Tools for the Task: Capos
Ten capo options to open up your repertoire.
Keeping a capo in your case’s accessory compartment is like having an instant magic trick on hand. It’s a simple tool with many uses: changing keys on the fly, simplifying a song by eradicating barre chords, or providing a brighter timbre. Here’s just a sampling of current capo options.
This single-action capo offers vibration-based tuning, displayed on a large, backlit screen. It can tune 6- and 12-string guitars—electric and acoustic—without interference from background noise.
Shubb’s newest capo features an adjustable pressure knob that maintains a fixed relationship with the frame for improved ease of use and a low profile when stored behind the nut. The jeweler-style latch prevents accidental release.
This spring-style capo features thin tubing to work like an actual nut. It has comfortable padded grip handles and custom pivoting that self-calibrates to any instrument radius. They’re handmade and only cost nine bucks.
Available in many finishes, these handmade capos are a study in simplicity. One-handed operation lets you transpose in seconds, and you can clamp the capo to your headstock when not in use.
This capo for curved fretboards features aluminum construction, a unique pressure pad that conforms to the fretboard and frets for minimum buzzing, and a padded, spring-action grip that releases with just a squeeze.
This capo’s geometry reduces the force needed to open and close it. It provides even tension regardless of neck profile, and side-to-side string-pull is virtually eliminated thanks to a micrometer tension adjustment and direct horizontal pressure.
This capo’s squeeze-on/squeeze-off action allows quick single-handed movement. Wraparound rubber protects the guitar’s finish, while the grooved barre rubber permits fine-tuning once the capo is set.
Available in a wide variety of finish/inlay options, this capo has a “reverse action” design that makes it easy to apply via the same pinching action used to finger a barre chord. The included tuning kit contains a range of fret pads to match varying fretboard radiuses.
This die-cast zinc capo accommodates nearly any 6- or 12-string guitar with a curved fretboard. The parallel clamping mechanism and adjustable contact pressure minimize string bend while attaching the capo.
This capo can be pushed or pulled via its back roller for uninterrupted playing and seamless key changes, all while staying in tune. When no capo is needed, simply roll it up over the nut.