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For those of you who are familiar with how a guitar works, you will know that a capo is a simple yet vital piece of equipment. For those of you who are not aware, let me explain. A capo is a simple tool that you can place anywhere on the neck of your guitar. It lies flat across the strings and basically changes the sound your guitar makes. The further down the neck you place the capo, the higher the notes you produce will sound. A capo is used for playing certain songs that require a different higher tone. The reality is that when playing an acoustic guitar, the vast majority of songs are played using a capo, hence it is a very important tool for any guitarist to use.
The capo that I have been using on a regular basis for the past ten or so years is this one. The Gear SCMP-F Capo Flat. That's rather a complex name for something so simple, so for the purpose of this review I will simply call it the flat capo. The great thing about the Flat capo is how simple it is to use. Over the years I have seen and used many different capos. I've bought a few myself and also when I get passed a guitar at some kind of social gathering, I've seen the ones other people use. On occasion I've been handed a guitar and told to capo up to the third fret or some similar lingo and due to the complexity of the capo I've had to sheepishly ask how to use it. The reality is that some of these little tools are so oddly designed that they seem like complex puzzles.
This is where the flat capo comes into it's own. You simply wrap the chord round the neck of the guitar and then clamp it in place. You can adjust how tight it sits and it can be used on guitars with thicker or thinner necks. Very simple and yet very effective. That's another thing about capos, you want them to work. The idea of one coming undone mid song is truly horrific. If this did occur you would have to put down your guitar, recover the capo that had pinged off somewhere and then start all over again. I've only ever once seen this happen to be honest, a young man was using a ridiculously trendy looking capo and sure enough mid song off it pinged. The flat capo never comes loose and never moves from where you clamp it in place.
Another great thing about the flat capo is the price. You can pick these up for just a few pounds. I actually have three of them as I often misplace them, so it's handy to have a few spares. They have all lasted very well and although I don't exactly play my guitar non stop every day, they have seen a fair bit of use over the years and they don't in any way seem to show it.
So overall I would have to say the Flat capo is really impressive. It does no look all that good and that is perhaps the only downside, but for price, effectiveness and most importantly simplicity of use it simply can't be beaten. If you play guitar and are looking for a new capo then this one comes highly recommended.
This was the first kind of Capo I owned when I first began playing the guitar, it was the one always offered to you in music shops & was among the cheaper options, yet still well made, making it ideal for a beginner. Probably among the simpler designs, this is nonetheless an effective design, the manual fastening design means it will fit any guitar you will come across.
A capo changes the key of the guitar, effectively doing what your first finger would do when playing a barre chord, thus giving you a different set of notes in a different key.
If you look in a music shop or online, you'll find a range of options when choosing a Capo, the more expensive styles tend to be a 'clamp' type design which locks smoothly over the strings. I find this type to be preferable nowadays & tend to invest in a more expensive Capo now. Yet, for around the first 5 years I played guitar, I used this exact design & was always happy with the results. Yet I think the manual fastening actually produces a less firm hold over the strings, and as such I found myself re-adjusting the capo a lot more when using this style. It was much more open to being knocked out of position. I use a Shubb capo now & it doesn't budge at all unless you intentionally remove it.
Another issue is that the material used to fasten the capo does wear out, after a couple of years of intense use mine would always come loose & need replacing. So in the end I decided to buy a more expensive product that wouldn't wear out in a few years time. I've had my current Shubb capo around 5 years I think.
No matter what level of ability you are, you're probably going to need a Capo at some stage, and while there are myriad cheap options on the market, one of these won't cost you much & will last you a good while & play well during that time. There are better options on the market, but this is a good product nonetheless & it definitely has it's place, some people won't want to spend a lot on what is essentially a basic piece of equipment.
A brilliant capo for a fantastic price and does what it says on the tin! I bought this as my first capo for my guitar about a year ago and was very impressed with it. It is still in very good shape and I still use it time for time. I bought a trigger capo since but this is very helpful for me as a spare one if my other capo is in a different room and i just have this one lying on the table next to me. It sits one the neck of the guitar well and holds the strings down well, giving you a nice clear sound instead of a clangy one. The only downside about this capo for me is that i personally find it quicker and easier to use a trigger style one because if you need to move the capo up a fret for example you have to take the capo off with this one and put it back on the fret you want it on. With a trigger one though you can just press it in and slide it up a fret very quickly. Still very good though would recommend to someone who isn't too bothered about the downside i mentioned.
