INSTRUCTION STRINGS ACCESSORIES MUSIC LINKS
 Visit Our Catalog at SteelGuitarShopper.com for Steel Guitars, Strings, Instruction, Music and Accessories 
Forum Index
where steel players meet online
The Steel Guitar Forum

Post new topic What's a good capo?
Reply to topic
Author Topic:  What's a good capo?
Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 7:42 am     Reply with quote

Guys, I need a capo for my old Dobro. It's a '39 round neck. What's the best one to clamp around those strings?

Thanks!
_________________
Mikey D... H.S.P.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try an FN first.

https://twitter.com/Steelharp
http://www.thesessionplayers.com/douchette.html

(other things you can ask about here)
http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o54/Steelharp/
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Mark MacKenzie


From:
Franklin, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 8:07 am     Reply with quote

I like the Beard brass capo. Still gives a different sound than not using one.

Best in 2017 to all!

I just re-read the post. ROUND NECK... Are you fretting the guitar or playing slide? Shubb for regular guitar, but the Beard is nice for doing open string stuff.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 8:20 am     Reply with quote

It's set up slide. Guess I should have clarified that.
I would imagine any capo would sound different than open. The ancient brass one I got from Bobbe years ago just doesn't clamp on well anymore.
So, the Beard one clamps on well without much pitch disturbance?
_________________
Mikey D... H.S.P.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try an FN first.

https://twitter.com/Steelharp
http://www.thesessionplayers.com/douchette.html

(other things you can ask about here)
http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o54/Steelharp/
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Dave Thier


From:
Fairhope, Alabama, USA
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 8:42 am     Reply with quote

Charlie's Slide Pro capo is without a doubt the best dobro capo I've used. I have a drawer full of all of the others and that's where they will stay. It goes on easy and won't kill the tone. Give Charlie a call.
http://charliescapo.com/
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 9:04 am     Reply with quote

Dave, man, you may have just sold me on Charlie's capo! Dude, that sounds excellent in the videos! Thanks!
_________________
Mikey D... H.S.P.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try an FN first.

https://twitter.com/Steelharp
http://www.thesessionplayers.com/douchette.html

(other things you can ask about here)
http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o54/Steelharp/
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Andy Volk


From:
Boston, MA
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 9:33 am     Reply with quote

I have this one and it is excellent. They may be available for less money elsewhere.

http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Supplies/Accessories/Capos_and_Slides/Beard_Wave_Capo.html
_________________
Steel Guitar Books! Website: www.volkmediabooks.com
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 27 Dec 2016 9:35 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, guys. Got one of Charlie's on the way!
_________________
Mikey D... H.S.P.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try an FN first.

https://twitter.com/Steelharp
http://www.thesessionplayers.com/douchette.html

(other things you can ask about here)
http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o54/Steelharp/
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Doug Henderson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 31 Dec 2016 1:23 pm     Reply with quote

chrarlies slide pro capo if clears the strings is where I would go
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Edward Rhea


From:
Medford Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 31 Dec 2016 5:58 pm     Reply with quote

+1 on the Charlie's capo!
_________________
Sho~Bud 6139 3&5
BJS bars
Sho~Bud seat & volume pedal
George L's cables
''71 Fender Twin Reverb w/JBL D120F's
"70 Fender Deluxe Reverb w/JBL D120F
National np2 & blue Herco picks
Ricky Davis signature Jagwires
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Michael Douchette


From:
Gallatin, TN
Post Posted 31 Dec 2016 6:56 pm     Reply with quote

Michael Douchette wrote:
Thanks, guys. Got one of Charlie's on the way!


90% is paying attention,guys. I said I got one of Charlie's. It is indeed awesome! Thanks for the recommendations!
_________________
Mikey D... H.S.P.
Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try an FN first.

https://twitter.com/Steelharp
http://www.thesessionplayers.com/douchette.html

(other things you can ask about here)
http://s117.photobucket.com/albums/o54/Steelharp/
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Bob Stone


From:
Gainesville, FL, USA
Post Posted 11 Jan 2017 3:11 pm     Reply with quote

Charlie's is by far the best capo I have ever used. He made a capo for my 8-string Sierra and shipped it the same day, all for a mere $10 above the cost of his standard 6-string model.

I cannot tell the difference in tone or sustain between the notes when playing open strings with the capo on or using the bar for the same notes or chords.

It is fast and easy to use.

In case you are wondering, I am using it for Cajun-style, where everything is played out of high-G tuning using lots of open strings and drones. I capo at the second fret for tunes in A or D.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Mark Eaton


From:
Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 11 Jan 2017 3:28 pm     Reply with quote

Mikey got his question answered and has a Charlie's on the way - I have had a six string version for a couple years and might be interested in the 8 string version down the line.

My question to you Bob: what is your 8 string G tuning, low to high?
_________________
Mark
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Bob Stone


From:
Gainesville, FL, USA
Post Posted 12 Jan 2017 5:32 am     Reply with quote

Hi Mark,

The standard tuning for Cajun steel, regardless of the number of strings, is G with a high G on top.
8 string: DGBDGBDG
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Mark Eaton


From:
Sonoma County in The Great State Of Northern California
Post Posted 12 Jan 2017 10:51 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Bob.

I assume the 4th string is the same pitch as dobro 3rd string G which is typically a .028w string?

And the high G 1st string is an octave above, which would be the same pitch as playing the 3rd string/12th fret on a 6 string dobro.

If I am correct, what string gauge do you use on the 1st string? Something like a .010?

The reason I am curious about this is that I am soon to receive an 8 string lap steel from Todd Clinesmith and even though I haven't fooled around with C6th (six string version) since I was a kid taking lessons back in the 1960s, I'm going to give it a shot. Sort of a "when in Rome do as the Romans do" approach and as Todd suggested, it's a good idea to get out of one's comfort zone. And my comfort zone for dobro and lap steel for a long time has been G tunings and to a lesser extent D tuning.

If it turns out that C6th or some other tuning doesn't "take" with this new guitar - like trying to teach an old dog new tricks - I may just slink back into my kennel because I'm comfortable with G.
_________________
Mark
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Jump to:  

Our Online Catalog
Strings, CDs, instruction,
steel guitars & accessories

www.SteelGuitarShopper.com

Steel Guitar Music
Instrumental steel guitar CDs for your permanent collection
www.SteelGuitarMusic.com

Please review our Forum Rules and Policies

The Steel Guitar Forum
148 South Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425 USA

Support This Forum


BIAB Styles
Ray Price Shuffles for Band-in-a-Box
by Jim Baron
HTTP