For the archives. Most makers of things won't show you things that broke, but I will and this one did. The strap goes way back, one of the first I ever made circa 2010, and was subsequently used/loved/terrorized by Lee Ranaldo. The front end tab break was recent.
For the record, HOLMES guarantees against this sort of (unlikely) failure. Repair or replacement as needed.
Once or twice, usually when trying to avoid thinking about something else---I've thought that I should organize a festival with a lineup including only bands/musicians who have used my straps + etc over the years. This would ideally happen in my back yard, with the spirits of Rowland S. Howard and Mark Linkous acting as emcees. #spiritualized #low #slowdive #wilco #leeranaldo #stephenomalley #swans #deathvessel #mymorningjacket#deanwareham #megafaun #neilhalstead #sunno)))
Tanned Tin Festival, Spain, 2.09.13.
Photo credit: Christian Robles via flickr
If any one person could act as quality assurance ambassador for HOLMES, it would be Lee Ranaldo. The guy has been taking one of my canvas straps on a pretty hard ride for the better part of a year, and it seems to be no worse for it---at least not much. Lee mostly uses one single strap across all of his guitars throughout a show, so it's on and off, on and off hundreds of times over the course of time, while most straps only ever get taken on and off any guitar a few times at most. This clip is from All Tomorrow's Parties in NYC a couple of days ago---you'll see the strap dangling on, then off, scuttled to the stage floor, and then back on the guitar within the first minute. It's pretty rad.
Love ya, Lee.
A bunch of photos from Lee Ranaldo's show in London last night: Dots & Dashes
Lee is using a HOLMES Black Canvas strap.
Cool, quality piece with Lee Ranaldo by way of Pitchfork. Lee's HOLMES Black Handmade Canvas strap is present. Be sure to watch through the end of the credit roll.
Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer: CONTRE JOUR, Toronto, 10.21.11. Lee’s strap is a HOLMES---looking good even in a jumble amongst the pedals.
Photo: Michael Raymond Clarke via Flickr