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SpiderCapo Standard Tuning Capo

4.1 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
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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 Description

If alternate and open tunings are your thing, then you need this killer capo from Creative Tunings. Sure, you can use the Spider Capo as a standard 6-string capo on your electric or acoustic axe. But, check this out: what you have here is basically an individual capo for each string - packed into one awesome spidery-looking guy. See, each capo element has its own lever, so you can change tunings on the fly. Plus, the mounting mechanism makes it super easy to move the Spider Capo up and down your guitar's neck. The result? Hundreds of tunings! Play in open tunings without the time-consuming tuner twiddling. Go from standard to open to custom tunings almost instantly. Wow!

Product Information

Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 6.6 x 4 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B004ZELFWY
Item model number SPICAPO
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4.1 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,503 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#118 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Capos
#492 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > General Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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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

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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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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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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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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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The picture makes the capo look all metallic and neat
It's all plastic.
Worst of all: i used a snark tuner to test when the strings were in tune when the pins pushed onthe strings.
it was too tricky. I got annoyed.

This thing was very light and sliding the pins into the right place was easy enough but not fast

i returned it. im going to wait for someone to make a better version of this capo.
for now i just stick to my own capo.
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I can agree for the most part with all the reviews here, both giving credit to to the positive reviews and those that are no so much.

I became interested in this capo after watching Brian Gore play with one many years ago when these first came out. I thought it was cool that there was a device that could let you change the pitch of a string on the fly- making for some creative possibilities over and above just using these for alternate tunings.

The product is really cool in that you can pretty much get any tuning you want- and if you can't, you can even use 2 at a time (as Brian Gore has demonstrated). It works well for me but I must agree with reviewers here that it is not a user friendly product. Fortunately I'm a couch player right now and have all the time I need to tweak this- problem is you need a lot of it. Once you get the device to clamp on the instrument then you must also position the legs. If you don't get them just right you will have buzz and intonation problems. I've been playing for over 20 years and cannot tell when the device is properly set up that there are intonation problems. However, I know that my ear is not as good as some people (there are folks who are hired to work with luthiers and as techs in shops because of an ear so good it is nearly a curse) so that is not a slap to those who complain about intonation- I'm just saying that I cannot hear it when I finally get the device to behave.

Just like playing the guitar itself- you will get better at setting this capo up as you practice. Instead of buying a cut capo for a song I want to learn or cutting one up myself (think Trace Bundy), I will just try to get more adept to using this. Conceptually it is the most amazing capo ever made and will get better in future generations.
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