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D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad 

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The Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad attaches securely over most fabric guitar straps with Velcro. It has a contoured shape to fit your sho...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gel comfort for guitar players.

The Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad attaches securely over most fabric guitar straps with Velcro. It has a contoured shape to fit your shoulder, and is easily moved from one strap to another.


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D'Addario Planet WavesGel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Good quality (16)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (11)
  • Concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as it should.

I bought this because I was tired of getting shoulder muscle "knots" after several hours of gigging each night.

This really does redistribute the weight of my Les...Read complete review

I bought this because I was tired of getting shoulder muscle "knots" after several hours of gigging each night.

This really does redistribute the weight of my Les Paul, making it much more comfortable on my shoulder. I've tested it for up to 5 hours of playing, and no shoulder knots.

This does not make your heavy guitar lighter! Please understand that! It would have to have rocket engines or anti-gravity technology on it to make your guitar lighter! Let's not have unrealistic expectations, OK?

What it does is redistribute the weight. It makes your strap "wider" and puts the weight of the guitar across a larger area of muscle/bone in your shoulder. This really does make a difference in comfort. I can attest to that.

The gel padding makes it squishy-soft, so you never feel a hard or "strappy" surface touching your shoulder anymore. Like a Les Paul on feathers.

But don't expect a Sci-Fi miracle here. If you have lower back pain from heavy guitars, I'm not sure this product would work for you. If you have sore MUSCLES, then I know it will help, as it does for me.

For it's area, it's a great product. Using it for something it is not intended for is unwise.

As for it sliding around on the strap, I simply closed the velcro up a little tighter, and it won't slip. I use Ernie Ball nylon web straps. The cheap ones.

Yes, I would recommend this to all my friends who experience shoulder fatigue, sore muscles, a "crick" in the neck, and minor chest irritation caused by heavy instruments. I'm not sure about back, hip, knee or any other type of weight-related problems.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

This is a nice wide pad, and the Velcro closure works great. But they skimp on the gel foam to the point that it might as well not be padded. It only has...Read complete review

This is a nice wide pad, and the Velcro closure works great. But they skimp on the gel foam to the point that it might as well not be padded. It only has a series of gel pockets when it really needs a solid, thick layer of gel over the entire surface. The only reason I didn't return it is I haven't found an alternative.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works as it should.

By John Todd

from USA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

    I bought this because I was tired of getting shoulder muscle "knots" after several hours of gigging each night.

    This really does redistribute the weight of my Les Paul, making it much more comfortable on my shoulder. I've tested it for up to 5 hours of playing, and no shoulder knots.

    This does not make your heavy guitar lighter! Please understand that! It would have to have rocket engines or anti-gravity technology on it to make your guitar lighter! Let's not have unrealistic expectations, OK?

    What it does is redistribute the weight. It makes your strap "wider" and puts the weight of the guitar across a larger area of muscle/bone in your shoulder. This really does make a difference in comfort. I can attest to that.

    The gel padding makes it squishy-soft, so you never feel a hard or "strappy" surface touching your shoulder anymore. Like a Les Paul on feathers.

    But don't expect a Sci-Fi miracle here. If you have lower back pain from heavy guitars, I'm not sure this product would work for you. If you have sore MUSCLES, then I know it will help, as it does for me.

    For it's area, it's a great product. Using it for something it is not intended for is unwise.

    As for it sliding around on the strap, I simply closed the velcro up a little tighter, and it won't slip. I use Ernie Ball nylon web straps. The cheap ones.

    Yes, I would recommend this to all my friends who experience shoulder fatigue, sore muscles, a "crick" in the neck, and minor chest irritation caused by heavy instruments. I'm not sure about back, hip, knee or any other type of weight-related problems.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality construction, thick gel pad

    By Skwerl5

    from Santa Fe

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great Quality And Size

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

      I measured it for you: Pad is 13" long overall, narrowest spot in middle is 3-1/2 " wide. It will fit up to a 2-1/2" strap. Top fabric is rugged cordura. Underside is knit jersey, smooth and soft. Gel pads cover the entire length and width, and are big and cushy. The dog-bone shape fits just right over the shoulder, gives lots of support. Fabric, edging and Velcro are all high quality and well stitched. I put the pad over a vintage hand-tooled Western belt that I use as a shoulder strap. My Ome Single X resonator is not heavy for a 5 string, but it's heavy for me after 30 minutes. I'm a 5'6" 135 lb female and I don't have beefy shoulders. The edges of the pad do not cut into me. With this shoulder pad I can play until my fingertips are sore (at least 1-1/2 hrs., for this beginner). You can order this and get the quality you're hoping for.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Scotty C. Wannabe Musician

