When you order from Double Treble Guitar Straps, your beautifully crafted, hand-made strap comes packaged in a metal tin, which upon opening, releases that luscious leather smell that you can’t help but inhale. Turns out, that packaging is all part of the Double Treble experience.
Nick Koukotas, the founder of the New Jersey-based Double Treble, was advised by “The Amp Doctor” Ceasar Diaz to package his straps that way, because people can’t get enough of that smell. With a client list that includes Billy Gibbons, the late B.B. King, Rick Derringer and Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett and Ken Gradney, it sounds like people can’t get enough of Koukotas’s straps.
Koukotas started Double Treble in the mid-1990’s after trying to preserve a Bob Dylan guitar strap (a gift from “The Amp Doctor” himself) and realized there was very little available on the market in means of high end, quality custom guitar straps. With a background in being a fur and leather mechanic from the age of 14, this business venture was a no-brainer for Koukotas, and thus, Double Treble was born.
Working with the best leather varieties available, Koukotas spends approximately 2-3 hours crafting each guitar strap, which also includes options for custom logo/signature embroidering with Double Treble’s online strap builder. These beauties aren’t mass produced either; Koukotas is a true craftsman and works on his straps one by one.
Koukotas receives a variety of customization requests, but his most unique came from Gibbons, who requested to meet at a New York City hotel bar to talk about making a special guitar strap that incorporated two dog collars. The master technician he is, Koukotas obliged, and Gibbons used that strap on ZZ Top’s 2013 tour.
To check out Double Treble and build a strap of your own (or for the guitarist in your life), head over to DoubleTreble.com.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.