D'Addario: Capo Conversations with Ned Steinberger Part 3

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Capo Competition Comparison

Jim D'Addario: Ned, maybe you could take a second to actually explain this graph that we have.

Ned Steinberger: Sure, absolutely. This graph compares our capo to a conventional spring capo, the most popular capo out there at the moment. You can see that this line here represents the pressure on the strings that this capo in red applies. It's not adjustable. It always has this level of tension, and in order to get the capo onto the guitar, you have to actually have some three or four times as much tension in the handle itself.

This Martin guitar right here, we have here, effectively you don't need this much pressure. You only need this much pressure. Jim, maybe you could show how we determine how much pressure is required.

Jim D'Addario: Yeah, so you could back our spring off until it's at it's lightest setting and the strings will buzz. You hear that little buzz, and if you're not looking for the sitar effect, you want to tighten that down so you get a good clear tone. By just adjusting it enough, like I did there, you could tell the guitar's perfectly in tune. It doesn't move the intonation up or down.

Ned Steinberger: So you can adjust it so it just provides the minimum pressure required to hold the strings, and that's all. That's what this line represents and that's what you want to have on your capo.

Of course, this line here shows the amount of force required to open the capo. This is your fully open position on the capo, and it's just so much less force that anybody can open and close this capo easily.

Jim D'Addario: Couple of fingers, and it comes off. The difference is drastic. I mean, that's actually 24 pounds of pressure to release the competitive capo.

Ned Steinberger: Is it?

Jim D'Addario: It's a great deal of pressure.

Ned Steinberger: You make better music and have more fun doing it. I think this is really what all this stuff is about.

Jim D'Addario: Right. Thanks, Ned.

Ned Steinberger: Thank you.

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Ned Steinberger

Product Design Engineer