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.