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Whaleblue 04-17-2015 06:25 AM

Elliott Capos
 
Reading the G7 thread someone mentioned the McKinney-Elliott capo as the ultimate. I had a look at their website and there appear to be a few choices.

http://www.elliottcapo.com/product-c...y/guitar-capo/

Has anyone compared them - what are their pros and cons?

I'd primarily want to use it on my 1 11/16" nut D-28, but also have a 1 3/4" nut 512 that I guess it would be silly to not also take into account.

john.westhoff 04-17-2015 06:29 AM

Only one con: price...

I use a paige, the "poor mans elliott"

hat 04-17-2015 06:34 AM

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Originally Posted by john.westhoff (Post 4455395)
Only one con: price...

I use a paige, the "poor mans elliott"

I agree - not to bash anyone else, but I just can't see it. Not in my budget anyway. Those that play for a living are fortunate enough to be able to write things like this off, but you still gotta wonder 'why'?

john.westhoff 04-17-2015 06:45 AM

If you have the money and want to spend it on a well crafted, beautifull piece of metalwork, go ahead. I've been tempted... but then reason kicked in and i ordered the Paige Click capo ( with a quick release system). I read comments of people who claim that the release system broke, but mine works fine and is way better than all the shubb style capo's i used before. I use it on a Gallagher d71 dread with 1 11/16 nut width.

Whaleblue 04-17-2015 06:45 AM

Thanks, yes the Paige is a fifth of the price I see. Anyone compared them and can justify the Elliot?

I have to say I appreciate fine engineering, and the Elliots look beautifully made, but it would be nice to know it has a functional significance!

martingitdave 04-17-2015 06:47 AM

Go wide enough. I bought one for my martin and love it. Alas I cannot use it on the Taylors. There it sits mocking me.

john.westhoff 04-17-2015 06:51 AM

I'have never used the Elliott, i live in the Netherlands and they are not available over here, so only ordering in US and send them over here would add to the price...

The paige, as said works fine...

john.westhoff 04-17-2015 06:52 AM

http://www.paigemusical.com/clik

Whaleblue 04-17-2015 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by john.westhoff (Post 4455423)

Thanks John, it's worth consideration for sure.

Whaleblue 04-17-2015 06:57 AM

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Originally Posted by martingitdave (Post 4455412)
Go wide enough. I bought one for my martin and love it. Alas I cannot use it on the Taylors. There it sits mocking me.

Which did you buy Dave? If you're thinking of selling it... though I would of course only be able to use it on the D-28!

martingitdave 04-17-2015 06:59 AM

I have the Elliot elite. I'm willing to sell it, but it has my initials carved in it very small. DPC. Though, lately the initials seem to read "FU" as it sits there mocking me.

HHP 04-17-2015 07:02 AM

There are other alternatives. I do prefer the screw adjustable capo and got one of these. Works fine, holds tune, doesn't get in the way, under $50.

http://elderly.com/images/accessories/ACC/ULTGTR.jpg

Todd Yates 04-17-2015 07:11 AM

There are two main differences in the Elliott capos - push button vs. bail latch, wrap around vs. McKinney saddle. They all work fine, so it comes down to preference.

My personal preference is the McKinney-Elliott because of the simpler latch and McKinney saddle. I own (or have owned) all current variations, including an original made by Tom McKinney that I sold to a collector friend, and another older McKinney.

There's also the limited edition Tony Rice capo, which might be my favorite. It's even more expensive, but a sizable portion of the cost is donated to help cover TR's medical expenses.

IMO the Elliott capos are functionally better than anything else produced. They are finely adjustable, don't pull my strings out of tune, and allow bends on the high E and B strings without slipping. Some other capos accomplish that as well, but require much greater pressure to do it.

I've owned Paige capos, but never got along with them. They are too springy compared to the Elliott's and require too much pressure to clamp effectively. I ended up giving mine away.

My second favorite capo, which I honestly like nearly as well, is the Shubb. I actually prefer the old style with the cone tip. IMO there is no better value for the money than a Shubb. If I didn't have Elliott's, that's all I'd use.

And regarding the price of the Elliott's, they retain an amazing percentage of their value, selling used for nearly new prices. If you shop around and buy a used one, you can sell it for exactly what you paid.

hat 04-17-2015 07:16 AM

I have one of those older Shubbs, and find it does everything I need it to do. It's easy and quick to use, and doesn't get in the way when using it. BTW HHP, what brand is the brass capo you have pictured?

Whaleblue 04-17-2015 07:16 AM

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Originally Posted by martingitdave (Post 4455437)
I have the Elliot elite. I'm willing to sell it, but it has my initials carved in it very small. DPC. Though, lately the initials seem to read "FU" as it sits there mocking me.

Thanks Dave, I guess the initials aren't that big of a deal, but as it will be for my birthday I guess I may as well get a 1 3/4" "new" one.


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