PDA

View Full Version : Uke Capo



mr moonlight
11-16-2011, 06:20 AM
I've been using my old Kaiser trigger style guitar capo for my Ukes but it's cumbersome being a bit big for the smaller fingerboard. Does anyone have a favorite capo they use on their uke's that fits properly?

BadLands Bart
11-16-2011, 06:22 AM
Get one that is for the mandolin or banjo.

Kem
11-16-2011, 06:26 AM
I would really rather not use a capo at all, but I have a mandolin/banjo one that works.

mr moonlight
11-16-2011, 06:36 AM
Get one that is for the mandolin or banjo.
Ahhh, Thanks for the tip.

mr moonlight
11-16-2011, 06:47 AM
Anyone have any experience with the Planet Waves NS Trio Capo?
I have one of the Planet Waves Capos for my guitar. It's a bit large form my Uke and won't clamp down all the way. Is the Banjo version made for thinner necks?

Coconut Willie
11-16-2011, 06:58 AM
Yes the banjo/mandolin capos are made for the smaller necks. They work quite well.

olgoat52
11-16-2011, 07:20 AM
Chubb now has a ukulele capo which I use a bit and it is nice. Lower profile than their guitar one but still a bit chunky. Definitely smaller than the Kaiser. (Elderly.com)

Another option that was really neat but did not work out for me was the QuickDraw capo. Southwest Ukes talks about them on thier site in the string section. The banjo capo is about the right length. The difference with this capo is that when you don't need it you slide it on top of the nut to put it out of the way. It was the smallest capo by far. The problem I had was that on my KoAloha the nut is very thin so the capo would not stay right on top of the nut and wanted to slide either off which changed the pitch of the strings. The other uke is a Boat Paddle and it has a very strange nut with pins, so that didn't work either. Given enough surface area on top of the nut, the quickdraw looked like it would be a really nice solution. http://www.quickdrawcapo.com/

Ken Middleton
11-16-2011, 08:09 AM
I worked with Shubb to produce a dedicated ukulele capo. It works with most sopranos, nearly all concerts, all tenors and very few baritones.

I don't use a ukulele capo myself, but Shubb make the best guitar capos (IMHO).

They are available at Shubb dealers and Ohana dealers (if they have chosen to stock them).

Lori
11-16-2011, 09:15 AM
I worked with Shubb to produce a dedicated ukulele capo. It works with most sopranos, nearly all concerts, all tenors and very few baritones.

I don't use a ukulele capo myself, but Shubb make the best guitar capos (IMHO).

They are available at Shubb dealers and Ohana dealers (if they have chosen to stock them).

:agree: I have been using Shubb capos for guitar and banjo for years. I really like them, very well made, last forever (you will probably lose one before you can wear it out) and they don't get in the way of your fingers. I just got the ukulele one, and it is just as good as the others, but made for ukuleles! For ukuleles, you probably won't want to use it higher than the 3rd fret. I find my ukulele's tone starts to suffer as the scale gets shorter.
–Lori

olgoat52
11-16-2011, 09:24 AM
Sorry about my mispelling. I googled it and Chubb came up. Didn't bother to dig my capo out. Should be Shubb as Ken says.


I worked with Shubb to produce a dedicated ukulele capo. It works with most sopranos, nearly all concerts, all tenors and very few baritones.

I don't use a ukulele capo myself, but Shubb make the best guitar capos (IMHO).

They are available at Shubb dealers and Ohana dealers (if they have chosen to stock them).

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-16-2011, 09:26 AM
I like my Shubb ukulele capo very much.

bazmaz
11-16-2011, 10:23 AM
Not a huge fan of uke capos as I think it's easy enough to play without, and those I've tried that are metal make the instrument neck heavy.

I did test one of these though and was pleasantly surprised. Very lightweight but does affect fretting hand a bit

http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/01/volcapo-ukulele-capo-review.html

mr moonlight
11-16-2011, 11:29 AM
Not a huge fan of uke capos as I think it's easy enough to play without, and those I've tried that are metal make the instrument neck heavy.

I did test one of these though and was pleasantly surprised. Very lightweight but does affect fretting hand a bit

http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/01/volcapo-ukulele-capo-review.html

I definitely prefer to play without a capo, but sometimes I just have the need to bring it up a half or whole step on the fly. I've only been playing a few months so transposing songs isn't as automatic for me yet like it is with the guitar... especially after throwing back a few! I was pretty unhappy using my Kaiser capo for the size and weight, but my Planet Waves capo is quite light and unobtrusive. I'm going to try out the banjo version and see how it goes.

That Volcapo definitely is pretty interesting looking.

southcoastukes
11-16-2011, 02:06 PM
I like my Shubb ukulele capo very much.

Ralf,

I've got one of these on order. How do you find the weight?

southcoastukes
11-16-2011, 02:13 PM
Another option that was really neat but did not work out for me was the QuickDraw capo....The banjo capo is about the right length. The difference with this capo is that when you don't need it you slide it on top of the nut to put it out of the way. It was the smallest capo by far... Given enough surface area on top of the nut, the quickdraw looked like it would be a really nice solution. http://www.quickdrawcapo.com/

Goat - you missed one thing with the QuickDraw. When you want to play open, don't rest it on top of the nut - push it to the head side. That'll take care of your problem.

southcoastukes
11-16-2011, 02:20 PM
Not a huge fan of uke capos as I think it's easy enough to play without, and those I've tried that are metal make the instrument neck heavy.

