The Capo

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  1. Sean

    Sean New Member!

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    There's a very big difference to me in a chord that uses open strings and one that does not. I also "learned the fret board" quite well and I use a capo at times when a singer wants a song that utilizes alot of open strings in a different key.

    I've used a bunch of different capos. Cheap ones give me tuning problems. The most in tune (for me) is the Thalia. The down side is it is too expensive for what it is. It winds up being worth it to me as I can use it on acoustic AND electric without tuning problems. The one I liked second best was G7. That also stayed in tunes better than a $5 capo, but not as well as a Thalia.
     
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  2. mazzolar59

    mazzolar59 Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I rarely use a capo as well. However, if you like the ringing sound of open strings, a capo lets you get that in any key. My friend uses a lot of open strings when ripping through his solos, and his use of the capo gives him a tone that you just can't duplicate without it.
     
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  3. ToneRanger

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    What I use - very subtle, and is easy to adjust between different thickness necks.

    I dig that shark one, though!
     
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    madmtnmotors Just Blundering My Way Through

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    I hate it when that happens...
     
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  5. Wayfinder

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    I prefer a capo such as your Keyser. Have two of them and they've worked for years.

    That shark capo looks kewl, but it is hands down the worst capo I've ever used. One doesn't think at the time of purchase about that sharp fin on the back and bottom of the thing and the effect those will have on your fingers when trying to move it on the guitar. Ugh! How did that thing ever get through design and production? ;D
     
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  6. Ken Foland

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    I lubb the Shubb! It's small, adjustable, and built like a tank. Because of the adjustability, it works equally well on my Strat, BC Rich Bich, or Yamaha Classical.

     
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    The Shark is cool, but the fin is uncomfortable to squeeze and the spring is barely strong enough. Stick to "made in the USA
     

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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    I'm scared of capos.
     
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  9. Peter_Polfeldt

    Peter_Polfeldt Strat-Talk Member

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    Me too, a shubb with a 7,25 inch radius for the fenders, and a g7 with a flatter radius for the acoustics..
     
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    jdyanine Strat-Talk Member

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    I think I've just seen one more vote for Shubb

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    znanjeiimanje Strat-Talk Member

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    Shubb user here. I had Dunlop one, but then switched all of them to Shubb.

    I own two nitro finish guitars and Dunlop isn't nitro friendly. Gave my Dunlop to a friend, as I didn't want to come into temptation to put it on one day. Now I have 3 Shubbs.
     
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    I learned to use a capo in an acoustic trio. Whoever was singing the song played the cowboy chords and the other guitar would use a capo to seperate the sound of the 2 guitars. After watching an AKUS video I started thinking of the capoed guitar more like a mandolin and really got into the chime when using it on the upper frets. These days when I need to drop the key of a song due to my voice being lower instead of having a dedicated guitar tuned to D standard I just put a capo where I need it and I'm done. This can also make an old song sound new again.

    I also have several capoes that are cut down allowing me to just capo the 4 bass strings. First I drop the low E-string to D and then capo at the 2nd fret. This puts me in a tuning similar to DADGAD but since it's in E I refer to it as my "E'gad" tuning. You can get a similar but different tuning by turning a Kyser capo upside down and capoing the the A,D & G strings on the 2nd fret - Shubb actually makes a capo for this BTW. Obviously, I don't understand all the snootiness regarding capoes. Back in the day Irving Berlin used a transposing piano and pretty much wrote all his songs in Ab and these days keyboard players can just change the key of their instrument without having to relearn a song so, why not capoes? YMMY. ;)
     
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  13. tag78

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    What's your capo of choice?[/QUOTE]


    I have an eight hundred dollar capo - Line 6 Variax. Move the dial one click and you are in whatever key you want. Make 8 or 9 of them if need be. Some folks do!
     
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    This reminds me of the probe they sent to Mars. When it finally got there (millions of $ later) it crashed because someone forgot to convert metric to standard. The little boy is looking at him thinking - are you a moron or what?
     
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