What exactly is a guitar capo, and why do you need it? Guitar capos clamp down around the fingerboard at a certain fret, in order to shorten the length of the vibration of the strings. Basically, your guitar capo acts like a movable and adjustable nut - you can move it anywhere up the guitar neck and impact your guitar's tuning. Capos will bind all (or some) strings simultaneously and effectively create a brand new nut. With a guitar capo, all open strings will play in higher tones than they do when the capo's not on the fingerboard. That's why it's so important to mount the capo immediately behind the desired fret, to ensure that the strings are correctly pressed.
Players use guitar capos to add a special color to their sound - they expand your tonal possibilities and add creativity to your sound.
Guitar capos differ in terms of how they release tension on the guitar strings. Squeezing-type capos will release a constant tension. These are so handy and easy to use, you can literally apply and move them in one second. Yes, it is that simple!
Other capos are able to release gradual, adjustable tension. These adjustable capos fall into two categories. First, you have the capos that can be used with just one hand. You just squeeze them around the guitar neck until you achieve the desired sound. You'll notice that these are well balanced and quite neatly designed. They have a locking mechanism inside so that as you begin to squeeze, they will lock and not release. This allows you to gradually squeeze and listen to your guitar strings until you squeeze just hard enough to get those clear notes. When you need to remove them from the neck, all you have to do is hit a tiny lever on their back.
The second kind of guitar capos that release gradual tension have a tension screw on their back that you handle in order to apply tension. As you handle it, the screw presses a little bracket against the back of the guitar. This brings in its front lever and slowly puts more and more pressure on the guitar.
Ultimately, your choice of guitar capos is up to personal preference. Once you've decided on a type, just make sure it matches you type of guitar, whether you're a classical player or more of an acoustic guitarist. We even carry capos for banjos, ukuleles, and mandolins!
You should also decide on a color... We'll let you figure that one out on your own, but if you have any other questions, give us a call. Our Sales Engineers love everything about music, and we know all the little details about our guitar capos. We'll help you choose the best one for your guitar in no time.
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