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Mr Heafy's double guitar strap by Richter

Mr Heafy's double guitar strap by Richter  ·  Source: Richter

German company Richter Straps and Matt Heafy of Trivium chose April 1st to launch a new double guitar strap. Everyone thought it was a huge joke at first. Turns out, this is for real! You can now order one for your favourite ‘boat anchor’ guitar!

Richter Matt Heafy Double Strap

Matt Heafy has collaborated with German firm Richter Straps on the design of this new ‘double’ guitar strap. Known from playing in the band Trivium, Heafy plays Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul Custom style guitars, which are known for being pretty heavy. He had this to say about the problem the new strap was designed to solve:

Guitar straps are not ergonomic. The concept of a weight on one side of a trapezius/shoulder joint for an entire musical lifetime is detrimental to the balance of your body.

April fool?

Unfortunately, launching them on 1st April was probably a stupid idea, as the internet thought it was a huge joke! Heafy and Richter were faced with comments like “the uncoolest thing to wear while playing metal”. People told him to go play a lighter guitar. Maybe he should get down the gym and strengthen some of those back and shoulder muscles.

Anyway, you can order your very own double strap from the link below – at a whopping EUR 159! Or, you could buy six months gym membership and get fit. Just saying. I’d go for the latter if it was me.

RRP – EUR 159

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Pepe le Poop
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“Or, you could buy six months gym membership and get fit. Just saying. I’d go for the latter if it was me.” – yes WAY too expensive, but it sounds like you’re one of the fortunate ones who doesn’t struggle with a crappy spinal issues. Gym alone does not work.


William Paxson
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Anything much over 10 lbs. is way too heavy for a guitar and completely unnecessary. And I see “fit” people getting messed up with their shoulders and necks using some of the crazy heavy guitars too.


Dane
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I’ve had the Matt Heafy Signature Epiphone here (he uses the same stock one for most touring), and it really is heavy. But that’s not the problem by itself. The problem – and this is something that most commenters missed – is that the Epiphone has active EMGs, in other words: the body has zero influence on the sound you get out of the guitar, so there’s no reason at all that his guitar be so heavy. You could literally saw off half the body and the EMGs would give you the exact same sound as before. That’s actually what… Read more »