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    Default New Strap!

    It didn't take very long before my shoestring strap broke... luckily I caught my instrument before it fell.

    I have quite a bit of 500lb paracord leftover from other projects, so I figured I'd make something a little more reliable.

    I just used this video tutorial and made the end loop smaller, and the overall length to size. It took about 25 feet of each color.

    https://youtu.be/aCWdGTLKenQ


    Happy with the end result, love the garish color. Of note for sure, is that it's definitely a heavy strap. Still, it fits just fine in the Eastman gigbag without having to remove it.

    Cheers!
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    I like it. :-)
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    Default Re: New Strap!

    We are waiting to hear about how the tone of your mandolin improved once you put the new strap on.

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    Default Re: New Strap!

    You might be on to something.
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    Default Re: New Strap!

    I'm debating whether to complain that it's electric (green) or that Bill wouldn't have done it that way...... joking aside, cool strap!
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    Default Re: New Strap!

    I’ve made several mandolin straps in similar fashion, though none quite so awesomely garish!! Nice job!
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    Default Re: New Strap!

    I've got a bunch of paracord that's been looking for a project. Definitely going to try this.

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    Default Re: New Strap!

    Appropriate for Saint Paddy's Day !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

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    Default Re: New Strap!

    I pulled out a bunch of paracord this morning to try this out. I've got an old Gibson A1 with a heel button that currently has an exceptionally ugly and uncomfortable strap on it.

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    Default Re: New Strap!

    Thanks for the compliments folks! It was fun and easy to make, and is proving to be functional and reliable. Pals sometimes have a hard time with how ugly it looks, but it's growing on them

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    Default Re: New Strap!

    As opposed to this one...which I'll deem "adequately distasteful". Good luck, post pics!

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    Default Re: New Strap!

    Great! I'd love to see how it turns out!

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