Hello fellow guitar lovers! By far my favourite brand and style of capo is the Kyser capo. I just love its elegance, variety and ease. This is an excellent capo if you know that playing guitar is something you want to pursue, and you want some good quality gear. I have been playing with this capo for over 10 years, so it is really worth spending a little more to have an elegant, beautiful looking capo for life.
The main reason it is such a good capo to have under your belt is because it is a very easy to use, high quality capo. As it is made of strong, lightweight aluminum, it is very durable and will last a very long time. You can rely on this capo keep your guitar in tune whilst moving it up and down the neck, and it will keep the same level of pressure on which ever position you put it. I have had capos which were useless on positions 1, 2, 3, and 4, and finally gets some grip on capo 5!
Is it the best capo?
I would be lying if I’d say this is the world’s best capo. But even though it is not the best in the world, it is still my favourite. There are capos out there that are even faster to secure, even stronger and longer lasting. Of course it depends on what style of playing you are into, and whether you are really required for quick changes. I have had to play songs live on stage, where I had to change the position of the capo, and the Kyser capo did that beautifully.
What you really want in a capo, if you change the position of it whilst you are playing, is to be able to do this with one hand, and many capos out there require two hands to secure it. So even though the quality of some capos are better, the ease of this capo is definitely a win in my books and I would choose this over a ‘two hand’ capo any time.
Are there any negative aspects I should consider?
I will lay all my cards out on the table, and tell you all aspects of the playing experience. Although it is my favourite, there are a few snags in the playing experience that I have not encountered with sightly better capos that are out there. One of them is that often when I want to quick change the position on the neck, some of the strings could slightly bend as it is secured from the side, as apposed to straight down. This is easily fixed by releasing it slightly, and grip it on again, but it can be slightly annoying when you’re in the middle of a song and you have to interrupt it by giving your capo a little squeeze.
One more thing, which is hardly a thing at all as I have had my capo for over 10 years and it is still doing the job tremendously, but there is inevitable wear and tear on the rubber that sits on the back of your neck, to prevent it from damage. Over the years, that rubber will become more and more fragile, until one day it will no longer do the job it was designed for, as this material wear down. Other capos will be able to keep the same quality all round for probably a lifetime.
The main reason why I love this capo so much is because it looks so nice. It adds a certain elegance to your guitar that just looks the part, and this capo in particular comes in many different colours and designs. So when you have established you are a guitar player, you would probably want some accessories that look nice, and this capo has the potential to give you a look that you are looking for. So even though the overall look of the capo is the same, the different designs you can purchase are endless, thus making it unique to you.
Please let me know your thoughts on this capo, I would be very interested to hear what you have to say about it, and whether your playing experience is different than mine.