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    I know I'm hardly the first to do this (I'm sure lots of you have) but I always wanted to try to make the chain strap EVH used during the first tour. So I spent a couple hours putting this together. I used a belt and chain basically. Cost me less than $30 and the biggest cost was the belt. The chain will probably scrape my guitar up some but that doesn't bother me I like that look.

    Anyone interested how I did it I can explain. It's really easy. And it was a lot more comfortable than I thought. Didn't even seem heavy I played all night with it and was fine. Thought I'd share.

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    Holy Shit, that looks amazing! Goes really good with your Rasta, too!
    There was a guy selling ones similar to this on eBay a while back, but it's cool that you went ahead and made your own. Nice job
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    Thats some mad bedazzled skills....

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    Awesome strap Brett. I saw the same guy on ebat selling those. How did you go about making it

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    The strap looks great Brett. This has been on my "to do" list for a while now. I'll get around to it one day.

    Man, your Rasta looks shit hot!!!
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    Default Van Halen Studded Chain Guitar Strap

    Thanks to all for the compliments. My Rasta is my baby, how I love thee. And I play the hell out of it too.

    Ok so how I did it. First I switched my strap locks to the screw eye bolts but that was super easy.

    Next I went to Hot Topic in the mall (I'm sure you all have that store somewhere close) and bought a belt that looked real close to Ed's strap, with the three rows of studs. It's a normal item for them they have lots. That cost me just under $20.

    Then I went to Home Depot and got 3 feet of small chain, two spring clasps, and a couple packages of quick link connectors as a way to connect the chains to the belt and the clasps. You need four of them but they only come in packages of three. Don't forget duct tape. I think all that cost me $14 including the duct tape which was like $6 itself.

    Went home and cut the belt. One side obviously already had the belt holes so I could use one of them to connect one of the chains. I cut it with a scissors at the first hole. The other side I had to cut and then make a hole in the leather so I could connect the other chain.

    I then laid the belt next to my EVH strap so I could see how much chain I needed to make them the same length. After I figured out how much chain on each side I used a bolt cutter (I had one but they're not very expensive) to cut the chain links off I didn't need. I left 6 extra links on the bottom chain like Ed did so I could adjust it if needed, like if I wanted the strap to hang lower one day or something. I did notice they flop around a bit and may hit your guitar, so it's up to you if you want the extra links hanging down. It doesn't bother me.

    Next I used one quick link connector to attach the belt to the chain on each side, and then used another quick link on the other side of the chain to each clasp. I then wrapped a shitload of duct tape around the bottom of the belt on each side to make sure the leather holes can't rip out. And yes use a lot. It also makes for good padding if you're skinny like me.

    I did have to do a little trial and error to get the strap positioned right on my shoulder. I'm bony so I needed to make sure the chain didn't rub on the front of my bony shoulder and it was all strap. Other than that it was really easy to do.

    I put pic of what those quick link connectors look like if you weren't sure. Make sure the chain you buy isn't too thick that it won't fit in that open space. The chain I bought barely did and that IMO is the right chain to use. And that's it. Good luck!
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    Strap looks good, Brett! But that Rasta is fire. Great looking guitar.
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    Very cool of you to break down the materials and assembly process for us, Brett!
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    awesome job Brett.... looks amazing. I have one on my VH1 too

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150rob View Post
    awesome job Brett.... looks amazing. I have one on my VH1 too

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    Can you post a pic of yours Rob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank2000 View Post
    Can you post a pic of yours Rob?

    Thanks
    sure let me do it tonight when I get home from work. Its a pretty accurate one I guess but Brett's is superb too.

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    Mine is probably less accurate just based on I had a hard time totally seeing how Ed had it connected. And I did have to do a few mods to make it comfortable for me, like a little less chain on the front part.
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    here is mine on my VH1

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    Nice job Brett! I remember you posting Rasta progress pics years back...looks awesome with the strap! You should make the Rasta your forum avatar!

 

 

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