Shubb has been perfecting the capo for over 37 years now and their latest contribution is the L1 series of lightweight capos. The company was formed by two banjo players. What sets the Shubb apart from other capos is the unique design which allows you to adjust the tension of the capo to your preference.
Is a lightweight capo for you? That is something you need to decide for yourself. If you are playing an acoustic which tends to be neck heavy this could surely help you out. If you’re using a clip-on tuner that’s more gravity you’re fighting, so why not give it a shot?
The capo itself is made from aluminum which makes up the difference compared to a steel capo. Since it’s aluminum, Shubb is able to finish the capos in some eye-popping colors. Check out their website for purple, green, pink, blue and silver capos.
The small footprint offers you plenty of, how should I professionally put this…oh yes, dancing room. The “dancing room” lets you angle the capo if necessary if you run into any minor intonation problems.
Will it fit my instrument? There are 6 different models for everything from steel string guitars, 12-strings, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, classical guitars, a vintage 7.25” radius neck and whatever the heck a bouzouki is! (The bouzouki is a greek instrument similar to a mandolin.)
The tension screw is for your preference of tension. Most generic capos are spring loaded and you get what you get. With the self-adjusting tension I think the Shubb offers a hair more realistic tone similar to what your fingers would give when barring.
Finally whenever I get a product that is made in the US I am happy to make a note of it. The capo is assembled and packaged in the US, I believe the company is in California.
Street Price: $26.95 on the Shubb website.