Guitar Straps and Bass Straps

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‘’Wow... words fail me. The detail on the strap and the quality of your work surpasses anything else I've seen or used by a long shot, as does your customer service. ‘’
Andy R. - Australia

Guitar Straps

Indulge me a moment as I wade into the infinite sea of brilliance that is the guitar.

In my view, those six strings adorn the most perfect and versatile instrument ever invented. Nothing else gives a musician such a broad variety of possibilities: chords, lines, trills, bends, plucks, finger style, pick attack, neck slaps, percussive body slaps, mutes, harmonics, hammer-ons, pull-offs — even something still undiscovered you or I might stumble upon one of these days. The dynamic and harmonic combinations are truly endless.

And that’s just covering technique. Then you have all the variables and nuances of the guitar’s build: body shape, wood type, wood quality, hard woods or hollow bodies, neck woods, neck contour, finger boards, frets, bridge type, pick-ups, strings, and more. All these structural factors impact tone, facilitating yet more sonic combinations and possibilities to work and play with. Pedals and amps, of course, are also there to assist in sculpting our sound, but it’s the guitar itself — and our own two hands — that most enable us to unleash our voice, to express angst, anger, exhilaration, pain, love, joy, sorrow, celebration… all the colors and corners of life itself.

So while you’re not likely to ever catch me down in the weeds of some high-minded intellectual debate over what is or isn’t art, this I know unequivocally and will defend to the death: when built with meticulous attention to detail, a guitar is a work of art.

Period.

And the foundational principle of Anthology Gear Wear is that a great guitar deserves a great guitar strap that itself is also a work of art — something worthy of all the countless hours you’ve spent over many years locked away in the woodshed, honing your technique and musicianship.

Perhaps you’ve seen Crazy Heart. (If not, get thee to Netflix or some comparable source. Trust me.) Well, many people have specifically asked me about Otis “Bad” Blake’s guitar strap in the movie. Just another film prop to others, perhaps, but to obsessive, observant guitar players it was such an iconic part of Jeff Bridge’s Oscar-winning performance and the rambling hard-knock life his character had lived that the strap stood out nearly as a character unto itself. That strap could tell stories.

And I love that. I love that because it speaks directly to what Anthology Gear Wear is all about — and why I needed it to exist so badly I went out and created it.

I believe that more than simply connecting you to your instrument, a guitar strap should live and breathe the life of the guitarist. This is why ours are built to burnish and beautify with age. They are designed to take your knocks, absorb your sweat, record your DNA, and capture the memories of the road you’re going to travel.

Fellow crazy hearts out there have quickly plugged in to this premise, like the customer who wrote me to gush that he plans to “be laid to rest with my Steinberger Synapse, my Anthology strap, and a couple of smokes.” He loves it that much.

That’s right. For this life and the afterlife, we’re built to last.

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Guitar Case

Guitar Case vs. Gig Bag — Or the Best of Both Worlds.

A lot went into making your baby. Not to mention the significant investment that went into acquiring it. So let’s talk about protection.

More than just obsessive, precision-focused master craftsman, the world’s great guitar builders are, yes, artists. There can be no debate on the matter, as far as this grateful beneficiary of their genius is concerned. Incalculable are the hours they spend over a lifetime learning, testing, cutting, shaving, tapping, carving, painting, finishing and, most importantly, listening. Just selecting 5-star, master-grade woods is not enough. The really good builders tap and test for the finest, most complex harmonic voiced tone woods, selecting only the best of the best for their work.

As much of a tone junkie as I am, I’ve had surprising few of these really great guitars in my life. Sure, I’ve got my ever-growing wish list (who doesn’t?), but currently I’m addicted to my Don Grosh ElectraJet. All Don’s guitars just drip with tone. And for protecting my ElectraJet, as well as your prized 6-string possession, I’ve created “The Revelator” guitar bag.

As a musician who gigs regularly, I need the convenience of a gig bag I can throw over my shoulder. But here’s the rub: I won’t trust my valuable guitars to a bag that won’t protect them fully. One awkward slip-up and your baby is off to the shop.

So “The Revelator” was designed as a special hybrid between a gig bag and a hard shell case. Inside “The Revelator”, your guitar sits in a bed of comfort. Outside, like a hard shell case, “The Revelator” affords total protection under the most extreme conditions.

“The Revelator” accommodates a standard body electric guitar: Les Paul, Strat, Tele-sized guitars.

(Side note: if you’re playing a 335 or Gretsch style hollow body guitar, hang tight — we’re hard at work to have those ready for 2013).

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For Guitar Picks

A Pick Lineage.

Though I’m 95% about design and creative exploration, I definitely value utility — particularly when great design is married to seamless function. Then they go off and have babies, and their babies grow up and have babies, and a whole family tree of cool ensues. Why not?

For example, you had the money pouch, a handy place to carry money. Well, the money pouch met the credit card clip, fell in love, got married, and gave us the bi-fold wallet. Then they had a baby: the compact wallet.

Well, thanks to a little rock ‘n’ roll self-mutilation, the Anthology compact wallet now has some special slots for guitar picks.

Still the cycle of life rolls on from there as our rebellious compact wallet fell hard for a rockin’ hot guitar strap and, what do you know, the love child of their torrid affair is our pick holder strap attachment.

So beautiful, I get a bit verklempt just thinking about it.

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