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Comment by Craig Fowler on January 11, 2012 at 12:30pm

Why doesn't Dunlop make a capo of this type for mandolin? This is what I use for guitar and I find it better than the trigger style capo I also have.

Comment by Antonio Cotichini on January 11, 2012 at 11:09am

About capos for mandolin... I shortened a Dunlop Advanced guitar capo, but I had to make a new strap.

Comment by Craig Fowler on January 11, 2012 at 9:11am

Being a Canadian I am a big fan of the group Blue Rodeo. Not many pop/rock bands feature mandolin on a regular basis in their recordings but this group seems to do so. Wish there was more tab online for their work. I did find the tab for their song "Hasn't Hit Me Yet" Tab click here.

Not sure what those outside of Canada know of this band but check out this link to a video of theirs online. Blue Rodeo - Hasn't Hit Me Yet

Another of my personal favorites by the band is Side of the Road. Not sure I hear the mandolin in this one though and the video quality is pretty poor. This posting of just the audio is much better. Audio Version

Comment by Dan Randolph on January 9, 2012 at 4:30pm


The pick up is from jjb electronics.  At $20 .. I love it.  It is happier with a preamp, but I usually run it straight into my amp.  I have another that I occasionally use on my Grammers. For $20 .. I recommend it!

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 8, 2012 at 6:21pm

Hey Dan,

What type of pickup do you have on the Loar?  And how do you like it! I have a Dean Markley stick on that looks like yours only the disk is maple on mine.  It works well but is designed to be used on a guitar so it's a little big!   Thanks, Edward

Comment by Dan Randolph on January 8, 2012 at 1:57pm

My 2 Mandos.

Comment by Dan Randolph on January 8, 2012 at 1:41pm

Hello everyone.

Comment by Edward Sparks on January 8, 2012 at 6:39am

I use a Paige mando capo on my mandolin and it works great! Here is some info on it.  You also have to determine if your mando has a flat fingerboard (no radius) or if it has a radiused fingerboard...Paige has one for both! Edward

Banjo / Mandolin, No Radius (4th fret max on a 5 string banjo) PC-B4-1.437
(Width 1 7/16, Open Depth 1 3/16, Closed Depth 3/4)
Our smallest banjo/mandolin capo. Fits to the 4th fret on a 5 string and works very well on a mandolin.
Banjo / Mandolin, W/Radius (4th fret max on a 5 string banjo) PC-B4-1.437-R
(Width 1 7/16, Open Depth 1 3/16, Closed Depth 3/4)
Same as PC-4B-1.437 except it has a radiused bar.

Comment by Robin June Nakkula on January 8, 2012 at 3:51am

With this type of capo, there's 2 sources of problem when it doesn't work right:

1) What's the difference in length between the "plastic" tube that lays across the strings, and the width of the fingerboard?  If the tube hangs off the sides of the fingerboard, when the elastic is hooked on, it will bend the contact points of the tube, and only hold the strings down on the edge, not the center, of the fretboard.

2) The elastic is strong enough for a 4-string banjo, but not for an 8-string mando; too many strings =  more tension than it can deal with.

I use this style of capo preferentially on my nylon-sting guitars (low tension), but for my guitars and mandos, I go with Kysers, and a Shubb on the thick-necked mando that can't take a Kyser.

Comment by Craig Fowler on January 7, 2012 at 10:33pm
I picked up a Bill Russell elastic capo today thinking it was for a mandolin. The person at the music store said it was appropriate for mandolin. It is the first capo of this type I have used. I can't seem to attach it to the fretboard such that it properly mutes the strings. It does not seem to grip tight enough. Anyone know anything about this type of capo?

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