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    Hi. Newbie here so apologies if i'm in the wrong place. Can anyone advise on a capo suitable for an Ovation MCS148? I have a number of capos for banjos and mandos including Shubbs, but none seem able to hold down the strings on the Ovation. I presume the neck has an unusually narrow profile. I know that capos are not great for mandos but I just happen to be in a singing group that neds me to capo up to the 1st fret. Anybody else come across this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brumman47 View Post
    Hi. Newbie here so apologies if i'm in the wrong place. Can anyone advise on a capo suitable for an Ovation MCS148? I have a number of capos for banjos and mandos including Shubbs, but none seem able to hold down the strings on the Ovation. I presume the neck has an unusually narrow profile. I know that capos are not great for mandos but I just happen to be in a singing group that neds me to capo up to the 1st fret. Anybody else come across this problem?
    Before the Capo police arrive I will note that I just use a banjo capo on the rare times I need one. Is that fretboard radiused? That might be your issue.
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    Check out the little capo made by D'Addario. Works well on my mandolin with a radius neck.

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    Thanks to both of you guys for your replies. As far as I can ascertain the fretboard is not radiused. The width of the neck at the 1st fret (allowing for the fact it's not a measurement easy to make) is about 1.75 cm. This compares with my Fylde Touchstone Signature that looks about 2.25 cm so I suspect my problem is down to that. Most of my capos can be used on mandos, tenor banjos, 5 strings you name it (sorry capo police, blue lights on...but I have sometimes use one in order to accompany voices) It rather looks like one of the quirks of this model ("reinvented from the bottom up" sort of claptrap) and I'm a bit at a loss about how to fix it. I don't want to keep buying capos in the hope that eventually one of them will have the requisite geometry. Really silly. I'm having to use my Fylde with a little pick up that attaches to the headstock. It's not the ideal solution, to say the least.

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    You might try a fabricator. They could possibly modify an existing capo to you neck or make one to fit. I'm an ex fabricator so this sounds like a fairly simple project.

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    I remember trying a mandolin capo made by G7th. I didn't like it for myself but might work for you. I think it was this one:

    https://www.g7th.com/newport-capo

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    Many banjo capos are also labelled for use with mandolins. I have a Shubb and a Paige. Both work equally well with both mandolin and banjo, although I no longer use either of them. I carry them in my mandolin cases, just in case.
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