      By Scott Criss

      from Dayton Ohio

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      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

      If you play a heavy guitar or bass, this thing might just solve your problems for a reasonable price.
      I currently play a Les Paul...anybody who plays, knows that they have some weight (heavy guitars) behind them. I had been noticing some neck and shoulder discomfort during some extended practice sessions recently, so I decided to ask Santa for one of these. Good ole St. Nick came through for me cause this thing really is padded and seems to relieve the neck and shoulder discomfort. I have only had it since Christmas so i cannot speak for the long term yet.
      Seems to be made of quality material...I have the velcro attach kind versus the slip on version. I imagine that the velcro could wear down if you switch this around between guitars and straps...easy way to fix that is to get one for each strap.
      If you need to get one for each strap...no worries, as these things are priced very reasonable. Slight difference between the slip on and the velcro version, with the velcro version being slightly more expensive.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A really great product at any price, this pad is a steal

      By muleskinnerslide

      from Lebanon OR

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      Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

      Buy it, use it, and reuse it. I don't usually give all 10 ratings, but this product earns it for sure.
      First off, I was suprised to unpack this pad and see how heavy duty it is. It is very well constructed. There's nothing cheap about it that I can determine. Some people comment that they feel the pad is a bit heavy, but I don't notice the weight at all, a few ounces on my shoulder isn't going to matter when I'm slinging a Les Paul and a Gretsch Pro Jet anyway. It makes the whole strap experience better.
      The velcro is industrial quality, so are all the materials in general. The only thing that remains to be seen is how the Gel holds up over time. I don't expect a problem in the near future with it anyway. This thing will not twist on a 2" strap. It's reusable and versatile, so it's good for the environment too as you can put it on a lot of different standard straps.
      I just bought a 2nd one after checking out my first purchase. Enough said about the value as it's probably the most cost effective and useful accessory you can buy for your playing experience.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Recording Comfortably !!!

      By Fully

      from Palm Desert, CA

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Recording

        Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

        Not everyone wears a guitar slung low when they record. I, for one, prefer to wear my guitar at a higher position. It helps make my playing easier and more accurate when I am sitting and recording my parts. The Gel Guitar Strap Should Pad provides the comfort I need when I record my guitar or bass tracks. It's affordable, and it does its job well.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works great on TUMI sling bags too!

        By Ealfaro1

        from Laguna Beach, CA

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

            I'm a pro photographer who was looking for a cushioned pad to use on my camera-laden TUMI sling bag. I discovered the Gel Guitar Pad figuring the bass players of the world had the same problem of carrying a heavy weight over their shoulder. I couldn't be happier with the weight distribution of the Gel Pad made possible by the thickness of the gel pads plus the length of the strap. This product is built to last with ballistic nylon used as the casing.

            It's about at 5-second installation with the stitched-in Velcro strips. You can't go wrong with this terrific shoulder-pain relieving product.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Comfortable strap pad

            By MartyC

            from St. Louis, MO

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

                I wanted a pad to make a standard 2" nylon strap more comfortable. This pad is very comfortable and can be rotated between multiple straps. The only potential negative is that it does add some weight, but that is the nature of gel padding.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Provides comfort as you play.

                By Toolmannc1

                from Rocky Mount, NC

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                Pros

                • Fits Your Strap
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Add Comfort
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

                  I use this with my Planet Waves locking strap. I liked the strap but it was not wide enough to support my bass. This pad did the trick. It fits perfectly and releives the pressure. Great product.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Comfortable

                  By Joe

                  from Illinois USA

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                  Pros

                  • Comfort
                  • Fast Installation
                  • Well Made

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

                    I had the weight of a heavy Bass on one spot of my shoulder & neck, which would get very irritated.This Shoulder Pad spreads the weight over a 12 X 4 inch area.Thick gel pockets are very comfortable.Strap gets nowhere near my neck anymore.It's weight keeps it put.Heavy, well constructed material with velcro makes switching between straps easy & fast!!It sure is bigger than it looks in photo.Great product at a great price.VERY happy!!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sweet relief

                    By Neverly

                    from Milwaukee, WI

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about D'Addario Planet Waves Gel Guitar Strap Shoulder Pad:

                    My guitar is a very heavy Les Paul copy and I haven't experienced any sliding around of the pad like some reviewers have. I can now practice pain free for hours on end, much to the chagrin of my wife.

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