What are retro guitar straps? And why would you want to buy, own and use them? First of all, retro guitar straps are simply guitar straps that have a retro feel to them, that feel like they come directly from the 70s or 80s, that look and feel like they could have been used to hold the guitars that were played by Led Zeppeling, AC/DC or Queen. Officially, the term retro means “imitative of a style or fashion from the recent past”. Retro seems to be a relatively recent phenomenon. Mainly thanks to hipsters, it seems, retro and vintage style anything has made a comeback during the past ten to fifteen years. Not only retro guitar straps are cool (again), but also 50s dresses, the polka dot, tweed jackets and – of course – vinyl. Retro as a style is a highly interesting development: it is a tad romantic, seeing the past as a place where things were better, well-made, of higher quality, durable and even better designed and more beautiful than nowadays is the case. Comparing music and fashion to that of a couple of decades ago, many young people have come to the conclusion that contemporary styles and products are not exactly an improvement on what had come before. Interestingly, retro brings back the styles from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s and often mixes it with more contemporary fashion, thus creating a grey zone, a type of “inbetweenness”, a no man’s land of ages, styles, fashion, music and design. Could the dominant fashion of the early 21st century be considered retro? And if so, what does that mean for the development and innovative practices in fashion and other creative industries? If something is retro, has it simply been stolen or imitated, or has it been adapted to more modern times? And does one exclude the other? Let’s return to the topic of retro guitar straps. The difference between retro guitar straps and vintage guitar straps would be that vintage are originals, while retro are imitations. So retro guitar straps are brand new, yet look like they could have come from the 60s or 70s. Neat, right?
If you would like to buy yourself some retro guitar straps, where would you start? There are of course many, many places to get your own retro guitar straps, but since they are quite fashionable nowadays, it is tricky to be sure where to get quality. Where to find the passion for music, playing and guitars that will guarantee a good product, instead of a knock-off imitation that won’t last a month? To be absolutely certain your retro guitar straps are not just fashionable, but also of high and lasting quality, you best head over to Overdrive Straps at OverdriveStraps.com and look for retro guitar straps in their collection. You should know that all their guitar straps – be it retro or otherwise – are all handmade with passion, love, dedication and the greatest of skill. Among their retro guitar straps collection, you will find wonderful creations with names such as “Bohemian” Full Leather Overdrive Strap, “Marrakesh” Overdrive Strap, “Woodstock” Overdrive Strap and many, many more. These retro guitar straps are not cheap, but you wouldn’t want that. The price reflects the quality and the work that go into the creation of these beauties. In picking a guitar strap, be sure you pick one that fits or complements your image as an artist. When you are on stage with your instrument, you don’t want your guitar strap to distract, but to blend into and enhance the overall impression and stage presence. For some that may mean their guitar straps need to be as inconspicuous as possible; for others, however, it means their guitar straps can be as psychedelic and colourful as the pants they are wearing and/or the music they are making. In that case, retro guitar straps are a very good choice.
So who are Overdrive Straps? This Dutch company was founded by Cissie Goumare, who sports a major passion for music and guitars. She makes the straps that are on sale at Overdrive Straps by hand. You can imagine the amount of love, skill and patience it requires to create one of the retro guitar straps you can find on the website. Who wouldn’t want one of those? Cissie is not only a guitar strap maker, but of course she also plays the guitar herself. She has met and made multiple guitar straps for famous artists and idols of hers, such as Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders, Smashing Pumpkins’ Jeff Schroeder, Chon’s Mario Chamarena and Erick Hansel, The Fall Of Troy’s Thomas Erak and Tim Ward, Polyphia’s Tim Henson, Scott LePage and Clay Gober, and so on, and so forth. The list is pretty impressive. You can have a look for yourself by heading over to OverdriveStraps.com and taking a look at the Artists page. So not only can you order cool, beautiful and high quality retro guitar straps easily online, but you could be using the same guitar straps as your idols do! You can pay by PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and even by national services such as ideal (Dutch) and Sofort Banking (German). On top of that, Overdrive Straps ships worldwide, using both national and international postal services. So don’t hesitate: have a look over at OverdriveStraps.com, make your choice, order and enjoy!