As a mandolin player, you put a lot of time, care and effort into choosing the mandolin that best suits your style and skill level. But in order to bring out its full potential, you need a strap that not only securely holds it in place, but also enhances your stage presence while you play. With the specific options featured here, you’re sure to find a strap that suits all your needs.
Before choosing a mandolin strap, there are a few things to consider. First, material plays a large role in the durability, comfort and overall look. Leather or suede, each strap offers a different feel so exploring your options is crucial. Finding a balance is extremely important, because you don’t want to be thinking of the strap while you play, you want to be focusing on the music. All designed for reliability though, every one of these straps can be trusted when it comes to supporting your instrument throughout a performance.
The next thing to think about is the thickness of your strap. From shoelace thin, like the Levy's 3/4"" Suede Loop Mandolin Strap, to thicker options, like the Planet Waves Leather Mandolin Strap, the width plays a huge part in the overall feel. Constructed to brace musicians in different ways, knowing which make is more comfortable for you to play with will go a long way in the way when you perform. Sometimes all it takes is a minor tweak in size or thickness to make all the difference.
The more you play your mandolin, the more you start to recognize what works for you and what doesn’t. But as long as you have a strong, comfortable strap to support you while you play, you’ll be able to focus more on your craft and less on all the other little things.