Does capo quality make any difference?



Asked by: Gloria Weaver

Capo quality matters, but not for tone. A better capo may give you more even tension on the strings, it may be more convenient to use, or maybe it’s made of more durable materials or components that can be services or replaced as they wear.

Do capos make a difference?





It changes the overall tone of the guitar. The higher up the neck you go, the “lighter” the guitar will sound. You can change keys instantly simply by moving the capo up the neck. This is great for adjusting a song to suit your (or someone else’s) vocal range.

Does capo affect sound?

If your guitar isn’t intonated correctly, then notes will sound progressively more out of tune the higher up the fretboard you play. This means the guitar will always sound just a little bit out. It’s worsened by using a capo because the capo will pull all of the strings ‘slightly out’.

How do I choose a good capo?

Make sure the capo is tight enough that all open strings ring clearly but not too tight so that the strings are pulled sharp. Choose a capo that mirrors the curvature and width of the fretboard. Some guitars have very curved fretboards and guitars such as 12-strings have very wide fretboards.

What capo do professionals use?

Kyser Quick-Change Capo
It allows for quick and easy pitch changes. You only need one hand to quickly transpose your guitar. A trusted name in guitar gear, Kaiser is well-regarded by both amateurs and professionals.

Are expensive capos better?





Give it a year or so of regular use and you’ll realise why you pay extra for a good quality capo, they’re more durable and maintain their tension so the strings will be held tightly. Cheap capos lose tension and need replacing.

Can capo damage my guitar?

Do not leave the capo on the instrument when not playing it. The capo, when clamped on the neck, holds the strings down on the fretboard and creates extra tension on the neck and the top of the guitar. All acoustic guitars are destined, at some point in time, to have problems due to the tension of the strings.

What capo does Ed Sheeran use?

Capo. Ed Sheeran uses a Dunlop Trigger Capo for many of his songs. You can use any capo you want, but trigger-style capos are quick and easy to move around between songs.

Does it matter what kind of capo you get?

Most brands offer a range of options, so if you see a capo you like, there’ll probably be one designed to fit your guitar. Generally capos are designed to fit as universally as possible, so you shouldn’t need to buy a specific capo unless your neck or fretboard is exceptionally different to the norm.

Are all capos the same?

Every capo has a range of how thin, thick, or wide a neck it can handle. Partial capos also have the issue of string spacing. Only the pioneering Third Hand (discontinued) and the SpiderCapo, both universal partial capos, adjust for string spacing, which also typically increases at higher frets.



Do electric guitarists use capos?

But can you use a capo on electric, classical, or acoustic guitar? The answer is yes. You can use it on any guitar you can imagine. While it is not that common to see an electric guitar with a capo, it is still something you could do with ease.

Should you tune a guitar with a capo on?

You can tune a guitar with a capo on, but it is not recommended. Since standard tuning relies on adjusting the open strings, tuning with a capo on, which alters their pitch, is redundant. However, if your capo does not produce the correct pitches, tuning again with it on would not hurt.

Are capos for beginners?

Capos are awesome. They can make learning the guitar easier for beginners, and for more advanced players, they can offer greater depth and variety. They really are a tool for all seasons.



How long do guitar capos last?

Either way, a good capo should last you a solid 20-30 years – as long as you don’t lose it!

What is capo short for?

“Capo” is short for “capodastro” or “capotasto,” and it is a derivative of the Italian term ‘head of the neck’. A capo is essentially a small device that clamps onto the neck of a guitar to shorten the length of the strings. A guitar is not the only string instrument this device can be used on.