Hey all! I hope the title is helpful. Essentially, I’m a pretty small gal, and a standard sized guitar/bass strap offers me no support for playing bass, even when I set the strap to be as small as possible. Has anyone else had this problem, or found a solution? I also tried tying a knot in the guitar strap to make it smaller, but that did not work at all haha. Do you think I need to try to find a kids-sized strap? I would like to be able to play with a strap while sitting down, still.
I hope there’s a solution from this! I think lack of a good strap is really putting a strain on my body+hands when I play, and I don’t want this issue to hold me back.
I have a Levy’s right height strap that you can adjust just like a strap on a rucksack. Pull it to make it tight and release to loosen. You can make it pretty small. It says 43” on the website which is quite small.
Lots of different styles within the range.
KLIQ AirCell Guitar Strap, SHORT, for Bass & Electric Guitar with 3" Wide Neoprene Pad and Adjustable Length from 38" to 44" (Short), Black https://a.co/d/chXuWY7
I have one of these in the standard size. This shower one goes down to 38”.
I have a Levy’s Right Height like @Barney, and it is a decent strap. If 43" is still too long, I would look at a Neotech MegaStrap Small. I have a midsized that I like a lot, probably even more then the Levy’s.
I also have a Kliq AirCell, which is my least favorite of any strap I own. It has air cell padding that dig into my shoulder when I play, and is extremely uncomfortable for me when playing for extended periods. This has been my experience, I know that some people have no problems with the Kliq and give them good reviews.
For optimal comfort, it is best to select the correct strap by first measuring from the top of the left shoulder to the position of the front strap pin when the instrument is held in playing position. Using this measurement, plus the overall length of the desired strap, the chart below will help to determine the strap size needed for the best possible custom fit to maximize performance and comfort.
Neotech also makes what they call a Super Strap (for bass and other instruments). The size range for the Super Strap for Bass is 33" to 42". I noticed an added instruction on that page:
To find the strap with the perfect fit: First, measure from the top of your shoulder to the instrument’s front strap pin. (This measurement insures that the pad is positioned properly). Second, measure the overall strap length from pin to pin for your desired playing position. Use both of these measurements in the chart below to select the ideal strap.
You can shop around for the best price for either strap. I forget why I decided on the Mega vs. the Super - it may well have been due to the price. I got a deal on the Mega at the time, from Guitar Center, where today I see it is $30.31 for the Mega in Regular (I don’t know if they sell the Short model). The Super is showing a price of $33.49. These prices are much lower than those at the Neotech website for these straps.