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Newest Review: ... 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... more
Simple Yet Brilliant
Gear SCPM-F Capo Flat
Member Name: andyoz
Gear SCPM-F Capo Flat
Advantages: Easy To Use, Cheap
Disadvantages: Sharp Edges
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.
Summary: A Fantastic Capo