I did test one of these though and was pleasantly surprised. Very lightweight but does affect fretting hand a bit

http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/01/volcapo-ukulele-capo-review.html

Paul,

Those folks have a lot of chutzpah to claim the Vocapo is any sort of original design. That's the way capos were originally made. Since Flamenco guitar players continue to use them to this day, that means the basic design has been produced continuosly for - oh - about 300 years or so. The Volcapo is kind of crude, compared to the nice woods used in Flamenco capos.

We've made them, and improved on that design to make it easier to play.

It does have less weight than anything we've tried.

mds725
11-16-2011, 05:05 PM
There's a Shubb ukulele capo for either flat or raqdiused fretboards. http://www.shubb.com/uke/

Elderly has the Shubb ukulele capo (for flat fretboards) for less, but it's backordered until late November. http://elderly.com/accessories/items/UC9B.htm

Hippie Dribble
11-16-2011, 05:52 PM
don't think anyone has mentioned this one yet made by Dunlop...

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=143

cheap, works with all scales (except perhaps baris...not sure), easy to use...well worth it for the pocket change

bazmaz
11-16-2011, 08:27 PM
South coast - I do like a bit of chutzpah now and again..

Yeah, it's based on a Spanish cejilla. First one I've seen for uke though!

Ken Middleton
11-16-2011, 08:41 PM
What I used to use regularly on the guitar (before I bought a Shubb) was a short piece of pencil and a strong elastic band. It works a treat. It's cheap, easy to put on and it's light. I'm sure this would work fine on a uke.

Lori
11-17-2011, 06:20 AM
don't think anyone has mentioned this one yet made by Dunlop...

http://www.fleamarketmusic.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=143

cheap, works with all scales (except perhaps baris...not sure), easy to use...well worth it for the pocket change

I used to have one of those for my classical guitar. Eventually the elastic gives out, and becomes too loose to use. OK for the short term, but don't expect to last as long as the others.
–Lori

southcoastukes
11-17-2011, 10:49 AM
We've been looking for and or working on good capo designs for awhile now. I think they're underused in ukuleles. It is true in our case, we make a lot of longneck designs, and that is where they really come into their own.

Several things a good one should have: not stick out over the edge of the fretboard (Dunlop - no, QuickDraw - no), have a low profile (Volcapo - no), be quick to put on (Volcapo - no) and move, and be lightweight (Shubb - ?).

We’ve worked with QuickDraw to try and fine tune their capo for Ukuleles. It’s a really nice design, but the width is fixed, and there’s just no way around the problem of fretboard overhang with that. If that’s not an area that troubles you, then these are the best.

In the case of Shubb, the lower profile for the neck also has to be right. I have a Shubb banjo capo, and it doesn't fit most necks. The one I have is also the "Lite" version - aluminum, I believe. It's very light, but the new Ukulele version is brass. Waiting to see how much difference that makes, and how the new profile works. Our Big Ukes, have fairly wide necks, and according to Ken, that means I may be in for a disappointment.

We've done a capo-cejilla that fixed one of the Volcapo's problems: getting in the way above the fretboard. Here's a picture:

30076

For a short time we included these with every instrument. They still have the problem of not going on quickly, but in every other respect, these are great capos. A custom-made capo always fits, but I don’t think my partner enjoys making them all that much, so I’m kind of hoping the Shubb will work. If they fit (and are light enough), the Shubb is a great design.

We’d like to include a capo with at least our Tenor Ukulele design, and maybe some others. We’d like to stay away from plastic if possible. Also offer something nicer than the short pencil (although that’s a pretty neat fix, Ken). If anyone has any other ideas, be glad to hear them.

kiasam111
12-26-2011, 05:28 PM
I haven't tried it but saw this on Amazon for a dollar. The design is used on guitar capos as well and it works ok on them.
http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Dunlop-7828-Russell-Banjo/dp/B000EENH5W/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1324951501&sr=1-2

Lori
12-26-2011, 06:10 PM
I haven't tried it but saw this on Amazon for a dollar. The design is used on guitar capos as well and it works ok on them.
http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Dunlop-7828-Russell-Banjo/dp/B000EENH5W/ref=sr_1_2?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1324951501&sr=1-2
These golden oldies work when they are new, but as the elastic wears down, they get too loose and become useless. Even if you don't use it much, age will kill it eventually.

–Lori

arpie
12-27-2011, 02:22 PM
Hi ya

Have you heard of the Spider Capo? It allows you to capo 1 or more individual strings on the fret - quite innovative!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Spider-Capo-Creative-Tunings-Mandolin-Ukulele-Banjo-Bouzuki-NEW-/270867909234?pt=String_Instrument_Parts_Accessorie s&hash=item3f10fc4a72#ht_2193wt_1029

Here is some youtube stuff on it
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=spider+capo&oq=spider+capo&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=98l1239l0l1452l8l6l0l0l0l0l0l0ll0l0

and specifically for ukulele
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTuRT858Io4

I've seen guys on guitars playing above AND below the capo!

cheers

Roberta

Uke Whisperer
12-28-2011, 07:41 AM
I received the Shubb Lite Capo (L-5) for a Christmas present. It's made of Aircraft Grade Aluminum and it's half the weight of the original Shubb. Fits and works well on Goldtone Banjolele, Sopranos and my Concert Uke. Can get in the way once in a while, but guess all of them can.

ohiopicker
08-08-2013, 02:42 PM
Anybody know whether it is still possible to get a Volcapo? I have searched the net but find no retailer.

Thanks