock system securely attaches to your strap buttons for a safe connection without the need for modification.

Best guitar straps: KLIQ AirCell guitar strap

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3. KLIQ AirCell guitar strap

Where form meets function meets comfort

Specifications

Material: neoprene
Width: 3”
Adjustability: from 46” to 56” length

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable
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Lets your skin breathe
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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It's a bit bulky

It's fair to say nobody would align KLIQ with the bigger names in the guitar world. However, with its AirCell guitar strap, it may well have carved itself a nice little niche in the accessories world. 

The AirCell boasts unique technology which packs a host of air-filled cells (you can see where they got the name from) onto its underside, making it one of the best guitar straps for comfort, in our opinion. These distribute weight more evenly, aided by the 3” strap width, while also giving a cushion to ensure heavier guitars don't take their toll on the player's neck and shoulders.

As well as comfort, the cells also provide the dual benefit of taking moisture away from the skin or clothing, allowing your shoulder to breathe over long playing sessions. 

Best guitar straps: Coffin Case 'The Count' Velvet guitar strap

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4. Coffin Case 'The Count' Velvet guitar strap

For when every other guitar strap looks… boring

Specifications

Material: red quilted velvet, seatbelt-quality webbing
Width: 2”
Adjustability: from 40” to 70” length

Reasons to buy

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Mad Dracula vibes
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You'll make a statement
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Perfect for your Goth project

Reasons to avoid

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Width might cause discomfort

As far as statement guitar straps go, Coffin Case’s velvet guitar straps are difficult to beat. Clearly modeled on the inside of a rather luxurious casket, what this strap lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in dark, macabre vibe.

While we wouldn't want to typecast, it's easy to see how this strap would appeal to a certain type of player. It could be the colorway, it could be the name, or it could be the fact it's adjustable to a whopping 70”, making it ideal for players whose riffs are low, slow and full of foreboding.

Best guitar straps: Levy's MS17AIF Suede guitar strap

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5. Levy's MS17AIF Suede guitar strap

A high-grade guitar strap with a side of flair

Specifications

Material: suede with leather applique
Width: 2.5”
Adjustability: from 41” to 54” length

Reasons to buy

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Looks awesome
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Will outlast you, probably
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Comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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The price

While it's true a guitar strap is merely a tool, an enabler, there's no harm in adding a bit of cool to the proceedings. Enter the Levy's guitar strap range. Where the other straps on this list focus heavily on function, comfort and durability, the Levy's MS17ASF range has all those things but then isn't shy of incorporating a dash of style too.

While it's not a cheap strap, as such, it is built with the highest quality suede and features a range of glorious leather and embroidered designs. These add a touch of class, meaning you'll look as good as you sound.

Best guitar straps: Fender Monogrammed guitar strap

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6. Fender Monogrammed guitar strap

A total classic and one of the best guitar straps for smaller budgets

Specifications

Material: polyester with leather ends
Width: 2”
Adjustability: from 44” to 52.5” length

Reasons to buy

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Classic looks
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most individualistic

Chances are, if you're a guitar player, you've either seen or owned one of these babies over the years. The Fender Monogrammed guitar strap has been ubiquitous in guitar stores across the planet for decades now. Because style never goes out of fashion, of course. 

Jokes aside, if you're looking at the lower end of the price scale, you can't go far wrong here. Fender doesn't generally put its name on bad gear so, even though this is a shade over ten dollars, we feel it still comes with a certain level of quality, durability and ‘90s charm. 

Best guitar straps: Taylor Element Guitar Strap

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7. Taylor Element Guitar Strap

This American-made leather guitar strap oozes class

Specifications

Material: Distressed leather
Width: 2.5” or 3”
Adjustability: from 42.5” to 58.5” length

Reasons to buy

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Looks stunning
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Comfortable 
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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There are cheaper leather straps

As one of the acoustic world's best-respected names, you can be assured that the accompanying straps offered by Taylor will be of a superior level. The Taylor Element guitar strap does not disappoint, offering multi-layer distressed leather in a tasteful dark brown finish.

The Element straps come in either 2.5” or 3” widths and take inspiration from their flagship 800 range of guitars with the unique Element branding, as seen on their fret markers. This one would look rather dashing around the neck of any folk or country player, if we do say so ourselves.

Best guitar straps: Levy's Deluxe Amped Grill Cloth guitar strap

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8. Levy's Deluxe Amped Grill Cloth guitar strap

The best guitar strap for amp aficionados

Specifications

Material: leather, foam insert
Width: 2.5”
Adjustability: from 43” to 56” length

Reasons to buy

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Extra padding for comfort
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Solid build quality
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Looks killer

Reasons to avoid

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If you like amps beginning with 'M'

The eagle-eyed among you will notice something familiar about the Levy's Deluxe Amped Grill Cloth guitar strap. Particularly those of you with a penchant for amps from a certain big brand beginning with F...

