"It is actually mind blowing to discover the difference a great strap makes in the geometries of playing guitar. Greater relaxation, and so less fatigue, from better support for the instrument and from the feel of the strap distributing the weight better on my shoulder and back, along with the really perfect texture/friction of the body side leather of the strap makes the playing experience surprisingly improved in several ways, including showing up with greater sensitivity, speed and dexterity, and less stress, so decreased soreness.
I’ve been playing steadily for 50 years and had not imagined that a “mere strap” could make such a contribution to my playing experience. Throw in the fact that it looks bitchin’ cool as a bonus. I hesitated getting one of your straps at first because it seemed a bit expensive for a strap, but OMG, what a great investment!"
- Guitarist David Huber
Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon this site searching for something different or unique, possibly even something rare and extraordinary that reflects a deep-seated existential yearning to connect your music to the universe.
Or maybe you’re just looking for cool leather guitar straps.
Either way, welcome to Anthology Gear Wear. You’ve come to the right place.
Why Anthology? In a word, value. Given this age of strip malls and mega-chains, the term is too frequently misused to mean a bargain, a promotional sticker slapped on something cheap. Anthology I built over on the other end of the spectrum, where “value” is still rooted in what’s “valuable” — meaningful, exceptional, personal, meant to endure; like music that touches your soul. Anthology guitar straps and gig bags are all about my desire to create functional, lasting works of art.
Initially, I was just looking for a custom guitar strap. After shopping around, however, I realized it was the inspired craftsmanship and singular, expressive character one finds in classic guitars that I was really after in a strap. A visionary curator working with quality construction and commensurately high-level design skills would trump customization.
Then, as tends to happen in music, what I started out looking for became what I needed to create. As a result, a piece by Anthology is much more than just another disposable, cookie-cutter assembly line slab of cowhide. Our leather matures and beautifies with use so that, over time, each guitar strap and gig bag melds to the musician using it. Call it fine custom aging: the piece takes on a personality through the individual characteristics unique to you and the road you take it on. By the time you’re ready to hand an Anthology guitar strap down to your junior rockers, that heirloom will possess a richness and distinction that can neither be replicated nor exceeded.
And that’s the whole point. Anthology isn’t “what you see is what you get.” Anthology is “what you’ll see is where you’ve been and what you’ve given.” Our value exists to tell a meaningful story about you. To get there, I’ve poured my heart and soul into the design of each guitar strap and gig bag, burning the midnight oil in my design studio, away from the wife and kids, to create a collection of precious canvases for you to paint your story onto.
Hope you sign on for the ride.