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    Default Capo for Octave/Bouzouki

    I know this is a very similar title to a thread down the list but that one ended up being more about strings, so I thought I'd start another to ask this question.

    I've just bought a Hathway short scale Bouzouki (tuned GDAE) and would like to use a capo for some of the songs I want to play.

    What are people's recommendations for a good capo?

    For ease, I'd prefer a quickdraw type but I'm open to suggestions.

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    Shubb. Unless you need to shift it while playing.
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    yep, Shubb and I like the Khyser as well

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    Shubb for me. Allows tension to be adjusted so that the capo does not pull the strings out of pitch when you tighten it. Some of the other designs can exert too much pressure on the strings and sharpen the notes when fitted.
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    Shubb or Paige here.

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    That seems pretty unanimous. Thanks for the feedback.

    I've ordered the Shubb C5 banjo/mando from Eagle. We'll see if it works.

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    Late to the party but another vote for the Shubb

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    I have multiple Shubbs and Kysers, a Paige and several others for both OM and guitar. For just practicing or jamming, they all work fine. However, for performance, I much prefer the Kyser and the Dunlop Trigger designs because they can be placed one handed and can be "stored" out of the way on the headstock. BTW, I "snubnose" mine for the OM. I figure out what width they need to be at the highest fret I plan on playing, use a hacksaw to cut them to that width and then smooth the cut end with a file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoukboy View Post
    Nice. Definitely on the list if I find the stubborn doesn't work for me.

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    I took a Planet Waves NS guitar capo once and cut it off to the width I wanted with a hacksaw. Then I filed it over a bit and used a sharpie to darken the end up. They are made with some alloy so are real easy to cut. I also have a Shubb banjo capo, but prefer the Planet waves. The Shubb left marks on the back of the neck due to a newer varnish finish, whereas the Planet Waves did not. Now that my GBOM is several years old, I don't think it matters. Either capo comes on and off quickly, so that isn't a big deal to me.

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    If you play sets of tunes in different keys and like to change capo positions mid-set, then the Quick Draw works great. With a bit of practice, you can change capo positions without losing a beat. I tune GDAD, so I need a capo.
    I have seen a fellow use an old Russell elastic capo this same way. Can you still buy those?
    Unlike John Flynn, I can't use the Keysers or the Triggers or any other spring loaded capo. They press the strings right down to the fingerboard and pull my instruments out of tune. . . and I really dislike the looks of capos and tuners and cigarettes stuck on the headstock of any instrument and picks wound between the strings. I always clip my string ends too. I like a nice neat headstock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shan Andy View Post
    That seems pretty unanimous. Thanks for the feedback.

    I've ordered the Shubb C5 banjo/mando from Eagle. We'll see if it works.
    Woops , you may find the banjo capo a little too short for bouzouk. I have used a g7th cut capo (5 string version) very successfully. Itís designed to cover 5 strings of a guitar, but of course works extremely well on bouzouki. There is an equivalent shub version, just in case the banjo version doesnít fit.

    At the moment, on my Eastman octave, I use a very basic and cheap Freshman trigger capo (Kyser copy) and it works very well, and of course is movable very quickly. In fact Iíve seen the virtuoso bouzouki player Neil Davey use two kyser style capos on his Sobell, thus making capo changes absolutely instant.

    Are you anywhere near Southampton? Iím in Christchurch, so only 30 minutes away if you fancy meeting up for a jam

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukrobbiej View Post
    Woops , you may find the banjo capo a little too short for bouzouk.
    It doesn't seem to have caused any issues so far. It may be that the Hathway has a relatively narrow neck.

    Quote Originally Posted by ukrobbiej
    Are you anywhere near Southampton? Iím in Christchurch, so only 30 minutes away if you fancy meeting up for a jam
    I'm in Winchester, so not that much further up the road. If you're happy to spend time with a complete novice asking daft questions, then I'm up for a jam.

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