What's new in the world of capos?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Soundboard' started by Green Craig, Mar 14, 2021.

  1. Spats

    Spats Strat-Talker

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    Can't remember what I paid, was something similar though. Very well engineered and well worth it. Also is very light.
     
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  2. Caedarn

    Caedarn Strat-Talker

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    I recently got a Thalia capo and I think it works great. I like how the clamp actuation is designed.
    I've never used a Schubb or Keyser so can't compare
     
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    That's new to me. I've always used a 6-string capo on a 12-string. What did I miss?
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    1st one I got for my 6 string didn't grab on my 12.
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    There's the 6 on top of the 12 matched up at the pivot point.
    It's a light 1/8" difference but it makes a difference on my guitars.
     
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  5. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

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    I went into the local shop - they had a ton of Shubbs and Kysers. They sold me a Kyser, in a pleasing blue anodized color.

    Also, I bought more Lizard Spit and some SIT orange fretboard oil.
     
  6. libertarian

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    Tried a bunch and find that Shubbs are still king. Interchangeable between electric and acoustic and with the adjustable tension no tuning issues.
    Kyser is quicker if you want change during the song but pulls sharp. Tried some of the fancy ones and found them too cumbersome.
     
  7. lkjjr

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    I go back to 60’s capos (remember the rubber coated bars with heavy elastic band?). I’ve been using Shubbs since the 80’s, always reliable, effective and “tweakable” pressure. A few years back I bought a D’Addario/Planet Waves NS Lite. It was cheap, made of plastic, but pretty effective with an adjustable “thumb wheel” for string pressure. All in all it is very user friendly, and while it is just right for my nylon string crossover, it is a little too “lite” for my D35S with a 1 7/8” nut. I mostly finger pick acoustics, but do use them on my Telel and Strat from time to time.


    A couple of weeks back I got a D’Addario/Planet Waves NS Pro. It looks just like the “Lite”, but is made from aluminum. It is extremely light in weight, but stout enough to get the job done and still be very convenient to use. While I still love/respect my Shubbs, I find the D’Addario/Planet Waves capos to have a slightly lower profile, and to be much quicker to move up and down the fretboard. The lower profile really helps facilitate those left hand positions that require arching my frettting hand over the capo. Never tried the spring loaded style capos as the extra bulk always seemed to get in the way.
     
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  8. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I prefer the Kyser low tension model. Great capo, easy to use.
     
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    Still using the Bird of Paradise capo that I picked up years ago.
     
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    I acquired a G7th Performance 3 a few months back- very impressed how it fits strat, les paul and accoustic flawlessly...

    Wasn't the cheapest, (£28 or so) - but works
     
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    I use a pencil and a strong rubber band for my “cheater bar”.......
     
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    I've got 2 Shubbs and a Kyser and basically just use the Shubbs
     
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    fos1 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I really like my G7th. It is quick, easy and functional. Its low profile design fits in my jeans watch pocket.
     
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    Bought my capo from Amazon for 9 or 10 dollars for my acoustic. Works great. Especially useful for checking neck relief.
     
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    Oh! That one..... I see your point
     
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    I still have my 30+ year old Schubb and find it the most trustworthy.
     
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    I just bought an acoustic for the first time in 30 years, and am loving it...

    The capo I bought is a Thalia. I think its incredibly well designed, and looks beautiful. You can order them in all kinds of customer finishes and trim if that's your thing.
     
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