Amazing adaptability to any radius. Easy one-handed operation.
Just pricey enough to keep you from losing it at the gig.
G7th Performance 3 Capo
Ease of Use:
At first glance, the sleek, almost futuristic design of G7th’s latest capo might not seem to be much of an upgrade from their previous iterations. I’d say it speaks more to how the company’s thoughtful designs and improvements have aged gracefully. The Performance 3 is slightly wider than the earlier version but retains the easy grab-and-go mechanics, which can be a total deal-breaker for some strummers if a capo can’t be adjusted on the fly with one hand.
The flagship feature here is the ART—Adaptive Radius Technology, which allows the capo to work on modern and vintage-style necks no matter what the radius is. I used it on a reissue Fender Jaguar with a vintage 7.25" radius and it immediately felt secure and I didn’t notice any buzz or tuning issues even with rather low action. As I moved from a flatter Ibanez neck to the “C” shape of my Schroeder, the Performance 3 cradled whatever I threw its way. Another outstanding feature is how well the Performance 3 deals with not putting too much pressure on the strings, which can cause tuning issues. Admittedly, it can be hard to get excited about a capo, but the Performance 3 is one of the rare capos that makes me forget I’m even using a capo—which is kinda the point, right?
Test gear: Schroeder Chopper TL, Fender ’62 Jaguar Reissue, Cordoba Acero, Ibanez RG550