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Old 12-05-2017, 06:20 PM
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I have a hard time using a capo,I guess my hands are too big. I have to get the smallest capo I can find and it still gets in the way. I have a brand new Thalia ,if anyone wants to trade something for it pm me.

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Old 12-05-2017, 06:29 PM
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Does it help if you put the capo all the way back against the fret 1 step back from the intended key?
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:44 PM
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I remember when I first started working with a capo. I had the same problem. I learned to increase the tension and place it a little further from the fret. I am very fond of the Shubb capos. They are less than $20 and last for years.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:52 PM
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I had a similar problem but eventually worked through it. I use a Shubb.
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Old 12-05-2017, 07:27 PM
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Thalia caps can be used farther back then regular capos. You might want to try that before you give up.
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I find that I have to modify a lot of the capos I own. For whatever reason the manufacturers square off the ends, so that if the side of my index finger needs to slide up to the fret where a nut would normally be the corner of the capo would dig into my finger. Regular Shubb capos don't have that issue because they are minimal to begin with and just barely make it to the edge of the fingerboard.

I recently bought a G7th performance 2 capo as it was on sale to see what the fuss was about. At first I hated it. Same problem as described above. So I got out my dremel tool and rounded off the edges. I've been using this capo regularly and really like it, now that it's been modified for comfort. I'm wondering if the OP isn't experiencing the same problem I have with most capos?

Notice in the attached photo I've rounded the lower (right as in the photo) corner of the capo a smidge more than the upper corner. Again, it really helps comfort-wise when my hand has to play up near the capo.
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Thanks guys. I've tried the things you mentioned. I use the smallest capo I have,and it does help give more room.

Here it is,it just makes it at the nut. On my D-35.

I found most of my capos,here they are, some are good,some are wore out. The Thalia has only been used twice. The others are mostly retired..
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Learn to play without one and you will have no issues.
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I often find my capo (a Shubb Deluxe) has moved a bit after playing for a while with it engaged. It moves away from the fret being capoed at the first and second strings, but not at the 6th and 5th strings, so it ends up being at a slight angle and no longer parallel with the fret being capoed. This happens because my left hand it hitting the capo occasionally while I'm playing, b ut it is only hitting it near the upper strings and not the lower strings. It doesn't make any difference having a bit of an angle with the capo.

Now, I just set it at the angle to begin with. That way, it doesn't get in the way very much at all.
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Thanks guys. I've tried the things you mentioned. I use the smallest capo I have,and it does help give more room.

Here it is,it just makes it at the nut. On my D-35.
I'm sure it works well, but I can't get over feeling that it looks like a medieval torture device :0
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Learn to play without one and you will have no issues.
Other than being able to play songs with particular fingerings, that is, LOL. I guess one could extend this logic and say "Learn to sing along to a karaoke machine and you'll never need your guitar." Funny post.
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Learn to play without one and you will have no issues.

Don't you ever get tired of posting negative comments about capo use in all the capo threads?
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Learn to play without one and you will have no issues.
Your "handle" tells me your style for which we understand a capo is inappropriate, but it is a necessity for other style such as bluegrass etc.

Me? I use the original Shubb capos - fat square hands - no issues - one of them must be about 35 years old - never even needed to change the rubber sleeve.
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I'm sure it works well, but I can't get over feeling that it looks like a medieval torture device :0

is that an Elliot ? just bot the Elite today....
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