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Oct 27, 2020 - 6:37:52 AM
106 posts since 9/14/2019

I'm looking for a good (and good-looking) capo for my Pisgah Woodchuck. I searched the archives here but many of the capo questions were about 5th string capos.

What capo do you use for your open-back? The neck is much different on my Pisgah than my BG banjo. I want to make sure what I get works well with it.

Pisgah sells this - balsambanjoworks.com/product/c...mer-capo/ but I don't know much about it.

Thanks,

John

Oct 27, 2020 - 6:46:48 AM
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KCJones

USA

966 posts since 8/30/2012

After buying basically every capo on the market, I've settled on the Planet Waves NS Capo. It works on every banjo I own, including my Wildwood that has a wider fretboard. $15 compared to $60...

Railroad spikes for the 5th string.

Oct 27, 2020 - 7:47:08 AM

106 posts since 9/14/2019

I put spikes on it when I got it.

Does the Planet Waves capo stay on the banjo when not in use? I like that functionality as I'm never having to look for my capo.

Oct 27, 2020 - 7:55:54 AM

904 posts since 11/22/2007

Kateyz capos are great. Used them for years. Especially nice for necks that have more of a V contour. Easily stays behind the nut when not in use.

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:01:04 AM
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R Buck

USA

2843 posts since 9/5/2006

Any capo will work on your banjo. Paige, Shubb, the above mentioned. How much do you want to spend? Do you want to store it above the nut or not? The Kateyz are good but I didn't like them that well. Experience will have to teach you what works for you.

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:03:39 AM

106 posts since 9/14/2019

I do like storing it about the nut. I have a Paige for my guitar that I use. Just wasn't sure how they might work with the V-profile the Pisgah neck has up in that part of the neck.

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:06:37 AM

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Paige makes a banjo capo that is wider than their standard one. It should work just fine for less than half the price of a KatEyz.

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:26:13 AM

518 posts since 6/2/2011

I have two “thick” necks on one I use a Shubb guitar capo, the other I use a Paige with radius bar but it is awkward because of votive flare on the neck behind the nut, I just havevto remove it when not using the capo.

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:30:20 AM

Danaher

USA

237 posts since 6/25/2012

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

After buying basically every capo on the market, I've settled on the Planet Waves NS Capo. It works on every banjo I own, including my Wildwood that has a wider fretboard. $15 compared to $60...

Railroad spikes for the 5th string.


I too use a small Planet waves capo,  when not in use I clamp it on the peghead.    Perhaps not the best logic, but I picked that capo because I saw one in one of Ken LeVan's pictures, figured if it was good enough for one of his beauties,  would work for me too.

and spikes too

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:34:43 AM
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KCJones

USA

966 posts since 8/30/2012

I just keep my capo in my pocket when I'm not using it. Note that this doesn't work unless you're wearing pants, so it reduces the overall amount of fun you can have while playing banjo.

Oct 27, 2020 - 8:42:41 AM

206 posts since 11/1/2006

I like the Elliott or Elliott/McKinney capos the best due to their precision and craftsmanship. However, a Shubb will let you capo to F at the fifth fret when in Double C tuning.

Oct 27, 2020 - 11:05:29 AM
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106 posts since 9/14/2019

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

I just keep my capo in my pocket when I'm not using it. Note that this doesn't work unless you're wearing pants, so it reduces the overall amount of fun you can have while playing banjo.


I live in the Appalachian mountains and no situation I have ever been in required pants.  So this is definitely a no go for me.

Oct 27, 2020 - 12:30:44 PM

43 posts since 7/19/2019

I tune up, but have had good luck with most capos in the past. I even used a 5th string capo from banjo ben clark for a little while, but ultimately it broke or I lost it.

Oct 27, 2020 - 2:50:10 PM
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RV6

USA

1374 posts since 2/3/2012

I have two Planet Waves for my two open backs.  They work great and are reasonably priced.   They will clamp on at the nut on those two banjos.   I had a custom made banjo that, due to the shape of the neck in the nut area, clamping at the nut wouldn't work.

Oct 27, 2020 - 3:18:26 PM

QldPicker

Australia

98 posts since 4/17/2020

I use a Shubb C5 on my Pisgah and it works perfectly.

I have spikes on fifth string.

shubb.com/product/standard-capo-c5/

Oct 27, 2020 - 4:30:21 PM

106 posts since 9/14/2019

quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

After buying basically every capo on the market, I've settled on the Planet Waves NS Capo. It works on every banjo I own, including my Wildwood that has a wider fretboard. $15 compared to $60...

Railroad spikes for the 5th string.


Do you use the banjo version of the capo or the guitar version?

Oct 27, 2020 - 4:52:28 PM

KCJones

USA

966 posts since 8/30/2012

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Originally posted by watercarving
quote:
Originally posted by KCJones

After buying basically every capo on the market, I've settled on the Planet Waves NS Capo. It works on every banjo I own, including my Wildwood that has a wider fretboard. $15 compared to $60...

Railroad spikes for the 5th string.


Do you use the banjo version of the capo or the guitar version?


Banjo version. 

Oct 30, 2020 - 3:04:30 PM

106 posts since 9/14/2019

Got the Planet Waves NS Banjo Capo and it works great on my Pisgah. Doesn't drive the strings sharp. Good recommendation.

Thanks,

John

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