Id appreciate some feedback on the Shubb Fine Tune Capo.
At 75 bucks its sorta middle of the road between the cheaper capos and the McKinney/ Elliot capos. Is it worth the price? I have an Elliot Guitar capo and its great. Was thinking of going that route for my banjo, but if the Fine Tune works as well, then Id go there.
Edited by - stanleytone on 09/21/2019 05:44:50
75 dollars seems expensive for a capo when a banjo detunes by fifty cent while you play it.
I have one for my guitar. They are smooth adjusting and easily fine tuned. I find it bulkier and heavier on my headstock when slid above the neck. Like other stirrup style capos can only be used up to the 4th fret.
I choose not to buy on for my banjo, but the smaller banjo/mandolin Fine tune capo might be less bulky.but I have not tried one, just the guitar model.
I don’t think you can go wrong with the Shubb. They’re well made and smooth, mine hasn’t let me down. I do suppose it isn’t as light as some others, but it doesn’t bother me and I wouldn’t consider it bulky. I like the little things on it as opposed to say a Paige, such as how the knob doesn’t extend out, and the smooth but secure latch. If I could have justified it at the time I might have gone for something like the Elliot, but the Shubb fit the bill and I don’t regret it, it’s a nice capo.
I bought one about a month ago. Works great, sounds great. No complaints.
One side suggestion: when I start having intonation problems fretting or capoing (the third string low A is the first place it shows up), I tweak the truss rod and neck angle to get the lowest playable action. That seems to minimize the problem with fretting from open or with a capo, regardless of the capo used.
We do a song in the band that starts with a solo banjo break that ends on third string, second fret A. The singer starts singing before any other instruments come in, so the accuracy of that banjo A note is critical or he sounds sour when the rest of the band starts. Every spring and fall when the humidity changes, I start having intonation problems and that' song is the first place we notice it. A few quick tweaks and it's fixed for the next half year. I had to make the adjustments between sets at a show last Sunday, just in time.
Before spending $75 on a capo, you might try that experiment. It should make the banjo fret more accurately, and also make it easier to play.
I really like them, I have an Elliott and it’s pretty close. I bought one for an extra Banjo earlier this year and then sold the banjo. I maybe used it twice. It’s posted in the marketplace.
Ultimate banjo capo - $33 at Elderly. Great capo.
I just bought one and I recommend it. I feel it is a great capo. Someone suggested the ultimate banjo capo but be aware that it isn’t a sliding capo. It is a “c” capo and has to be stored on the flange.
I'm happy with mine.
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