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Our History
  • DSL Straps began producing in 2005, while Mako House started operation in 1998.
  • We had been exclusively manufacturing leather handbag as well as leather accessories through out Australia and Japan.
  • All of our products are manufactured by hand in Sydney, Australia by professional leather craftsmen with many years of leather working technique and experience.
Our Designs
  • DSL Straps combine tried and tested traditional strap making materials with an acute focus on strength, durability and aesthetics.
  • Every DSL Strap series is designed with a specific purpose in mind.
  • Each model takes into account the unique behaviour and balance of the instrument, the requirements of strength and durability, and the preference of the player.
  • Features such as rolled edges for comfort, padding for support and lamination for suspension are tested for tested for practicality, size and placement before becoming a standard part of manufacturing.
Our Process
  • Every leather piece is precisely press-cut from hand picked hides.
  • Surgically sharp templates slice the leather and leave no stray threads or uneven edges.
  • This leaves each strap free uncomfortable burrs and ensures the correct amount of room for stitching.
  • Stitching is performed by hand using highly accurate leather sewing machines and needles.
  • Patterned designs in leather are pressure-laminated to the strap upper using strong leather-specific adhesive for a lifelong bond.
  • The strap pin hole-and-slot is punched and cut so as to allow for a degree of stiffness and grip without being difficult to attach or remove.
  • Every DSL strap uses genuine leather ends that do not sag or warp like synthetic or faux leather.
  • Once a DSL strap is completed it is scrutinized under strict procedures to ensure maximum strength and aesthetic quality before leaving the workshop.
Our Materials
  • All DSL leather is hand-selected from high quality uncut hides.
  • The leather chosen has superior durability and ages well, molding to player and instrument contours and softening over the years to a vintage lived-in appearance.
  • Contemporary colours and rich earthy tones are selected for colour fastness and visual appeal.
  • The leather used is also low static, and has very low dynamic water absorption.
  • Medium weight leather is selected for it’s superior combination of strength and suppleness.
  • Heavy weight leather is selected for the ultimate in strength and durability.
  • Full-grain garment quality leather has a luxuriantly soft feel while retaining excellent strength, and is used for backing, piping and laminated straps.
  • Suede is chosen as a backing when shoulder stability and instrument position is critical, such as in a pad-and-tail design.
  • All stitching uses a special heavy-gauge 100% polyester thread chosen for it’s strength and high tolerance to fraying and kinking, and is available in a variety of colours.
Our Mission
  • DSL Straps mission is to produce straps with unsurpassed strength, comfort and beauty.
  • We support every musicians to enjoy playing guitar!!

 

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