ANSWERS: 5
  • Any that is well constructed. It needs a strong spring, a sturdy pivot point and protection for your fingerboard and neck.
  • The Keyser and Dunlop trigger type capos are well proven and reliable. They both provide the advantage in allowing for quick changes. My concern with these types is that the spring does tend to weaken and the "grip" becomes less firm thus affecting the tone. The Shubb capo with the radius's lock lever and roller is very good although it is not as good for quick fret changes unless you practice. However, this one will outlast any of the others. The small Planet Waves capo is also very reliable but with the need to tighten the knob it is not good for quick changes. Their new Dual Action capo (a trigger type with an adjusting tension knob) is a good hybrid. I only got it recently but I have to say it's becoming my favorite.
  • Your hand, bar your chords.
  • I would go with the easiest to put on the neck. They all do the same thing but there is nothing more embarrassing than having to fiddle with capo in the middle of a performance.
  • Well, that depends on a lot of things. Personally, I hate every capo I've ever tried. Even some of the expensive ones can be cumbersome to deploy properly in a live setting. But guitarists are a dime a dozen, so maybe just hire one to stand next to you and hold down whichever fret you need capo'd. They'd be cheaper than an actual capo and marginally more reliable.

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