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High-End Capos...Anyone Using Them?

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I find myself using a capo more and more on my 12 string. Been using a Kyser, but I'm sure I could do better. Started shopping around and, woh! I thought the G7 was pricey at $40, but then I ran across Elliott capos ($110) and BMF capos ($100), as well as Crary capos ($65-$70). Who knows what else is out there.

 

Do these outperform the others? Is this a gimmick? What are you folks using?

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What the hell? A capo is like....a little clamp that basically runs a barre across a fret, right?

 

How the hell can anyone charge $100 for that? :confused:

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Originally posted by owd200

What the hell? A capo is like....a little clamp that basically runs a barre across a fret, right?


How the hell can anyone charge $100 for that?
:confused:

 

My thoughts exactly. I have two kyser capos and they work great. There's no point in getting anything more expensive. Your kyser clamps on quickly, easily and securely. What else do you need?

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Depending on your neck type, the kyser type of capo can pull your guitars intonation out of whack.

 

I have some that a kyser will work and some where it won't.

 

I do have a G7 that I use in performance. It's a great capo, fast and tension is adjustable without a wheel.

 

For the rest of my guitars I use an adjustable shubb.

 

I don't know about the others mentioned, but I can't see myself spending $100 on a capo.

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I'm using a G7. That's about as much as I could ever conceive of spending on a capo, and it does everything I need it to do.

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Originally posted by bjorn-fjord

I like Shubb, too. Small and light. I prefer capos with the more "positive lock" of the cam variety to the spring type ones. Just me.

So do I. Great capo for its price.

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I use a G7, too. Very quick and accurate and doesn't pull the strings out of tune. It is a little bulky compared to the Shubb, though. I'm glad I have it, but if it broke or I lost it I probably just go back to the shubb.:)

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I also use Shubb, infact I have 2, one for the flat frettboard of the classical, and one for the curved frettboard on my steel strung.

 

My one criticism of Shubb is that replacement rubbers are a bitch to get hold of in the UK

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I use a Paige capo. They aren't very expensive and you don't get the tuning problems you get with a Kyser or Dunlop. I'd like to try a G7th but I don't want to spend that much.

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I bought a Shubb for my 12 string, but could never get the low E strings to not buzz. Bought the Kyser 12 string and it clamps all the strings OK, but does change the tuning on the high and low E strings (4), which is a pain to retune.

 

Does G7 make a 12 string model? Anyone used it on a 12 string adn would it solve my problems?

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I have a Kyser, Shubb and Glyder capos. The Glyder is pretty cool because you can relocate it rapidly. The shubb works the best, out of the three of them.:)

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I have a paige and a bmf

both are good but the BMF is worth every cent and is beautifully made

I have arthritis so I find the BMF easier to use too

I can't find how to buy a new sleeve for the BMF - can anyone help

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Here’s one for 175.  Yikes. Elliot.

you could try ElderlyInstruments.com, they’ve usually got it all.  Not good when you spend $100 on something like this and they go belly up.  One of the other replacement sleeves is bound to fit, and they are pretty cheap.

I use a few Shubb, one longer for 12 string.  You know, for when I get one, I’ll be prepared 😄.  

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I'm a Shubb fan but I also like my D'Addario/Planet Waves, especially when I need to move it around or clamp it to the headstock.

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Ooo..that is a pretty capo.  Looks like a blinged G7.  75$.  

Well, what ya say boys?

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On 2/23/2020 at 4:59 AM, DeepEnd said:

I'm a Shubb fan but I also like my D'Addario/Planet Waves, especially when I need to move it around or clamp it to the headstock.

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Agreed. Bonus of clamping on head stock is it keeps tuners etc off flat surface. Pin on hinge did come out, so had to do slight repair of getting back in. Finish coming off too, but this is Thailand... I also have Shubbs, like those too.

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10 hours ago, Mikeo said:

Pretty. I don't know how good they are.

https://www.thaliacapos.com/collections/capos

I bought a Thalia and hated it.  It was too clunky for me and it impeded my ability to fret.  I gave it away to a friend. My favorite is the Shubb  plus I use a Planet Waves/D'Addario NS Capo for the rare occasions when I have to capo up at the ninth fret.

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1 hour ago, Nabisco said:

I bought a Thalia and hated it.  It was too clunky for me and it impeded my ability to fret.  I gave it away to a friend. My favorite is the Shubb  plus I use a Planet Waves/D'Addario NS Capo for the rare occasions when I have to capo up at the ninth fret.

Good to know, as they are pretty costly.

 

I have a G7 that was given to me by a friend, he hated it.

I have plenty of capos. I tend to use Kyser on acoustic and Shubbs, on electrics. Broke a spring on a Kyser and they want more money to replace that spring, than they are new. 

 

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8 hours ago, Nabisco said:

I bought a Thalia and hated it.  It was too clunky for me and it impeded my ability to fret.  I gave it away to a friend. My favorite is the Shubb  plus I use a Planet Waves/D'Addario NS Capo for the rare occasions when I have to capo up at the ninth fret.

That stopped me.  Nice looking though.  I usually put something in the “cart” and wait till they email me asking if I was forgetting something.  Sometimes the site will add 10-15% off to persuade.  

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3 hours ago, Gibson29 said:

That stopped me.  Nice looking though.  I usually put something in the “cart” and wait till they email me asking if I was forgetting something.  Sometimes the site will add 10-15% off to persuade.  

Yeah, they gave me the discount and it didn't change how I feel about it.  To be fair, the friend I gave it to uses the Thalia, so it works for some folks.  I prefer a capo that is minimally intrusive and the Shubb and the Planet Waves NS both fit that bill.

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I use the Planet Waves NS and the Shubb capos. I keep a Shubb half capo pretty busy these days as well. I keep the NS capo on the 2nd fret of my steel string, full time, because I tune that one down a full step to take advantage of the extra real estate 2 frets up. Big fingertips, I need it despite a 1-3/4 nut width. I use a Shubb straight capo on the classical. My son bought one of those spring-loaded clamp types, hated it and stole one of my Shubbs so I'm down one. I bought the G7 but it felt weak. I gave it away years ago to JT, IIRC.

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21 hours ago, Emory said:

Agreed. Bonus of clamping on head stock is it keeps tuners etc off flat surface. Pin on hinge did come out, so had to do slight repair of getting back in. Finish coming off too, but this is Thailand... I also have Shubbs, like those too.

Interesting. I posted last year about the hinge pin coming out of mine as well. Seems to be a weak point of an otherwise good design. No paint coming off yet though. 🤞

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