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Feb 19, 2020 - 9:02:56 AM
2010 posts since 2/7/2008

I'm wondering if there are any drawings to make this clever 5th string capo. I've searched the archives but came up empty.


 

Feb 19, 2020 - 9:50:27 AM

474 posts since 9/21/2018

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Originally posted by Quickstep192

I'm wondering if there are any drawings to make this clever 5th string capo. I've searched the archives but came up empty.


I could 3D print that pretty easily. There are a few on thingiverse that are similar as well. 

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:43:01 AM
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1073 posts since 8/7/2017

I made one by just looking at the photo...the measurements don't appear to be critical. I used a piece of scrap wood, but it ended up working, so never made a fancier one.

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:23:45 AM
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Why would you make something out of a simple piece of wood when you could use this opportunity to justify buying a 3D printer?

More seriously, how do you line the notch/point of contact up to ensure proper intonation? While you can re-tune to compensate with it open, if you do any additional fretting of the fifth string, the point of contact really has to be dead on, doesn't it?

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:55:44 AM

474 posts since 9/21/2018

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Originally posted by Brian Murphy

Why would you make something out of a simple piece of wood when you could use this opportunity to justify buying a 3D printer?

More seriously, how do you line the notch/point of contact up to ensure proper intonation? While you can re-tune to compensate with it open, if you do any additional fretting of the fifth string, the point of contact really has to be dead on, doesn't it?


I just modeled it and I put a rise above the notch to go over the fret that is inside of the groove for the string, so the string should intonate as it would fretted. 

Also, I thought about just carving one, but why pass on the opportunity to model and print one!!!

Feb 19, 2020 - 12:18:16 PM

2010 posts since 2/7/2008

Here's my kind of stupid question...

How did you machine such a small piece of material?

Feb 19, 2020 - 12:29:47 PM

140 posts since 8/11/2015

I’ve been planning to make myself one for ages. I think of it every time I reach for my expensive, fairly useless 5th string capo. Then I forget again. A cutoff wedge from a thick fretboard would probably do for stock.

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:27:31 PM
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rudy

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14988 posts since 3/27/2004

Easily made with a scrap of brass, ebony, or anything else you have laying around.  They aren't meant to use in the same manner as spikes, so intonation isn't a factor.  They are made to simply capo at a higher position to use the open fifth as a drone as most clawhammmer players would.  Stick it in position under the string/ over the fret and season tuning to taste.  wink

I sent a half dozen of these out free gratis when I first posted these.  I don't even have one for myself, but then I use spikes, which are a much better solution to fifth string capoing IMHO.


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