This is based on these instructions, but as far as I know no one has ever tried this.
So, let's begin.
This is my first Instructable, so if you have any improvements please leave a comment.
Step 1: Materials
- Some rubber bands (I used 13, but my guitar has high action.)
- Two quarters
- 2 strips of electrical tape
I also needed another dime, but you may not.
Step 2: Tape the Quarters
2. Wrap one strip of tape around both quarters.
3. Wrap the other strip perpendicular to the first.
Without this step, the quarters against the strings sound bad and probably aren't great for the strings.
Step 3: Set Up the Capo
2. Put the pencil underneath the guitar on the second fret (or somewhere else, but this is a good place to start playing with a partial capo).
3. Place a long rubber band on the back of the neck.
4. Wrap another rubber band over the first, around the neck, and over the ends of the pencil.
Step 4: Finish Building
2. Slide the quarter bundle under the pencil, so it covers the A, D, and G strings (or D, G, and B if you want Open A tuning).
3. Add more rubber bands, until all the strings sound clearly.
Step 5: Adjust
This worked earlier, but it didn't work for me this time, so I also wedged a dime between the pencil and the quarters so that it presses on the A string and sits over the E string.
Step 6: Play!
Step 7: To Move and Remove
1. Tie the single rubber band in a knot so it holds the others together. Don't tie it too tight or it will be very hard to untie.
2. Take off the rubber bands from one end of the pencil.
3. Leave the pencil through one loop of the rubber bands.
To put it back on, it's basically the same as making it in the first place, but a bit easier and you don't need to flip the guitar over.