If you're not familiar with the exciting world of guitar accessories, you may well wonder what a 'capo' is. A capo is simply a device which allows you to change the pitch of the chords that you're playing. This is done for a number of reasons, but for beginners it's often so that a song can be transposed into an easier set of chords than the natural key.
Capos usually take the form of clamp which closes across the strings of your guitar - the cheaper capos are often made of an elasticated material whilst the pricer ones are predominantly metal. Today i'm taking a look at the Gear SCPM-F, which is available from Amazon marketplace for under a pound (+ £1.50 postage & packaging). The Capo is a hybrid of the aforementioned cheap plastic style and the pricier metal style - but how good is it?
Design and Specification
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First off, it's important to note that the capo will fit all standard widths of guitar neck including acoustic and electric models. Fitting the capo is simple - well, it's simple after you've done it a couple of times! Make sure that the flat rubber bar is in contact with the strings, and then pull the fabric section around the guitar neck and onto one of the notches. In terms of its construction, the product feels *fairly* well made, although for the low price you can excuse the fact that it's only partly metal.
The Capo in Use & Final Word
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Regarding its performance, the capo works especially well - it's one of the better cheap capos that i've used (and i've used some terrible ones in the past!). In terms of the downsides, you will need to remove and re-stretch the product around the guitar's neck every fifteen minutes or so of use (otherwise it can slightly slacken, creating a jangly-type sound when you strum) - however, this isn't that much of an issue, as it only takes a couple of seconds to re-adjust. Overall, the Gear SCPM-F capo is an effective device which is available for a highly respectable price.
What's a capo?
Well basically its a simple device used to "clamp" down the strings of the guitar on to a particular fret, this then enables the guitar to be played at a higher set of notes. This is particularly useful if the vocalist wants to sing in a higher register. This simple to use tool can be adjusted and placed in accordance to your needs anywhere on the neck of your instrument. This results in a highly versatile tool that benefits not only the guitarist, but also the accompanying musicians and the vocalist. There are a mind boggling amount of capo's available on the market. I have in fact reviewed another one very recently. They vary (like everything) in price and quality, and one doesn't necessarily come with the other, by this I mean that just because it costs the earth doesn't mean it's going to be any better than a cheap one. This is because basically it's a simple design with a simple use.
The very first capo I ever used was this model, The Gear SCPM-F Capo Flat. This was the very one I learned to play the guitar using, so it holds some sentimental value for me I guess. The reason I like this one more than the other capo's I have come across, is the fact that it's very easy to use (as was the other one I reviewed previously). Some capo's are quite complicated and take a bit of getting used to when you first get them. This one was as simple as could be. And straight off, I could use it even though I was terrible at playing the guitar itself. As I said some capo's can be complicated, and lots of players like that style, but for me this no bells, no whistles model is my preferred design over the others.
This works by the flat section both pressing down and holding down the strings in the desired position. Then the chord swings around the back of the neck of the guitar and then a simple strong plastic locking mechanism clips to hold the strings down tight. To open the capo you simply just un-clip this plastic lock to realise the strings and the capo itself. There are also five metal teeth that allow the player the room to adjust the capo to the size requirements of the guitar neck as most instruments vary in size.
Once people hear you are into guitars, it's amazing how many of these and their friends you start getting as thoughtful gifts. I have quite a collection of capos now and find this low budget model to be one of if not THE best in the collection. This is down to it's ease of use, sturdy construction and probably most of all, it's amazing value for money. These can be purchased for as little as £1.
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Over the years of playing both acoustic and electric guitars I have acquired, as will have most players, a wide range of devices and gadgets to enhance the various aspects of playing, create new sounds and basically to have fun. One of the most use gadgets has been my range of capos and this Gear's model reviewed within, is perhaps my favourite of the lot.
I have never really used a capo until about 2 years into my playing and this is the third capo in my collection. Each tends to be used on my various different guitars but I have found myself using this on a wider range of guitars than some of my other capo's. Why? For sheer quality.
First things first, this Capo like most models will fit all types of guitar as it has an impressive adjustable strap meaning it can be tied around the neck of any guitar and fit comfortably. One huge selling point here is the fact that because the Capo is so well made, so sturdy and so reliable you can trust it on any guitar whether it be acoustic or electric.
Indeed it is this sturdiness and reliability that makes the device such a joy to use. I have had capos in the past that have slipped, taken ages to tie and felt very slack but that's not the case here. The whole tying and attachment process is so simple and feels so safe you never need have the worry of a capo flying off or sliding mid-gig or during a practice sessions. It's so well crafted this simply will not happen.
