Led Zeppelin’s heavy-footed take on James Brown, “The Crunge”, clearly wasn’t recorded in Portland. Not only would Plant have easily found “that confounded bridge”, one preening backbend too far over his bellbottoms and he’d have tumbled off any number of them, straight into the Willamette River.
Bridge City, baby.
Speaking more to Jimmy Page’s stretched-low guitar strap swagger, we bring you Burnside, our tribute to those weathered hunks of rusting metal straddling the town’s central tributary like a hasty burst of staples punched in by some gigantic colossus the likes of which Plant rhapsodized about in his weirder, J.R.R. Tolkien-esque lyrics.
Bridges, after all, are indispensable and transporting — in music as well as daily life. As a practical matter, every guitar strap is a bridge connecting player and instrument, with load-bearing capacities that similarly depend upon the quality of construction, materials, and design. And if you don’t think a guitar strap affects tone, perhaps you haven’t played a third encore after nearly as many hours wielding a 50’s Les Paul. Not that it actually matters how, where, what, or why you play. Every shared bridge still serves singular journeys.
And, of course, music itself is the ultimate bridge. Between people. Between cultures. Between generations and eras. Between the heart and the feet. Between ourselves and our emotions. Between our imagination and our potential. Between one inspired artist and millions of listeners across countless places and moments in time.
Structurally speaking, the bridge, or middle eight, is nearly always the most transcendent part of a good song — emotionally lifting us up before dropping us back down on the other side; escaping the chorus-verse field of gravity to grab us by the collar and say, Look around. Take in the view.
Be here now.
Whether stairways to heaven or highways to hell, the guitar is our most reliable bridge there and back. And Burnside salutes players traversing those passages propelled by their sweat, soul, and fingers.
FEATURES OF THIS LEATHER GUITAR STRAP
• Strap adjusts from 39" - 54" (See our Instagram post for Tongue Tying Tricks)
• For a long guitar strap (adjusts from 54" - 63"), add optional Jumbo Tongue (sold separately).
Full Grain Leather All Anthology leather guitar and bass straps are hand-made with the absolute finest quality full-grain leathers in the world. Our leathers are chosen for their ability to fully distribute the weight of the guitar across the strap, for a more comfortable playing experience on those long gigs.
Your guitar strap may feel a little stiff at first - that's just the thickness and strength of full grain leather. Like a new pair of high quality leather boots, you need to break it in. The more you wear it, the softer it will get.
To top it off, our leather burnishes and beautifies with use. All of our leather guitar straps have their natural marks, scrapes and scars, which means they have loads of raw, rugged personality.
Padded for Comfort Our leather guitar straps are not only great looking, they're also super-comfortable. Between two layers of full-grain leather, we use a high-density, premium padding to maximize comfort without sacrificing strength. We give the guitarist the best of both worlds, a streamlined padded guitar strap. Comfortable and durable with style!
Industrial Grade Thread Even better, we use only the strongest industrial grade threads, the same threads used to make parachutes and airbags. That's strength you can trust.
Satisfaction Guaranteed All leather pieces offered by Anthology are protected by a 30-day full satisfaction promise from the date of delivery, which guarantees a full refund as long as the product is returned in new and unused condition. All leather pieces have a 25 year warranty against all defects in materials and workmanship.
What's the Right Guitar Strap Length?
If you’re buying as a gift and don’t have access to measure the current strap, or you just can’t wait until you get home to take the measurement, there are several factors to consider:
The main functional issue with respect to buying a guitar strap online is getting the length right. Our straps are measured from attachment hole to hole. The best way to determine your ideal length, or that of the musician you’re buying for, is to measure the previous strap. If you don’t have a strap to reference for whatever reason, we’ve assembled some general guidelines for length (supplemented with this friendly disclaimer: if you find our standard strap is too short, you can always add a jumbo tongue).
Elements to consider:
1. Player height and weight:
• In general, players who are 6’ and under, and average weight, should be fine with a standard length strap.
• Players over 6’, or with more weight, could use a jumbo tongue.
2. Electric or acoustic:
• Because acoustic guitar bodies are deeper, guitar players 5’10” and over will likely prefer a strap with the jumbo tongue.
3. Placement of attachment pegs:
• The strap attachment peg on the guitar can be in a couple of places. On some guitars the peg is at the top of the bout; on others, it’s placed where the guitar neck meets the body of the guitar. In the case of the latter, a few more inches will be needed, and a jumbo tongue might be the way to go.
4. How low or high the player holds their guitar:
• If the player is a rocker, with their guitar a bit below the waist, a jumbo tongue might be the way to go.
• If the player holds the guitar from the waist up, our standard length strap should do the trick.