School me on capos...what do you like?

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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Curious about trying a new capo eventually. Would love to hear of your experiences and opinions.

    • Best capo you've tried/used
    • Best bang-for-your-buck capo you've tried and used
    • Best budget option capo you've tried/used
    Looking for feedback from both acoustic and electric players. I currently use an older Shubb capo (before they added the little roller wheel).

    Eyeing a few by G7th, Shubb (newer models) and a few others. I've tried the Thalia capos, but found them to be heavy, a bit over-engineered and a bit too high-toned/fancy for a toss-in-the-case accessory. Willing to have someone try to change my mind though.
     
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    Center pull is best for least retuning needed - you do realize you will have to retune some or all strings with a capo? Second choice is a Shubb or Victor type, with adjustable tension. A capo only qualifies if it has adjustable tension. Springy clampy Kyser types with no adjustment are verboten - can't be used without spending 5 minutes retuning, only to have to retune again when its removed - which forces folks to not retune, and destroys all pitch and intonation for everybody else.

    PS - sorry, while in lecture mode, forgot to actually answer your question,

    Favorite is a Paige type
    Best value is a Paige type
    Best budge is a Paige type

    But I have more Shubbs, just by happenstance. The Paige types have the added benefit they store over the nut till you need it, and can stay there in the case too.
     
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's

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    I went through several before landing on the Shubb. I don't think there is a "best" when it comes to capos as everyone has different needs. Some want a quick removal and some don't, some want metal and some wood, etc.

    As long as the tension can be adjusted and it fits the neck width, it will work fine.
     
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    I like Shubb. I've tried others and tossed or given them away.
     
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    I’ve been using the Shubb for the last couple of decades. I don’t even remember what I used before that. The only down side to the Shubb is that you can’t clip it to the headstock when you’re not using it.
     
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    I use a Shubb with a 7.25" radius for my AVRI's.
     
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    Elliott, Paige, and Shubb are all good. Anything where you can adjust for neck depth.

    I am not a performer otherwise I could see why the spring loaded ones would be useful.
     
  8. ReverendRevolver

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    I had never heard of a thalia until just now. After googling, I see no reason to bother. At all.

    Favorite- (prepare for flames...) Dunlop trigger style. Easiest in 3 piece band where I only need to be in tune with bass player, or 2 piece guitar and drums getup.
    Best bang for buck (function to cost) I prefer the shubb style ones over other adjustable tension ones.
    Best budget- see first answer. You're spending over $15 or you're not.

    I hate the elastic kind. And I prefer dunlop style over kyser any day. Why? I've owned like 2 kyser 2 dunlop. Broke a kyser one. Borrowed a kyser one, it broke. Bought the person a dunlop one. They have a dunlop one, I have 2 Dunlop and 1 kyser.

    I'm typically more worried about other things than how pretty a capo looks, which is probably why I never heard of thalia. Black or copper color dunlop looks fine, silver or black shubb should be functionally fine. I've never used a paige in a setting in front of people except for the owner of the capo, so cant honestly put much for or against them. If I were gigging, I'd run around with a dunlop in each case and a shubb in my cable/pedal bag.
     
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    I really like the Planet Waves/D'Addario NS Tri-Action Capo.. Around $14. Simple and effective to use. Easy to move when playing and keeps it's tune. I have other capos, including Thalia, but I always reach for this baby first. Daddario NS Capo.jpg
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    I'm not a heavy user of capoes, but I have used my Dunlop Classic on everything without an issue for over 10 years now.

    Maybe since I play blues, I'm not so anal about retuning?:D
     
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    I've had the same Kyser gold capo for over a decade I got from my uncle for a birthday way back when. As far as durability goes I'd give it a military-grade stamp of approval-weird to hear about them breaking. A quick look shows that Kyser still make them the exact same, except now they paint the logo on rather than stamp it into the metal-maybe the quality has gone down and one day mine will be a vintage collectible lmao.
     
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    Been playing a Shubb for years - I like capos that can be adjusted. Also the size is proper, I don't want my guitar to look like a building under construction.
    Capos with spring tension don't work for me, the pressure is either to high or to low and demands retuning.
     
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    Shubb for me.
     
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    Shubb. Almost never use it, lives in my gig bag, but last night I grabbed an acoustic at open mic and I was glad I had my Shubb with me instead of the contraptions that others were using, demanding retuning before during and after!
     
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    Shubb only. Perfect design for me, and they're cheap enough that there's no point in using anything worse.

    I haven't tried the roller type yet...because I've had the same two for so long (at least 20 years, I think), and nothing has ever gone even slightly wrong with them.
     
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    I use a Dunlop Victor made of solid Brass

    I only use it on two songs in my acoustic duo but is small, sturdy and works fine

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    I use a D'Addario Planet Waves NS Pro. I particularly like it for capoing for slide playing since it's small.

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    Fender smart capo, I've used one for a few years now.
     
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