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Planet Waves NS Capo Lite
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- Designed for acoustic and electric guitars with radiused fretboards
- Micrometer tension adjustment assures buzz-free in-tune performance at every fret
- Single hand operation
- Durable molded ABS thermoplastic construction
- Not recommended for use on 12-string guitars
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The Planet Waves NS Capo Lite is made from high-strength molded ABS thermoplastic for use on acoustic and electric 6 string guitars. A patented micrometer adjustment mechanism allows the player to dial in the exact tension needed for your guitar, strings and playing position. This greatly reduces the need to retune your guitar during and after capo use. The capos molded ABS design offers light weight, ease-of-use and superior functionality at an affordable price. Enjoy buzz-free in-tune performance at any fret without breaking the bank! Also available in the NS Pro model featuring aircraft grade aluminum construction.
Planet Waves NS Series capos are the result of an ongoing collaboration between famed product designer Ned Steinberger, Jim D'Addario and Planet Waves.
Planet Waves, part of the D'Addario family of brands, is known for innovative, problem-solving, quality musical accessories. Planet Waves offers a complete line of award-winning accessories including cables, picks, tuners, capos, straps, humidifiers, maintenance tools and more.
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1) Classical guitars need specific capo's. This rules out a lot of cheap 'electric/ acoustic' capo options.
2) Probably due to the niche market, capos for classicla guitar seemed quite expensive, some costing £30+
3) My guitar has quite a broad neck, so I wanted to ensure the capo selected would fit.
4) They come in a range of materials, plastic vs. metal with a variety of materials for the 'cushion' to fret the strings.
4) Few of the suitable capo's on amazon had product reviews, so I was stabbing a bit in the dark.
So why did I choose this one?
Firstly, it was mid price range. Not the cheapest, but by no means the most expensive. If I'm honest, at £15 it was still double the price I would have ideally paid (being a poor student) but quality costs. I feared the longevity of the plastic ones, and it seemed like it would fit my guitar- so I took a gamble.
Did it pay off?
Yes- it really did.
The capo arrived quickly, after slipping it out of its casing I was impressed by how light it was but how sturdy it felt.
The cushion to fret the guitar is a high density sponge which seems like it will withstand wear and tear (though mine is showing indents alread- but this is to be expected). The capo is fitted to the guitar buy manually screwing it tight (easier than it sounds) and allows greater precision and is a lot gentler than those that just clamp onto the guitar neck. When I play with the capo in place it sounds perfect, no buzzing at all.
Over all, its a bit expensive but its a piece of kit that will last, sounds perfect and is gentle on the guitar.
The Planet Waves version is very different. It is very light giving almost no weight on the neck. (Low weight on the neck is vital in order to maintain the classic flamenco position of balancing the guitar under the weight of the right arm). Because this capo has a micro dial, you can turn up the clamping pressure to suit. It is designed to sit precisely over the neck with no chance of missing a string. It has a low fingerboard profile so you don't get caught on it. I have been using it for about a month of playing string intensive flamenco techniques (triplet strums, rasgueos, pulgar and alzapuas) and it has held all strings solidly in place allowing good tone and reduced buzz. It is value for money and I highly recommend it.
I mainly use a Shubb capo, but this one is a really good alternative - it works well and is very light so can be carried unnoticed in a pocket and takes only fractionally longer to apply. Like the Shubb it can also be used as a partial Capo, leaving the bottom string out.
Be aware that there's a cheaper 'lite' version of this capo. The design is pretty much exactly the same except that it's made from ABS plastic instead of aviation grade aluminium. Although the plastic 'lite' version is not recommended for 12 string guitars, I believe it's as effective but at a pocket money price point. Otherwise, if you're not especially budget constrained I'd recommend the pro version. It's pleasingly good and you won't regret it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best I have found. The adjustable pressure minimises the intonation problems and the low profile allows the fretting hand to work around the capo.Published 10 days ago by A.K.
it is okay, but as someone else said in their review, pay the extra money and get the NS Capo (non lite)Published 1 month ago by pete the feet
Ive has this over a year now. Its very handy and easy on the guitar fretboard as you adjust the pressure which protects your guitarPublished 2 months ago by Paul
The lightest capo I've ever used. I've had the guitar version of this since they first came out - it's great that they've launch the small neck baby sister!Published 3 months ago by Andy Doodle
Very light, compact, easy to fit and adjust, and quite unobtrusive... I use it on a 10-string mandolin/mandola, on which string tension & capo pressure interact. It works well!Published 3 months ago by pavel tsimbl-grimpler
Very nice design but not enough adjustment for me on my Hernandez classical guitar and is slack on tightest setting which unfortunately means that I can't use it on this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nick.K
Simple design. Works but needed to tighten the screw a little more than I expected to prevent dead strings.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have one of the earlier models in black made by Planet Waves which was absolutely brilliant. This silver one feels like a poor imitation made by D'Addario. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. R. Hickman