I got a Gruv Gear SoloStrap and I generally like it, but it’s bulky. Seems thick and overbuilt.
I like the looks of the wide Levy’s strap, and it seems comfortable and functional, but I’ve never seen one up close and personal.
While researching strap alternatives, I ran across Anthology. Like Levy’s, it’s a leather affair, but it claims to be of premium quality. So does anybody have any first-hand experience with an Anthology strap, and, if so, is it worth its hefty price tag?
No, but I am a bit of a strap junky, and am looking at these now.
I find that high quality soft soft soft leather beats padding or width many times over, YMMV. The most comfortable I own is a Stinger Strap (they are also curved to fit your shoulder a bit better. They are very pricey though. The other amazing one is from Hangover Guitar Straps - inlay line.
What I can tell you is that if it doesn’t look soft or comfy in pictures, it probably isn’t (or at least won’t be for a decade or so).
Liking the look of Anthology. Check out Red Monkey too, looking at one of their vintage ones now.
For anyone following on at home, I received my Anthology Reticent strap in Carbon Black and it is friggin’ fantastic! Amazing full-grain leather, stitching and overall premium quality. But best of all…it’s crazy comfortable! No more discomfort or more shoulder pain when I play. Can’t ask for more than that.
I’m not sure what the deal is with the one you got. I bought mine from Amazon and it is floppy-supple and soft. I’d contact Anthology, if I were you, because what you describe is just not the way it should be. It might have been stored poorly, or something else.
“Soft and supple is usually not better in most cases.”
I did send them feedback, they said stiff was okay, give it some time to break in, but that they wanted all customers to be happy and would take a return or exchange if I wasn’t.
If nothing else they have good customer service.
Also got some spiel.
“We use only full grain leather, this is the best type of leather you can buy. It is the strongest, most durable leather. Not only will it last longer, but it distributes weight better than other leathers. There are very few full grain leather guitar straps on the market. In fact, some of the very few others claiming to use full grain leather are not actually using it (they copied our descriptions but use less desirable leathers). We also build into all our straps a high density foam padding in between the layers of full grain leather on the top and bottom. This does add a bit to the “stiffness” but also adds much more comfort than straps not containing this padding. Few other guitar straps have this type of padding.”