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Cheap, easy guitar capo

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For those not in the know, a capo is a device used to help take the pitch up on a guitar, further than tuning up would be able to do. However, most stores like charging 10-15 bucks for a simple device, so I made one with objects you probably have lying around...
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You'll need, as you can see in the picture, two of those LiveStrong bracelets that were cool 3 years ago, a thick marker (or I guess a thin one would be better for an acoustic guitar...dunno, havent got one to try it with). Obviously, you'll need a guitar.

Step 2: Put it together!

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Grab your guitar, and put the marker over the fret on which you want to add the capo (this will become fret 0) Then, wrap both ends of the bracelets over the ends of the marker, one at a time. If you look at the picture, you should be able to see. Also, be careful. I broke that nice happy bracelet I had in the first picture, and had to find another. So don't use like, a LiveStrong that Lance Armstrong autographed or something.

Step 3: Finally...

Tune up your guitar, and play away!
jglee12 years ago
i was looking for a cheap capo until i clicked on this whoo love shirt : ) !
ladypunzel3 years ago
GREAT! my son used this when he needed a capo... thanks for the idea! and we like the t-shirt - huge pacman fans!
beehard443 years ago
awesome! needed a quick capo to play dont stop believing (glee version slightly modified so that it sounds better) but made mine using a pen and wire
Morriscow4 years ago
 wont work for some not classical guitars bc the fretboard is curved too much
In my classical guitar it sometimes work and sometimes don't. But sometimes only the Fat E string muted and sometimes the A string.Weird? But sometimes it works.
umm you realize that a classical guitar's fretboard is curved less than a conventional acoustic guitar right?
topkiller4 years ago
I took a Aluminum bolt and since i make my own bolts i used an aluminum cutter and cut the bolt into small pices and used 2 of my boughters hair bands lol. and it works great makes a good like glass bottle slide also lol....
could a human arm bone be used rather than a marker? and as for the rubber bands... what about kitten pelts?... hahaha, i'm kidding... as far as you know! ;D no really though, this hepled!
jsimondsmalamud (author)  kingwyatt50005 years ago
thanks man! and, by the way, that would look kickass! i'd personally go with like, a finger bone, since an arm bone seems a tad long and heavy, though i'd be worried about the inward curve...maybe if you found yourself a nice bonesaw and straightened it out a bit.
well, personally i was thinking more along the lines or a rib, to be quite honest.. one of the smaller ones.. it's lightweight, small, straight... ish... yea! that'd work pretty well... now all i have to do it contact one of my resources... do you know a dr. lector?
Most people's finger bones would be too short, and a rib would have an annoying curve, but one of the metacarpals of the hand or metatarsals of the foot would probably work.
 CHICKEN BONE >:O
dareliqe4 years ago
nice t shirt
euphoricazn4 years ago
yo this was amazing 8D it totally worked for me. thanks :D
dreath775 years ago
i used a magic marker and a rubber band from those moon shoes, and it worked
ECullen5 years ago
wow ur cheap
That's kinda the point.
Metal4God6 years ago
you should make a guitar slide ill get right on it
Ghetto guitar slide = lighter.
I do (or did) something similar that probably works better. You can cut a pencil in half [in the direction so that you have a long semi-cylinder], sand it smooth, and put some scotch tape on top to protect your strings. You just have to rubberband it down well. Of course, then i went out and bought a real one for like 4 bucks. Thats probably the best solution.
Boomfly6 years ago
For a 'femenine' version you can use a maybelline mascara tube and hair ties.
Or a tampon.
kanamin5 years ago
Holy crap I needed a capo the other day and did THE EXACT SAME THING, except I used a hilighter of probably exactly the same size. Still using it now.
goku7245 years ago
wow this is great you just saved me 10 bucks thanks
slimguy3796 years ago
I have that same shirt (just needed to be said)
me too!
i made something similar, but rather, i sued 2 popsicle sticks, and many rubberbands. oh and tissue to prevent scratching the back
you ment to write used, right? because you can't sue popsicle sticks
I can...
uberchoob6 years ago
Hmm... I'm thinking the handle to a 10 gallon bucket and some rubber bands would make a slidable capo.... An instructable on the way! .... maybe
jsimondsmalamud (author) 6 years ago
Toilet paper thing! Nice! I tried duct tape and an index card...it didn't work. I suppose rubber bands might work, but they need to hold the marker really tightly without snapping which, assuming you can get them on, bracelets are pretty good at.
Spectrace6 years ago
instead of those bracelets, cant you just use some nice rubber bands? rubber bands are more stretchy.
RyanPotter6 years ago
Haha, nice idea. For a slide I always use the toilet paper roll holder thing.