Introduction: 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...

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!


AnthonyZ2 (author)2015-09-30

the neck of my guitar is curved, so the 1st and 6th strings don't get pressed down, any suggestions?

nancyjohns (author)AnthonyZ22016-02-11

I have the same problem.

jglee1 (author)2011-10-30

i was looking for a cheap capo until i clicked on this whoo love shirt : ) !

ladypunzel (author)2011-03-18

GREAT! my son used this when he needed a capo... thanks for the idea! and we like the t-shirt - huge pacman fans!

beehard44 (author)2010-11-15

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

Morriscow (author)2010-04-10

 wont work for some not classical guitars bc the fretboard is curved too much

Jonesgilkar (author)Morriscow2010-08-28

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.

Gksarmy (author)Morriscow2010-04-19

umm you realize that a classical guitar's fretboard is curved less than a conventional acoustic guitar right?

topkiller (author)2010-04-18

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....

kingwyatt5000 (author)2008-08-15

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!

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?

WurdBendur (author)kingwyatt50002008-10-02

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.

sabbysayshi (author)WurdBendur2010-01-23


dareliqe (author)2009-09-23

nice t shirt

euphoricazn (author)2009-08-29

yo this was amazing 8D it totally worked for me. thanks :D

dreath77 (author)2009-07-06

i used a magic marker and a rubber band from those moon shoes, and it worked

ECullen (author)2009-06-01

wow ur cheap

Joanassie (author)ECullen2009-06-04

That's kinda the point.

Metal4God (author)2007-08-16

you should make a guitar slide ill get right on it

radiobath (author)Metal4God2009-04-29

Ghetto guitar slide = lighter.

rabidsnakemonkey (author)2008-11-23

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.

Boomfly (author)2008-07-22

For a 'femenine' version you can use a maybelline mascara tube and hair ties.

WurdBendur (author)Boomfly2008-10-02

Or a tampon.

kanamin (author)2008-09-01

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.

goku724 (author)2008-08-26

wow this is great you just saved me 10 bucks thanks

slimguy379 (author)2008-07-11

I have that same shirt (just needed to be said)

Fenwick (author)slimguy3792008-07-12

me too!

Sadam and Osama (author)2007-09-13

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

berky93 (author)shadowgravity2008-01-23

I can...

uberchoob (author)2007-12-20

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)2007-08-16

Toilet paper thing! Nice! I tried duct tape and an index 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.

Spectrace (author)2007-08-16

instead of those bracelets, cant you just use some nice rubber bands? rubber bands are more stretchy.

RyanPotter (author)2007-08-16

Haha, nice idea. For a slide I always use the toilet paper roll holder thing.

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