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Shubb Deluxe Series GC-30 (S1) Acoustic Guitar Capo - Stainless Steel
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- Distinctive capo design that has been loved and trusted by musicians for over 35 years
- Unique among adjustable capos, with Shubb you can "set it and forget it"- no need to reset the pressure with each use
- Locking and removing is as simple as flipping the lever
- Custom-made rubber works just like a fingertip and effortlessly keeps your guitar in tune
- To learn more about this product, see our Product Description below
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From the manufacturer
Presenting the Shubb Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Capo S1
Crafted of solid stainless steel to resist nicks and scratches, and combined with the specially designed rubber, patented roller-ball and thumbscrew mechanism, this capo will function smoothly and accurately, and look just as beautiful years from now as it does today. Try one for your acoustic guitar and you will immediately see why Shubb Capos are the best - period!
How It Works
Shubb Capos work on an 'over-center' locking principle. If you've used one, you know the feeling. As you close the capo onto the neck, it passes through a point of greatest resistance (the center), and then relaxes somewhat into its locked position. All Shubb Capos are designed to provide just the right amount of pressure applied in the closed position for the truest tone.
It is a well-known fact that if a capo is too tight, it can stretch the strings out of tune. Most players understand that there is a 'just right' amount of pressure for best capoing, too. It is this basic thought premise that led Shubb to their original innovative designs. Most designs incorporate a unique over-center locking mechanism that provides an unrivalled combination of power, speed, accuracy and ease of use. One smooth flip of the lever locks it securely in place, and removes it just as quickly.
Best for Intonation
And the Shubb capo is BY FAR the best at eliminating the tuning problems that can occur when in use. Its soft, resilient rubber is specially designed to work just like a fingertip, so it doesn't bend the strings over the frets. Its closing action is just like your hand, so it doesn't pull the string off center. As a result, no re-tuning is necessary!
More About Shubb
The Shubb Capo Company began in California in 1974, when Dave Coontz and I collaborated to design and produce our own fifth string capo for banjo. Before that, I worked as a professional 5-string banjo player and teacher, and Dave was an auto mechanic and a banjo student of mine. One night at his lesson, I was talking about my dissatisfaction with existing methods of capoing the fifth string. I described an idea that I had for a fifth string capo that operated on a lever principle, so that it would provide sufficient pressure for a good tone, and ranted about how I couldn't get anyone in the music products trade interested in making one. Finally, he said, 'If nobody else will make you one, I will.' From that conversation, the Original Banjo Capo was introduced. Soon after, that same innovative spirit was applied to the guitar capo and in 1980 the Original Shubb Guitar Capo was developed. From then on, capos were elevated to a whole new level. In 1998 the Shubb Deluxe pushed the envelope again. Many people thought that the original Shubb could not be improved, but with the Deluxe we introduced upgrades in materials, design, geometry and ergonomics. It became the flagship product of our line and continues to influence every new design we create.
Attention to Detail
What makes the Shubb capo so special?
For one thing, its ingenious design: its patented over-center locking action provides an unrivalled combination of power, speed, accuracy and ease of use. One smooth flip of the lever locks it securely in place, and removes it just as quickly. As a result, no re-tuning is necessary! Quality through and through, each capo is precisely machined and carefully hand assembled, and manufactured without compromise. Simply holding one in your hand conveys a sense of quality. Snapping it solidly onto a guitar neck or sliding up the 5-string of your banjo, in about one second, and then playing without having to retune will confirm its reputation for excellence.
- Crafted of stainless steel, its roller mechanism provides ultimately smooth operation
- Stainless steel resists wear and nicks
- The new roller further reduces wear, while adding smoothness to the opening and closing action. The roller engages in a track, ensuring precise alignment
- The re-styled lever is easier to handle while opening and closing
- The closing action is more uniform, closing with the same feel and requiring less adjustment between thicker and thinner parts of the neck
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Shubb GC-30 Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Capo
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I've been using a spring clamp style capo for years because they're cheap and they work. However, this Shubb GC-30 is simply a better design. It's easy to get on and off, and it's easy to adjust the pressure. I don't strum terribly hard (and I usually finger pick). With this capo, the strings are not compressed to the fret board. With my spring clamp capos, they are invariably pressed all the way down which leads to some slight tuning issues.. not a problem if I'm playing alone, but it's been and issue when recording or playing with others.
I don't particularly understand the complaints/caveats regarding the time it takes to move the capo or put it on. It takes less than 5 seconds. The only time I could ever see this being an issue is if you need to change the capo positioning mid-song or in a medley.
Lastly, this capo looks more stylish than the spring clamp capos because of its minimalist design.
Disclaimer: I keep my action fairly low. But I do use medium strings.
I have a mega-$ Santa Cruz acoustic so I actually emailed the Santa Cruz Guitar Co. for a capo recommendation. They told me to get a Shubb. To be honest, I'd never heard of them and had never seen them in the music stores in my area. I ordered one up and couldn't be happier with it. I had previously spent $30 on a capo thinking a more expensive one *must* be better. Faulty logic.
The only thing required for using this capo is, when moving it from say, the first fret to a higher fret where the thickness of the guitar neck increases slightly, you must tighten the finger screw to account for the difference in guitar neck thickness for the best clamping force. Easily done.
If you are thinking about trying out a new style of capo because you are unsatisfied with you current one, or if you are a first timer looking for a reliable and affordable option, definitely go with this one!
I don't really have anything to compare it to, but I feel like I made the right choice. Would recommend.