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Capo Collections 4 Replies

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Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by Robert Williamson on Friday.

Capos on the headstock 13 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 Edward Sparks Jan 16.

Paige Capos, take the money and run 5 Replies

Saying I'm disappointed would be an understatement. After the glowing reviews of the Paige 12 string capo, I expected a superb product. That may have been true some years ago. It's not true now.As I…Continue

Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by michael schwartz May 22, 2014.

Capo and Fretboard Radius 1 Reply

Moved this to a DiscussionMost 6 string acoustic guitars are 16" radius fretboards (both of my Seagulls certainly), while my Fender Hellcat 12 string has a 12" radius (more curve). My Epiphone…Continue

Started by Robert Williamson. Last reply by Robert Williamson Apr 17, 2014.

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Comment by paul stokes on Wednesday

collecting capos is the gateway drug to G.A.S. 

hahaha Robert Williamson, thats class.

Whats wrong with Shubb capo's. I haven't got one just want to know?

Comment by Franklin G. Wanamaker on Wednesday
Comment by Robert Williamson on Wednesday

As for "quick change capos", ever being practical for a 12 string,I don't think that's feasible. I found you have to set the capo, and THEN,tune the guitar,(again).

u may get around re-tuning if you tune the pairs with a +/-5 cent or so spread aroud the nominal note. It also gives you more "sheen".

Back in the 70s i did that all the time. without knowing why. It just 'sounded better'

I don't own a Shubb,so I'd probably never be allowed in a bluegrass band. (No matter, I'd likely get kicked for not playing fast enough anyway).

Heh heh :)

So, I'm not sure where this is going. Are we randomly buying capos to debunk the advertising claims? Just to have them? Is this a "grail quest"?

A bit of all 3

...grail quest for quick change 6 string capo.

...debunk exaggerated claims of the uber-expensive Paiges and the G7ths of the  world

-- collecting capos is the gateway drug to G.A.S.

Comment by Robert Williamson on Wednesday

the D'Addario NS and the G7th Nashville 12 are the  same mechanism: worm-screw

I agree with Franklin and others that the NS does it better.

the Nashville pad is longer, narrower and tapers towards the high strings..and this is NOT A Good Thing.

The NS has a nice BIG easy to turn thumb screw, The Nashville has a tiny one that hurts my finger trying to tighten it.

BTW. I neglected to mention:

The G7th Performance Capo for 6 and 12 String Guitars's bar is  too short and i's "mouth"  is too small to use on a 1.9" nut Seagull Coastline 12.

It would have fit the 1.77" Fender 12 :)

Comment by Franklin G. Wanamaker on Wednesday
I'm curious about these goings on. The only capo I've found that will quiet any of my 12 strings, is the run of the mill, "Planet Waves NS". These work on 6 & 12 strings. I use Kyser 12 string capos for 6 string guitars. (You notch out the rubber on the inside near the yoke,and you have a combination 5 & 6 string capo which will work up to about the 6th fret, (with a 1 11/16" nut).

The Planet Waves you put on and screw down on your 12 string until the octave strings quiet.

As for intonation errors on an acoustic guitar, you can plug into a tuner, fret any note and it will read a tiny bit sharp.12 strings are worse, as the different gauge of strings in the octave pairs, change pitch at different rates, using the same amount of fretting force.

So, I'm not sure where this is going. Are we randomly buying capos to debunk the advertising claims? Just to have them? Is this a "grail quest"?

There's a new brand of capo the "Thalia". These are quite decorative,and if they get them to work correctly, you might consider them "guitar jewelry".

As for "quick change capos", ever being practical for a 12 string,I don't think that's feasible. I found you have to set the capo, and THEN,tune the guitar,(again).

I don't own a Shubb,so I'd probably never be allowed in a bluegrass band. (No matter, I'd likely get kicked for not playing fast enough anyway).
Comment by paul stokes on Wednesday

Hi folks. Some great info on here. Thank you Robert for your breakdown and review, Jim Yates, I enjoyed the video you posted...tell Stefan those wellies were cool haha. Great playing and the capo impressed me. I like the simplicity of it and I may just get one to try it out.

Thanks Chris for all the info, I like the look of the k lever (all of them ). I am closer to getting the kind of capo I need so thanks all. I will let you all know which one I buy. take care.

Comment by Robert Williamson on Wednesday

The two G7ths arrived today. (The moose must have flown)

Quick impressions only

G7th Newport 12 String Guitar Capo Silver

test: 5th fret, capo in center.

Instrument: Coastline 12 (1.9" nut)

result: fail, virtual all the octave strings deadened, very difficult to tighten enough for clean play

Quick Change? NO

Mechanism is worm-screw only, no ratchet,Unscrew to release,

advertisements for this capo are deceptive, they imply it ratchets.

opinion: better than Paige Clic 12, Bill Russel Elastic but still unacceptable for me.

G7th Performance Capo for 6 and 12 String Guitars

same test on Coastline 12.. same octave string failure mode

same test on Martin 6 string, fine ( I did it again after the other guitars)

same test of Amber Trails 6 string, got some buzz and intonation issues on second string, corrected by wiggling, it seem the capo rocks on fretboard. Maybe due to different fretboard radii?

same test on '98 S6, fine

Quick Change: yes  Mechanism is ratchet + worm-screw + lever quick release

Opinion: to be determined, but so far so good

re: G7th ratchet, I'm not really sure it's a ratchet, I hear no clicks. it may be a clutch :):)

Comment by Jim Yates on Wednesday

The Quickdraw must be the material they're made of.  It doesn't roll, but it seems almost friction free.  Steafan has been using them for years on his guitars and bouzoukis and they have done no damage to the necks.  Mine seems to slide from fret to fret with no resistance.
Did you check out the link to the video with Steafan and Saskia?

Comment by Robert Williamson on Wednesday

Paul, which G7th?  I mentioned 2 different lines, which are different designs. and they have more , including a lever design.

http://www.g7th.com/capos/choosing

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I've seen Slider demos, they seem bulky. I could not find a Quickdraw demo video to understand the mechanics.. Are the rubber sleeves free to rotate?

Comment by Jim Yates on Tuesday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFGlOAO3pVU 

My  friend Steafan gave me a Quickdraw capo for my birthday (actually it was his birthday party, but mine is 2 days later).
These are hard to get on, but once you get them on, they can stay there till you do a string change.  It takes a fraction of a second to change capo positions.  Here's Stefan accompanying his wife Saskia, I think in DADGAD.  He changed=s capo position twice during this set without losing a beat.

 

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