This strap is foil printed leather with rainbow "oil slick" look printed in a "grill" or open basket weave on thin black suede, which shows as the black diamonds. This smooth colorful layer is highly reflective, and has amazing golds, greens, blues, and purples. Not only is it reflective and responds to the viewing angle and light source--there is a slight color shifting or iridescent effect, too. I've tried to capture this liveliness in some of the photos with different angles of the camera or leather to the light.
I also followed the pattern to create a zig zig cut for applying this amazing thinner cowhide onto the base cowhide. It is glued and edge stitched on a smooth black cowhide that is strong and supple & a good strap on its own, and is 5-6oz thick (3/32"), and combined is about 8-9oz thick. I have also stitched around the front peg hole to ensure the layers don't separate with repeated install/removal from the peg.
This leather will settle in with use, like all good leather does, but it will not stretch out! The special finish leather also adds a bit of firmness to the strap, so it doesn't roll up quite as tightly as compared to the black leather on its own.
I've only tapered the 5" from the end to maximize how much of this pattern is shown on the main strap, which is hand cut to 2 1/2" wide. I have a slight taper on the slot end (black cowhide) and the edges are softened with a small bevel tool, so there is a gentle transition from the top surface to the edge.
I make these my standard length unless otherwise requested: the overall length can be adjusted from about 48" to 60" between the peg holes, and eleven slots about 1" apart to weave the adjustment strap through to adjust the length to suit.
The holes for the front peg is punched at 5/16", and rear tab is 3/8". Each end has a small slit that ends with a small hole for a "keyhole" effect to prevent tears and to make the strap easy to install & remove. The hole and can accommodate most pegs, but remains securely in place. If you need different sized holes for different strap buttons, or use strap locks, please let me know.
The 1" wide adjustment strap is cut to about 22", or effectively 18" from slot to the button hole.
Since I cut these myself, I can easily modify the length or either strap, or spacing of the peg holes to get the fit that works for you. If you have a specific peg size you need to fit, but please let me know if you need a longer strap before you order--I need to verify I have enough on-hand to do so, and the price will be a little higher when more leather is involved!
This strap has my new brand, Acoustic Needle, logo etched on the adjustment strap.
The design means the strap is only leather, and there is no metal or plastic hardware that could annoy you while you're playing, or your knock into you instrument while it's being moved or stored.
I can also provide coordination leather "laces" if you prefer to tie the strap to the neck of the guitar, rather than using a front peg. There is no extra charge for these when you order the strap, but please note in the order you want it included.
If you have any questions, please message me!