Review: Levy’s Leathers MSSC80 Heavy-Weight Cotton Straps

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Even though I’m mostly an electric player, I have been known to strum a few chords on an acoustic from time to time, but always sitting down. For one reason or another, I’ve never been able to find a nice strap for my acoustic that combined comfort, ease of use and stylish looks into one: Leather straps look great, but they’re too stiff and a pain to get on and off my strap buttons. Nylon straps are comfortable, but just didn’t look right on my acoustic.

New for 2011, Levy’s Leathers’ MSSC80 2” Heavy-Weight Cotton strap combines all the features that I look for in an acoustic guitar strap — the cotton strap is comfortable and loose, while the contrasting colored threads look great and compliment acoustic instruments. The tri-glide adjustment makes changing the length simple and quick. The “cowboy boot design embossing” on the leather ends adds a lavish touch to the strap and it was a breeze to get them on my Taylor’s strap buttons.

Another qualm I always had with leather straps was that I had to take them off when I put my guitar back in its case. It was always a pain to get the straps back on because the leather is so tough. My guitar is still able to fit in its case with the strap still attached and there are no metal parts so I don’t have to worry about it scratching my guitar’s finish.

The MSSC80 is available in Black, Tan or Brown, in lengths of either 63” or 75”. The strap retails for $36.23 for the 63” version and $42.17 for the 75” version, but if you do a bit of bargain hunting, you can find them for around 20 or 30 bucks. I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found a strap that won’t be leaving my acoustic’s strap buttons for a long, long time.

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