How to stop a 5-string capo blocking my fretting of the bottom E string?



Asked by: Frank Richardson

Why does my high E string sound out of tune with a capo?





Excess pressure on the strings is a super common cause of tuning issues. Essentially the added pressure from spring loaded, elastic or cheaper capos squeezes the strings too much and pulls them out of tune. You’ll often find that the thicker strings suffer more as the capo squeezes them against the fretboard.

Does capo lower action?

Putting a capo on the first fret does three things: It raises the pitch by one semitone. It changes the tone, usually reducing the bass. It lowers the nut action, which is generally slightly higher than what would be a ‘0 fret’ (fitted on some guitars).

How do I stop muting chords?

Under my first finger will definitely solve the issue.

Do capos damage strings?

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.

Why is my E string out of tune?





A loose or leaning saddle can change the length of the string and affect intonation. Be sure that the saddle is properly positioned in the slot in the bridge and not leaning either way. If you take all the strings off at once to re-string, it is possible for the saddle to change position.

Why does my high E string sound off?

It may be that it slipped out of the nut or that the groove in the nut is cut in too deep (a steel E string may cut itself deeper into the nut when tuning) or that the nut has cracked and the string slipped into the crack. Or the nut is displaced and the string action too low in consequence.

Does tightening truss rod lower action?

Turn the truss rod nut clockwise to counteract this condition. TRUSS ROD TOO TIGHT: When the truss rod is too tight, the neck bows backward. This lowers the string height and increases string buzz. Turn the truss rod nut counter-clockwise to counteract this condition.

Can a capo damage your guitar?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. If you find a cheap capo, it will damage your guitar. Among the main problems that capo can cause is the damage to the finish of the guitar. While the strings are pressed on the fretboard, the other part of the capo is pressing from the opposite side on the neck, where it’s clamped.

Can leaving a capo on a guitar damage it?

Leaving capo clipped on the music stand (or anything, really) is fine. The guitar capo will not lose its grip and your music stand will not be damaged. If you have a music stand, then leaving capo on the music stand is probably the best way to store it.



Are capos cheating?

Now that your capo is on your second fret, you will no longer be able to hear the notes at the open string or the 1st fret. From this point on your open string is your second fret.



That’s great but why would I want to do that?

No Capo open chords Capo on the 2nd fret open strings
Dm Em
Em F#m
G A

How tight should my capo be?

This can result in a buzzing or muted sound when trying to play your guitar. To prevent this from happening, make sure to tighten your capo as close to the edge of the fret on the side that’s closest to the body of your guitar.

How long should a capo last?

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



Why won’t my low E string stay in tune?

Because your nut is causing. Some issues with your guitar again whether it's too tight or in most cases just not properly lubricated.

Can I use B string as an E?

Re: Using a B string for the high E string.



I have personally used the B string as an E string when I didn’t have a spare and it was no problem. The gauges are similar enough that the tension shouldn’t be too different. It didn’t do any damage to my guitar at all and it sounded fine. It will just sound DIFFERENT.

Why are some frets out of tune?

If your frets are worn, notes played on those frets will be out of tune. Sometimes frets pop up a bit throwing notes out of pitch at those frets. If you’re noticing notes out of tune throughout the neck it might be time to either have the frets dressed (leveled) or after excessive use, replaced.

Why does my G and B string sound out of tune?

It’s because the G string and B string are a major third different from each other, and in the Equal Temperament tuning system, the Major Third is 14 cents sharp in comparison to the Just Intonation system, which is 100% accurate.



Should every note on a guitar be in tune?

It is impossible to place the frets on the guitar so that all notes on the instrument will be perfectly in tune in every key — simply impossible, because of the way tuning works. There are two basic types of tuning in western music: Pythagorean and tempered.

Can a guitar be perfectly in tune?

Guitars don’t play perfectly in tune! They are only relatively in tune. They are in what is called a “tempered” tuning. Even on a perfectly maintained instrument, if you tune it so that the G# in the first position E chord is sweetly in tune, the open G in your first position C chord will be flat.

Why do cheap guitars go out of tune?

Well, in short: The main causes of guitars going out of tune are the strings not being stretched properly, low quality or old strings, the climate where you play, or parts like capos, tuning pegs or nuts messing with the tuning.

Why is a guitar never in tune?

Don’t Forget the Intonation. If you play chords combined with open or fretted notes higher on the neck, this might be especially applicable. A guitar that isn’t properly intonated doesn’t sound right or completely in tune, ever. To fix this, tweak the metal truss rod that runs down the center of the guitar’s neck.