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Capos have come along way, from a poor man’s way to change the key of a song without having to learn new chord shapes to an essential tool for songwriting and performance.
With a strong spring mechanism to solidly clamp down strings, the rosewood finish on the Kyser Capo we tested (other finishes are available) hides the alloy construction. The back side has a clear rubber insert that is non marring or harmful for finishes of all types. Regardless of position of the neck, it can totally transform the guitar’s sound, without buzzes or any adjustments.
While it is meant for acoustic guitars, meaning the spring has stronger tension for the heavier strings, and the larger necks most acoustics have, it can work just as well for electrics.
There are trends to make a capo a multi-use piece, with tuners, pick holders, bottle openers, etc. Kyser’s design and approach is simple; it’s a capo, it’s well made, and it works. Period. With a street price of about $15, one of these should be in every guitar case. (When it’s time to hit the road, don’t forget these must-have accessories for your tour van)