As well as being secure the firm design means that the capo does exactly what it should and provide the right pressure on the strings in a balanced, even and firm way to produce the sounds you desire. In terms of consistency and achievement of that perfect sound I seek this hits all the boxes.
As well as catering for the fact that this costs a mere £13.99 in most places and you have a bargain piece of quality gear that you can rely upon to provide you with the best sound and quality in any environment on any guitar.
Brilliantly simple, simply brilliant. A saying that I rarely get the opportunity to use, but if I had to do a four word review of this product, that would be it. However, I will go into a little more detail. If you are not aware what a capo is I will give you a simple explanation first of all. A capo is a device designed to fit onto the neck of a guitar, using a capo changes the sound that the strings make when you play them. It effectively bars the fret for the player thus creating a higher set of notes. There are many songs that require a capo and often a singer will adjust the placing of his or her capo to suit their tone of voice.
If you type capo into Amazon or eBay or any other shopping website, you will see an extensive list of capos appear. They come in all different shapes and sizes, designs and styles. The fact is for some people a capo is a form of fashion accessory for their guitar. They want to it to look good and match the style of their personal guitar. Other capos are very simple and have very basic locking mechanisms.
I have been playing guitar for around fifteen years now. In that time I have come across various different capos, but I always revert to using the same one. The reason for this is due to simplicity. Sometimes I can be at a friends and have a strum on their guitar, when I ask for their capo I sometimes get handed the most unusual contraption. Some people seem to think a good capo is one that will baffle the user and get them to look slightly embraced and ask for some assistance. Some really are that complicated to work out the first time you use them.
So the capo I have been using for over ten years now is this one. The Gear SCPM-F Capo Flat as it is officially known. This is the most simple capo I have ever come across. It fits pretty much any guitar, hold the strings in place well and does exactly what a good capo should do. The design is simplistic and pretty boring really, but for me that is fine.
The way the Gear capo works is simple. There is a flat section which presses down on the strings, then the chords loops around the neck of the guitar, then the plastic section simply locks in place. There are five different metal teeth which allow you to adjust how tight the capo fits and these mean that if you are using a guitar with a wider or thinner neck it will still fit fine. You push the plastic strip down and it locks into place. When you want to remove the capo you simply give it a push at it will spring open.
As I mentioned I have been using this simple little Gear capo for over ten years. In all that time I have never once had any issue with it. It won't unexpectedly spring open mid performance, it won't work it's way lose while you play and it will keep the strings ringing clear throughout use. This is a very solid little capo, it doesn't wear out or start to lose it's strength, it's reliable and durable at the same time.
One thing about capos is that they are easily lost. I tend to leave mine at people's houses, on the beach, by a campfire or find them three years later hidden under the couch. I say I have been using this capo for over ten years but the truth of the matter is that I have been using a few of the same make for over ten years. In that time I have probably bought around ten of these little capos, that is another wonderful benefit of these though. They are dirt cheap! I think the first one I bought was in a music shop and cost me around £3. But now you can easily get them online for around £1, so they really aren't going to sting your pocket, even if you do lose them on a regular basis.
The only downside I can realistically think of to make this a more balanced well rounded out review is that they bloomin hurt when you step on them! Those metal teeth bite into your foot if you are not looking where you are putting your feet. The obvious solution to the problem is not to leave them lying around on the floor, or invest in a good pair of slippers.
The more capos I see the more it baffles me as to why people don't simply buy a good quality cheap one like this. A capo is a very basic piece of guitar equipment but it is one that pretty much everyone who owns a guitar will need. So I suppose that is probably why there is such a vast choice when it comes to capos, people like to be different and they like to have options.
For me personally though simplicity is king. I have never seen a more simple design for a capo, I have never seen a cheaper capo on the market and I have never seen an easier to use capo. For those three reasons I will more than likely still be using this capo in ten years time. It's cheap, reliable and does everything you would want a capo to do. So once again I will say it, the Gear SCPM-F Capo Flat is brilliantly simple, simply brilliant.
The Gear SCPM-F Capo is what i like to call after my 10 years of playing the guitar and musical knowledge a "beginner" capo. A capo is a device that clips onto the fret board to shorten the amount of string that is vibrated which in turn will higher the pitch which is helpful for playing notes higher up the fret board, especially on classical or acoustic guitars.
There are a wide variety of different capo's available on the market all for under £20 and all have different qualities. Gear's capo is a simplistic easy to use design and perfect for practising and gigging.
