Primarily a singer, I've been playing guitar for about 10 years, been in a band (drummer!), and have continued to record and play with other musicians on a non-professional basis. My styles range from folk to hard rock, with heavy power-pop leanings -- Big Star, not Green Day.
I first read about this new capo design in the UK magazine Guitar & Bass. The description seemed to fit exactly what I'd been searching for this past year, so I picked it up at Guitar Center for $16.
My God...this is one great piece of gear. The concept behind the design is so simple you wonder why nobody else had come up with it before. Two of my guitars -- a Telecaster and a Taylor T5 -- have been giving me problems with capos because most of them clamp down so hard they pull the strings out of tune.
On recommendation from a Sam Ash employee, I'd bought a Shubb S series, but it still didn't do the job. This Planet Waves NS Capo (the initials stand for the designer, Ned Steinberger of headless Steinberger guitars fame) did the trick instantly. The action on the dial is smooth, and its boast of "ultra-light aerospace-grade aluminum" is no lie: At first I'd wondered how it would mattered, but the difference was clear once I'd clamped it onto the guitar. Most capos, thanks to extended arms and other mechanisms, make your guitar neck feel more awkward. The NS Capo is so efficient and light that you don't feel it's there. And you can get it to clamp down hard or softly, so the rubber pad would probably last longer.
The Guitar & Bass magazine accurately pointed out that, since you can adjust this capo to have a very light touch, it can also fall down if set like this. So you must clamp it with the dial on the bass end of the back of the neck, so the capo clamps down. But other than this barely relevant limitation, there's nothing I don't like.
I don't know what this capo's durability is like, and given the aluminium construction, my worry would be heat, and whether this capo might warp under hot stage lights or if put on top of a powerful amp. But time will tell.
This may just be the best capo I've tried. As long as it holds up on the durability front, I might just replace my Kyser capos with this unit. Ned Steinberger is indeed a design genius.
This is a great capo. Very easy to use. It has a knob that you turn to tighten or loosen it. It couldn't be easier to use. It's padded with rubber so it don't scratch up your neck when used. It says it's fine to use on Nitro finishes, but I can't comment on that because I don't own a guitar with a Nitro finish.
The capo doesn't effect the intonation any, which is a VERY good thing. When tightened, there's no string buzz, and doesn't move if accidentally hit by your hand when fretting as long as you tighten it enough.
It is extremely easy to use and move around with one hand, which is a big plus. It also can accommodate just about any neck size I've used. From thick C shaped Fenders, to my thin Jackson neck. I haven't found a guitar I can't use it with yet, which is VERY important, because one capo that can work on all of your guitars is easier than having five other capos just to fit all of your guitars.
This capo is as good as any $15 ones I've used. It works just as well, and is much cheaper, so it's a win-win. It's lasted the past 3 months of daily playing with no problems except indents in the rubber where the strings rest. I think this capo will last me a long time.
My only complaint about this capo is it doesn't close enough to clamp onto the headstock of my Jackson. It's not something that stops me from using it though, it's just really convenient to have it right there when I need it. It clamps into the headstock of my acoustic fine though.
All in all, this is a great capo at a very cheap price. I highly reccomend this for someone looking for a great capo, but doesn't wanna spend more than $10
I love these capos! In fact, I have purchased almost all.
The latter, on 07, is a super lightweight plastic model special, especially for electric guitars, but also folk or jazz if you want, as long as the button is slightly convex (that said, the CP-02 is specifically designed for folk guitars, but it is heavier than the 07 because it is metal).
I use the CP-07 last year and a half or so on an Ibanez RG-420.
What I like most is its practicality and simplicity: no hooks, or thread, or growths that are beyond surreal right and left! No, just a very simple little thing, with one "big" screw pleasant to handle, and allows very precise control, quick and easy.
Since I tested this type of capo, I want no more of others, and so I ended up taking almost all models, for my different guitars (classical, folk, electric, and even for my mandolin !).
At least here, the screw will not unscrew any single vibration of the instrument, as if I had another model with more classical capo (and another brand, of course).
What I do not like? Bin, nothing, except perhaps the price. But given the quality and practicality of the device is justified, in my opinion.
In addition, the look is particularly fuel efficient and stylish.
In summary: solidity, practicality, lightness, look, and average price ... I say more?