#10: Custom Leather Guitar Straps

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There seems to be a direct proportionality in country music where the twangier the tunes, the gaudier the couture. So in the grand tradition of Manuel suits and the Waylon-caster comes Jonny Fritz’s pop culture-aping leather design: hand-tooled accoutrement for guitars as well as personalized accessories like guitar straps and belts. You’ll find a twist on the tradition in touches like a Chevy or Gatorade logo among the beveled, flowery flourishes you’d have seen on a Porter Wagoner get-up or Gram Parson’s pot, pills and naked ladies Nudie suit.

All the leather comes straight from Nashville’s own Tandy Leather Co., and Fritz custom-makes everything to order. So, say you wanted a guitar strap design depicting a shamrock, a Black Flag logo and your name—as Deer Tick’s John McCauley recently did—just head to www.Corndawg.com to place your order.

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Above: guitar straps made-to-order for members of Deer Tick.

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  1. It’s always cool to see custom guitar straps and other leather items. We recently interviewed the guy who does all of Zac Brown’s guitar straps, as well as other artists such as Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, etc. Here is the interview with Kyle as well as pictures of some of his work:

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