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A practical, familiar, next-step in guitar strap evolution - making history right NOW! 

Let the Bull and Bear go at it, playing two guitars at the same time with the BULL AND BEAR GUITAR STRAPS, HANGERS, and SEPARATORS:

    • Play two guitars at the same time, with comfort and mobility
    • Play combinations with bass and guitar or acoustic and electric, etc.
    • Professional grade craftsmanship in design and delivery of idea
    • Durable materials with comfort fabricated into design
    • Easy to use, comfortable and reliable
    • Satisfaction guaranteed
    • FREE with your order, Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistics Gel Coaster
    • FREE Shipping & Online Tracking anywhere in the USA
Made In USA
Made In USA

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HOW IT WORKS:  

THIS SYSTEM IS DESIGNED AS A KIT AND IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3... 

First - Connect the Separator, using the cross-strap to the top guitar (instrument #1, onto the strap buttons).

Second - Connect the Instruments, using the Bull & Bear Guitar Strap or Hanger. Connect both guitars in a downward series with the top guitar (instrument #1) overlapping the bottom guitar (instrument #2) where a player would place their arm, and no controls to be of concern.

Third - Adjust & Play - Keep the separator between the guitars hanging down as low as possible. Parallel to the strings of the bottom guitar (instrument #2). Go for plenty of clearance all around.

Just Tinker Around - Guitar bodies vary only a few inches (within a category), so it should be 'dialed-in' for most combos. Just change out either instrument and play, for the most part - without need for adjustments! 

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The $95 - BULL & BEAR GUITAR STRAP w/SEPARATOR KIT and FREE USA Shipping.

Let the Bull and Bear go at it, playing two guitars at the same time with our new Bull & Bear Guitar Strap: The strap provides connection positions for two (2) instruments to be hung in series.  Also designed to be used just like a quality classic strap using one (1) instrument.  

A practical, familiar, next-step in guitar strap evolution - making history right NOW!

This high quality guitar strap can also be used traditionally with one guitar.
This high quality guitar strap can also be used traditionally with one guitar.

KIT INCLUDES:

     1 The Bull and Bear Guitar Strap for two instruments

     1 Adjustable Separator Cross-strap

     1 Soft-pad Adjustable Separator w/ alternate Ballistic Gel Separator

     1 FREE Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistic Gel Coaster

      FREE Shipping & Online Tracking anywhere in the USA

  • Play two guitars at the same time
  • Play combinations with bass and guitar or acoustic and electric, etc.
  • Professional grade craftsmanship in design and delivery of idea
  • Durable leather materials fabricating comfort into designs
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Manufactured in the USA by materials produced in the USA
  • Volume pricing available: YES
  • International availability: YES
  • US Patent Pending: YES

PLUS, this high quality guitar strap can also be used traditionally with one guitar. 

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The $89 - BULL & BEAR GUITAR HANGER w/SEPARATOR KIT and FREE USA Shipping.

YES, YOU CAN...  USE YOUR OWN STRAP and ADD A SECOND INSTRUMENT.

A practical, familiar, next-step in guitar strap evolution - making history right NOW!

Playing two guitars at the same time with our new Bull & Bear Guitar Hanger Kit using your own favorite strap.

KIT INCLUDES:

     2 Hanger Down-straps

     1 Adjustable Separator Cross-strap

     1 Soft-pad Adjustable Separator w/ alternate Ballistic Gel Separator

     1 FREE Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistic Gel Coaster

     FREE Shipping & Online Tracking anywhere in the USA

  • Use your own favorite strap, just add the hanger kit and instrument #2
  • Play two guitars at the same time
  • Play combinations with bass and guitar or acoustic and electric, etc.
  • Professional grade craftsmanship in design and delivery of idea
  • Durable leather materials fabricating comfort into designs
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Manufactured in the USA by materials produced in the USA
  • Volume pricing available: YES
  • International availability: YES
  • US Patent Pending: YES

The adjustable/interchangeable separator is the key to the "floating guitar" configuration, which looks almost like a magic trick while playing!

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The $28 - BULL & BEAR DOUBLE STACK CONNECTOR KIT and FREE USA Shipping.  

A good idea for any guitar and especially handy to have for the Bull & Bear Guitar Strap, Hanger, and Separator configurations.  These Double-stack Strap Buttons provide for a secure multi-connection that also adds ease of use. 

