Product: Kyser Quick-Change Capo for 6-string acoustic guitars
Where to buy: Amazon
Recently I posted a blog about the capo. What is it? Why and how do we use it? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using it? If you’re interested in reading my post about capos you can follow this link: How To Use A Capo On Guitar.
It’s important to buy the right capo for the right instrument. A capo made for an electric guitar might damage the neck of an acoustic guitar. A capo made for an acoustic guitar might not be tight enough for an electric guitar.
The first time I bought a capo, I got a Shubb capo. The picture on the side is a picture of me using it a few years ago. Buying this capo wasn’t a conscious decision. I went to the store, asked for a capo, and that’s the one they gave me. It did its job fairly well but after a while, the rubber started to come loose. I also had to re-adjust the pressure a lot. Sometimes it was too tight, other times it was too loose. It stopped being reliable.
Friends and other guitarists I knew had even worse experiences with their capos. So when my Shubb capo was too worn-out, I decided to do more research before getting a new one. Which were the ones that were getting the best reviews? Which were the ones that seemed to be the easiest to use and the most consistent?
There were several options. In the end, I went for the Kyser Quick-Change Capo for 6-string acoustic guitars. The reviews were consistently positive and the shape immediately stood out to me. It was on almost every “Top Ten Best Capos” list I could find. The keywords were always: Reliable, easy, long-lasting, beautiful. For the prize, I thought it was a thoughtful choice.
Here are a few reasons why I think this capo is an excellent choice for any beginning acoustic guitarist, and why I think it’s the best capo for acoustic guitars.
Easy to use
The Shubb capo I owned before, was an adjustable clamp capo. By turning the screw you could set up the capo yourself. The downside of this was that it sometimes took a lot of time and effort before you could actually start using it. The Kyser Quick-Change is a lot easier. It’s a spring capo. You squeeze the sides, place the capo where you want it to be and release it. It’s that simple.
For beginning guitarists, this is fantastic. You don’t need to worry too much about intonation or buzzing strings, or waste time better spent on practicing. You just put it on the neck of your guitar and start playing.
It’s also excellent for live settings. If you don’t want to use it for a song, you can simply place the capo on the headstock of your guitar, something that’s not possible with many other capos. When you want to use it again, it’s in hand reach and installed within seconds.
It took my Shubb capo about a year to start wearing out. The rubber started to slip off and I always had to push it back. The more I used it, the quicker I had to tune my guitar when the capo was on. It became a very inconsistent tool.
The Quick-Change is manufactured to give its user years of service. Unless you start smashing it with a hammer, it will not give you any troubles. There are hundreds of testimonials online of people who’ve been using it for years and years.
I personally think the Quick-Change looks beautiful. The shape, the finish, the way it looks on a guitar… It’s bigger than most capos. It’s very present on the neck, with the curl sticking out on top, but I think that’s a really cool look.
If you’re not into the black finish, there are 22 colors you can choose from in Amazon’s webshop. There’s something for everybody in there.
This is not the cheapest capo you’ll find. You’ll find capos of half the price online, but I guarantee they won’t last as long as the Quick-Change. The Quick-Change is a very reliable tool in your arsenal, and I think that alone makes it worth the price.
On Amazon, the capo is around $20 (prices change constantly). For the years you’ll get to use it without any of the frustrations you’ll get with other capos, especially cheaper capos, I think that’s more than a fair price. In the end, you’ll come out cheaper and when it’s finally time to buy a new one (sorry, it won’t last forever), you’ll probably get another Quick-Change.
This is really cool. It isn’t really a feature of the capo itself, because everybody can download it for free. But there’s an app in the App Store and Google Play called “The Kyser Capo” and it is a huge tool for any guitarist. It’s got a metronome, a chord chart, and a tuner. This alone already makes it worth the download.
But the greatest feature of this app is the option to see how to play chords in different capo positions. You choose the chord you want to play, the position of the capo, and the app will show you the easiest option to play the chord. This is a huge tool for beginning guitarists!
So if you’re about to buy a new capo, keep the Quick-Change in mind. It’s reliable, it’s easy, it’s long-lasting, and it’s beautiful. It made my life a lot easier and I believe it will make yours as well.
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