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Third Hand Capo

LIberty "Flip" Capo Model 43

(Multi-purpose)

Small, strong, versatile, elegant, low-profile

 

Reversible, clamps 3 or 4 inner strings, or 4 outer strings on most guitars. Does everything an Esus capo does plus a lot more. Perfect for "Liberty Tuning." Plenty of "reach" and clearance for higher frets and higher action.Strong but ultra-light metal design, fits in your pocket, easy to reach over and around, Young kids can operate it. Does most of the important partial capo ideas.

Slower to operate than spring capos. Other than that is works better, looks better, and is more versatile & adjustable than any other capos.

$21.95

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Third Hand Capo

Third Hand Capo

(Universal)

Durable, inexpensive, clamps 63 different combinations at each fret, plus works as full capo. Unchanged since 1976, has passed all tests of time.

 

The most universal partial capo. Does all 63 possible configurations on all guitars. Same model fits electric, acoustic, 12-string, classical. A must-have for exploring partial capo-ing. Worth buying just for the instruction sheet, which has been the best single source of info on how to use a partial capo.

Slower to operate and harder to reach around than single-purpose capos. Most "low-tech" looking.

Read a careful comparison of the Third Hand and the SpiderCapo

$22.95

+ shipping

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Spider Capo

SpiderCapo

(Universal)

Fits most guitars. Only capo that lets you flip the levers up and down while it's on the guitar! No elastic to wear out. Makes a different statement with its "space-age" look. (Plastic looks like gun metal.)
Can't handle12-strings Fussier to put on- you can bump the "fingers" out of position either while playing, or when you set it down. Read a careful comparison of the Third Hand and the SpiderCapo

SOLD OUT

 

Shubb c7b capo

Shubb model c7b Esus

clamps 3 inner strings, from either side

Very low-profile, easy to reach over & behind, very durable. Can form Esus chord or A chord at 2nd fret, or do other things at higher frets. Fits in your pocket.

$19.95

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Kyser "Shortcut" Esus

clamps 3 inner strings, from either side

Fastest action of any capo. Goes on or off with one hand, even in mid-song. Nice hard rubber foot has good tone. Stores on headstock if you like.

Harder to reach over than the Shubb, spring mechanism may be too strong or too weak. Awkward to keep in your pocket. Can pull sideways on thick necks.

Read a careful comparison of the Shubb and the Kyser Esus capos

SOLD OUT

Kyser Shortcut (SHort Cut)

G7 "Newport" #3

clamps 3 inner strings, from either side

Attractive, low profile,easy to reach around, good tone from rubber.
Very poor string clearance, hits bass string if you use it at higher frets. Easy to bump out of position. Can't handle many kinds of necks.

SOLD OUT

Planet Waves Trio Partial Capo

Planet Waves

"Trio"

Clamps 5 strings on bass or treble side -- can also clamp only 4 strings !

Strong, durable, low-profile, lightweight, inexpensive, attractive. Also a banjo, uke or mandolin capo. Very useful new tool.
Few disadvantages. Screw can fall out and get lost. Only available in black.

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Shubb c8b capo

Shubb model c8b Drop E

Clamps 5 strings on bass or treble side

May possibly clamp only 4 strings

Very strong, durable, low-profile, can be easily shortened or notched for custom capos. Can double as a banjo or mandolin capo.
Requires 2 hands to put on or move. On most guitars, you can capo 5 strings with just a normal capo slid over, so this is a luxury & not a necessity.

$19.95

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Kyser "Drop D" Capo

Actually "Drop E"- Clamps 5 strings on bass or treble side

May possibly clamp only 4 strings

Fast operation, can store on headstock or strap. Hard rubber has good tone- does not deaden strings.
Weaker clamp mechanism, hard to reach over, difficult to shorten or modify. On most guitars, you can capo 5 strings with just a normal capo slid over, and this one usually can't handle just 4 strings.

SOLD OUT

G7 Newport #5

G7 "Newport" #5

clamps 5 outer strings, from either side

Attractive, low profile,easy to reach around, good tone from rubber.
Very poor string clearance, hits bass string if you use it at higher frets. Easy to bump out of position.
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K-Lever White capo

Kyser "K-Lever" Open A Capo

clamps 3 inner strings, from either side

Very fast operation, can store on headstock or strap. Lever clamps 2 strings under capo. Can also use at frets 4, 5 7. Does some very interesting things.
Expensive. Can get in your way. Tricky to operate lever. Calls attention to itself.

$34.95

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K-Lever Blue capo

Kyser "K-Lever" Esus Capo

clamps 3 inner strings, from either side

 

Very fast operation, can store on headstock or strap. Lever clamps 1 string under capo. Can also use at frets 4, 5 7.
Expensive. Can get in your way. Tricky to operate lever.

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K-Lever Green capo

Kyser "K-Lever" Drop E Capo

Clamps 5 strings on bass or treble side

May possibly clamp only 4 strings

Fast operation, can store on headstock or strap, nice tone. Lever clamps 1 string under capo. Can also use at frets 4, 5 7.
Expensive. Can get in your way. Tricky to operate lever.

$34.95

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K-Lever Red capo

Kyser "K-Lever"Double Drop E Capo

clamps 4 inner strings, from either side

 

Fast operation. Good tone. Lever clamps 1 string under capo. Can also possibly use at frets 4, 5 7.
Expensive. Can get in your way. Tricky to operate lever. This configuration is not as widely used as others.

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Woodie's G Band 1

Woodie's "G-Band"

Model 1

single outer string

Very low-profile, easy to reach around. Capos either E string at any fret. Can sometimes use to capo 5th stringof a banjo.
Sometimes wiggles off, does not fit wide necks, has trouble higher up on neck around heel.

$14.95

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Woodie's G Band 2

Woodie's "G-Band"

Model 2

2 outer strings

Very low-profile, easy to reach around. Can capo 2 outer strings on either side of fingerboard.
Sometimes slides off, may not fit wide necks, has trouble higher up on neck

$14.95

+ shipping

Harmonic Capo

"Harmonic" Capo

(Universal)

Place above 5,7 or 12th fret to graze strings and sound harmonics. Makes absolutely amazing sounds.
Hard to keep in place- if you bump it or even set it down the pushbuttons can move. May not fit different shape neck heels.

$34.95

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Capo clip

Capo Clip

(various)

Unique, can do things no other capo can do. Comes in several models shaped like E, D, G, C chords. Can be moved around & rotated for new ideas.
Requires another capo to hold it down, small parts fall off and are easy to lose, easy to bump out of position, can be unstable.

we dont sell this one

 

Transpo Capo

"Transpo" Capo

clamps 3 inner strings + full capo, from bass side only

Essentially a full capo and an Esus welded together, 2 frets apart. Allows very fast access to Esus configuration in keys of E, F, F# and G
Cannot flip around to form A chord, only works on a few frets, and does not work well on short or long-scales. Spring mechanism weakens. Expensive.

NOT AVAILABLE

Transpo Capo

"Voice" Capo

pushbuttons over every fret can lock down

Does things nothing else can do.
Does not attach very securely (velcro) and has trouble accomodating different fingerboard widths and string spacings. Blocks 4 frets of your fingerboard, and looks pretty odd. Expensive.

NOT AVAILABLE