View Full Version : Anyone ever made a guitar capo?

08-03-2012, 09:23 PM
I was looking to make a guitar capo (holds the strings down on the neck of the guitar) out of brass. Has anyone attempted this before?


08-03-2012, 10:23 PM
I made one about 60 years ago. the body/clamp was wood, but the press was a brass plate with a peice of felt glued to it. I added the felt because the brass on the strings gave me more of a ring than I wanted.


08-03-2012, 10:34 PM
I tried to make a couple Planet Waves style capos. Got the geometry slightly wrong, the springs I made didn't work right, and the rubber I had wasn't hard enough. They didn't work as well as the store bought version. Otherwise, they turned out perfect.

08-03-2012, 10:58 PM
I actually have made quite a few flamenco capos,and several fancy steel ones. By now I've forgotten how to post pictures from photobucket,though.

08-04-2012, 09:50 AM
Back when I wore a teenager's clothes and the Beatles hadn't played Ed Sullivan yet, us neighborhood boys just used a pencil and a couple rubber bands.:D

Frank Ford
08-04-2012, 10:35 AM
Before you design and make one for yourself, you should visit the STERNER CAPO MUSEUM: http://www.sternercapo.se/Capomuseum/

08-05-2012, 03:16 PM
If I had to do this, I'd make a 2-part mechanism. One part would be U-shaped, to fit the guitar's neck closely. It would have arms that stick up on both sides of the neck. At the end of the arms, rings. Through the rings, a cam clamping piece. A quick half turn and it would be clamped.

08-06-2012, 03:55 AM
I've never built one. Never considered it because my favorite capo ( the Kyser) is only 26$ CAD. I have 2 or 3 in different anodized colors to matc differrent finshes of my various and assorted flat tops.