This kit is a highly recommended, remember you will be connecting one strap from the separator and the second strap is the guitar strap itself (down-straps in the case of Hangers).  And that will likely overwhelm your stock strap buttons - that you can keep and convert into our kit!  Designed especially to handle two (2) heavy leather strap connectors at the same time. 

KIT INCLUDES (1x pair for one guitar):

     2 Elliptical locking strap button tops

     2 Standard Fender strap button bases

     2 Stronger and longer screws

     2 Rubber washers

     1 FREE Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistics Gel Coaster

     FREE Shipping & Online Tracking anywhere in the USA

  • Professional grade craftsmanship in design and delivery of idea
  • Durable materials and construction
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Manufactured in the USA by materials produced in the USA
  • Volume pricing available: YES
  • International availability: YES
  • US Patent Pending: YES

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The $5 - BULL & BEAR COOLIE w/Built-in CLEAR BALLISTICS GEL COASTER and FREE USA Shipping.

Provides a stylish and practical utility for your gig bag.  This coolie offers protection for your equipment and shock absorption for your drink, "Will not vibrate off the cliff" - your speaker cabinet. 

Fold-able to store compactly yet holds and stretches to hold nearly any drink.  "The performance of the built-in ballistics gel coaster is better than ALL IN it really is excellent!" - Golts 'Full Tilt'

KIT INCLUDES:

     1 Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistics Gel Coaster

     1 FREE Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistics Gel Coaster

     FREE Shipping & Online Tracking anywhere in the USA

  • Professional grade craftsmanship in design and delivery of idea
  • Durable materials and construction
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Manufactured in the USA by materials produced in the USA
  • Volume pricing available: YES
  • International availability: YES
  • US Patent Pending: YES

"B & B COOLIE...with my red solo cup, you're my FRIEND!"

HOW IT WORKS:  This new material science application inherently provides the non-skid surface and the shock absorption features needed for this coolie.  It is incorporated by coating the bottom component of the coolie using a dip of ballistics gel.  The coolie continues to be foldable, yet gains a practical 3" diameter secure gel grip bottom.  Ideal for the musician, boater, road warrior, and party goers who need the sustainability during tilt performance.

(side view of bottom) NON-SKID ballistics gel adds a secure, built-in coaster, dipped all the way through and soaked into coolie fabric layer. A GENUINE MUST HAVE for regular sized bottles and cans of sodas and beers. PLUS IT STRETCHES to fit any drink

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Go Ballistic with the Clear Ballistics Gel Separator!

 

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The $23 - BULL & BEAR CLEAR BALLISTICS GEL SEPARATOR and FREE USA Shipping.

This is an ALTERNATIVE SEPARATOR FOR QUICK CONNECT & DISCONNECT - during practice or situations where this is preferred over the more permanent and secure BULL & BEAR SEPARATOR.

KIT INCLUDES:

    1 Ballistics Gel Elongated Separator, nicely boxed 2"H X 2"W X 4"L

    1 FREE Bull and Bear Coolie w/Built-in Ballistics Gel Coaster

     FREE Shipping & Online Tracking anywhere in the USA

  • Professional grade craftsmanship in design and delivery of idea
  • Durable materials and construction
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • Manufactured in the USA by materials produced in the USA
  • Volume pricing available: YES
  • International availability: YES
  • US Patent Pending: YES
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    HOW IT WORKS:  This new material science application inherently provides the non-skid surface and the shock absorption features needed for this alternate separator.  Ballistics gel brings the right "stickiness" to the surface, the right "sponge" to the feel and control, and the right convenient size 2"W x 2"H x 4"L. 
    This separator is presented with the idea that you might like to quickly connect/disconnect instruments during practice/live.But if you are going to march all over the place and this falls out you might have wished you used the BULL and BEAR SEPARATOR - also, if you want to "handle" the two instruments "as one" and pass them between roadies, and up and down on stands.
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SHAPE & SIZE FITS NICE AND SNUG at the bridge and forward to first pickup - toward neck for neck heavy instruments.  The natural stickiness is intense, just right to be moved easily, and the squish factor is ideal for stability & conformity to contours.
SHAPE & SIZE FITS NICE AND SNUG at the bridge and forward to first pickup - toward neck for neck heavy instruments. The natural stickiness is intense, just right to be moved easily, and the squish factor is ideal for stability & conformity to contours.
Combo - BALLISTICS GEL SEPARATOR - Two STRAT-TYPES - Note the clearance is good enough to allow both (2) whammys in play, simultaneously yeah out of phase... This one shown modified to hold guitar picks out of the "Top Deck" (reference FAQs).
Combo - BALLISTICS GEL SEPARATOR - Two STRAT-TYPES - Note the clearance is good enough to allow both (2) whammys in play, simultaneously yeah out of phase... This one shown modified to hold guitar picks out of the "Top Deck" (reference FAQs).

