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Fretfunk's New Range of Colourful Guitar Straps

Posted by Andrew Rivers at

We founded Fretfunk back in 2010 with the aim of bringing people new and interesting guitar accessory designs.  One of the obvious accessories that we’ve never got round to making – until now – is straps.  That’s not to say that straps haven’t been on our radar, more the fact that we hadn't found a reliable manufacturer to work with that shared our view of quality, colour and design. 

When we visited the NAMM show at Anaheim this January we were able to talk to many guitar strap manufacturers from all over the world, but most of the time they just wanted to sell us their range of straps, i.e. their view of the strap world.  Typically they hadn't even thought that what we might be after is someone to work with us to make our own range of straps.  One of the manufacturers we talked to were Buckle Down, and we felt they were different.  We got on with them really well and we liked their approach, in that they were confident of their materials, their manufacturing process and their quality.  What made them different was that they were willing to make straps customised to our design.

 When we got back to the UK we continued the dialogue and we started to put together a set of fabric patterns we wanted for our own range.  We kept it small to start with, and what we have created is an initial range based on 3 pattern themes, with colour choices within the themes.  These are top quality fabric guitar straps with stitched leather ends, providing a durable yet lightweight strap that will give you many years of reliable service.  The fabric is soft and comfortable to use, yet will fold or roll in your case to a very small size.

Here’s a quick summary of our guitar strap themes:

 Bandana Theme

 We really like this pattern since it has so much interesting detail.  The pattern is intricate, yet still manages to look subtle and refined.  This style especially suits classic rock, Americana and blues players, as the design conjures images of Little Steven or Axl Rose.  

 

Guitar Strap with Orange on Black Bandana Skull design from Fretfunk

 




 

 

 

 

Here are our suggested colour matches: 

Strap Colour
Guitar Colour
Orange on Black 
Orange on Black Guitar Strap from Fretfunk Banadana and Skull design

Sunburst

Red

Orange

Black

Silver on Black 
Silver Bandana design with skulls on Black Guitar Strap from Fretfunk

White

Silver

Black

Blue


Pink on Black

Black

Pink

White

Silver

 

Winged Skulls Theme

 These straps are a bit more metal in their style, with a repeated pattern comprising two winged skulls facing each other across a crucifix.  The glowing colour of the pattern is accentuated on the black background to give a distinctive and memorable look.  These straps particularly suit the rockier types of guitar shapes such as Dean, BC Rich, Jackson or even the Gibson Explorer and Flying V.Guitar Strap from Fretfunk with Green Skull designGuitar Strap with Red Skull design from Fretfunk

Here are our suggested colour matches: 

Strap Colour

Guitar Colour

Red on Black

Sunburst

Red

Orange

Black

White

Green on Black

White

Silver

Black

Green

Purple on Black

Black

White

Silver

Blue

  

Filigree Theme

These straps have a refined look, being based on ornate decorative patterns.  They go particularly well with acoustic guitars and classic guitar shapes such as Telecasters, Gretsch or Gibson ES.  These come in two colour choices at the moment, Ivory on Navy and Yellow on Navy. 

 Guitar Strap with Filigree Desgin from FretfunkFretfunk Guitar Strap with Filigree design


 

As you can see from this, we are starting out small here, but this is just the start of the range.  As we go through the rest of the year you can expect us to be adding new colour choices to these themes, and we've got a few more themes we’re developing as well.  Please keep checking the website for updates on this.

To finish, I’d like to say a few words of thanks to Buckle Down for working hard to meet our expectations on these straps, and we invite visitors to our website to view our full range of straps (click here).

 As always, we’d love to hear back from you with thoughts and comments.  You can either comment on this blog post or send us a message via the website (click here).

 

 


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