Vintage-style Handmade Guitar Strap
Genuine Leather Cowhide
Custom Designed for Founder Eric DeWitt Fry
Great Gift for Budding and Experienced Rock Gods
Length: 50 Inches
Height: 2.2 Inches
Width: 0.1 Inches
Materials: Full Grain Leather
USE & CARE
Over time and with use, the leather will assume a unique patina. If desired, condition with mineral oil or beeswax leather conditioner.
PRODUCTION & DESIGN
Look awesome wailing on your axe with this beautifully hand-made, hand-sewn Guitar Strap, custom designed by founder Eric DeWitt Fry. Adjustable for style and comfort, this Guitar Strap will stand the test of time, and is the best addition for all guitars, acoustic or electric.
With research showing the guitar dating back almost 4,000 years, this instrument has come a long way since its birth. Many influences are thought to have been an impact on what is now the modern guitar, of them all, two stand out in particular, the lute and the oud, a 4-stringed instrument brought to Iberia by the Moors during the 8th century. From there, the instrument developed into the baroque guitar and became extremely popular in Spain during the middle of the 16th century, and its popularity spread to Italy and France from the late 16th century to the mid-18th century. Of course, once the likes of Hendrix, Van Halen and Slash were born, the guitar brought on a new meaning altogether. Celebrate the guitar's history and the greats that have played it with this beautiful, hand-made Guitar Strap.
The flesh side of the soft leather is first stained with natural drab tone and finished with our proprietary beeswax conditioner. Our unique treatment not only helps the leather to retain its shape without the aid synthetic stabilizers, it also eliminates the need for a lining (often the first to tear) offering a natural and durable look.
The leather we use, originating from our well established supplier Compiel, is nothing but Full Grain Leather, and if you don't know what that is, then make sure you're sitting comfortably. There are 4 types of leather, and they differ in quality. You have Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Genuine Leather and Bonded Leather.
We'll start with Bonded Leather. It's more of an insult to call Bonded Leather a leather. It's basically lots of different parts of leather glued and pressed together to make one piece. It's cheap, not at all durable and it will fall apart within weeks. In short, it's no good and we are completely against it.
Genuine Leather is in third place in the running, and is the layer of the hide that remains after the top is taken off for the better quality leathers. This surface can often be given a makeover with a finish, sometimes a spray paint that can give it the look of a better quality. Not something that happens in our house. Don't settle for this, you can do better.
Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade that you'll find. A leather taken from the top layer of the hide that is treated, sanded and refined. It's a good quality leather, but not good enough for Hide and Drink. You can still do better, though, go one more step higher.
Full Grain Leather is the best you can get when it comes to leather, there's no competition here, and Hide and Drink is its biggest fan. Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide, and has all of the grain, hence its name. It's the best leather than you can buy, and the only leather that we use. You can stop looking now, you've found the cream of the crop.
The tanning process is something that we take pride in. Our rustic leather is created through removing the hair, extracting the moisture, taking out the oils and, of course, the natural preservatives. The leather is placed in a large container filled with new oils, coloring and preservatives, and there it takes on its new color and thus its new personality. The finishing process consists of pressing the leather with heated plates, hung up to dry and sprayed and finished with a sealer. Finally it is pressed once more and then ready for its transformation, in which it is carefully handcrafted by the diligent locals of Pastores, Guatemala, where our workshop is located.