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Capos on the headstock 17 Replies

I was involved in a jam the other day and when I put the tuner on my headstock, one of the other players said, "Jim, I hope you're not gonna leave that tuner on there." I agree with him.  I strongly…Continue

Started by Jim Yates. Last reply by Randy Lee Hano Jun 1.

Shubb joins the ME-too ranks

Shubb, the manufacturer of the capo design I identified as the best for studio work, has introduced the…Continue

Started by Robert Williamson Mar 23.

Capo Knock Offs Part 1

You see them all over eBay and Amazon.. Kysers,Shubbs, Dunlops incredibly cheap!..But on closer look you see they are just knock-offs. But are they any good?Lets look at a couple, both were between…Continue

Started by Robert Williamson Mar 21.

Capo Collections 12 Replies

Show your collections here!Continue

Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by Robert Williamson Jan 24.

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Comment by Robert Williamson on June 9, 2016 at 5:24am

I made mine, remember?


Comment by Jim Yates on June 8, 2016 at 7:08pm

While this capo, D'Addario's NS Ukulele Pro Capo, says on the package that it was "Designed specifically for ukulele," I find it works just fine on my five string banjo.  After one day, I feel sure this will be my favourite banjo cao.

Comment by Robert Williamson on June 8, 2016 at 8:11am

Jim I moved my reply to you to 12 String

Comment by Jim Yates on June 8, 2016 at 7:40am

I have never seen these instructions either.  When I capo, it's usually at the second fret, but there are a few songs (You Are My Flower, Jimmy Brown The Newsboy) learned from Earl's paying where I capo at VII.  I carry a second Shubb capo, adjusted for the seventh fret, if I plan to play these songs at a gig.

Comment by Robert Williamson on June 8, 2016 at 6:33am

I finally found the capo instructions. Seems it wasn't a product card in the package but a vertical-fold leaflet. Unreadable for me, so I scanned it.

I note it just says in italics that "adjustments are more easily made with capo disengaged" are easier.

I also note the procedure to set at 3rd fret to adjust it for any neck position.

I have 4 Shubb capos. and this is the FIRST TIME I've seen these instructions!

There is nothing on the Capo Noir packaging to indicate instructions are on inside

of product card.

I try to save all my capo packaging, but the only other Shubb package I have is the banjo, I checked and yes it also has hidden instructions, with an additional sheet in french even :(

All these years..a revelation..

I suggest a "See Instructions Inside" note on back. :)

Comment by Robert Williamson on June 7, 2016 at 5:44pm

BTW the suggestion to flip the rubber does make things better.

Suddenly i was playing more stuff at 5th.. it was funny when muscle motor memory kicked in and i found myself playing Hide you Love Away by the Silkie (Lennon/McCartney tune):) Not played that since the 70s when I had my Espana 12


Comment by Alfred Tirella on June 7, 2016 at 5:39pm

Jim is correct.  You adjust a Shubb before clamping it on the fretboard!  I don't believe they are designed to be adjusted in place.  If it's too loose you undo it, tighten the screw a bit and re-clamp, and vice-versa.

Comment by Robert Williamson on June 7, 2016 at 5:37pm

Jim they already covered that, i neglected to post the rest of Shubb letter.

Regarding a couple of your other observations:

The radius is very pronounced on this capo. It seems the Coastline neck radius is much shallower.

Generally the thick rubber sleeve adapts the capo to a range of fretboard radii, but we will put a shallower radius on the replacement we send you.

It was very very difficult to tighten the capo at 5th fret. The knob is much thinner (same diameter) than on the 6-string, cut and ukulele capos.

As per the instructions in the package, tension adjustments are best made with the capo disengaged, so you should not be tightening the capo while engaged at the 5th, or any other fret. But if there is truly a difference in the size of the knob, then this would also be a defect, since they are supposed to be the same on all capo models. When you have received your replacement capo, would you mind sending this one back to us? I’d like to have a look at it.
Comment by Jim Yates on June 7, 2016 at 4:17pm

Robert, When you say, "It was very very difficult to tighten the capo at 5th fret. The knob is much thinner (same diameter) than on the 6-string, cut and ukulele capos," do you mean that yo put the capo on, then try to tighten the knob?  I don't think that Shubbs are designed to do this.  You tighten the capo before closing the clamp, then clamp it onto the neck.  I've never tried loosening or tightening a Shubb while it was on the guitar under pressure.

Comment by Robert Williamson on June 7, 2016 at 10:27am

Shubb replied within a few mins. of my email!

I’m pretty sure that your C3k does have a defect, or more accurately, an unplanned variation.

When we upgraded the design of our Standard line of capos in 2013, we also made some changes in the production process. A few months later we discovered that a new bending technique had resulted in an unplanned variability in the shape of the middle piece. The variation is so subtle that it’s hard to spot just by looking at it, but on some (not all) Gof the capos produced during that period, the curve of that piece is slightly flatter.

We learned that those capos with the flatter curve were losing some of the widest part of their range, and not properly accommodating the larger guitar necks (or higher positions on some necks). We corrected this quickly, so not too many of these went out, but I’m pretty sure you have one.
—> We will be happy to replace your capo, and I’d also like to send you another capo: in case your neck is too large for our regular line os 12-string capos, I’d like to send you one of our S3v model capos, designed for extra large necks. So please send me your mailing address.

In the meantime, here is a workaround that will make your capo work better up the neck: rotate the rubber sleeve that presses the strings, so that the thick wall is facing away from the strings, and one of the thinner walls is pressing the strings (see picture). This will add to the wide end of the capo’s range, and that’s what you need." alt="rotate the sleeve" height="192" width="328"/>




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