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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 11 May 2019 9:47 am    
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Looking for a high-quality strap for playing my Dobro standing up. Usually I set it on a Deluxe34 stand, but I have an upcoming opportunity to play outdoors with a roving acoustic band. Don't need a super-expensive, hand-tooled work of art, just something comfortable, utilitarian, and serviceable that will do the job.
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Peter Jacobs


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Northern Virginia
Post  Posted 11 May 2019 9:59 am    
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Sounds like a fun gig!

There are lots of resonator straps on the market at wildly varying prices. Brands like Webb, Levy’s and Lakota come to mind. I use a simple, clean 2.5” unlined leather guitar strap on mine, since Dobros are so lightweight (at least compared to a banjo!). For my lap steel, which I play standing up, I use a NeoTech guitar strap, but I also have a tooled Levy’s padded Kokopelli strap that looks sharp.

To make this work, you need a quick release headstock attachment. I use the Planet Waves - cheap, easy, and it’s held up for me. 7 bucks everywhere. Also, you might want to consider a strap lock for the endpin, or at least the Grolsch washer trick. Which also means you have beer!
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David Venzke


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SE Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 11 May 2019 12:22 pm    
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I can recommend Levy's ... I own two. I would suggest you look at their Signature series. Very nice quality at reasonable cost.
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Robert Allen


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Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 12 May 2019 8:48 am    
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I recently bought a Franklin dobro strap. A little on the pricy side but very comfortable. https://franklinstrap.com/product/resonator-strap-glove-leather/
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Ian


From:
San Francisco, CA
Post  Posted 12 May 2019 11:00 am    
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I love my Bobby Poff strap!

Ian
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Brooks Montgomery


From:
Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 12 May 2019 11:33 am    
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Ian wrote:
I love my Bobby Poff strap!

Ian

+1 on Poff strap (hard to come by: Is Bobby still making them?).
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Bill Burch


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California, USA
Post  Posted 12 May 2019 9:00 pm    
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Look for a strap that won’t stretch and also has smooth, rolled edges. You need a solid, secure base for playing close to the nut. And hard, straight edged tanned leather straps can be uncomfortable on your neck.

Bill
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Michael Maddex


From:
Northern New Mexico, USA
Post  Posted 13 May 2019 8:30 am    
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Jack, I have a Levy´s reso strap hanging on the wall that I traded for a few years ago that has hardly ever been used and I could probably let go cheap. Please send me a PM or email if you might be interested. Good Luck in The Search! Cool
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Tom Keller


From:
Greeneville, TN, USA
Post  Posted 13 May 2019 9:10 am    
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Poff Straps keep the guitar very stable while playing. Pricey but worth it.
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Joe Breeden


From:
Virginia, USA
Post  Posted 13 May 2019 7:15 pm    
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Just make sure it's plenty wide. And I do mean wide.
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 15 May 2019 1:27 pm    
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Thanks to all who replied. And special thanks to Michael, who made me an offer I could not refuse.
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