Brothers and sisters of the five string. I am looking for a banjo strap that is well made and doesn't hurt my shoulder. One as ahead of the crowd and as smartly designed as my Sammy Shelor and BlueChip picks.
What do you think is the most comfortable and handsome banjo strap made? Why??
Lakota for me.....
I'm a fan of the Lakota Leather cradle straps (I have one on every banjo I have except 1) . Super comfy to me, but they're plain looking. They make a wide 3" model, all mine are the 2 inch and I've not had any problems.
And yes I use the Sammy Shelor and BlueChip pick combo.
Edited by - buckholler on 09/21/2020 07:16:47
My current banjo came with a Levy strap, which I've become a big fan of. It's very comfortable, but unfortunately, all their banjo straps are kind of plain looking.
Another fan of Lakota Leathers straps. My son and I have them for our mandolin, banjo and guitars.
I have had a couple of Lokata Leathers straps. A 2” and 3” banjo strap, the 3” is harder to pack in the case than the #”. I don’t notice a big difference in comfort. I have a love hate relationship with these straps. They are very soft and conform to my shoulder, but because they are so supple the twist and catch when putting my banjo on. I hate that twisting but love it when I finally get it on correctly.
I have a Huber basket weave on my lighter woodie Companion banjo and I like it well made easy to shoulder the banjo and take off. It folds nicely on top of the flange between side of case and top of the resonator. It is narrow I think 1.5” so may not be the strap for heaverier banjos. I have a friend who uses Huber straps on his several prewar Gibson’s and he stand for long gigs. I also have a Levy’s saddle leather strap with lambs wool padding that I like.
One of my favorite is a nicely tooled double leather hub belt that I modified to use as a strap.
Comfort before looks, Lakota leather on all of my banjos
I'm new to the 5-string family but have found my Lakota 3-inch strap to be very comfortable. The Lakota strap is plain as some have described but I found a nice option for customizing it. I recently purchase a 3-inch strap from BanjoBen as a gift for someone, went to our local fabric store, picked out a nicely designed fabric, and took the strap to my local alterations store for customization. Shout out to Hisami's Alterations and Tailoring for doing a great job! I went with a thicker quilting type fabric and had it sewn only on the viewable side to avoid the wear and tear that would accompany the weight of the banjo pulling and rubbing the strap against the body.
Have never tried a Lakota, but they look nice. I went through several though trying to get the right combination for a lightweight open-back and have been very pleased with with a soft leather Franklin strap that is a smart quick-detachable...perfect for disconnecting and packing into a snug open-back case. It provides plenty enough traction to keep the headstock from drooping so easily.
With my heavy resonator model, I was very attracted to the Huber basket-weave, but ended up buying a nice traditional Harrison. It doesn't flop around and is easy to put on and off and looks good. Sometimes wish it was a little wider since my banjer is on the heavy side, though...
Plus, very easy to store in your case.
Edited by - Mike Rowe on 09/21/2020 09:59:49
Like so many things banjo, this ultimately comes down to personal preference. I like Huber straps because they are narrow, comfortable, and strong, and feel secure. Lakota straps are certainly well-made but too wide and too supple for me.
Deering’s rustic leather strap; I have one for each of my banjos. A bit stiff when you first get them but they very quickly soften and become very pliable and comfortable, very easy on the neck.
How about looking at a cradle type strap that has padding at the shoulder area? I've been using one of those on my banjos for many years and it does make it more comfortable for your shoulder.
Take a look at this one at Elderly (and there are other companies who make/sell them). elderly.com/products/levy-crad...strap-197
Deering has a psdded cradle strap.
I’ve always been a fanboy of Levy’s Leather straps and have used them for years on my guitars and banjo. High quality and very comfortable with just the right amount of body to keep the strap in its intended form.
i had a 3 inch cradle made for me several years ago with sheepskin pad,, it was very tight getting the case closed ,,, so i trimmed a 1/4 inch off both sides and its been perfect since. 2 or 2 1/2 should be fine. get as soft of leather as you can,, some like the pad and some don't.. i found it was helpful for long jams and would breath a little better on hot days.
Lakota for me, too. I have three: two cradle straps for my banjos, and a mandolin strap.
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