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Kyser mandolin capo - help?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by srblue5, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. srblue5

    srblue5 Tele-Meister

    Oct 12, 2020
    I recently bought a Kyser mandolin capo but I'm having a dickens of a time putting it on my mandolin (which admittedly has a slightly chunky neck profile). I was able to get it on the fretboard once but when I went to adjust it (since the treble E string course wasn't properly clamped), I couldn't get it back on. It was taking a lot of force for me to operate/open the capo and by the time I did, my hand was shaking so much that I was worried I would lose the grip on it and drop it.

    To be fair, I've never had a Kyser capo before (I usually use a Shubb). Does the spring get looser and the capo get easier to open/handle over time? Or should I be exchanging the capo and/or hitting the gym?
  2. Mandocaster68

    Mandocaster68 TDPRI Member

    May 28, 2020
    S.E. Iowa
    I've never had much luck with the Kyser mando/banjo capo on a regular mandolin. I experience great difficulty getting in on in a way that keeps all 4 courses in relative tune, and then I bump it (it protrudes badly) and make things even worse.

    I am very satisfied with the D'Addario Planet Waves NS banjo/mandolin capo. Very sleek. It is a little more work to put on, but the tuning stability and smaller footprint make it worthwhile.
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