It consists of a rubber block (which pushes gently down on the string to cause no damage. A strap with a plastic clip which fits into the metal ridged locking mechanism on top of the main body of the capo. (See image above) the strap is then pulled around the neck of the guitar and securely clipped into the metal grove to secure it in place.
As this is used as a beginner capo it does have some draw backs. The strap and clip has a tendency to come lose which will change the pitch and sound of the guitar, and make it sound of tune. Another problem i have faced with this product is that after a while the strap becomes less tightened and due to the constant tightening up and it being released of pressure then regaining it, it begins to become weaker and harder to provide a tight fit. At this point i would recommend upgrading your capo.
I advise all guitarists that are begging to use a capo should get one of these; they are cheap and do last for a fair amount of time. Making them good practise to use. However they do after a while begin to bend and become un usable so an upgrade or replacement will be necessary.
I recommend this to my friends, students and people i practise with and everyone who has used it has been amazed at its quality for the low price and feels its a brilliant starter capo to be using.
A capo is a simple object which shortens the length of string which vibrates, making the guitar sound higher in pitch. This is perfect if you need to change key to better suit your vocal range or you want to play a certain chord shape for a different chord.
This is achieved with this model by clamping a rubber coated metal bar onto the finger board using the connected strap which uses metal teeth to tighten it. The materials used in this capo isn't the best but not the worst. The metal is strong without sharp edges, the plastic and rubber feels quite cheap and is the weak link in the product. This doesn't affect the performance, however I think this may end up affecting the longevity of this product. For the price which was 2-3 pounds I don't think you can expect much more.
A couple of points on the performance of this product are that it takes quite a while to set up this capo, so if quick key changes your better off with the spring loaded clamp types. Also all strings are effected by this capo, if you wish to raise the pitch of only a couple of strings again a spring loaded clamp is needed. One last point is that fret buzz is quite common if you don't quite put it on properly.
I bought my guitar about 10 years ago, having decided to take up a new instrument. I opted for the guitar primarily because it was cheap- my classical model cost just £40- and I figured it would be relatively easy to teach myself. Since then, I've been playing it on and off- it's a great instrument to just pick up and put down whenever the mood takes you. The other advantage of playing classical guitar is that you don't need a lot of expensive equipment, and can get by with as many or few extras as you want, really. Having got by for years with nothing but my trusty guitar, I finally decided to buy a capo a few months ago.
I had no idea what to expect when looking up capos on Amazon, but was pleased to find that they were pretty inexpensive- the vast majority were under £20, and there were several for just a few pounds. I knew I would need a flat capo for my classical guitar, but had no idea whether to go for an expensive metal clippy one, or one of the dirt cheap wraparound ones. In the end, I decided on the latter- not being a serious guitarist, I was more than happy to get a very basic model, as long as it did the job and didn't fall apart on me too quickly! This Stagg capo cost just £1.99.
When the capo arrived, my lack of knowledge became glaringly obvious- I had no idea how to put it on! After a couple of false starts (including trying to put it on upside down!), I eventually figured it out. The rubber pad on the underside of the notched metal bit (see pic) is designed to sit against the strings, while the thick fabric strap wraps around the fretboard and the attached T-shaped metal bar then slots into one of the notches on top. It's a lot simpler than it sounds, and once you get the hang of it, it's very quick to put it on. It also works quite effectively- once on, it stays put.
There are, however, a couple of drawbacks to this capo. The first is that the strap has to be frequently readjusted to ensure you get a very tight fit against the strings- if it's not tight enough, the guitar sounds muted, buzzes and is out of tune. Because the fretboard is wider at the top, moving it down several frets means that it will become loose and need to be tightened up to get the best sound. Having several notches to clip the T-bar into sounds like a good idea, but I find that it's more effective to just tighten up the strap. Unfortunately, this isn't easy when the capo's on, so I have to unclip it first and then estimate the adjustment needed to get the perfect fit for each fret. On the plus side, the simple buckle on the strap makes adjusting it fairly straightforward.
The other downside is that the capo doesn't seem particularly hardy or durable. In the few months that I've been using it, it's become slightly curved, making it harder to get an even pressure on all the strings when it's in place. The only way around this is to ensure that it fits very tightly, but I suspect having to wrestle it forcefully into place might just be making the problem worse.
While I can't foresee this capo having a particularly long lifespan, I've been happy with it overall- it does the job and, despite a couple of niggles, is well worth its low price. I'd recommend this to anyone who just wants a capo for light use, although I don't think it would be suitable for a serious guitarist.