StrapKeeper & StrapKeeper 2
by Tapastring Guitar Care, Trinidad, CO
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.
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.
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.