Introduction: Adjustable Guitar Strap From Bike Inner Tube

Picture of Adjustable Guitar Strap From Bike Inner Tube

Make an adjustable guitar strap in minutes!

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

You'll need:
  • Inner Tube
  • Scissors
  • Duct Table
  • 1” Grommets with pegs (as many as you want adjustments)
  • Grommet setter
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Sharp cutting blade
  • Superglue

Step 2: Cut Tube

Picture of Cut Tube


Standard guitar strap lengths range from 37 - 52 inches.  This project works best creating a strap +/- 5 inches from length of tube.  

Retain scrap pieces of tube for a later step.

Step 3: Tape Ends

Picture of Tape Ends


Step 4: Grommet Placement

Picture of Grommet Placement

Place grommets and press down hard enough to create indentations.

Step 5: Score Indentations

Picture of Score Indentations


Cut tube at indentations. 

Retaining the rubber in the middle of the grommet, rather than punching it out, will help keep the strap in place.

Step 6: Pound Grommet

Picture of Pound Grommet


Hard!

Step 7: Cover Back

Picture of Cover Back


Glue extra pieces of tubing on the back of the strap.

This adds strength, keeps metal from scraping the guitar and just makes it look nicer all around.

Step 8: Button Hole

Picture of Button Hole


Cut thin slit in the middle of the grommet.  Just a touch smaller than the button.

Step 9: Attach Strap to Front and Back...

Picture of Attach Strap to Front and Back...


...and rock!

Comments

tvazquez2 (author)2015-11-07

I favorited this ible, Thank you! I never would have thought about using a bicycle inner-tube as a guitar strap. I was browsing for home-made guitar straps until I came across this ible.

I've used traditional straps, and home-made straps... commonly, both strap types have left me with painfull muscle aches along my collar bone area. I've tried pads of various types, but they either looked too bulky or they slid down the strap away from my shoulder.

If I use this inner-tube idea, I wouldn't cut the inner-tube, instead I would close a D-ring around the inner-tube, and then I would inflate the inner-tube just enough to form an "air cushion" to protect my collar muscles from the heavy weight of the guitar and bass. This way I can play longer without being distracted by shoulder pains cause by the dead-heavy weight of the guitar.

annahowardshaw (author)2010-11-17

Thanks! The thing that is cool about using an inner tube is that it is sturdy but you have a little elasticity that you don't get with a regular strap. Hope people try it out!

gigin (author)2010-11-13

Nice,thank..

TSC (author)2010-11-10

Good idea!!

About This Instructable

2,463views

14favorites

License:

More by annahowardshaw:Creamy Cashew Mushroom Soup (Vegan)Millennium Falcon Massage BarsMargarita Cole Slaw
Add instructable to: