Three Keys to Choosing A Guitar Capo

If you need to adjust the key you play your guitar in, a capo can help you do it in an instant.

When the only way you know how to play “Amazing Grace” is in G, and your singer can only sing it in C, a capo will save your performance. In fact, with a good capo you can play everything in G-based chords even when the rest of the band and singers are performing in their chosen key. All you need to do is move the capo up or down the guitar’s neck to match. This is the guitarist’s best-kept secret! Here’s how to find a capo for your needs.

Easy to Use

This is spring-loaded for tension, and quick release for ease of re-positioning. WINGO

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Capos should be easy to attach and move up and down the guitar neck, and they should have enough tensile strength to fully clamp across all strings. Some guitars require more tensile strength than others, and some capos offer adjustable tensioning.

Proper Fit

These come in a variety of widths for different stringed instruments. Kyser

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Not all guitar fretboards are the same width. For example, a 12-string guitar will have a wider fretboard than a standard six-string. Be sure the pad of your capo extends beyond the outermost strings and clamps them solidly to the fretboard to avoid buzz.

Easy Attachment

Just squeeze it on and squeeze to release. G7th

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The types of capo attachment can include spring lever, elastic band, clip on, or clutch. Some offer tension adjustments, which are helpful for both keeping the guitar in tune and achieving full string compression, which eliminates buzz. Spring lever capos are typically easier to change quickly but may not hold the tuning as well as one that clips on and tightens.