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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Finally Bought a Capo!



Feb 21st, 2012 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have always avoided these like the plague! I guess my only exposure to them were bad church bands where every acoustic guitarist snapped one on and immediately threw their guitar out of tune! OMG! All these years I transposed the key if the singer or someone didn't like the key a song was in.

Our new lead guitarist suggested capoing 2 frets up for a new song we are learning. I said "I don't have one and don't like them". Let's just tranpose it. He convinced me to go get a "Kyser Quick Change" capo. I went out today at lunch and bought one at GC. Snapped it on my '82 Bullet and, it stayed in tune! Astonishing!

So, I guess I am over my "anti-capo" attitude LOL! FWIW it's actually Made In the USA too! Who knew?

Vic Vega
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Feb 22nd, 2012 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play in a modern country and southern rock band. For the country tunes, a capo is absolutely essential. We use them constantly.

You may be able to transpose certain types of music like Jazz without any issue, but with country and some rock, it's impossible. The songs simply require open strings or they don't sound right.

We also have a female singer, so when we play tunes originally done by men, we sometimes have to change the key.

BTW, you can do some VERY cool things using a capo, like putting it high up the neck for mandolin type sounds and to be able to play open chords that are very high. It can really help make arrangements more interesting.

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Feb 22nd, 2012 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like Kysers for my acoustics, but on an electric they sometimes have a little too much compression. There are many alternatives, but Shubbs are good with electrics - you can adjust the tension just right so it doesn't throw it out of tune.

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Upstate NY, USA

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Feb 22nd, 2012 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agreed. I have one of each, and find myself using the Shubb most times because I have light strings. Clamping the Kyser almost on the fret can help.

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Feb 24th, 2012 12:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I almost never capo my electric, but find capos very useful on acoustic...got a G7...spencive, but really, really good. I like the Shubb, too, but sometimes it is a little unweildy for an ape like me.

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Chasing Sanity
Feb 24th, 2012 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I own one, but I can't remember where I put it!

I was going to see if I still remember how to play "Here Comes the Sun."

Our lead singer/rhythm players uses a capo on some of our songs.



Feb 24th, 2012 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dunlop makes a very light trigger capo. I found one at The Carvin showroom in San Diego. Bought one and it worked so well that I bought one for each of my electric guitars. I also have a Planet Waves capo that has a thumb screw on the back to set it to just enough tension to seat the strings. I use it if I am going to leave it one for the set.
IMHO Shubbs are too unstable for me, as I get it set just right, not too tight then one wrong bump and it flys off.

I capo mucho. I am capo'd for the whole set this Sunday morning.


Cincinnati, USA

Feb 24th, 2012 02:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Kyser will pull strings sharp if I postion it between the frets. But if I move it so the pad is actually on the fret, it doesn't pull it out of tune. Go too far though and it acts like a mute. There's a little learning curve.

There are better capos but it's not too bad. Quick, one-handed on and off and you can clamp it on the head when not in use.

I'll probably try a Shubb next.

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Feb 26th, 2012 08:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just recently bought a Planet Waves capo with the built in tuner on it and it works O.K. it just has little LED sharp/flat indicator arrows for fine tuning.I have found that putting the pad on the strings first and then slowly letting the clamp settle against the back of the neck lessens the chance of the strings getting pulled out of tune. And like the previous poster mentions, I like to place it just on the back side of the fret, it seems like it goes sharp more often when placed too far behind the fret. This capo also has a thumb screw tension feature which is nice to have if you use different guitars.

Florida Mike
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Feb 26th, 2012 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a couple of G7 Capo's, one regular and the Wider classical version..a Shubb (nice basic capo) BUT my favorite right now is the NS Planet waves the same one Scott-s is using. FANTASTIC...the tuner function let's you tweak if needed, and it's a very even pressure Capo. I find the G7 well made, heavy etc, but don't like the pressure clamping action...the Shubb is a classic design, well made, will last a lifetime, but IMHO put the guitar out more often than any of the others...

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Feb 26th, 2012 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

5th fret for "That'll Be the Day".

I like the Schubb capo.

Paul G.

Rhode Island, USA

Less notes, more soul
Mar 3rd, 2012 05:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to be a capo snob too!! "I can play anything in any key!!"

Baloney. Capo'ing to get the best fingering on a song is great.

I love my capo and don't hesitate to clamp it on anytime, anywhere.

PS I have the standard Shubb. Is it the best? I don't know, but it works for me.

I have a couple of Dunlops but I don't like them.




64 Gretsch Tenn, 07 Dlx Plyr Strat, 99 H
Mar 14th, 2012 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


I have been playing on and off since the late 70's and, until just recently, NEVER used a capo! I just used barre chords or transposed to whatever key was needed. I guess it was a kind of snobbery...a "capos are cheating" kind of mindset. LOL! I couldn't have been more wrong!

Then...a few weeks ago, I was on YouTube looking at some classic rock stuff...and there was Buddy Holly playing "That'll Be The Day" live on TV...and there was the capo!!! Really??? Buddy Holly used a CAPO???
I went out that day and bought one! (Shubb) Wow. Now I can play "That'll Be The Day" note-for note! LOL!

And..I'm discovering new sounds/chord combos. Can't say I use it a lot, but I'm having fun with it!

Thanks Buddy!



64 Gretsch Tenn, 07 Dlx Plyr Strat, 99 H
Mar 14th, 2012 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oh yeah...Johnny Cash used a capo too! All his hits that I thought...and played...were in "E" turn out to be in "F"...with a capo! (Easier to sing the low notes in F too! "...Because you're mine...")



Mar 14th, 2012 04:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While we are at it. For anyone that has a Kyser "clamp" capo. Put it on the neck backwards at the second fret. And yes I mean backwards, not upside down. You will see that the little soft plastic pad will fit over the 3rd,4th and 5th string. Make sure the 1st 2nd and 6th strings can run by, now play any song that you would normally play in D (chord shapes, for lack of a better description ie: D, G, A, Em, ect.). You can leave the 1st and 2nd strings open, or not! Experiment with all kinds of cool voicings using the open strings.

Or 4th fret play in C (chord shapes), 7th fret play in A (chord shapes). All of these examples are really the key of E, but these "shapes" and the relative chords work nicely. I use the second fret setup fairly often for big strummy acoustic stuff.

Welcome to cut-capoing.



I'm with you fellers!
Mar 16th, 2012 01:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Band name alert! Capo!

We use them for different voicings of chords for different songs. Sometimes I'll be on the second fret and another guitar player will be on the 4th or 5th fret. It does make a difference when there are multiple guitars on a song.

(This message was last edited by Gaukdawg at 01:37 PM, Mar 16th, 2012)

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