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So I was looking around for a guitar capo to just do a guitar capos job, no thrills or spills, just simply press down the strings I want pressed down etc.. This is the one I chose a year or so ago and while being a little too expensive for me at £15 at first, this will last me as long as I play guitar, simple. The only noticeable drawback has been the Capos colour has slightly been stripped of its natural black to white, but then again people do pay for relic'd guitars, ha!
There's quite a few capos on the market but none as simple, effective and straight to the point as this one. It's brilliance is in the simplicity of the capo, yes at first I was a skeptic too like many before me were that it wouldn't work once the spring is worn down which would be a matter of weeks not years, but the simple nature of this really does work and it's a very durable thing. All it is effectively is a clamp that holds all 6 (and 4 in my case for various tracks) strings down on a particular fret.
Although some people are skeptical about using it in standard tuning, and I'm guitar myself sometimes of that skepticism. But a capo in alternate tuning is an absolute life saver. There's nothing worse than writing a whole guitar part to a song in some obscure tuning like CGCGB#C and then trying to sing over it and realising it's too low and you need to higher the pitch. This is exactly where a capo and in particular the Jim Dunlop Trigger Capo comes to life, you can easily just put the Capo on whatever fret you need in a matter of seconds, then if that's not to your fancy just slightly open up the Capo and slide to whatever fret you need and clamp it back down again, it's as simple as that and as effective.
Overall, a life saver, easy to use, very durable.
The Jim Dunlop Trigger Capo is put simply a clamp that holds all six strings down on a particular fret. This works by a strong spring like action holding them down to enable the player more freedom to express themselves through their music. The idea being that if the player doesn't have to do it manually and the trigger capo does it for them, this action in turn frees up the player to do more finger work or simply just do the same as they normally would but without the extra effort.
I find this to be a reasonable campo, it does what it is supposed to do and i cant ask for more than that. My only problem is that the devise itself is mostly made of aluminium, although don't worry, as I know that sounds quite scratchy it won't damage your beloved guitar, that would defeat the purpose after all. There are rubber coverings in the important areas for this very reason. They cover the parts that come in contact with the fretboard and the back.
I just don't feel that it is very well made. It cost me £20, I know that's not much, but it feels like it should have cost less. My other Capo's, including the one my studio musician friend gave me feels much more robust.
This particular model is said to be very easy to attach, in fact you are supposed to be able to attach this with only one hand. This statement is true my more robust capo's require two hands to attach and detach. While this is very easy to attach between songs using one hand and the same applies when removing it. It simply clips off with very little effort dew to it's design, this is the best thing about this model of capo's and the main reason I would actually recommend it.
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Jim Dunlop has to be one of the most well known guitar brands out there. I have been using various Jim Dunlop products for well over ten years and it amazes me just how many different bits and bobs you can buy when it comes to the name Jim Dunlop. Obviously the company makes guitars and from me experience they make some pretty good guitar as well, but they also make picks, capos, strings, stands and a various amount of other guitar and music accessories. Jim Dunlop is a good quality name that you can really trust. This particular review though is for a capo made by Jim Dunlop.
The Jim Dunlop Trigger capo is a rather flashy piece of equipment. In case you are not aware of what a capo is it's simply a little device you place on the neck of your guitar to bar the strings. Basically it changes the sound your guitar makes without you actually having do play any differently. Pretty much every guitarist will use one of these at some point and they are something you need when you are playing certain songs and certain types of music.
So this particular capo is pretty basic. The mechanism is simple, you just squeeze it to release or tighten it on the strings and then it holds in place. There is a rubber section which presses on the strings which keeps them secure and at the same time does not damage them in anyway. The capo is easy to adjust and easy to take off or put back on. The whole thing is very solidly built and unless treated very poorly I see no way this one would break.
For me personally this capo represents a rather expensive version of something that could be cheaper. Ironically I actually had one of these for a while and then ended up loosing it. Although I was happy with the performance, due to the fact that they cost going on for £15 I didn't buy another. I now just use a very simple cheap capo which does the job just as well as the Jim Dunlop Trigger capo does.
You can get these in a few different colours so you should find one that matches the style of your guitar. The fact is that this is used to perform a very simple task so if you want a good quality capo that looks good and is fairly impressive then this is one to go for. However, if you are looking for value for money there are far cheaper capos that do the job just as well.
Overall then there is not really much bad I can say about this capo. It does it's job very well and looks slick. The only down side is the price. I had a quick look round online and it seems you can pick one of these up for around £13 but that still makes it quite expensive for what it really is. This was one that I did like when I used it but not one that I will be buying again in the near future.
Finding a good capo is important to any guitarist as it must have the right amount of pressure on the strings and neck but also be easy to use and quick to take on and off.
These capos are great as they clamp well and make sure to hold all of the right strings down. They do not affect the guitar's sound at all, apart from the obvious pitch change. For a guitarist this is important as any less pressure and they may cut a string out from making noise or just create a bad tinny sound. These capos have been made with precision and it seems that the makers really understand what the guitarist needs.
