As they say, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Suffering from neck, shoulder and back pain, I set out to discover a way to make playing my guitar and bass more tolerable. I needed a guitar strap that would reduce the shoulder weight of my instruments in hopes that it would relieve the painful symptoms I was experiencing from Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). I didn't want to give up playing but the resulting pain from hanging a 8+ pound guitar over my shoulder with a standard guitar strap was becoming unbearable.
After searching the internet and my local guitar shops for a weight reducing solution it became clear that in order to keep playing I was going to have to take matters in to my own hands. Through trial and error I soon developed three different ways to displace either a portion of the shoulder weight, or move the entire weight of my instrument to my waist. To confirm the ergonomic designs worked I had a number of players try out the new designs and provide feedback on their experience. It turned out they worked! Players instantly experienced relief by removing some or all the weight from their shoulder. Practicing, rehearsing and gigging suddenly became much more bearable. Players that were experiencing "guitar shoulder" pain, were pain free the next day. Based on those results and the number of requests for the straps, I decided to launch Slinger Straps.
Today all of our guitar and camera straps are available world wide via our website. Our goal is to help guitar and bass players play as long and comfortably as they desire. 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 that also deliver much needed pain relief. Photographers who carry heavy gear around for hours at a time can also benefit from the materials we use and get the same relief we offer musicians.
Experience a whole new level of comfort and endurance with a Slinger Strap and "Take the Pain Out of Playing."
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