Proper Way to Wear a Levy Guitar Strap

Written by kirk maltbee
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Levy’s instrument straps are indispensable tools for many performing musicians, whether they’re on stage or in rehearsal. Levy's straps are synonymous with quality, durability and for many, fashion. Since 1973, the company has offered guitar and bass players dependable adjustable leather straps and recently have begun offering straps of different materials. If you’re a novice and are wondering exactly how to adjust the strap, realise it’s about preference as much as it is about performance.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Pull the opening in the front of the strap over your guitar’s strap pin on the top horn. Making sure the strap doesn’t twist, pull the strap down to thread the opposite strap pin through the adjacent hole on the strap.

  2. 2

    Put the guitar on over your shoulder so that the strap crosses diagonally over your chest. Place both your fretting and plucking hands in playing position; if neither hand touches the strings in the appropriate places, the strap is too long. If you feel as if your fingers are cramped or can’t correctly chord the notes, the strap may be too short.

  3. 3

    Remove the strap from the guitar and, according to your previous result, adjust the strap accordingly. Depending on the model of strap you purchased, there are different ways to adjust the strap so that you can wear it comfortably.

  4. 4

    Pull the strap through the slots on the rear of the strap to lengthen the strap, thus making the instrument move farther away from your fingers. Thread the slack in the strap through the holes to shorten the distance from the guitar to your hands.

  5. 5

    Put the guitar back on and place your hands back into playing position to see if your adjustments corrected your discomfort. If not, lengthen or shorten the strap as you see fit until you’ve reached a comfortable playing position. Wear the guitar at this strap length.

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