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Value Proposition:

1. A practical alternative multi-neck instrument solution that enables multi-neck arrangement of a musical inspiration or performance.
 
2. Value is achieved over the traditional high costs of purchasing a separate multi-neck instrument in a fixed configuration by connecting two already existing instruments.

3. Product is of practical interest to a wide range of skill levels.  For the amateur the Bull and Bear Strap brings an element of showmanship and diversity into the arrangement of a performance.  For the virtuoso it enables possibilities that were once only imaginable.

4. The pluses of the B&B Instrument Strap is mobility during play, trans portability, low cost, and more comfort with control.  Also it can be used as a traditional strap.

5. The scope of market penetration could potentially be significant, if the product is perceived by customers as a viable tool in musical discovery, live performance arrangement/entertainment, and recording combos.

6. This product, along with the integrity of its quality, really does have the potential to be a staple in all guitarists bag of tools (along with their slide, capo, stand, and existing strap – just add a hanger w/separator).

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Project Creator Comments:

"Enjoy the comfort, playability, and freedom of movement, all the while investigating new arrangements and configurations.  These really are fun products, individually and interactively as a collection."

"..always a crowd pleaser too!" 

"Just tinker around with a couple of guitars you can clank a little, until you get the configuration OK.  Guitar bodies vary only a few inches so it should be 'dialed-in' for most combos.  Just change out either guitar and play, for the most part."

"For the amateur "double-necking" adds an element of variety that on it's own adds depth to a composition.  For the professional "double-necking" enables creativity in combos of fretted instruments and brings some adventurous challenge."

"While these Bull and Bear Guitar Straps, Hangers, and Separators are for any thrill seeker, no doubt...the capability to settle down into some musically creative moods is a definitive plus.  These straps, hangers, and separators really should be staples in any guitarists' gig bag." 

       --- Mike "Golts" Dixon, Project/Patent Creator

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Team Summary:

Our team provides the breadth of detail to resolve any obstacle and the depth of experience to keep sustainable.  With plenty of projects in the pipeline, capability and reliability keeps the background rhythm to a pipeline of ideas seeking identity as a practical and fun product.  

Kick Starter Creator and Product Inventor: Mike "Golts" Dixon

Technical Consulting & CAD: Traditional Enterprises, LLC

Prototype Engineering/Fabrication: Chris Dixon Studios, LLC

Fabrication Contractors: Three diverse USA locations capable of sourcing raw materials (Supported by in-house PMs)

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What's Next?

All fabrication facilities are ready to incorporate the aggregated orders into their production stream.  The KickStarter backers will be funding parts and labor and the order aggregation feature of KICKSTARTER allows the relationships between pricing to aggregated sales orders and a profit margin.  In-house  design and prototype resources can been redirected to mitigate any customer support and production anomalies.

September 2013: Launch KICKSTARTER live (45 day project)

October 2013: Monitor response on KICKSTARTER and communicate status updates to manufacturers.  Since meeting goals are required, any KICKSTARTER incentives towards manufacturing volume requirements will be maintained and posted throughout the 45 day open project window.

November 2013: Deliver product orders to backers in the order that backers came on board and continue product promotion through internet and direct channels.  Production orders will all be delivered to one location with Bull and Bear Guitar Straps,where the customer order details are deciphered, coordinated with inventories and shipped along with FREE promotional materials.  Satisfaction guaranteed returns are managed from the same location.

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How Will the Money Be Utilized?

All prototypes are now completed and being finalized in preparation to do volume fabrication or as needed basis. Yes, we are making little tweaks that only add value through durability and/or ease of use. So no monies are needed towards R&D, prototyping or other start-up not related directly creating inventory.

