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On the subject of leather straps --- any suggestions in regards to thin vintage style leather straps? I found one made by Right On that I like but I'm not informed enough to know of any boutique --- yet not overly expensive --- strap makers that make a good 1" leather strap.

Levy's doesn't make anything that I like that is thin though Fender has an ok thin vintage style strap.
 

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On the subject of leather straps --- any suggestions in regards to thin vintage style leather straps? I found one made by Right On that I like but I'm not informed enough to know of any boutique --- yet not overly expensive --- strap makers that make a good 1" leather strap.

Levy's doesn't make anything that I like that is thin though Fender has an ok thin vintage style strap.
I just got a nice thin one for my esquire on kijiji the other day. I'll look it over for a brand name.


As for softening leather... we always used shaving cream to soften our baseball gloves.
 

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On the subject of leather straps --- any suggestions in regards to thin vintage style leather straps? I found one made by Right On that I like but I'm not informed enough to know of any boutique --- yet not overly expensive --- strap makers that make a good 1" leather strap.

Levy's doesn't make anything that I like that is thin though Fender has an ok thin vintage style strap.
I have an El Dorado strap for sale like this one. PM if interested.

 

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On the subject of leather straps --- any suggestions in regards to thin vintage style leather straps? I found one made by Right On that I like but I'm not informed enough to know of any boutique --- yet not overly expensive --- strap makers that make a good 1" leather strap.

Levy's doesn't make anything that I like that is thin though Fender has an ok thin vintage style strap.
Slash used a leather belt.


I've always used mink oil to break in leather.
 

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I remember as a kid I got my first real mitt and wanted to break it in FAST. Everyone at school said to use linseed oil or something, doesn't matter I didn't have any, so I found a bottle of walnut oil. Soaked my glove in that, I mean DRIPPING.
Well it made a mess of my glove and to this day every time I taste a walnut I think of baseball...
 

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Just pulled one out that I have had for a few years but never used. My original leather strap is 20 years old and soft as a babies bottom. But that's from 20 years of use. This new one I would like to speed up the process a bit. It will be a nice strap once it softens up a bit.
 

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Beat it up a little bit. Roll in into a ball, tangle it up and step on it a bit.

Nathan
I used to have these thick leather coasters in my early 20s (dad's company logo swag). I sat down one night and chatted with my future wife for a couple of hours just working it with my hands. It became very soft in a pretty short time.
 

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Wrap it around a hammer and smack the crap out of stuff with it?

It sounds crazy, but depending on what you smack the crap out of it could work out considerably well.

If thats too soft, perhaps you could defend a village from orcs with it. That ought to break that strap in nicely
 

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It took me about 20 minutes to work the leather by hand. Just simply flex it any way that makes sense. Roll it up as tight as you can in both directions, fold the leather anwhere it feels stiff. It will be half way to “babies ass” in less than a half hour. Take a break when you have to. It is tiring on the hands and makes my carpel tunnel problems kick in.
 
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