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    Default New and Vintage leather mandolin straps

    Individuals are always asking where to get a nice leather mandolin strap on the Mandolin Cafe. Check out Sully’s Straps if you like beautiful leather (new or vintage) straps. Here is his website https://sullysstraps.com/ these are hand made in the U.S.A.

    I had order a vintage mandolin strap for my Ellis F5 Special awhile back and I liked it so much I ordered a vintage leather mandolin strap for my new Girouard Griffith Tribute A5.

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    2022 Girouard Griffith Tribute A5
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    You should also check out Lakota Leathers for some "wildlife" sourced straps. Just got me a Chocolate and Tobacco flat braided Elk strap. Very soft, supple and non-slippery.

    https://lakotaleathers.com/products/mandolin/

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    sully's..... great guy to work with.... fantastic leather, straps made to order, or pick from his stock... worth every penny.... I have six of them from mandocello, on down to piccolo... his stuff puts alot of other folks creations to shame.... or at least throws a very dark shadow over them... so many woven straps squeek and make lots of sounds when you move... so many have flimsy scroll loops, or button tabs... If you want a strap that tics all the boxes, this guy will help you out.
    NFI... just a satisfied customer
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    Quote Originally Posted by JFDilmando View Post
    sully's..... great guy to work with.... fantastic leather, straps made to order, or pick from his stock... worth every penny.... I have six of them from mandocello, on down to piccolo... his stuff puts alot of other folks creations to shame.... or at least throws a very dark shadow over them... so many woven straps squeek and make lots of sounds when you move... so many have flimsy scroll loops, or button tabs... If you want a strap that tics all the boxes, this guy will help you out.
    NFI... just a satisfied customer
    John,

    Great comments on Sully’s leather straps. I agree with you his straps are worth every penny.
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    Fantastic straps, fantastic customer service. I have several of his straps, and I love them; they are my goto straps, except for my F style mandolin. I have a custom strap for A style mandolins that is perfect.
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    All my instrument straps come from recycled leather belts costing next to nothing in charity shops, all great quality leather which will outlast me.

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    Another happy Sully Straps customer - I have one of his new straps on my tenor banjo and one of his vintage ones on my acoustic guitar. Still kicking meself that I didn't have time to order a mandolin one for my Girouard before leaving the states!
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    Just received my first Sully - vintage - for the Brentrup. It's very nice. Fast service, fits perfectly and really visually compliments the instrument.

    Also have Lakota on other instruments and have a Pinegrove on my Coombe flat top. The latter is a work of art. Also highly recommended. At least for the A style. No experience with the F.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Platt View Post
    Just received my first Sully - vintage - for the Brentrup. It's very nice. Fast service, fits perfectly and really visually compliments the instrument.

    Also have Lakota on other instruments and have a Pinegrove on my Coombe flat top. The latter is a work of art. Also highly recommended. At least for the A style. No experience with the F.
    Congratulations on your selection in one of Sully’s vintage straps! You should post a picture of your vintage strap along with your 2000 Brentrup.
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    Let me add to the Sully Strap pile on. I really like his basic strap design. Here's one on my Girouard A5. Click image for larger version. 

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    My wife got me a really beautiful Ochre F-style mandolin strap that’s really beautiful. It’s a bit stiffer than my Lakota Leathers braided and unbraided straps, but I think it’s going to be really comfortable when it breaks in a little and will last forever. It’s more in the harness leather/rein vein than Lakota’s, which require no break in, but I think the Ochre is going to be a good one. I’d never heard of them, and think she found them on Etsy. I’ve never tried a Sully but will have to do so if any of these wear out (or I get a new mando ).

    NFI in any of them. FWIW, I’m still using a strap I braided out of nylon cord way back in 2004 on my travel soprano uke. There’s no reason I couldn’t be using it on mando other than I like the feel and smell of leather and wanted to try out something new…
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjmangum View Post
    Let me add to the Sully Strap pile on. I really like his basic strap design. Here's one on my Girouard A5. Click image for larger version. 

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    Beautiful Sully Strap and Girouard A5!!
    2022 Girouard Griffith Tribute A5
    2021 Ellis F5 Special
    2021 Girouard Concert Master F5 oval hole
    2020 Heiden Artist Plus A5
    1987 Flatiron Artist A5

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