So, basically 100% of the monies will go toward order fabrication, shipping, customer service. There are no surprises, as all we are trying to do here is use a reward structure as a starting baseline, and aggregate orders to bring back the best delivery price to project backers.

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FAQs & Figures:

How do you handle the customer satisfaction guarantee?: Using your input and our extensive resources we can guarantee a fast solution or return for refund.  Your feedback and participation in product development is a welcome and fun experience.  Confer with us to propose or point out design ideas for future production.  Therefore guaranteed satisfaction will drive cash flow, future product development, and set the bar for the double-neck studio community & marketplace.

Looks like a lot if configuration is involved, is there?:  Guitar bodies vary only a few inches.  Once set it should be 'dialed-in' for most combos.  Just change out either guitar and play, for the most part. 

How do I deal with unwieldiness and/or neck accessibility?: Seek a more classical stance with the head-stock up instead of out like a rocker.  This might be a little noticeable at first but diminishes rapidly with familiarity - Just like Jimmy Page does with his signature Gibson double-neck.  The freedom of movement is surprising, I mean there are two bodies there, so nobody tried over/behind the head yet.

How does the separator work for round-back instruments?:  The separator works the same for the round back Ovation. 

What is the web address for The ATLAS of Plucked Instruments?:  Pa-rousing through this atlas I really felt in tune with what the Bull and Bear Guitar Straps, Hangers, and Separators are all about.  And wanting to collect cool, but inexpensive instruments, for "double-necking" now is inexpensive and fun.  Just playing one instrument for one song, then interchanging, etc. is a lot of fun.Be inspired by some combos here: http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/index.htm

How do you hang the guitars on the 'mannequin' over the doorway?:  Using two very long and strong screws securely into the upper door-frame and resting on the molding (about 11" apart).  You can also secure a bicycle handle for stationary configuration and adjustments.

Combo - Two Strat-type Electrics with whammy...yes, the basket is secured to the post, and take notice of the heavy duty kickstand.

Combo - Acoustic Thin Line Acoustic Guitar with Acoustic Bass...breakout the percussion
Combo - Acoustic Thin Line Acoustic Guitar with Acoustic Bass...breakout the percussion
Combo - Acoustic Bass Guitar with Mandolin...breakout the fiddle
Combo - Acoustic Bass Guitar with Mandolin...breakout the fiddle

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of this project and product production are limited to essentially none. We have been in the industry for over forty-five years and have success with other innovative designs within the musical instrument marketplace. Our in-house prototype shops are always online to support all issues as they arise. The project creator/inventor, Mike "Golts" Dixon is hands-on all day, every day and commits: "I may not be the best musician, but I like to think, that in this market, we have addressed what the best musicians would like to have."

As a matter of incentive and fairness, rewards are processed by order of date backed. Manufacturers for this project are all top-rated USA companies experienced in the industry and have worked with us before with success .

CUSTOMER SERVICE: www.BullandBearGuitarStraps.com

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    The $23 - BULL & BEAR CLEAR BALLISTICS GEL SEPARATOR is a new material science product application. It is an alternative separator for quick connect and disconnect during practice or situations where this is preferred over the more permanent and secure BULL & BEAR SEPARATOR. This reward also includes the FREE BULL & BEAR COOLIE w/BUILT-IN BALLISTICS GEL COASTER. FREE Shipping in USA (US Pat Pend)

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    The $28 - DOUBLE-STACK STRAP BUTTON – 1x pair for one guitar. KIT INCLUDES: 2x Strap-lock Double-stack strap buttons, 2x Custom extended strength and length attachment screws, 2x Interface washers. For multiple heavy leather strap connections and easier connect and disconnect. This reward also includes the FREE BULL & BEAR COOLIE w/BUILT-IN BALLISTICS GEL COASTER. FREE Shipping in USA (US Pat Pend)

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    The $95 - BULL and BEAR GUITAR STRAP & ADJUSTABLE SEPARATOR KIT: Play two instruments at the same time with comfort and control. KIT INCLUDES: 1x Custom strap with built-in hanger for two instruments, 1x Adjustable Nylon Separator Cross-strap, 1x Soft-pad Adjustable Separator. This reward also includes the FREE BULL & BEAR COOLIE w/BUILT-IN BALLISTICS GEL COASTER. FREE Shipping in USA (US Pat Pend)

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