I use capos constantly. They populate coffee tables, turn up under couch cushions, and end up in suit jackets I haven’t worn in a year. I’ve always favored trigger capos. But G7th’s new UltraLight has been in constant use since I received a review sample at Winter NAMM.
UltraLight has a streamlined design—a single piece of flexible, u-shaped polypropylene, a softer plastic “fretting” surface, and a tension screw that slides into a semi-circular clasp. Though it is ultimately very easy to use, UltraLight can feel clunky and counterintuitive in the first few tries. Once you’re used to the way UltraLight slides up and down the neck (it can seem sticky and stubborn at first) and the initially uncomfortable sense of force that’s required to get the tension screw to snap into place, it’s almost all smooth sailing with the UltraLight. It held uniform, firm tension on my Aria 12-string dread', Rickenbacker 12-string, and various Fenders. And it only proved disadvantaged relative to trigger capos when I tried to capo past the 7th fret on the flat-wide neck of my Aria. Otherwise, UltraLight holds fast and keeps strings free of buzz at a price that’s tough to beat.
Test gear: ’70s Aria 12-string Dreadnought, Martin 00-15, Rickenbacker 370-12, Fender Telecaster Deluxe
Light, slim, and streamlined in form and function. Inexpensive.
Can feel clunky and counterintuitive at first.
G7th UltraLight Capo