The addition of classic silverface-esque cloth within the strap gives it a unique, almost industrial feel, which we're big fans of. The strap itself is well made, featuring a three-piece cut out design and a foam padded back for extra comfort. We could see this style working with other well-known amp brands too...

Best guitar straps: Gibson Vintage Original Collection Strap

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9. Gibson Vintage Original Collection Strap

The best guitar strap for lovers of all things retro

Specifications

Material: Premium Materials & Hardware
Width: 2”
Adjustability: from 34.75” – 60.5” length

Reasons to buy

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Great designs
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Well priced 
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Durable

Reasons to avoid

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Too dated for some 

These bright, colorful guitar straps are based on the straps that were included with Gibson guitars and basses in the 60s. There’s a range of designs to choose from, all of which hark back to what many consider to be the golden age of music - Hendrix, The Beatles, The Stones etc. so you can proudly wear your influences on your shoulder.

The 2” wide straps feature metal buckles, 34.75” – 60.5” adjustability, and leather ends and backing so they’re durable and should last a fair while. They’re even handmade in the USA, which is a nice extra, especially at this price point.

Best guitar straps: Harley Benton Padded Guitar Strap

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10. Harley Benton Padded Guitar Strap

A super-comfy option from Thomann's own brand

Specifications

Material: Leather
Width: 6-8cm
Adjustability: up to 150cm length

Reasons to buy

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Very comfortable
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Affordable
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Made with premium leather

Reasons to avoid

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Only available at Thomann

Thomann is one of the world's largest and most popular online retailers of music gear, and if you're familiar with the brand, you'll know that they've been releasing killer instruments and accessories under the 'Harley Benton' brand name. Ranging from electric guitars and pedals to bass amps and speaker cabs and more, we're not surprised to see a top-quality leather guitar strap added to the list of available products.

As the name suggests, it's padded for extra comfort – and this is the main selling point of this strap. It immediately lightens any guitar, which is down to the padding and width of the strap in equal measure. The build quality is impressive for what you pay – but not too surprising when you consider the quality of all other Harley Benton gear. It has a great reputation for being budget friendly and of great quality – and this strap lives up to that reputation.

It is only available at Thomann, which is a bit of a downside – but with pretty affordable worldwide shipping, we'd say you're still saving money.

Best guitar straps: Buying advice

Cream Gibson Les Paul SG with a brown leather guitar strap

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How to choose the best guitar strap for you 

The ideal guitar strap is likely to be slightly different for each player. The height of the player, and personal preference on how low they like their guitar to be will play a part in finding the right one. Guitars slung super low might look cool, but it does make playing tricky parts that bit more difficult and, over years, can cause damage to your hand and wrist. That’s not to say really long guitar straps aren’t the way to go, but it’s something to consider. 

Shorter guitarists or those that like their guitars to sit higher won’t need quite as long a strap. Most of the best guitar straps will have some level of adjustment to them, so the best thing to do is play around with different settings and find what is comfortable for you. 

If you’ve got a heavy guitar, then it might be worth finding a strap that is either fairly wide, or has a good amount of padding. Wider straps help spread the weight of the instrument over a larger surface area, so they don’t dig in as much, and straps with padding will likely make for a more comfortable experience. 

Find out more about how we make our recommendations, how we test each of the products in our buyer's guides and our review policy.

What are guitar straps made of? 

The material that the strap is made from is something to consider too. Straps at the more budget end are likely to be made from polyester or nylon, and will probably have plastic buckles. This isn’t always a bad thing, but they’re probably not going to last forever, and they can be slippy. If you’re after a guitar strap for live use, and you know you’re going to be wearing something like a leather jacket on stage (the unofficial rockstar uniform), then some of these cheaper straps might not provide the friction you need. 

As you go up in price, you’ll start to see materials such as leather and neoprene which are likely going to last for longer, as will metal buckles - another feature on many of the best guitar straps further up in the price bracket. You might also see more padding the more you pay.

How do I attach my strap to my guitar? 

Guitar straps are easy to attach to your guitar - simply fit the ends over the strap pins on your guitar (some acoustic guitars may only have one strap pin, so you’ll need a piece of thick string or thin rope for the neck end). Straps with leather ends may take a bit of working with your fingers to get on to your guitar, but it will fit eventually - plus, it’ll likely be more secure when it’s on.

Many players use strap locks too. There are different types available, but they are usually placed over the strap and locked in place so that your strap doesn’t accidentally come loose - a must-have if you’re fairly active on stage!

Find out more about how we make our recommendations and how we test each of the products in our buyer's guides.

Chris Corfield is a journalist with over 12 years of experience writing for some of the music world's biggest brands including Orange Amplification, MusicRadar, Guitar World Total Guitar and Dawsons Music. Chris loves getting nerdy about everything from guitar gear and synths, to microphones and music production hardware.