February 7, 2012 by Tim
capo (short for capotasto, Italian for “head of fretboard”)
I had no idea that capo was short for something, I guess you can learn new things when you get old!!
Any who…I actually was able to convince G7th to give me this capo at NAMM 2011 and I figured I should actually write about it instead of just keeping it around staring at me all accusingly like.
A capo is a capo is a capo right? well I don’t know, this one is very different from the others I have used. For many years I used one of those spring loaded ones, kind of like a clothes pin design, and it worked fine. I have also had the elastic kinds to when I played more guitar. Both worked, but you had very little control of how hard they squeezed the neck and fret board.
This is different since it has no springs and you can put it on at whatever pressure you choose, and that is most defiantly different than any other I know of, at least for a ukulele.
So you know this is sold as a banjo capo, so when you go searching for one you will not be driven crazy looking for the ukulele version.
Fits Soprano – Baritone
Weight: 1.9 OZ
Span: 1 5/8″
First look: (5) It looks like a little bird skull, I like that in a sick way. It is very sleek and looks very well made. When it is on a uke it also looks really nice and almost hidden from the front view
Fit and Finish: (5) I have had this for a year sitting on my desk. I play with it all the time, by that I mean I am opening and closing it and pulling on it, and it has not broken yet. Since it is heavy it seems to be built really strong. No failures yet.
Sound Type: I found that it does not change the sound, except pitch. I was a little worried since it had pretty soft rubber.
Intonation: (Depends) You can mess with intonation. if you press it to tight it will throw some ukes off. That being said, that is the best feature. you can make it as tight or soft as you need it to be
Sustain: (Depends) Seemed to not do anything to sustain.
Neck Radius Depth: (1.5″) it can accommodate a 1.5″ thick neck. Most are less than 1″ at the thickest.
Tuning: (No) I would say no to tuning with it on. it has no way for the strings to slide under, like some capos that use rubber wheels per string.
Comfort: (3) This thing is heavy for its size, but once on the ukulele it is fine. My issue is that it can be a little bulky to play with when you need to get to frets near it. I have to angle it a little to make it so that I am not moving it to much. I may have big hands to.
Smell: Rubber and Metal Plating.
Someone said to me when I told them that the capo retails at $40 “I paid less for my first ukulele than that capo!!” Granted that is a low end uke, it does say something about how much it is, but………..You get what you pay for. This is a heavy duty, road ready capo. I am going to buy one when this one leaves my house (It goes to the winner of the Going Acoustic Ukulele Challenge)
Truly a nice capo that I have really enjoyed having in my case when I was too lazy to switch keys of a song, or it just was too hard to play in a key that sounded good with my voice. Take it or leave it. for some it is worth the money, for others they may have a hard time justifying the cost.
All Rating on a scale of 1-5
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|Fit and Finish||5|
|Sound Type||No Change|
|Neck Radius Depth||1.5″|
|Smell||Rubber and Metal Plating.|
Places to buy on the web:
Hard time finding places that sell this uke. Found one lace that has a case just like it, but I know Ohana does not put their name on the cases.