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StrapKeeper & StrapKeeper 2

by Tapastring Guitar Care, Trinidad, CO

Taylor Endpin Jack

There’s no shortage of products claiming to keep our instruments from coming loose of the strap and crashing to the floor.  There’s also a long and distinguished list of failed gadgets that we’ve put our faith in, only to find our trust (and guitars) dashed to pieces.  Taylor and other such guitars seem especially difficult to fit a strap with, owing to their narrow button jack end.  Ordering a Taylor branded strap from Taylor won’t solve the problem either. (Seriously?!)  Finally there’s a solution, and it’s so simple and affordable you’re bound to say “Gee, why didn’t I think of that?”!

Behold the StrapKeeper 2, from Tapastring Guitar Care in Trinidad, Colorado.

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Made of very strong, thin leather, the first half goes onto the endpin.  Then the other end slides through an end of the strap, and back down onto the endpin.  The clip can be used if necessary, but in our experience, there wasn’t enough room, nor need, for that last part to fit as well.
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For Taylor guitars, the StrapKeeper 2 is the cure to what ails ya.  Considering that Taylor’s own branded straps won’t even stay on their own guitars, StrapKeepers really are a miracle cure!

TapaString makes the original StrapKeeper as well, for larger diameter endpins.

To find your local dealer or order direct, visit http://TapaString.com


 

Humidity is always an issue with guitars.  Bob Taylor (Taylor Guitars) talks about a product his company was involved in developing, one which makes certain that the guitar is ALWAYS at the right humidity, no matter where or what the season may be: Humidipack.  The product may not be sold by Planet Waves any more; there’s word that D’Addario may have acquired it, but in any event, it still does the same thing.

Some have expressed concerns that it could leak and damage a guitar. Possible, certainly, but if it did when used as instructed, they would be responsible for that damage. Meanwhile, a guitar which is too dry is most certainly a danger and can cause far more serious and structural problems.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve heard of people stating that the paks have broken and made a terrible mess in the body. I’ve used these since they have come out. I have seen older paks that have wet spots and I just disposed of them rather than take any chances.
    However, my latest purchase of the new repackage product I noticed they are now in a different membrane and the pockets that are used for the body paks have changed their material to a more solid looking fabric. The headstock pocket pouch is the same as before.
    I’m wondering if these changes were to better guard against possible leakage into body and constitutes a product improvement. I tried to search for an answer on the net but couldn’t find anything that would suggest there had been such a change of materials to further protect any possibility of having a possible messy guitar ???
    Can you, or anyone in the know confirm or unconfirmed that the product repackaging is indeed an improved upgrade. My only other thought that there is no mention of these changes is because it could be an acknowledgement that the product did have a potential design fault. But to be fair to the manufacturer. The products where to be use once and disposed of. But anyone that has did web searches would know that some have re-used these paks over and over by re-hydrating. Which would take any possible liability from the manufacture. Correct me if I’m wrong ????

    • We’ve had a hard time getting any kind of answer from those people on that subject.
      For a legal standpoint, that’s correct. If they are specifically supposed to be tossed and someone rehydrates a pack, it is on that person if the pack fails. In practice, though, it becomes rather hard to prove that they rehydrated it unless they admit to it on their own.

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