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Posted on November 09, 2015 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

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. 

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Unlikely, I know.

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

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)))

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Lee Ranaldo @ Tanned Tin Festival

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

HOLMES spotting.

Tanned Tin Festival, Spain, 2.09.13.

Photo credit: Christian Robles via flickr 

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Lee Ranaldo / ATP NYC

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments


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.

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Lee Ranaldo / London

Posted on June 07, 2012 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments

A bunch of photos from Lee Ranaldo's show in London last night: Dots & Dashes 

Lee is using a HOLMES Black Canvas strap.

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Lee Ranaldo / Pitchfork

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Ray Holmes | 0 Comments


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.

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Ranaldo + Singer: Contre Jour

Posted on February 21, 2012 by rholmes00 | 0 Comments

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

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