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Original Post By: Neil E Murphy Date: 4/3/2017 11:05:46 AM
Can anyone recommend a good capo for a baritone?
Posted By: Geoff Rezek Date: 4/4/2017 11:44:59 PM   (Updated: 4/5/2017 7:38:19 AM)
I suggest you buy at a capo where you can try it on your Baritone to see how it feels to you and the way you hold the instrument.
Posted By: Iuke Date: 4/8/2017 9:39:49 PM   (Updated: 4/8/2017 9:41:47 PM)
Glad to know I'm not the only oddball wanting a capo on my baritone. I love to tune mine down a step or two depending on what strings I happen to be using. I like that low sound, as low as I can get away with. And placing the capo on the first or second fret will take me back to standard tuning. What capo am I using? The Paige banjo capo. Can't remember the model number, but it measures 30mm (opening) screwed as far down. It works perfectly on my baritone. Hope this helps.
Posted By: Uncle Rufus Date: 4/10/2017 12:56:00 PM
Easily the best capo for ukulele is the one you were born with: your forefinger.

Barring unfortunate accidents with kitchen knives and so forth, that ready-made capo is good to go.

A capo on a four-stringed short-scale instrument... I ask you!
Posted By: Neil E Murphy Date: 4/10/2017 1:36:42 PM   (Updated: 4/12/2017 8:11:37 PM)
Thanks luke No thanks Uncle Rufus
Posted By: Roryseber Date: 5/2/2017 10:39:25 PM
I use a banjo capo, and it works wonderfully.
Posted By: Neil E Murphy Date: 5/6/2017 3:40:58 PM
Bought one from musicians friend and it didn't fit.
Posted By: Iuke Date: 5/13/2017 6:55:39 PM
The banjo capo that works very well on my baritone is the Paige brand. Paige has several models in various sizes. Many of them won't fit. There is only one that fits perfectly. I bought mine from Elderly's Instruments. This store has a great selection of capos.
Posted By: deejay Date: 6/30/2017 9:32:45 PM   (Updated: 6/30/2017 9:34:20 PM)
I have a D'Addario ukulele capo fits my Lahaina (pre-Kala) bari. Lightweight aluminum with nice fine adjustment. (daddario-planet-waves-ns-ukulele-capo)
Posted By: Frank B Date: 7/2/2017 5:55:22 PM
Uncle Rufus, I'm with you. I've never found a capo that works better than my index finger.
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 7/30/2017 4:54:06 PM
Thereís a lot to this whether to capo or not discussion.. Some stuff I do is in open (aka first position) so that I can take advantage of open strings. Sometimes I even use open tunings (especially on gheetar). Anyway on ukes I take advantage of open strings so that I can trill about hammering and pulling off of strings letting the open strings ring out, e.g.see https://youtu.be/epjY-t0QSj0

When making use of open strings, instead of using a capo, I prefer doing a tune in a key where a capo isn't necessary. One of my favorite ukers, Gerald Ross, often uses capos. But, to me, it's kinda silly. He does instrumental pieces in D and capos the 2nd fret. Well, why not just do the tunes in C and forget the capo?

With only 4 strings, capos really arenít necessary on ukes? Of importance is the fact that sometimes itís easiest to simply barre a chord and slide that barre up and down the neck. No place for a capo when making use of the entire neck.

But on the other hand, some players hate open strings. These cats (and kittens) need axes with a zero fret. Paco de Lucia, one of the best gheetar players ever, often used capos. I suspect that with his percussive attack open strings vibrated too much. Whatever the reason, if Paco used them, well thatís enough to give them credibility and stifle any argument to the contrary.

Other folks, like the bluegrass crowd, always do tunes with the same chord shapes, so capos are needed for key changes. Since basically they only play 3 chord shapes, by using capos, they can play in any key. Ya know, a pencil and rubber band makes a fine capo. Indeed a similar system was employed in the most famous banjo scene ever. See https://youtu.be/gsC4kf6x_Q0

Then we get to singers who would rather concentrate on singing than playing and for them strumming basic chord shapes are the way to go. So, capos are an important tool in their arsenal.

Like I said, thereís lots to the capo issue, a lot more than Uncle Rufus provided. But, Rufus is a purist, who unlike many never played ghee-tar first and then switched to uke. He also plays only sopranos and capos are indeed silly on sopranos. Instead of capoing, one can always do what Iíve done. That is have different ukes available in different turnings. For example here I had a soprano banjo uke tuned cGEA for this tune in C https://youtu.be/MeUPLp78omU and then I switched to another soprano uke tuned dAF#B for this tune in E https://youtu.be/YTTJF6UOqUQ
Posted By: ralphiewho Date: 8/4/2017 10:22:23 AM
If you decide on a capo, as I did, then the quick change capo by Kyser is recommended by a lot of folks, and I like it the best of those I have tried. It is extremely easy to use, is not sensitive to neck thickness and stores on the head without any trouble.

But if you are uncertain, do the pencil and rubber band option to see if you like a capo.
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 8/22/2017 12:59:39 PM   (Updated: 8/22/2017 1:07:23 PM)
I agree that the Kyser quick change capos are easy to use and store (clip on the headstock). However, there's a bit more to all this. Many pros (in the guitar world) stay away from the Kyser quick change models because they don't apply enough pressure. Oh, and is your uke's fretboard flat or rounded? If rounded, then you'd want a a capo designed for a rounded fretboard. If flat, then you'd want a capo designed for a flat fretboard. See http://i902.photobucket.com/albums/ac230/Nuprin1030/fretboardRadiusClassical.jpg

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