Another high point that is not often seen when it comes to guitar accessories is the fact that it comes in different colours, which is particularly useful if you are a live guitarist and want something to match the guitar it is being used on. It also doesn't look unsightly, and considering the fact it is relatively affordable, it is worth getting one of these instead of a horrible elastic capo. It looks professional and will get the right effect out of guitar, and hopefully the guitarist.
At first I was sceptical about the mechanism for the Jim Dunlop Trigger Capo, but after I realized how simple, accurate and easy to use the clip on function was, I came to the conclusion that this was the best capo I had ever owned. It does not require messing around with screws which easily become lost, fabrics or elastics which easily snap or any of that other faff generally associated with cheapers models.
The capo clips down perfectly well on the strings, and the mechanism means that the position of the capo on the fretboard can be switched in a fraction of a second. The leather on the hook is of very good quality and would take quite possibly decades to begin to perish. The 'handle' part of the trigger also has a number of raised metal bumps on it, which means it is easy to hold and won't slip out of your hand. I've known it to sound perfect, even when poorly positioned due to my own laziness.
It presses down hard on the strings of both acoustic and electric guitars and is sturdy enough to not fly off the fretboard some some capo models I could name. Also, the pressure is such that I am yet to hear a lemon note sound on my guitar. The price of this capo is a few pounds higher than what one might expect to pay, but its wide availability and critical response are a testament to its excellent design. It is well worth paying an extra couple of quid for, as this is a capo that will likely last a lifetime without letting you down. -- It's certainly better than an elastic band wrapped around a HB pencil anyhow. It's also aesthetically pleasing and very simple to use.
This is as an excellent product and I would consider it an essential part of any guitarist's inventory. Brilliant for electric and acoustic alike and not, as it might initially appear, a rip-off.
I have used a range of different capos over the years. From cheap and cheerful to well constructed expensive capos they all do the same thing, but with a diversity of effect.
I've used some that are so cheap and poor that I've actually known them fly off mid song, not good when you're on stage and extreemly frustrating even when playing your favourite songs at home. I would certainly stay away from purchasing a very cheap capo as you'll just end up growing tired of it and making a more expensive purchase in the end.
I have known some expensive capos to be extreemly sterdy and reliable in terms of quality, but can be quite fiddly to put on the guitar.
Overall I would say the Jim Dunlop Trigger strikes the right balance becasue it is incredibly reliable and fit for the task, but is also simple and easy to apply. It maybe seems a little pricy when considering which to buy and you certainly can get capos much cheaper, but in the end its a quality purchase and well worth spending a little more for becasue the only way you'd have to replace this is if you misplaced it somewhere.
A capo is really an essential piece of kit for any guitar player. For begginers a capo opens up the options of songs available to learn as there are so many songs where a capo is used. For more advanced players a capo similarly widens the options, but also allows you to explore different sounds and can be very useful for inspiring people interested in writing songs. You can also play about with other people's songs and really explore different ways of creating interesting cover versions.
Any guitar player should certainly have a capo. If you are making your first purchase, or making a replace purchase then this capo is well worth considering. There are other's available that are also worth considering, but if you get this one you will be happy with it and there should be no need to ever need to replace it.
The Jim Dunlop range of Guitar accessories have always proved to be high quality, effective products each and every time I have been prompted to purchase them. After a bad experience with a material tied/wooden Capo I decided to seek a better alternative and after reading some positive reviews went for this one in a stylish black.
The Kapo works, as players will know, by clipping it onto a selected fret on the neck of a guitar to create a higher pitch and change the notes of the guitar allowing different output. This Kapo clips onto the neck of all three guitars I have tried it on, making it adaptable and flexible, as well as being air tight and solid. Even when dancing around playing guitar this product has stayed firmly in place and not slipped as previous ones had.
The base is metal but the actual connection to the guitar is a soft rubber material that protects the strings. It isn't too hard or coarse as some kapos have been that I have tried which means it wont damage the strings too much. It holds them firmly in place as desired.
The clamp is so easy to use, to remove and add and feels like a well made product which will last a long time.
Generally, the reason for buying this is that you do not want to go for the cheap versions as you will only end up buying this eventually. There is not really much more to say and at £12 it's a bargain as it will expand your guitar repertoire and let you experiment with new sounds.
Trigger Capo from Jim Dunlop
When I was looking to buy a capo, I was very tempted to buy a 'cheapo capo' but I am so glad that I paid a little more and bought this one, it is an absoulte cracker!
It does exactly what you need it to do, mutes all of the strings really well, with no fret buzz as long as you have put it on correctly. It is very flexible capo as if you are carefull, you can set it up to only mute say 4 of the strings, if you want to play some crazy Andy Mckee stuff.
The soft rubbery material that clamps the strings, does a great job of muting the strings without damaging them or the guitar it self. It is also versatile enough to use on a classic, an electric or a regular acoustic.
