When we talk about guitar straps, we tend to focus primarily on how they look, or perhaps how they feel against our bodies. And while these are important features, one aspect that tends to get overlooked is the ease with which the strap can be adjusted to a desired length. And sometimes, it’s worth noting, this desired length can change depending on the setting or usage.
To be sure, this is something that ace guitar player and instructor R.J. Ronquillo has observed. “I’ve been playing guitar for over 35 years now,” he says in the above demo video, “and one thing I’ve come to realize is that where my guitar is in relationship to my body and my body parts really makes a difference in my playing. As I’ve gotten older, the ergonomics and my playing position has started to matter.”
That being said, R.J. continues, “I don’t wear my guitar strap the same length for every scenario or with every guitar. It varies depending on the situation and a couple factors.”
Those factors include whether, for example, he’s standing onstage with his guitar slung low, or sitting down in a studio or rehearsal room with the instrument closer to his body.
But now, thanks to Levy’s, you don’t have to struggle to resize your guitar strap to fit the scenario at hand. The company has a new and ingenious line of guitar straps called Right Height, which feature patent pending RipChord Technology for quick and easy height adjustments – even while you’re wearing the strap.
To perform adjustments with the Right Height strap, all you have to do is just reach behind your back to locate the handle, and then pull down to loosen or up to tighten.
“It’s super-easy to adjust,” R.J. confirms. “You can pull the rip cord in either direction to adjust the length quickly and easily without having to take off your guitar.”
Which is great for players like R.J., who, like many of us, prefers to sit down with his guitar at sessions or rehearsals, but still likes to have a strap pulled tight so that his guitar feels secure while sitting on his leg.
“But then there are situations where I like to stand up, whether it’s to stretch my legs or get into a whole vibe of wearing the guitar lower and rocking out,” he says. “With the Right Height strap it’s super-easy. Just pull on the rip cord and you instantly have a longer strap.”
Other scenarios where the Right Height strap comes in handy? How about for gigging musicians that run a wireless onstage, but only have one pack attached to their strap? “If you have to switch guitars during the set and the other guitar is a different body shape, you can quickly make adjustments accordingly and with the guitar on your body,” R.J says.
In addition to being super functional, the Right Height strap looks great to boot, sporting a hand-crafted, intricately woven, ‘60s-style hootenanny blue, black, yellow and gold motif. The strap measures two inches in width, and is adjustable in length from 43 inches to 57 inches. Additionally, it’s constructed of an incredibly strong, lightweight jacquard fabric with polypropylene backing for durability, and boasts stitching on both genuine leather ends to prevent pin hole stretching for long-lasting guitar or bass security.
There are over a dozen Right Height designs to choose from to match your style and personality, including leather, cotton, polyester, neoprene options and eye-catching, popular prints and patterns. There is even an ergonomic design with a split strap style to greatly reduce fatigue during those long playing sessions.
Pick one up now and get your guitar hanging at the “right height,” every time.
And to learn more and shop local dealers, head to Levysleathers.com.