The String Sling was designed with one purpose: to extend the life and vibrancy of your guitar strings. But it didn’t stop there. The String Sling’s development grew to encompass a number of other handy features as well. Let’s take a look.
The String Sling
If you haven’t seen the String Sling, it looks like a guitar strap with an unusually furry covering on one side. The “furry” part is actually a plush microfiber designed to protect your strings.
The String Sling was developed to combat the frustration of quickly decaying strings. As guitar players, we know that our strings can quickly lose their vibrancy, gathering corrosion and even (eventually) rust, due to the effects of the oils from our fingers, as well as the enviromental conditions (particularly humidity), multiplied by time.
That plush microfiber is designed for two-fold use. One, it is a handy and effective way to wipe down your strings. Two, the String Sling is designed to lay over your fingerboard when the guitar is put away. By covering the strings completely, the String Sling protects the strings from the corroding effects of the air, especially if the guitar stays out on a stand. And this double protections is really the String Sling’s “magic sauce”, it’s unique benefit.
The designer’s of the String Sling didn’t stop there, though. They added a number of other handy features to extend the usage. The String Sling features include:
- It functions as a guitar strap
- Contains a capo pocket
- Contains a pick pocket
- Premium Japanese elastic gives extra stretch and “sling”
- Extra-wide velcro to fit all necks
So it all sounds amazing…how did the actual review go? Well here’s a few points to bear in mind:
The microfiber really is high quality. It feels great, works well to clean the strings, and just feels rich.
The build and craftsmanship are high.
Pockets are roomy.
The price is right. It’s a relatively inexpensive accessory to extend the life of your strings.
The configurations takes some getting used to. You have to figure out which velcro flaps you’re opening and attaching, depending on the usage (for example, as a strap versus to cover the fretboard in a case).
When used as a strap, it’s comfortable. But the pockets and velcro foldovers add bulk and. a bit of width, so it may not feel quite as sleek as your normal strap.
You have to be intentional about using it. If you’re the kind of person who’s strings get quickly trashed because you don’t wipe them down…then there’s a chance you’re the kind of person who won’t take the time to put the String Sling on the neck when you’re putting it away.
The String Sling is a handy accessory to extend the life and quality of your guitar strings. If you’re the kind of guitar player who’s willing to put in a bit of effort to keep your guitar ship shape, then this is a great option.
And, as we noted above, the price is right. It’s a relatively inexpensive accessory to extend the life of your strings.