The best feature of this capo is it's design, the clamp feature is so easy to use, just whack on and whip off, its absolutly hassle free, and easy to do even with one hand! so try and do it mid song for a bit of variety! This clamp design also means you can clip it onto the head of your guitar when not in use, so it is always with you and you will never loose your capo again. (I used to go through capo's like they were going out of fashion before this one!)
Overall, the best capo around, go and buy your self one!
My review of the Jim Dunlop Trigger Capo.
Capos act like an extra finger for a guitarist; they trap all 6 strings at any given fret in a barre, leaving the other fingers free to fret notes/chords as normal. They are used for 2 main purposes;
To allow a singer to change the pitch of a song to a better more suitable key, without needing to play different chords, or to allow a guitarist to change the key of a piece (perhaps to fit in with other instruments) without altering the fingering of the piece in any way.
There are many different design's of capo, but one of the most popular ones in recent times is the Trigger capo.
My Opinion/ Features
Having seen a few famous guitarists using Trigger capos I thought I'd get one to see if it was as good as they say. Legend has it that you're supposed to be able to use the capo with only one hand (all the other designs require 2 hands to fit/remove).
So I shelled out around £18 and bought my Trigger capo. It's well made, and appears to be mostly aluminium, with some rubbery bits where the capo contacts the guitar fretboard and back of the neck. There's a strong, spring action to the capo that keeps the 'jaws' closed until you press the 2 'handles' together.
The 'one handed fitting' claim, was no idle boast -I found you could indeed pop it onto a fret with using only your 'chord' hand, and removing the capo was equally (one handed) simple. So the Trigger capo certainly delivers on this score - most guitarists will have a plectrum in their other hand; so one handed fitting is very useful.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that when not in use most guitarists leave the Trigger capo closed on the end of their guitars headstock for convenience. I personally never do this as there's always a chance (especially on expensive acoustic guitars which are stripped down to have the absolute minimum bracing/glue etc to enable the best possible sound and vibration) that the weight of the capo (though slight) will pull down on the neck and produce slight tuning/neck alignment problems - and (just) possibly weaken the headstock over time.
I found only one problem with the Trigger capo... I have a few different guitars; wide flat fretboard classical guitars, curved fretboard steel strung guitars and some very curved narrow fretboard electric guitars (vintage neck radius)... the problem is that on very flat fretboards the Trigger capo tends not to press the middle strings down quite enough and you get a bit of fret buzz, conversely on very curved necks the Trigger capo won't always catch the outside strings... and again; you get a bit of fret buzz.
I don't want to blow the problem out of proportion - on most of my guitars the Trigger works perfectly, but there are exceptions; so try before you buy if possible.
Overall I think the Trigger capo is very good, it almost always performs well, and it's probably the easiest capo to use of them all (and the only one you can fit with one hand). It's still not quite my favourite capo though; I still prefer my trusty Shubb... But the Trigger capo is a worthy addition to my capo collection, and one of my preferred ones to use.
Hope you found my review helpful and interesting, and good luck with your bargain hunting!!
I have been playing guitar for over 10 years now, and a capo is one of the essential things that I keep in my guitar case and that I use regularly. This Jim Dunlop capo is the best one I have ever come across.
Capos come in different shapes, sizes, colours and materials - but they all basically do the same thing.
So what is a capo? A capo is a handy, additional extra you can buy for your guitar. Basically, it fits on to the neck of the guitar covering all of the strings and making the pitch of the strings, and the sound they make, higher.
I find it really useful when singing along whilst I play guitar. Since some of the songs I play are sung by males, the pitch can be too low for me. So instead of changing the key of the song, I can simply pop the capo onto my guitar and it will automatically be higher so I can get the right pitch and sing along with ease!
This Jim Dunlop capo comes in three different colours; black, silver and bronze. I have the black one, which I have been using for about seven years now. It costs around £15, which may seem quite a lot but my one is still as good as new, even though I use it a lot.
The capo looks a little bit like a large aluminium peg with handles on it (it's a little hard to describe but you can see it in the picture)
The capo uses a spring which means that you can open it and put it on the guitar with great ease, and it is quick to put on. You only need one hand to do this, whereas some of the other capos you need to use both hands to put the capo on, and then tighten it, which can be quite tricky and quite a hassle. The capo is made of aluminium and on either side of it there are little rubber pads, this means that you will not damage your strings or the neck of your guitar.
Even with a lot of use of the capo, the spring is still really efficient and the capo still stays firmly on the neck, pushing all the strings down firmly. I am surprised that over the years it has still stayed so tight and I am very pleased with the quality of it.
I have used other capos which have lost their tension and therefore needed replaced since they weren't doing their job properly, but this one is great. I have had no problems with it what-so-ever and had no damage to my guitar from using it. I would highly recommend it.
Most instrument shops will sell the Jim Dunlop capos, I would be very surprised if you found one that didn't! They are also widely available online, but I doubt you would find one for much cheaper than £15, unless you go on ebay.