As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Suffering from neck, shoulder and back pain from playing guitar, I set out to discover a guitar strap that would reduce the shoulder weight of my instruments in hopes it would relieve the "Guitar Shoulder" symptoms I was experiencing. I didn’t want to give up playing, but the pain and numbing from hanging a 8+ pound guitar over my shoulder with a standard guitar strap was becoming unbearable.
After endless searches and conversations with my local Los Angeles guitar shops, it became clear there was nothing on the market that would help me achieve my goal. The only way I was going to be able to continue my passion for playing was to design a guitar strap that would help relieve my pain.
While shopping for strap parts at local guitar stores and explaining what I was designing, I soon discovered many players were also experiencing shoulder pain from playing their guitar or bass. To my surprise, many of the players I spoke with wanted a strap for themselves once my design was complete! The old recommended solution to just "raise the guitar up" wasn't working for any of us.
Through trial and error I soon discovered three new ways to displace either a portion of the weight or the entire weight of my guitar to my waist and hips. As I completed each design, a number of players tried the straps out and provided feedback on the straps performance. It turned out they worked! Players instantly experienced relief from removing some or all the weight from their shoulder. Practicing, rehearsing and gigging suddenly became much more bearable and in many cases, were pain free the next day. Based on those results and the number of requests for straps, I decided to launch Slinger Straps.
Today our ergonomic guitar straps are available world wide. Our goal is to help as many players as we can reduce or remove the pain and discomfort caused from playing their guitar or bass. Even players with no pain should consider the benefits of these ergonomic guitar straps to help avoid future nerve and tendon compression issues. For players who just can't break away from traditional style guitar straps, I've also designed 2 and 3 inch standard straps to deliver much needed pain relief.
Experience a whole new level of comfort and endurance with a Slinger Strap, and "Take the Pain Out of Playing."
Tom Werges- Founder
Our straps are proudly Made in the USA