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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
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Functional (20)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Good quality (18)
  • Comfortable (3)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (7), Professional musician (5)

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)

 
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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works as it should.

    By John Todd

    from USA

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    Verified Buyer

    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.

      (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)

       
      2.0

      Disappointing

      By Newbie Bassist

      from Detroit, Michigan

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      Verified Buyer

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

      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.

      (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

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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.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    gel pad

                    By robert zak

                    from san diego metal

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

                    pretty stiff when i first got it....has a long break in period before it gets comfortable, also when i play guitar the guitar kinda shifts up and down a little, so i find that the gel pad usually winds up more on my back rather than my shoulder....so i think im gonna fix the pad to the strap so it moves with the strap so i dont have that problem....overall a pretty good buy ive spent more on lamer things

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Works perfectly

                    By RangerMark

                    from Seattle

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This did exactly what was needed... to distribute the load of my heavy J-Bass. After becoming accustomed to a hollow-body bass, I was surprised at how heavy my new Jazz Bass felt. And after an hour or so of playing, the strap was beginning to chafe. This pad solved the problem, and fit perfectly around my 2-1/2" suede strap. It's stable, feels good, looks good, and is well made. Great product.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Strap Doesn't Cut My Neck Anymore!

                        By kray

                        from USA

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

                        I bought this to put on a special nylon strap that I wanted to keep even though it was cutting into my neck. This helped with the neck cutting a hundred percent. The pad is a lot heavier than the strap so the pad may move around if you do not secure it tightly to the strap.

                        If you are getting this to help with a heavy guitar I'm not sure it will help much if your guitar is super heavy. I would look for a specialized strap like Comfort Strapp, which is much softer. I use a Comfort Strapp with all of my electrics, even the ones that aren't heavy.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good quality pad

                        By Dan

                        from Berthoud, CO

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

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

                        Very comfortable. It definitely helps my shoulder from feeling pain after playing for awhile. It's almost as if your guitar got lighter after putting this on. I highly recommend this.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great cushioning

                        By flixman

                        from Tennessee

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Soft And Stays In Place

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Bass Straps Duffels

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

                          Third one purchased. Can be used to soften any shoulder strap. It stays in place and does not slip off the shoulder. Great cushioning.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Saves my Back on the Road

                          By JimmyBond

                          from Bristol, TN

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

                          Bought this not long after buying my Gibson Thunderbird Studio. I'd been playing with a Danelectro, and an Acoustic Bass prior and was not used to the weight difference. This Gel Shoulder Pad has worked wonders. It does take some getting used to the additional weight and surface area on your shoulder. But you'll really appreciate it after a few hours of playing when you're not begging for a massage after.

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          The gel

                          By sage dawson

                          from U.S.A

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

                          finely made, cool idea, just didnt work for me.
                          defintely neat.
                          i dont know if its just me or if my guitars to heavy or what. but this actually hurt my shoulder more than my strap did. i feel alot better without it.
                          still cheap though. if you think itll work for you, buy it.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I like!

                          By Victor-j_Kc8

                          from Chicago

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

                          When I first tried it, the strap definitely felt different. It put an additional few oz's of weight on my shoulder. But after a few days of getting used to it, I love it. It keeps your shoulder from getting irritated, especially from certain types of straps and if you have to hold a heavy instrument. It also slides pretty well so you can easily adjust it for your comfort. It's definitely worth the price.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Pad

                          By LVA

                          from IL

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

                          My only gripe was that it does slide down the strap a bit. Other than that, I really like it despite it being a little weighty. I have back problems, and this does the trick without having to spend big money on a padded strap that I don't like. I can just buy a 2 inch strap with my favorite design and put this on it. I might even buy another one just to put on a messenger bag (or as a backup). I suggest getting one. If you don't like it on a guitar strap, you can even put it on a messenger bag to alleviate pain from a heavy bag. It's a win-win.

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