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Shubb Unveils the Pāua Pearl Capo

Shubb Unveils the Pāua Pearl Capo

The Pāua Pearl's dazzling finish is reminiscent of Pāua, the Maori (native New Zealand) name for a species of abalone. Pāua shells are often used for beautifully colorful inlays in specially crafted guitars. To help accentuate the special finish, Shubb is using a clear fret pad / sleeve that is exclusive to this model.


Shubb's Pāua Pearl capo features the same durable titanium process as Shubb's other Capo Royale models, so its eye-popping, color-shifting beauty will last practically forever.

Shubb Capos - Paua Pearl

Shubb's new Pāua Pearl capo is available in two configurations: C1P for steel string guitar and C2P for nylon string guitar. Both versions carry a list price of $29.95.

For more information visit www.shubb.com.

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Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

Photo courtesy of Guitar Point (guitarpoint.de)

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