One of the best ways to express yourself as a musician is with your image. It’s your image that makes the first impression long before an audience even hears your music. You want to spend enough time making sure nothing about your image as a musician gets overlooked. That’s why you want to pick out proper accessories like an acoustic guitar strap that best compliments the type of player you are.

But what kind of acoustic guitar strap should you choose? Or should you get an electric strap instead? Is one better than the other for my playing style? These are all questions you might ask as you’re shopping for a guitar strap. But you don’t have to be confused. By following a few simple steps you can find the best strap for you.

So what is the difference between an acoustic guitar strap and an electric one? The bottom line is that there is no difference. At least not a large enough difference to make much of a difference in what you choose. You might think it depends on whether you’re going to be playing an acoustic or electric guitar. But that’s not the case. Either type of strap can usually fit on either type of guitar. Different guitar manufacturers might have specialized buttons or snaps to attach a strap, and you’ll need to know that before you go shopping to ensure you pick out a compatible strap. But the specifics of the strap have nothing to do with whether you have an acoustic or an electric guitar specifically.

The difference is mainly in the designs you’ll find. In popular musical culture, it is most common for electric guitar players to have a harsher, more edgy sounding music. That means that electric guitar straps will match that playing style and the personality of those who listen to that kind of music. Think lighting bolts, skulls, bloody roses, things like that. Acoustic players are more commonly mellow sounding, light hearted and quiet. Think of tweed strap designs, or jacquard patterns. These of course are just generalizations, but you’ll find these stereotypes in the categories of straps you’re looking at – especially online. So just keep that in mind and you’ll know where to look for the right acoustic guitar strap for you, even if you feel more like an electric guitar player.

The only other important rule to remember is that comfort is most important once you find the design you are looking for. Look at how wide the strap is. Is it made of leather or nylon? Can you adjust the length easily? Head to your local music supply store and try out a few difference types of straps if you aren’t quite sure what type of strap you like best. If you take the time to do your research, you can be sure to find the best acoustic guitar strap for your playing style and musical image.

Source by James D Carter