Beware the cheap capo

The place to chat with your fellow MIMForum members about whatever you want that doesn't relate to instruments, or isn't specific to one instrument family. Pull up a chair, grab a cold one out of the virtual 'fridge, and tell your friends what's on your mind.

Beware the cheap capo

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:18 pm

Okay, I'm sure most of you guys all know this already, but I just found out the hard way so as PSA I wanted to sound the warning for any other poor unsuspecting saps like me.
I don't know how but I have managed to lose every capo I own, but I did it. While I was shopping online for various other things I came across some capos for a very low price. I figured why not, I'll get two of them and if they're not any good I'm only out five bucks.
I was playing last night and clipped one of the new capos on the headstock when I wasn't using it. I left it there over night. This morning I picked up my guitar to practice some new tunes. I needed to capo for the song and when I released the capo from the headstock I felt a slight hesitation and then a very subtle "pop" sound. Apparently it's some kind of plastic or vinyl that melts lacquer. It's barely noticeable, but what if I had left it there for a week? Could have been very bad. There really should be a disclaimer that they are not lacquer safe. I've already had guitar hangers that melted the lacquer on my LP. So, the moral of the story... Just spend the money and save your guitars!
Okay, I'm done whining.
User avatar
Ryan Mazzocco
 
Posts: 518
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:01 pm
Location: Joplin, MO

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Postby Michael Lewis » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:55 am

Ryan, put some cork pads on it. I regularly cut up wine corks to make clamping cauls and for other related uses.
Michael Lewis
 
Posts: 1446
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:22 am
Location: Northern California USA

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:34 pm

Yea, me to. For some reason there are SO MANY wine corks around here!! Where do they keep coming from?!? :lol:
Likes to drink Rosewood Juice
Chuck Tweedy
 
Posts: 990
Joined: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:25 pm
Location: San Diego, CA

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:45 pm

but what about the cork from cheap wine that's not really cork?
User avatar
Ryan Mazzocco
 
Posts: 518
Joined: Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:01 pm
Location: Joplin, MO

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Postby Chuck Tweedy » Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:33 pm

Yea ... that's not really a problem
Likes to drink Rosewood Juice
Chuck Tweedy
 
Posts: 990
Joined: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:25 pm
Location: San Diego, CA

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Postby Arnt Rian » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:25 am

Chuck, I though you only drank rosewood juice? ;-)

I bought a couple of packs of cork flooring tiles years ago, I've used it for lining all sorts of cauls, clamps and the like ever since. The material is about 5mm thick. I put it on my Klemmensia clamps as much thinner stock material wore out, I prefer the them this way.

My Elliot capo is padded with leather, I imagine it will last longer than a cork would.
Arnt Rian
 
Posts: 216
Joined: Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:41 am
Location: Trondheim, Norway

Re: Beware the cheap capo

Postby Biff Cooper » Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:56 pm

Leaving a Capo on a guitar is just the worst, ESPECIALLY if the capo is a cheap piece of crap. Usually from China.
Enjoy the Journey not just the destination
http://www.beachcitiesrockclub.com
Biff Cooper
 
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:41 pm
Location: San Clemente


Return to Jam Session

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

Your purchase from these sites helps support the MIMForum, but only if you start at the links below!!!
Amazon music     Amazon books     Amazon tools     Rockler tools     Office Depot    

The MIMF is a member-supported forum, please consider supporting us with a donation, thanks!
 • Book store • Tool store • Links •