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Guitarists: Do you use your capo for both acoustic and electric?

Asked by whitetigress (3129points) November 13th, 2011

Or might you have two separate ones? Do you read into the diameter and measurements before purchasing? I’m considering buying a “cheapy” capo from eBay. Thoughts?

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Strauss's avatar

I used to use a capo on my 12-string. on the second fret, and tune all strings a full step low. The logic behind this, I had been led to believe, was to be able to play in the standard tuning, but lessen the tension of the strings on the guitar. The last 15 years or so, I have not been using the capo at all. I have also used lighter gauge strings, especially for those tuned higher. I have not noticed any significant difference in either the sound or the wear on the guitar or strings.

I don’t play much electric guitar, and don’t see any reason to use a capo, unless it is to use a specific voicing for chords, especially the highest note.

As far as a “cheapy”, as long as it bars the strings on the fret without damaging the back of the neck, I say what’s the difference? I’ve never purchased a capo online, and would hesitate to do so without some sense of how it feels and sounds.

digitalimpression's avatar

I use a capo on acoustic guitars only. It could just be my style of play though. On the electric I like to have every fret available for play without a capo in my way. Were I to want a capo for my electric, I would just use the one I already have for the acoustic.. which is a pretty standard plastic capo.

YoBob's avatar


IMHO, capos are for wussies. Learn to transpose!

zensky's avatar

I don’t use a “cheater” as Don Everly calls it.

Ayesha's avatar

Only acoustic.

tedd's avatar

I have had no issues using my capo on my acoustic, or any number of electrics when the situation calls for it.

dannyc's avatar

I try to avoid a capo and just learn the chords that I need. Except when doing a cover when I use whatever the original artist did. Almost always acoustic.

Eroundy12's avatar

I found its way easier to use bar chords or just transposing instead of using a capo. But if you chose to use a capo… You would only need one unless you’re very talented and can play both guitars at the same time. ”)

whitetigress's avatar

Guys my question isn’t asking whether I should or shouldn’t use a capo. I really don’t care for your opinions. I can play bar chords perfectly fine, it’s also fun to mess around with capo. All I need to know is if you guys use the capo for both your acoustic and electric.

Eroundy12's avatar

You can use the same capo you use on your acoustic on your electric. There’s no need to have a separate one for electric. Also, you’ll find that it worth it to just get the regular capo instead of the cheapy kind.

whitetigress's avatar

@Eroundy12 What would you say the difference is between THIS and one from a Guitar Center for like 20 bucks?

Eroundy12's avatar

Idk which kind you’re talking about from the guitar center… But if it’s the same type, I don’t think it matters how much you spend on it as long as it’s not cheaply made. I would just get the clamp capos, not the cheap wrap-around capos. They last longer and are easier and faster to deal with

ScurvyChamp's avatar

I object to people referring to Capos as cheating! If I were to tune my guitar into open C major (CGCGCE)—many of the strings would be far too loose unless I used a capo up the neck.

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