Product Review: Strapped Down By a Betty

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Guitar
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Over the years I’ve kinda developed a devotion to DiMarzio Clip-Lock straps. In fact, I have them installed on my 4 main guitars. The others haven’t got one yet because those guitars usually don’t make it out on stage. After spending $2k on my Music Man guitar I wanted to get a more suitable strap. I was willing to pay a little more but desired comfort. I would have really loved to pick up a strap from Anthology. In my opinion, they make the most beautiful straps out there but they come at a price. After much research and debate I decide to keep it West Coast and go with a CA company named Mono.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me to go with a particular strap from Levy’s, but as I don’t like to go with the grain, I chose the Betty guitar strap from Mono. But more than that, the strap just looked comfortable on their website. It appeared to be well constructed with great materials and had the perfect length and width I was looking for. I felt the only thing I would miss out on is the smell of leather. The strap comes in 5 colors and color plays a role in the material used. I chose ash which uses a Duraweave material(Black and Steel Grey use a material called Sharkskin). They all have a neoprene underbelly to prevent sliding around while playing. The core of the strap is memory foam. That may not mean much with a lighter guitar, but it will definitely provide some comfort if you’re slinging a 7-string all night. I did feel like I was taking a little bit of a gamble with this purchase. With so many materials being used, there was sure to be a lot of stitching. More stitching/sewing can be a nightmare. One loose string and the whole thing could unravel. I can assure you that Betty is well built. Between the metal hardware and stitching, this strap will be around for a while. The only con I have is with the “hidden” guitar pick pocket. In theory, its a great idea. However, I would use it just as a storage and not as an “on-stage-oops-I-dropped-my-last-pick-emergency” solution. My fingers are little thick and it takes a while to dig a pick out that pocket. And don’t use a pick with any kind of “grip” texture or finish. I will get caught up in the neoprene.

Mono Betty Guitar Strap

Mono Betty Guitar Strap


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