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SpiderCapo Standard Tuning Capo

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  • Easily dial in any open tunings on any standard guitar
  • Unlimited application for all styles of music
  • An invaluable creative tool for singer/songwriters
  • Weighs less than an ounce
  • Change tunings without de-tuning your guitar
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4 x 1.2 inches ; 0.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004ZELFWY
  • Item model number: SPICAPO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,764 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 16, 2004

Product Description

SpiderCapo Standard Tuning Capo

The SpiderCapo Alternative Tuning Capo gives the guitarist countless new options for making music!

Leagues beyond conventional capos, the SpiderCapo Standard comes on the scene with a variety of new ways to look at guitar playing. When attached you can choose which strings you want to lock into place and which ones to leave open so you can play countless tuning possibilities without the need to d-tune your guitar. Unlike d-tuning your instrument, you can continue to play standard chords so it's easy to work with. Play above or below the SpiderCapo for limitless options that will astonish your friends and fans.

The SpiderCapo Standard can be used on a classical, electric, acoustic steel and nylon guitars.


Features:
  • Fits all guitar fingerboards
  • Unlimited application for all styles of music
  • An invaluable creative tool for singer/songwriters
  • Weighs less than an ounce
  • Change tunings without de-tuning your guitar
  • Change tunings while playing
  • Finger above and below the capo
  • Play all the bar chords and riffs you already know
  • Play unlimited new chords, not possible with standard tuning
  • Play melodies with open string accompaniment
  • Use easily in live performance
  • Explore new tunings, keys, harmonies, and textures

Customer Reviews

The Spider Capo does what it claims and is constructed very well.
vanhayden
I could not get the capo close enough to the fret to actually have it press the string down and completely eliminate a sawbuzzing effect in the top E and B strings.
Dan Marshall
I especially like being able to play the open strings above and below the capo which is a cool and unique feature the spider capo allows.
JDV

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Burns on March 28, 2011
This is an interesting concept, but after purchasing one, reading the instructions very carefully, then trying it out on a high-quality steel string acoustic guitar...

Take it from a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist, this capo is unusable in the extreme for live performance. The hassle of placement/removal makes it unusable right out of the package. Then the dreadful intonation it brings to the strings requires very time consuming adjustment for each fret position; actually, I've yet to get good intonation at all on the lower frets. Finally, add the fact that a guitar's string spacing gets wider as you move up the neck and the Spider Capo has to have each peg adjusted for each individual string. Ouch!

In my 35 years of live performance experience, the best quick-change capo is still the old faithful Kyser, and the best intonation capo is the Shubb. Put those two together, and you've got a very workable and versatile live performance setup for alternate and "third-hand" tunings. If you're a lightning fast finger-picking madman virtuoso (I'm not), just go for a set of standard and variously shortened capos and use as needed. But in all honesty, retuning every string on the guitar between songs is faster than placing/removing and adjusting the Spider Capo.

Blowing $29.00 on something you'll experiment once and then put on a shelf is, IMHO, a waste of $29.00. In theory, the Spider Capo seems like a great idea. In practice, it just doesn't work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zen on December 25, 2009
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The spider capo is exceptionally versatile for those who love to experiment with their tunings without having to constantly readjust strings. It opens up a whole new world of sounds. Originally I was looking for just a 3-string "half" capo, but why go for the 3 string capo when you can use the spider to capo 1 string, 6 strings or anything in between? It's well built too. One word of warning - read the instructions! To enhance stability, the spider capo uses small tabs that rest just on top of the fretboard, but if you tighten the capo and don't pay attention to what you're doing, those tabs can dig into the side of your neck. So pay attention!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Randy L. on November 9, 2013
The product I bought seemed OK as for quality. It performed as advertised and I had some fun playing with some alternate tunings. Unfortunately, there were two major problems for me. First, there was excessive glue on the leather - this glue had dried and became very hard thereby making permanent dimples on the sides of my guitar neck. Second, it did not give "true" alternate tunings - the sounds were always duller and less resonant than just tuning the guitar to the appropriate pitch. I cannot recommend this product.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dan Marshall on April 29, 2011
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I was disappointed with this product. I have two guitars, a Gibson Les Paul and a Martin acoustic, and I could not get this to work on either of them. First of all, I have marks on the neck of my brand new Martin from using this. It's not *bad*, but it's noticeable to me. I could not get the capo close enough to the fret to actually have it press the string down and completely eliminate a sawbuzzing effect in the top E and B strings. I had this problem on both guitars. There is a metal lip that sticks out from the capo, which is designed to stop it from going down any further. I considered using a dremel to remove this, but ultimately I just returned the product to Amazon. It's a shame, because the idea is pretty neat but the execution is rather poor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ashraf A. Dawod on September 26, 2012
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As a singer/songwriter, you always try to find ways to improve your craft, this spider capo is brilliant.

It comes with a tiny cheat/cheat of the common placements for you to start out with. I've had a lot of fun playing with it, and I'm looking forward to what other crazy chord combo I will be able to come up with.

It does take a few minutes once you get it to figure out how to properly install it, but once you have that "A-ha" moment, your pretty much good to go.

Absolutely love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JeremyE on January 10, 2011
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It's worth the price. I think there could be some improvements, but overall loving it. What's cool is the hours of experimenting and just messing around with it for anyone (beginner to expert) as well as being able to play some legit music. Some improvements would be making it a bit easier to take off the neck. You'll need to use some force taking it off, and sometimes the moveable tabs that hold the strings down need some adjustment after some heavy playing.
My advice is to make the purchase if you've been playing for a little while but not at a high level and want some different sounds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Florizel on November 8, 2013
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I bought one of these and had a bit of fun with it. I think the concept is great, but the execution is a bit weak. The plastic parts are not that easy to adjust and do not stay in place all that well. But the big problem, as another reviewer noted, is the intonation. I would say that four out of six widgets give something close to an acceptable sound, but widget 1 and 6 tend to have problems. The string does not ring clear, especially on low "e," which sounds dull. I wanted to be fair to this company, which has an interesting product, so I just worked on it again for a while to make sure that critique is valid. It is.

This product belongs to a uniquely frustrating category: things that almost work. You can do things with the SpiderCapo that you can't do with other capos, and it gives you some neat effects that are a lot of fun. But because the ultimate sound quality is not going to be there, you can't really record what you come up with or perform live with it because you just aren't "there" with the sound. Who wants a lovely chord or riff that has a dull bottom note?

That said, if you restrict yourself to the middle four strings, the device works at an acceptable level, though even then I have the impression that the intonation is not brilliant (after working with this device for a while, you start to doubt your own judgment on intonation, and my ear is not that of a professional musician or gifted amateur, so I'm hedging here).

I think this is a very promising device, and I would be willing to pay more money for a solider version with quality parts and construction. If you ever bought a Shubb, you know what I am talking about when I say "quality" and "solider." I wish Shubb would buy the idea from these folks and bring out a version which has Shubb precision and endurance. That would be a match made in musical heaven. But until then, I can't really recommend this device.
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